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Alexandra Baynes

Alexandra Baynes

Head Editor of Opinion Section. Radio Host on Fuse FM. Twitter: @lexiebayness

University of Manchester secures Disability Confident Leader status

University of Manchester secures Disability Confident Leader status

Successful accreditation of the award requires organisations to demonstrate their commitment to disability equality
Women’s ‘invisible labour’ is the backbone of Christmas

Women’s ‘invisible labour’ is the backbone of Christmas

All of the work women put into the festive season goes underappreciated, underacknowledged and unpaid; I’m fed up with it
Greater Manchester Combined Authority opens consultation on its new Good Landlord Charter

Greater Manchester Combined Authority opens consultation on its new Good Landlord Charter

The Charter aims to improve the standard of renting and hold landlords to account, in both the private and social renting sectors
The End We Start From review: Quietly moving, powerfully provocative

The End We Start From review: Quietly moving, powerfully provocative

Mahalia Belo’s depiction of an ecological crisis is grimly realistic but Jodie Comer’s portrayal of the challenges of womanhood steals the show
We’re still in a cost of living crisis. Where’s our £170 this year?

We’re still in a cost of living crisis. Where’s our £170 this year?

The University’s forgotten about the cost of living crisis, and has left students grappling in the same tough financial circumstances; this year, with a £170-shaped hole in their pockets
University launches new BA degree in Creative and Cultural Industries

University launches new BA degree in Creative and Cultural Industries

The BA in Creative and Cultural Industries, for students interested in the two sectors, will be starting in September 2024
Manchester selected as European Capital of Cycling 2024

Manchester selected as European Capital of Cycling 2024

Manchester has won a bid to be ACES European Capital of Cycling, despite being ranked the fourth worst UK city for cycling two months prior
Iconic Old Quad to be remodelled

Iconic Old Quad to be remodelled

The University has revealed plans to remodel the Old Quad area ahead of its bicentenary next year
Support for gender diverse students: Gender Expression Fund and option to add pronouns on Microsoft 365

Support for gender diverse students: Gender Expression Fund and option to add pronouns on Microsoft 365

Students can access a Gender Expression Fund, and add their pronouns on Microsoft 365, in two separate announcements which both aim to support gender diverse students
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes review – Dystopia as a hard-hitting critique of the modern world

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes review – Dystopia as a hard-hitting critique of the modern world

It isn’t what’s on the big screen which makes the most powerful impression; it’s the film’s grim use of dystopia and its trivialisation of political violence
How do we make Reclaim the Night more than just a “white women’s march”? In conversation with the Feminist Collective

How do we make Reclaim the Night more than just a “white women’s march”? In conversation with the Feminist Collective

The Feminist Collective discuss the effectiveness of Reclaim the Night campaign, and the changes they hope to see to make it more inclusive and intersectional
EXCLUSIVE DJ Billy interview: the star at the centre of every student’s favourite Friday night

EXCLUSIVE DJ Billy interview: the star at the centre of every student’s favourite Friday night

In DJ Billy’s “first and only” interview, The Mancunion sat down with the icon of a Friday night at The Vic and unearthed a series of revelations: ranging from DJ Billy’s humble rise to fame, his connections to Justin Bieber, and his future at The Vic
A Christmas list for the girliepops

A Christmas list for the girliepops

Whether you’re struggling with Christmas gift ideas for friends or family, or looking for things to add to your own wish list, here is a compilation of the best Fashion & Beauty recommendations this season
Students in halls restricted from drying clothes in their flats

Students in halls restricted from drying clothes in their flats

Concerns include the fire risk of clothes driers which obstruct passageways and the risk of mould increased by moisture and poor air circulation
What on earth is going on in the House of Commons?

What on earth is going on in the House of Commons?

Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet is like a reality TV episode; there’s constant shocks, surprises, and strains. It’s entertaining, but there’s a deeper issue of trust underlying the show
Plans for new student accommodation in Hulme rejected for the fourth time

Plans for new student accommodation in Hulme rejected for the fourth time

The erection of a nine-storey block in Hulme, an 11-minute walk from the University, has led local residents and students to protest to “block the block”
Applying for graduate schemes and jobs is the worst thing on my to-do list

Applying for graduate schemes and jobs is the worst thing on my to-do list

The process of even attempting to apply for graduate opportunities is intense and unfair, and the government and potential employers need to change their attitudes towards graduates
New Zealand Wines wins Independent Retailer of the Year award

New Zealand Wines wins Independent Retailer of the Year award

The popular shop on Wilmslow Road won big at the Bestway Awards. Both employees and students are celebrating their success
Pro-Palestine student groups occupied the Samuel Alexander building overnight

Pro-Palestine student groups occupied the Samuel Alexander building overnight

Manchester Leftist Action occupy Samuel Alexander building overnight and engage in National Student Walkout
Iconic women who paved the way in Manchester

Iconic women who paved the way in Manchester

We highlight the lives of six of Manchester’s most inspiring women, their stories, and their legacies