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For My Siblings, On Their Graduation

Rebecca Allen | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Allen

I was alone. No one told me what to do next. There were no helpful leaflets, or Welcome to Real Life packs... I cannot emphasise this enough: no one will give you any opportunity without you asking. Having a degree does not give you an automatic right to anything.

Gender Segregation: Why the Latest EHRC Guidance for Universities is a Secular Victory

Chris Malburn | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malburn

Everyone has freedom of (and from) religion and belief, and the right to practice however they like, but it should never impact upon the freedom of others to live their lives how they wish. That the government is choosing to uphold this basic but vital principle is a fantastic victory for secularism, humanism and feminism, and another step towards a more equal and fair society.

Watching Graduation Is a Bizarre Experience

Danielle Lowe | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

For graduands and graduates it's a mixture of excitement but the terror of uncertainty and an air of sadness seems to fill a lot of faces... To those starting university, don't let what you have fall away from you, it's the most disappointing feeling in the world (trust me, I know).

Dear Fresher, Enclosed is Some Advice, Love From the Students of Plymouth University

Madison Taylor | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Fresher's week, starting university and leaving all your home comforts behind is all that applicant students will be thinking about this summer. Whilst there is a lot of excited adrenaline coursing through veins, there will also be a lot of trepidation and nervousness.

Flirting With Freelancing as a Graduate

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

There will be moments when you do a double take on your lifestyle... Just because there isn't a graduate scheme for it, doesn't mean you can't do the work you want to do. Go old school, send some emails, make some calls, and set yourself up... if you offer something good enough, the clients will come trotting.

Student Cut Off By Parents For Being Gay: "They believe my sexuality is immoral"

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A US student was cut off by her parents for her sexuality, and is now resorting to donations to pay for university. Nineteen-year-old Kate Koenig's...

University Gender Gap Increases Again

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly 100,000 more women than men have applied for university places this year - a 30% increase. UCAS, which recorded the applications amid concer...

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now - Four Essential Considerations for Any Aspiring Law Student

Simon Cairns | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cairns

Be warned. If you're considering a legal career, make sure you've thought it through carefully... Today, law firms and chambers are expecting more from potential trainees and pupils than ever before. Before embarking on this major journey, start to think about what it is you really want to do and what will make you happy.

Why Did Lecturer Strip To His Pants In Class?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers and lecturers will use a variety of methods to keep their students' attention but stripping down to your pants is a new one on us. It didn...

Students - Protect Yourselves Against Meningitis

Chris Head | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Head

It is vital that UK students are aware that there is a new freely available Meningitis C booster, which they need before they head off to university... New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher's week.

Why Europe's Universities Need 'Stress Testing' Even More Than the Banking Sector

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.

Things You'll Miss About Student Life

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gabrielle Leimon

You now wander past costume shops and realise that events nowadays rarely require costumes for no good reason... At this post-graduate stage of your life having at least three bottle openers in any given handbag is seen as excessive rather than handy... You're a grown up now.

How to Get the Most Out of a Year Abroad

Natalie King | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie King

So you're going on a Year Abroad. You're probably crazy excited but really effing scared. You might still be slightly in denial that it's happening at all... whether you're studying or working, and wherever you spend the year, here are four failsafe ways to make the most of it.

Eight Ways To Rectify That "WTF Did I Do Last Night" Feeling

Madison Taylor | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

You wake up blurry eyed, head pounding like the bass from the night before and the lingering taste of a regrettable kebab and tequila shots in your mouth... You turn your head away from the light streaming in through the gap in your curtains and lay there motionless as you attempt to recall last night's antics.

An Insider's Survival Guide to Graduation

Dolly Williams | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dolly Williams

So for the past three years you've been working hard to learn as much as you can in your chosen discipline, and you've made true friends and acquaintances that will last for life along the way. And looking back, it's been a pretty special and eventful journey. Now, it's finally time for you to graduate and look towards embarking upon the next chapter of your life.

Who Needs Exams?

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

It has been proven that people have different learning styles and not everyone works well under pressure. If a mark was devised from a student's overall progress throughout the year, taking class participation and coursework into consideration, surely this would be a fairer judge of their academic ability...

Talent Cupboard Launches CV Builder To Help Graduates Land Their Dream Job

Adam Ball | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Ball

With Talent Cupboard we're looking to help young people create a CV that's built for the 21st Century, as well making it easier for employers to find the right people by being able to intelligently search through a database of skills.

Student Union Elections: Does Your Vote Matter?

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

With candidates making promises to have a pay-as-you-go gym, a free annual music event or free printer credits, it seems a shame that the elections still fail to capture the attention of the majority of the student population. Students should try to engage more with Guild politics to get the most out of their university experience and ensure that they are fully represented by the best possible candidate.

The Perils of the Jobcentre and the Ineptitude of Their Advisers

Fez Sayed | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Fez Sayed

There's a classic song by the band Green Day called 'Warning' from the album of the same name, released in 2000, where agile and energetic front man B...

Frank Field MP and Immigration - My Reply

Michael Abberton | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

A couple of weeks ago, Frank Field MP wrote an open letter to David Miliband about taking a harder (might I say UKIP) line on immigration. I wasn't impressed and wrote a reply - and Mr.Field subsequently replied to me. Below is my response to him.

Facing Up to the Reality of Eating Disorders and Social Media

Harriet Pavey | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Pavey

Social media fuels the epidemical nature of the quest for the "perfect" body for summer that sweeps across the country. With Instagram's salad obsessed, Twitter accounts devoted to fitness and 'I wish I could look like this' captions, and the disturbing "thinspo" hashtag, the "summer body" infiltrates our lives.

Why Does Society Diagnose You as Terminally Single?

Madison Taylor | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Why is it, that in our community, we feel that being single is a punishment, undesirable; and basically means you're a hideous leper? This is what I tell my mother constantly, as more than once a week she asks if I am seeing someone.

A toast to teachers

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Dominic Stevenson

Teaching isn't easy, and it's getting harder as ministers and parents decide they know best, but teachers will carry on. They'll strive and sweat and do their best and they will change more lives and they'll be remembered in years to come when dreams they helped to build come true.

Freshers Expectations vs. Student Reality

Madison Taylor | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Despite it being the summer, Freshers and the beginning of term will be upon us before we know it. There will be thousands of fresh-faced, nervous 18 year olds in the pool of trepidation which is first year. They will currently be dreaming of freedom and what university life in Plymouth (of all places) will be like.

Reaction to Kirstie Allsopp's 'Ditch University and Have a Baby By 27'

Rose Taylor | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Taylor

I am a firm believer in doing whatever is right for you in life with regards to career decisions and when to start a family, there should be no rules or guidelines, and no one should be frowned upon for their choices in life. As a result, it is no wonder that I disagree with Kirstie Allsopp's 'advice' to young girls about having a baby by 27 and ditching university.