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We Need to Talk About Mental Health at Oxbridge

Tanne Spielman | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tanne Spielman

It seems like there is continuous media coverage of Oxbridge, veering between reverence of academic success and revilement of elitism. Yet, mental wellbeing is not discussed enough, even though it is a setting which amplifies and highlights the serious challenges facing university students across the country.

We Need to Encourage Free Speech at UK Universities, Not Silence

Matt Monk | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Monk

We need more motions like motion 314, and less that ban our media, social or otherwise, from doing its job - informing and giving freedom to those who want to voice to be heard when they tell their opposing opinions. We need to encourage free speech at UK universities, not silence.

Assessing Shakespeare at 400 and Making Sure He Didn't Cheat on His Homework

Iain Aitch | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Iain Aitch

It seems remarkable that one man's legacy can still be having such a cultural impact on a nation 400 years after his death. But Shakespeare is no ordinary literary figure, with his work still being seen as a benchmark of the written word across the globe.

How to be an Introvert at University

Karianne Robinson | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

With hindsight I can see that I had little to worry about regarding Fresher's Week and adapting to university style learning. But as a sixth form student with no family who had been to university, my fears surrounding how I would fit in grew considerably. If you happen to be in a similar situation, I hope that this article goes at least a small way to minimising your concerns.

Date Rape Drugs - My Story

Kadie Eve | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Eve

I was lucky. That night I learned how amazing my friends are, and how patient my parents can be. I will be more careful in future, but I shouldn't have to be. If you have plans to slip something in someone's drink next time just think, think about how embarrassed, violated and ashamed I felt and consider whether you are ready to make someone else feel the same.

Flipping the Page: A Story on Growth

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

I feel its weight in my hands. Its interesting texture. The unique scent... The release party was wonderful. As we handed out the latest print editi...

#ScienceX - Inspiring, Challenging, Surprising and Entertaining Through Hands-on Science

Daniele Atkinson | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Tech
Daniele Atkinson

Manchester is the 2016 European City of Science, which recognises our unique scientific heritage and our vital contribution to discovery, invention and industry. The UK's second city has produced a wealth of innovations - it is the place where the industrial revolution began, the atom was split and the programmable computer was created.

Why It's Time for Dyslexics to Come Out of the Closet

Matt Davis | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Davis

here is still a prejudice in education between the students themselves which leads to secrecy instead of openness. It's nothing to be ashamed of, in fact Richard Branson once said 'being dyslexic is actually an advantage and has helped me greatly in life' at the end of the day it's your creative ideas and opinions that will make people take notice, not your calligraphy skills.

University Evicts Mentally Ill Student Against Advice Of NHS Medics

The Huffington Post | Catherine Wyatt | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An LSE student hospitalised with mental illness has been evicted from halls of residence against the advice of two NHS professionals. The London Schoo...

Pregnant at University

Danielle Manton-Kelly | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Manton-Kelly

Being young and pregnant does not automatically mean that you have failed and should pack it all in. If you have decided to study, and you still want to do it, then go and do it!

Are Male Students Reluctant to Call Themselves Feminists?

Claire Hargreaves | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Hargreaves

Girls have Emma Watson, Beyoncé, Gloria Steinem, Caitlin Moran, Taylor Swift, Malala Yousafzai. But is there a male voice that speaks quite as loudly, and in quite such a populist way, to make this generation of young men proud feminists?

An Open Letter to Safe Space Occupants at University

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Just what were you thinking? Did anybody warn you about the dangers of attending university in Britain? Did you, even for a moment, stop to consider whether life at home or a job at your local Subway would protect you from the whirlwind of intellectual adventure, hellhole of differing opinion and carousel of aggressive debate that make university so worthwhile?

We Are Stronger Together, So Must Remain Part of the EU

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Christina Slade

As the referendum date edges closer, I do hope that the power of European unity is preserved. Let's stay not only because Europe offers us so much, but because it is morally right.

Safe Spaces Are Not Demanding Very Much

Imogen Wilson | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Wilson

Common sense and free speech ultimately prevailed, and what happened to me was a glitch in an otherwise important, inclusive and functional policy. I'm not afraid to stand up to the tweeter who claimed I was worse than Putin and Assad combined, and I certainly won't apologise for defending discrimination-free spaces.

I Shouldn't Have to Force My University to Be Accountable to Its Students

Rebecca Pinnington | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Pinnington

No one should have to force them into being accountable; this should be a decision they make freely with the students' interests at heart - if there's one thing my case can achieve, I hope it's the beginnings of a more democratic and considerate university.

Why Should We Stay in the EU for Our Education?

Shruti Verma | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Politics
Shruti Verma

There are many differing arguments for remaining in the EU or leaving it, but here's why I firmly believe we should stay in the EU for the benefit of ...

Britain Should Be Ashamed of Its Treatment of International Students

Bradley Allsop | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

There seems to be an arrogance in the higher education sector too when it comes to how domestic and foreign students are treated- we seem to be under the impression that because we have such world-renowned institutions of learning that students will keep coming no matter how we treat them. Maybe they will, but perhaps they shouldn't - perhaps Britain doesn't deserve them.

Governor Invites Yale To Move Its Billions To Florida, Yale Says No

Huffington Post UK | Chloe Kerr | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

It isn't every day Yale gets an offer like this. Florida Governor Rick Scott has offered Yale University a new home in the Sunshine State. His i...

Does the UK Have a Free Speech Problem?

Toby Gould | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

It is essential that we are able to continue hearing and challenging views. There are some who choose to abuse their right to free speech by harassing and bullying others, but don't oppose free speech because of this - use your right to free speech to oppose their views.

Why Our Student Unions Can Never Be a 'Safe Space' for All

Leo Gibbons-Plowright | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Gibbons-Plowright

Safe Space and No-platform policies are in essence pessimistic and defeatist. Their advocates see mainstream society as something to be feared and to be disengaged from. Our student unions are not challenging or defeating prejudice in wider society, they are simply cowering from it. And in doing so, they are letting down most the minority students they claim to be fighting for.

Students: Defend The Right-To-Debate!

Benjamin David | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin David

This year we have seen various feminists and LGBT-Rights defenders indicted as 'intolerable', 'encroachers of LGBT-rights' and, most worryingly, unfit...

EU and Higher Education

Professor Anne Carlisle | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Anne Carlisle

In four month's time, we will be faced with one of the most important choices of a generation. The arguments are complex and diverse, but for those of us who are passionate about Higher Education, the choice is simple.

The Difficulties Young People Face as a Result of Osborne's Cuts

Greg Bennett | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Greg Bennett

The first Budget of 2016 was announced in parliament yesterday amidst the uproar that one can expect every time George Osborne makes a public appearance. - Although it doesn't cease when he's hidden behind the big shiny door of number 11 either.

Students' Unions Are Left-Wing by Nature - Deal With It

Lucy Gill | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Gill

I mean, you'd think it would be pretty obvious. Students' union - the clue is kind of right there in the name. And yet, there still seems to be considerable confusion on the part of some.

Bristol Student Union Elections: An Insight

John Thalassites | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
John Thalassites

I am currently running for election as Bristol's SU Volunteer Chair. In addition to other promotional material, I have produced a pitch open to all st...