The Mancunion

Britain's biggest student newspaper


Syria independence flag flies over a large pathering of protesters in Idlib. Photo: FreedomHouse

‘This pressure is making it impossible to study’

The civil war has left Syrians studying in the UK fearing for friends and family and struggling financially. Joe Sandler Clarke talks to Husam Helmi – a Syrian PhD student at Brunel University – about how the crisis is affecting him

Tacko: "Senegal is a very homophobic country."

‘If they send me back to Senegal, I’m a dead man’

Senegalese student Tacko Mbengue faces deportation unless he can prove he is gay – raising questions about society’s attitude to homosexuality

Historian Kenneth Pomeranz. Photo: Cliff Moore (University of Chicago)

Pomeranz: ‘I got into Chinese history by a series of accidents’

Celebrated historian Kenneth Pomeranz talks to The Mancunion’s Jonathan Breen about the importance of understanding China and Niall Ferguson

Photo: Lisa Murgatroyd

NUS heads into National Conference at a crossroads

The next president of the National Union of Students will take the helm of a well-intentioned but divided movement

Carswell: "They talk about austerity, but on what planet is spending £108 billion more than you take in tax every year austerity."

Carswell: the man who is fighting politics, and winning

‘Dreadful, ill-qualified and parasitic’ politicians have contributed to the end of politics, Douglas Carswell MP tells Andrew Williams.

Cox: 'A scientific theory is never wrong until it's shown to be wrong.'

Brian Cox: wonders of the world of physics

University of Manchester Professor Brian Cox talks to Callum Millar about Higgs Boson and the Large Hadron Collider

Burkeman: “One of the many risks with positive thinking is that you come to see everything as a dress rehearsal.”

Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking

New Year’s resolutions broken already? Oliver Burkeman thinks that our problem lies in an obsession with positive thinking

Pangaea Winter Wonderland 2013

Winter Wonderland Pangaea 2013

Julian Wakefield’s shots from Pangaea 2013

Manchester music legend Ian Curtis. But how many of the venues where his band Joy Division use to play are still standing. Image: Patrick Pearse

Manchester’s lost musical heritage

Some of Manchester’s most significant venues have been turned into supermarkets and flats, writes Chloe Glover

Internet giant: Jack Dorsey founded Twitter in the hope that everyone, everywhere could have their say

Twitter: the last stand for social networking?

Its 500 million active users have revolutionised social networking, but Twitter is on a collision course with freedom of expression


The Union’s ethical problem

The Mancunion looks at whether the Student Union’s ‘Sustainable & Ethical Business Code’ is being followed

Message of hope: Ibrahim is looking ahead to the birth of the 'freedom generation'

Syria: my week on the frontline

University of Manchester student Ibrahim Olabi tells The Mancunion about the horrors he encountered during a week-long trip to Syria