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Student Disunion

Chris Whiting | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Recently the National Union of Students (NUS) released their pre-general election campaign for 2015, a tradition that is supposed to mobilise the youth vote and champion student politics on a national stage - however this year's campaign is less remarkable for the promotion of student involvement in the democratic process and more for partisan alienation of those who don't subscribe to a very specific ideology.

Challenging the Idea of a Hyper-Social University Experience

Jennifer Marie Carpenter | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jennifer Marie Carpenter

If there is one thing I have learned from my degree (Archaeology and Anthropology) it is that no one ever fits an 'ideal' type such as the 'hyper-social student' that the media presents. And so, instead of creating a breeding ground for social anxiety and even a damaging retreat into isolation, perhaps we could take a bit more time to do or see things a bit more inclusively.

The NUS Should Be Ashamed of Their Latest Advertising Campaign

Ben Parr | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Parr

It is true, politicians break promises. We all know this and should probably have worked it out a long time ago. But before starting a student campaign to ruin the Lib Dems, surely it is worth taking a step back and looking at the promises they did deliver on?

Being a 'Student' Is No Excuse for Social Irresponsibility

Alexandra Heal | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Heal

As a university undergraduate, I'm hopefully poorer than I shall ever be again. Actually, that's probably a lie. But negative job and property-ladder prospects aside, as a student, isn't it my prerogative to lament my current financial situation? And is it not, therefore, permitted to be as socially irresponsible as I see fit?

Word From the Wise

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

On 8 April, Tim Wise gave a lecture at Loyola University New Orleans. The talk was called "Don't Call Me A Racist" and focused on anti-racism and white privilege. Wise is an American anti-racism activist and writer who lectured at over 600 college campuses. One of my tutors advised that our class attend the lecture...

Do Internships 'Privilege' Those Who Are Wealthy?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Post-graduation, many twenty-somethings intern in the hope of securing a job for the future. But national campaign Intern Aware has warned that gra...

It's Our Future and It's Time to Own It

Darryl Morris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Darryl Morris

The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.

Is This The Fastest University Challenge Answer Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

University Challenge fans are used to seeing students answering questions at lightening speed, but this was something else. In the final on Monday,...

Womenomics: What Constitutes Best Practice for Future Leaders?

Helena Eccles | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

A lot of the conversation that surrounds this topic is about how we can accelerate women in middle management or executive roles to the boardroom and what indeed the best-practice is to achieve that goal. We know that quotas don't work and The Rise of Women in Society study backs that up.

Do You Have to Be Sporty to Be Cool at University?

Flora Carr | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Flora Carr

From the minute I first arrived at my traditionally 'sporty' university, I became aware of one universal truth: gym is life. I also discovered just how competitive it is to get into the twenty-second-division netball team.

Are Students Lazy, or Just Being Overworked?

Victoria Farley | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Victoria Farley

Modern student culture in the UK is based around one thing, and one thing alone- drinking. It's ingrained into students the moment they step onto campus for the first time, with a week of celebrations and revelry that's actively encouraged by every university in the country.

How Worrying About Money Affects Your Degree (and How to Stop)

Owen Burek | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Burek

Knowing how the system works won't magic any more money into the pot, but if you don't know you're being undersold you can't challenge it. Get clued-up, and don't quit until you get what you're entitled to.

Top Universities Offering Best Student Experience Revealed

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The student experience is more than just study groups and curriculums, and reflecting the complex facets that contribute to you having the best educat...

Online Learning - the Best Is Yet to Come

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

With traditional education locking out the majority of the world's population it is clear that online learning has a huge role to play. Especially given the obvious fact that it is impossible for all young people in Asia and Africa to travel to North America and Europe to experience higher education.

Education About Politics Should Start at Primary School

Gemma Joyce | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Joyce

It's a vicious circle. Young people are increasingly depressed by their dwindling life prospects and they simply don't trust politicians. Meanwhile, their low voter turnout gives politicians little reason to gear significant pledges towards their prosperity.

London Is Still Smouldering After Massive Blaze

Huffington Post | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK

Londoners could be forgiven for feeling a little hot under foot today as the city continued to burn underground following a huge electrical fire in Ho...

Stop Telling Students Their Languages Degrees Are Useless

Josie Miller | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Josie Miller

"But why not do a degree in French and Business?" was the favourite from people my parents' age, who have decided that everyone in the world can now communicate through gestures and Google Translate. "Business is useful. Business will help you get a job."

On Turning 21

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Getting older is also really funny, because when I was a teenager I liked the feeling of being one, of being a youth. Yet now that I'm a little older, I'd never want to go back to being that age.

Going Teetotal for the Easter Holidays

Harry Maxwell | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Maxwell

With the start of the Easter holidays, and my third year of exams, I've decided to officially start my 'dry spell'. I'm showing zero tolerance to alcohol and no-platforming it from my life. Why now? Because I figured it's a better time than any. I need to smash out some revision and hangovers are not conducive to this, while none of my friends are around to go out anyway.

Uni's Prospectus Cover Pulled For Offending Everyone Who Isn't A White Male

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The University of North Georgia has come under fire for featuring what some claim is a 'racist' stock image on the front cover of a Continuing Educati...

My Job Application Theory

Helena Baker | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Baker

Dating is a complicated and convoluted game, and not one I particularly understand. Given my inherit lack of patience and my past experience being bas...

University Tuition Fees - The Elephant in the General Election Room

Mel Ramsay | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

It was only a matter of time before a party busted out the big guns and spoke about their policies regarding university fees. Queue Ed Miliband and Labour's revolutionary plans to lower fees from £9,000 a year to £6,000.

Sixth-Formers 'Urgently' Need More Support When They Go To University

PA | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Sixth-formers need more support when they leave school or college for university because they do not "magically turn into fully-fledged adults" at the...

Guidance for the Naïve Undergraduate - Part Ten: Living With Others

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

My guidance to you on this occasion is simple; take an en-suite where available, be weary of foreign body hair, be grateful there is no gas tap to leave on in your bathroom and never, I repeat never, loan your slippers out to someone who has no intention of wearing them with their socks.

Academia in Crisis - Liberal Bias Threatens the Integrity of Our Research

Mahmood Naji | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

Crisis may seem a little alarmist. Maybe it is, but probably not. The Enlightment taught us that there exists no better way for us to accrue knowledge about the world than the dispassionate, evidence-driven approach of the scientific method and, conversely, no bigger obstacle to progress than ideology and dogma.