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Does the UK Education System Promote or Suffocate Creativity in Students?

Alex Dyer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Creativity should be celebrated within schools. Creative people invent, problem-solve, discuss and communicate in fresh, exciting ways, we don't want this to be lost during school. Whatever the industry whether it's medical, science, engineering, academic research, technology, business, entrepreneurial; they all require creative thinkers to progress.

To Tackle Male Suicide, We Have to Change What It Means to Be a Man

Daniel Morris | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Morris

We have a duty to help both the current and future generations of young men, and that duty entails not only talking, but also action. Men need to be taught to prioritise wellbeing over perceived strength, and this teaching needs to begin from the first day of their lives, not after a failed suicide attempt.

Lucy Sherriff

How One Syrian Student Escaped Kidnap And Helped Found A University For Refugees | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

In 2013, Mohammed Odai Al Hashmi was due to catch a lift back home from Al Wadi International University with two friends. They were supposed to conve...

Five Ways to Help Children Shine in a Changing World

Julie Booth | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

This trend is likely to prompt a shift in emphasis away from the traditional curriculum vitae (CV), with employers focusing far less on where you studied, and much more on what you did while you were there. And many schools are already in a great position to be able to respond to this.

The Trials and Tribulations of Going Through Final Year...

Alexia Cowley | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alexia Cowley

Final year; the permanent neck, eye, and brain-strain from reading too much, deadlines flying out of your ears and unprecedented mini meltdowns. This is all part of the journey! (I keep telling myself anyway). Now, I was pre-warned about how intense final year would be, but I feel like this year has nevertheless hit me like a tonne of bricks! So, how does one cope with the 101 assignments and exams looming?

Saving the Environment Is a Big Task, but Student Campaigns are a Good Place to Start

Louis Sherman | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

Student campaigning is becoming ever more vital and it should give us all a little bit of hope. It appears to be happening nationwide with a variety of universities, so we can hope this current success extends into the future and the environmental issues we face now may begin to get tackled.

Tuition Fees: An Unreasonable Burden or Inescapable Necessity?

Thomas Smith | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

Justifiably discontented students threatened by financial loss, and a government that risks losing the vital support of a substantial proportion of the electorate, this is a dispiriting situation in which there is no winner.

Is Enlightened Society Possible?

Richard Reoch | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

High on the Moroccan Plateau is a remarkable university established by the country's king. Its royal mandate is to promote "the values of human solidarity and tolerance" in this predominantly Muslim nation.

Why You Should Be Focusing on Life Experience as Well as Academiss

Matt Eastlake | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Eastlake

There's no denying the importance of trying hard at school and aiming for good grades. However, new research has shown that 60 per cent of businesses rate life experience to be just as important as a strong academic track record.

Lessons From Across the Channel: Putting Protest at the Heart of Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

Throughout modern British history, mass demonstrations and protests have often been demonised and depicted as the work of trouble-makers, hooligans and extremists. It was the same old story last week as 10,000 students descended on London to protest against tuition fees and the abolition of maintenance grants, which led to the arrest of 12 protestors.

Remember, Remember, It's Time for Movember!

Νικόλας Μακαρέζος | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Νικόλας Μακαρέζος

So it's this time of the year again, when the leaves fall, the humid wind is dominating the atmosphere and a sweet melancholy penetrates our minds. Bu...

Why You Should Consider Applying for a Liberal Arts Degree in the UK

Lucy Stansbury | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Stansbury

As I prepare to embark on a year studying at California Polytecnic State University, where I hope to focus more on my potential major in Politics, I would fully recommend to those with any doubt over which subject(s) to take at university to consider the extensive benefits of a Liberal Arts degree.

What It's Like to Have the Perfect Student Job

Natasha Barrett | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Having made it through a three-stage application process over the summer (much to my genuine surprise) I've managed to secure myself what many people ...

A Little Time for a Big Reward: A Call for Graduates and Undergraduates to Join Mosaic's Mentor Programme

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

If you are a graduate from a UK university then it's likely that you remember your years of study with immense fondness. For those fortunate enough,...

Life Doesn't Come With A Manual

Kate Elliott | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

If you're thinking about taking a leave of absence, make sure you get a few different opinions, work out the reality of what it will mean (i.e. will you have to restart any modules) and try and hold on to the fact that often taking time out can be the strongest decision, rather than any sign of failure...

70 Years of the Design Council: What Has Changed and Why Design Is So Important to Society

Nigel Carrington | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Carrington

The design industry used to be a back-office function of manufacturing. Now, it is a conspicuous force in our lives. That industry has been an instrumental force in globalisation.

Why Sexual Assault No Longer Surprises Me

Tasha Okeke | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

Recently an article was published detailing how nearly half of females in my university's city has been sexually assaulted. Scarily, this didn't even surprise me.

Bridging the Gap - The Engineering Skills Shortage Must Be Addressed

Nayeeb Chowdhury | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nayeeb Chowdhury

Having seen first hand, numerous young people including my family and friends who are being turned off from studying STEM subjects at an early stage is concerning (and quite upsetting strictly from a Chemical Engineering student perspective). So it's rudimentary we act with urgency, and in a manner to spark interest while inspiring them to consider engineering careers.

Five Things I Have Learned as a Fresher

George Marrable | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
George Marrable

And that's all well and good, until you realise you're already in the adult world. You're officially a grown up now. It's a whole different world at university, compared to the pampered world of home life. University is meant to teach you many things, but this is five of many things it has already taught me in my first weeks.

Once Upon a Time in the West...

Clare Reddington | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

Of course four years necessarily defies imagination when you set out and we have all got braver over time. I suspect it will take us a few months yet to reflect, understand and celebrate what has been achieved.

Why Universities Must Not Let Mature Students Down

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Provision of financial advice, flexible payment options, tips on keeping living/travel costs down and similar advice can and will make a big difference to individuals thinking of becoming a mature student.

The Northern Girl's Guide to Moving Down South

Anna Gillespie | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gillespie

So you've decided to move down South - or should I say 'Saaaath'. Congratulations. You are stepping out of your comfort zone and about to embark upon far away lands with tropical climates, you can even take your July to August wardrobe with you in March. Be careful though, you are saying goodbye to anything battered.

Why I Needed Consent Lessons

Sarah Redrup | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Redrup

As unions and universities, we have the perfect opportunity to grab the attention of young people moving into their new home. We can show them that it's okay to speak about consent and it's okay to speak about rape. We can be the ones to help survivors report and ask for help. We can be the ones to help destroy the shame that so often nips at their heels.

What Does a Rapist Look Like? In Response to George Lawlor From Warwick University

Olive Barton | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Olive Barton

Very few are given the right information to know who to contact should they need help. Consent sessions should you want to take part in them are a chance to learn, grow and develop. The harsh reality is that PSHE School education is a lottery, and there are very few winners.

Going to University: It's Not Academic

David Spencer | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Spencer

As many students settle into their first year at university and when the next tranche of teenagers visit institutions across the UK, choosing where they will do their degree, I reflect on the stark difference between my two children and their journeys through the education system.