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The Assault on Higher Education

Lucy Moor | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

Education is not a commodity, and it should not be something reserved for the privileged few. The Tories' endless assaults on higher education are an assault on our society at large, widening the gap between poor and privileged more than ever before. 'Social mobility' isn't just dying, it's already dead - and it's about time we started fighting to resuscitate it.

Here's to Those of Us Who Aren't Graduating This Week

Naomi Barrow | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Here's to those of us whose lives got blown off course. Those who are continuing to get up and face the world every single day, despite seeing how far life will go to try and make sure we can't. Who are in new jobs, making new friends, creating a different life from the one we had always planned.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

The Struggles of a Depression and Anxiety Sufferer

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

What I am saying is try your best to talk to someone, but also don't not talk to anyone. Otherwise, you'll end up feeling worse. I want to say that I wish I had talked about my personal problems earlier in order to get rid of this burden before it got worse - but how can I regret something that is immensely difficult to do?

How to Get Into Oxford as an International Student

Marcus Ereira | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Coming down from your country to the UK you are not going to settle for anything les than Oxbridge. However, the Oxbridge application process is sligh...

Showcasing Creativity

Dr Paul Thompson | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr Paul Thompson

June is always an exciting time of year for anyone working in design, as this month marks student degree shows in UK art and design universities. If you studied these subjects, cast your mind back to the effort that went into your final push, the excitement you felt at bringing all your hard work together in one last display.

In Defence of the Arts: The Value of Arts and Humanities Degrees

Lucy Moor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

With tuition fees at £9,000 a year and set to rise even further, the stakes are high, and a degree is becomingly increasingly viewed as a sales transaction, only worth obtaining if you'll do something economically 'useful' (read: science or technology-based) in the end. But, despite what Michael Gove and co might think, education is more than a commodity, and a chronic disregard for the merits of arts degrees could result in the steady erosion of our culture.

A Single Mother's Journey to Becoming a Dentist

Keely Thorne | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Keely Thorne

Finally, after 5 long, hard years, I'm just weeks away from graduating from dental school. This is something that seemed almost impossible a few years ago; when I found out I was pregnant during my second year of this difficult course. Even more impossible when, at 7 months pregnant I also became single.

On Graduate Pressure: The Door Is Not Closed

Molly Willis | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Willis

Once you have chosen which door you want opened, there will, in fact, be more on the other side. It might be twenty years before you get to the next door, or it might be three. When my dad first gripped the handle that would lead to his life as an undergraduate student, it was a realisation that this door was never closed, it was simply one that he had never tried to open before.

Get the Most Out of University - Study a Subject You Love

Karianne Robinson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

Choosing a subject to study at degree level is the first big hurdle in the university application process. Being able to make a strong, confident decision at this stage can make the whole application process easier and prevent concerns from growing about whether or not you've made the right decision. Unfortunately, it's rarely an easy decision to make when there are so many different considerations to bear in mind.

Going Back to Uni - A Road Less Travelled

Becky Barnes | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

At the back of my mind I had always felt disappointed that I had never finished university. I was an intelligent woman who had drifted in and out of a succession of less than inspiring jobs and I always felt I was capable of so much more, but I didn't know what.

Why Rankings Should Measure How Well Universities Inspire Students and nurture activism

Alice McCool | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice McCool

In the Guardian University Guide, SOAS earned a ranking of 30 out of 119 universities. This is not a bad score, but it would look pretty different if the guide took into account the role of a university in inspiring and opening the minds of its students.

I Haven't Got Time For Fun!

Kate Elliott | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

It can be far to easy to assume you haven't got any time for a little self care, but in reality you can always find a small space for it. In the long term it will definitely be better for your wellbeing that cutting it out altogether!

Students Fight for Veggie and Vegan Options at University

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

2016 is the biggest ever year for vegans, with brands such as Quorn releasing egg-free products, Guinness planning to create a vegan beer, and Ben & Jerry's announcing dairy-free ice creams. Universities are generally known as places that advocate this sort of forward thinking and embrace positive change. Why then do so many British universities seem so behind on providing vegetarian and vegan options in their student unions?

Star Academy: Hague, Jolie, and the LSE

Julian Vigo | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

As a scholar with years of teaching experience plus research, public lectures, grants, as well as a body of academic publications to show for my years...

Shocking Student Mental Health Statistics in New Report

Lucy Roberts | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Roberts

Mental illness among students is at the highest it's been since 2007. *TRIGGER WARNING* In the last few days a shocking report has been published...

The High Price of Graduation

Ella Wilks-Harper | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Wilks-Harper

This problem will continue to persist with the growing threat of future fee hikes, pushing more students into further debt and undoubtedly leading more students into reconsidering attending their graduation ceremony altogether.

The Printing Privilege: The Company Claiming To Make Life Cheaper For Students

Alex Gatenby | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Tech
Alex Gatenby

From my experience as both an undergraduate and post-graduate student, I think I speak for the majority when I say I warmly welcome any company that wants to help reduce student costs.

Why Aren't More Graduates Considering Careers With Start-Ups?

Morwenna Jones | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Morwenna Jones

Six months ago, I lost my job. Sitting in an office with the CEO and Founder of the company I'd been working for, I heard the words no graduate wants to hear: "We're sorry, but we can't keep you on".

Party Politics Puts Me Off the NUS

Jack Harvey | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Harvey

In case you hadn't heard, the National Union of Students (NUS) is in hot water. After accusations of undemocratic behaviour, anti-Semitism from the President and otherwise astonishing politics from a bunch of secretive radical cliques, it faces mutiny from numerous universities, asking their students to vote on whether the individual unions should remain a part of the national body...

College Wars: The American Students Protesting Against Racism

Sam Bright | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Bright

The spark: In November 2015, protestors at the University of Missouri forced the resignation of the college President and Chancellor. ©Associated Pre...

NUS Disaffiliation and the Seemingly Unassailable Rise of the 'Ordinary Student'

Lucy Gill | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Gill

I urge anyone currently voting on this issue to take a long, hard look at the arguments and motivations of those proposing such measures, together with their potential implications for the student body as a whole. For those of you voting for knee-jerk or ideological reasons, this post's take-home message also carries a warning...

Students, Smart Drugs and Cheating

Liam Kay | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Kay

If a single pill could instantly make you a genius would you take it? I know I would, I'd take two. Unfortunately, life isn't a movie and there is no ...

Apathy Mixed With Relief - My Reaction to Exeter's NUS Vote

James Beeson | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

The NUS isn't perfect, but to use the analogy a friend of mine put on Facebook, neither is the government. But when a Conservative majority (or Labour majority if you're right-wing) is voted for, you don't threaten to leave the country. You stay, and you criticise, and you vote for someone new.

English Degree Survival 101

April Salchert | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
April Salchert

Over the last few months I've decided to dust off my PhD proposal. As I've contemplated returning to the academic world, I've reflected on the last fe...