Working Class

Could A Devolved Regional Approach Be The Magic Bullet To Tackle Social Mobility In The UK?

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) recently released a new report examining 20 years of government efforts to tackle social mobility in the UK. Cove...

Bright Working-Class Children Need Grammar Schools

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

Under the veil of the recent election result, the government published the briefing summary Grammar Schools in England, composed of three sections: Cu...

Brexit - Why Right Is Not The New Left

John Wight | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
John Wight

In his 1928 musical play, The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht regales us with the following critique of the dehumanising properties of capitalism. ''...

Exposing The Class-Gender Pay Gap

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Carole Easton

Last month there was another frisson of activity in the press about young women being obliged to wear high heels at work? I don't wear high heels and consider it to be sexist and ridiculous to expect anyone to function effectively in 5" spikes. I am delighted that the issue is being raised and believe that all women have the right to fair treatment at work.

Universities Must Listen To The Voices Of Working Class Students

Frankie Leach | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Frankie Leach

With pioneering reports such as 'Educating All' and the work done by students unions across the country, it is clear that there is an urgent need for change for working class students and young people in the UK. Charities like RECLAIM are refusing to ignore the problems faced by working-class young people and are paving the way for like-minded organisations across the country to combat class division in all its forms.

On Being A Working Class Academic: A Personal Reflection

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Sadly though I'm not convinced that things will change in the foreseeable future but if we can get people thinking and talking about class once more, then maybe we can begin to shake up this deeply elitist society and really begin to address how it detrimentally impacts so many of our lives. Both inside and outside 'the academy'.

Working Class? You Could Be Paid Less For Doing The Same Job

David Johnston | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK
David Johnston

The gender pay gap is a depressing but familiar tale: equally qualified men and women doing the same job, but paid different amounts for it, the women almost always the ones getting less. What has not been highlighted until now is the existence of a class pay gap: people from working class backgrounds being paid less for working in professions than those who have professional parents. A new report from the Social Mobility Commission today highlights this problem and the results should be a concern for employers in Britain.

Working Class Officers At Manchester Uni Will Be ‘The Voice’ Of Less Well-Off Students

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Manchester University’s student union is set to appoint working class student officers to fight for the rights of less well-off undergraduates at th...

The Urgent Question: How Do We Turn The Voting Public Back To The Centre-Left While Tackling Inequality?

E.P Anthony | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
E.P Anthony

Until the centre-left changes its thinking to better reflect working-class needs, they will become increasingly politically irrelevant, inequality will continue to increase, and working-class workers will turn to parties of the far-right who at least pretend to be listening to their concerns.

Integration Is Everyone's Responsibility

Qari Asim | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

The success of this Review will be judged by implementation of its proposals in an inclusive and compassionate way so as to avoid further suspicion, mistrust and segregation.

A Postcode Should Never Dictate Potential

Rachael Gibbons | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachael Gibbons

Leadership potential exists in young people regardless of their background or family income, yet the chances to progress in the workplace are often limited by childhood circumstance. It must be ensured that in order for a more just society our leadership accurately reflects the needs of diverse communities.

Working Class Oxford Students Wearing Primark Clothes Win Protection From Bullying

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An Oxford University college is to appoint a “class liberation officer” to protect working-class students from being called “chavs” or being i...

Are We Living In A Divided Society?

Edward Adoo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Edward Adoo

Many Americans were hoping for a positive election result to improve race and community relations. With Trump elected the future seems uncertain but will the result have any effect on how we deal with community relations across Britain? The new era of right wing politics has not just taken effect across America but it has led to a far right uprising across Europe.

Manchester - One Of The Worst Places To Be A Girl In The UK... Or Is It?

Frankie Leach | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frankie Leach

Plan International UK has recently released a report finding that Manchester, among with Blackpool and Middlesbrough, is one of the worst places in the UK to be a girl.

Social Mobility: The Continuing Pressure To Meet Quotas Means We've Sidestepped Our Real Responsibilities

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

Positive Discrimination was outlawed by the Equality Act 2010. Yet, there remains an incandescent pressure amongst employers and universities to meet ...

Don't Make Me Laugh, Mr Fox

Paul Clayton | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Lawrence, just because you're working for a very low salary does not mean you are working class. Being working class is to do with an awful to more than how much you are paid.

Further Education And Adult Learning Can Provide An Engine For Social Mobility Where Grammar Schools Can't

Rich Wigley | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK Politics
Rich Wigley

Reintroducing Grammar Schools surely won't be cheap. I believe that budget could be better used to help support our FE colleges. Theresa May may have won over Tories hearts, but like the majority of her predecessors, she has proved to have too narrow a mind to win over everyday people.

The Metro-Left's Problem With The Working Class

Sam White | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK Politics
Sam White

Let's be clear about another thing too - there's more to voting than just choosing which party promises to benefit you the most financially.

Social Justice Has Become A Brand

Joanna Taylor | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Joanna Taylor

The other major disadvantage to the mainstream branding of social justice is that it's making the Right loathe us. From the point of view of a social conservative, social justice is the new normal in the public eye and especially on social media, meaning that their opinions appear sidelined, oppressed and unspeakable.

Why Are White Working Class Boys Not Going to University?

Oliver Beach | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Oliver Beach

Business leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Lord Sugar either didn't complete or attend university. According to the education-focussed think tank, these boys feel empowered to be part of the anomaly that achieves incomparable success without the higher education experience...

The Demonisation of the Working-Class Shames Our Nation

Paul Embery | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Something very nasty is happening. A group of people, the most exploited within our society, are under attack. Their marginalisation has been going on for years. But it has accelerated disturbingly since 23 June.

Brexit Aftermath: Flipping the Bird at the Elite?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

The decision to Brexit is one of the most irrational collective decisions in recent history, because those already feeling the heat have turned it up even higher, proving to be their own worst enemy. It was a destructive move, but it wasn't a bolt out of the blue either.

Don't Blame Jeremy Corbyn for a General Failure of the Left

Sam Harrison | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

The only hope of the party now is to be bold, offer a radical new alternative to those who have realised their power in this referendum - and to keep Corbyn, who alone can make that appeal credibly, as leader. History suggests that Labour cannot win without him.

How Classy Is the Brexit Debate and Should Dave Step Down If He Loses?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

As the Statista infographic based on ICM figures shows, the posher parts of the country are mostly in favour of staying put, while the less well-off seemingly want to get out.

Classics for the Common Class

Rebecca Marano | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Marano

We need to squash the redundant notion that it is a subject purely for the linguistically capable elite, and open the doors to the less privileged. This subject is not limited only to language study; the ancient world is full of areas of exploration, so let's not pretend academic scholarship must be limited to linguistics. It's time elitism was shunned from the Classics community and Classical Civilisation is accepted and promoted to all.