UK Youth

'The Foundation of Every State Is the Education of Its Youth' - Diogenes

Ian Baxter | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

I've been fortunate to attend five educational establishments in my life; one primary school, two secondary schools and two universities...

What the Media Industry Can Learn from London360 About Getting Diverse Young People Jobs in the Media

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Jasmine Dotiwala

It would be easy to think the diversity debate about diversity in the media industry is a new thing but it's not. Seventeen years ago I sat on the first diversity committee of a mainstream broadcaster and the question was the same then as it is now: how do we diversify our sector?

Young People Have Spoken With Their Feet - Give the Vote to 16-Year-Olds!

Allan Päll | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics
Allan Päll

After the Scottish referendum which saw a huge number of young people taking to the polls, having been given their democratic right to vote for the first time, how can David Cameron go on ignoring 16 and 17-year-olds who are desperate to let their voice be heard?

Sports Leadership - Practical Learning With a Qualification to Show

Linda Plowright | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Linda Plowright

Vocational learning is wide ranging and inclusive for all abilities, far more so than many academic styles of learning. We need to encourage a culture where vocational and academic qualifications are seen as equal, and learners follow the route most suited to them with pride.

So, do you think you know Generation Z? Well think again - meet The Gen-erators Z: They are Self-Starters, not just Selfie-Takers

Paul Drury | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Paul Drury

I've always been intrigued about what makes young people tick, so was great to see so much hype around a new Gen-erators Z report released this week. ...

Labour Should Engage the North Too

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Labour should be commended for their efforts to bring the disengaged into politics, whether those for whom the referendum in Scotland rejuvenated their interest in politics or for young people and ethnic minorities. They should go further too, they need to ensure the regions where the anger at Westminster bubble matches that felt by many Scot, once again take part in the political process, both for their chances in 2015 and for the condition of British democracy.

Grooming Gangs: Tackle the Crime Not the Community

Sara Yasmin Anwar | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Sara Yasmin Anwar

All those that participated stressed that those who commit sexual offences on the Pakistani community are a very small minority of people. Therefore, it's grossly unfair for the media to portray sexual grooming as being a feature of the Pakistani community.

Youth and Crisis: How Libya's Key Demographic are Making a Difference

International Political Forum | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
International Political Forum

Tawfik Ben Saoud, one of Benghazi's most prominent activists, summed it up by saying, "A military movement alone can't solve the crisis; there must a civil movement that works parallel to it. If youth are given a chance, they can find a peaceful solution. My message to Libya's youth is, you are powerful and you can make change. You just need to take the opportunity and act."

Youth Power: The Film Premiere with a Difference. #SwingTheVote

Rae Mullins | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Rae Mullins

A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.

Government Must Act Now to Improve Our Children's Future

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Millions of children face a bleak future, neglected, homeless and living in poverty because help isn't getting to them and their families soon enough. Spending time and money on preventing a problem early on can avoid greater cost, effort and future harm.

Stop Fearing Young People

Scott M. Weber | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott M. Weber

"If we exist, it is because society has failed..." a prominent gang leader in Central America told me as we discussed why the "Maras" (a slang word for gang) are so important in the lives of young people today. "We're their family", he told me with pride.

Stop Teaching Your Child to Read!

William Higham | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.

Why Nationalism Cannot Prevail

Asha Patel | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Asha Patel

When we separate ourselves, by nation, by religion, by football team even (yes I know that one will stir a few emotions) we are being divisive. It's adversarial in its very nature; an us versus you mentality.

Dear Ed Miliband, Come After Our Youth Vote and You Will Be Prime Minister

Ben Brown | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Brown

The Conservatives relentlessly and unashamedly target the elderly vote. Come after us in the same way and we'll make so much noise that you won't be able to hear the door of Number Ten close behind you.

What Young People Don't, But Should, Know About Britain's Nuclear Weapons

Claudia Hyde | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

For governments seeking to strengthen their own agendas it can help to have a minimally informed or, at least, somewhat apathetic electorate. And so important political decisions are often veiled in a cloak of terminology that alienates voters - especially young voters.

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

Youth is More Than the Theme of the Day; It's the Theme of the Decade

Kate Redman | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Kate Redman

The number of young people experiencing the impact of slow economic growth is at an all-time high. Currently, they make up 18% of the population in developing countries; and constitute 12% of the population in developed countries.

Forget Ukip - Chase the Youth Vote

Bradley Allsop | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The main parties shouldn't be tripping over themselves to out-do UKIP, allowing the far-right to set the debate, and dance to Farage's tune. Instead politicians should be focusing on one of the most neglected demographics, giving what will soon be the people running society a sense of hope and inclusion - regardless of their country of origin. Politicians instead, should be chasing young voters.

Apathy or Activism? - The Choice Facing the Young

Bradley Allsop | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

This is the choice we face, and its importance cannot be overestimated. Do we dismiss politics and all associated, just hoping things don't affect us too much? Or do we fight for what we believe, and force politics to work for everyone? Do we choose apathy, or activism?

Festival Treason: Why I Won't Be Buying a Ticket This Season

Isabella Smith | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Isabella Smith

It's not that I don't like music. I like music, loads. All different kinds of music. It's not even that I don't like camping. I have voluntarily, repeatedly, slept in a field without a tent in February with the Army Reserve. Festival camping is veritable luxury compared to that. You don't have to poo in a bush. You don't have to eat cold yellow soup of an indeterminate flavour out of a foil bag.

One Judgement Fits All?

Esther Hayden | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Hayden

Recently I walked into my local swimming pool at 6.30am. Among the swimmers wiping sleep from their eyes, there was one woman racing up, down, up, down, up, barely raising her head for breath. What assumptions are you already making about her? Keen? yes. Fit? clearly. Thin? no.

Our Youth Hate Themselves

Anna Moody | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I see trouble ahead...don't you? Our children are heading into the abyss of low self-esteem and self-loathing at a startling rate. Let's assess the recent incident in Magaluf. One young woman and 23 young men involved in a sexual act in public. I have read various viewpoints in the newspapers.

Why Road Trip 2015 Could Win the Election for the Tories

Danny Bowman | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

The next election is upon us and the Tories have a new weapon in their arsenal - it's called road trip 2015. This involves young future Tory politicians going out on the streets campaigning on issues that matter to local communities.

The Political Apathy Myth: How Young People are Redefining Political Engagement

Danny Bartlett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Political apathy is a term usually associated with youth. Whether it's low voter turnout, disengagement from democratic processes or the lack of knowledge to make informed decisions, young people have been identified as the one demographic seemingly beyond saving.

The End of the Academic Year Is Upon Us - With Both Students and Business Facing the Same Choices About 'Investing' in Future Capabilities

Leo Quinn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Leo Quinn

Across the country, tens of thousands of students are getting ready for the end of the academic year - and facing one of the most crucial decisions of...