Weaving a less tangled Web
Following the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Sophie Marriott looks at how it has been used and abused, and what the legacy of its creator, Tim Berners-Lee is.
Which sun is shining on us?
Sophie Marriott argues that whilst we enjoy the unseasonable weather this week we should remember the climate change it is a symptom of is not just going to keep making things a bit warmer, but it is already causing devastating natural disasters.
Pigeonholed by the puffa jacket
Sophie Marriott looks at the way student culture, for all its diversity, can pigeonhole us into narrow tropes with particular expectations, and how this can restrain our ability to explore our self-identities.
Attenborough let us down — but we can still rise up
Following critique of David Attenborough’s stance on climate action, Sophie Marriott argues that we shouldn’t be so reliant on celebrities making political statements to guide our social consciousness
Artefact of the Week: Nasca Ceramic Jug
In this edition of Artefact of the Week, Sophie Marriott looks at a ceramic jug from the Nasca Culture of Pre-Hispanic South America and how their mysterious and captivating artistry was filled with their iconography
History departments branded ‘overwhelmingly white’
Sophie Marriott explores Manchester University’s reaction to recent revelations by the Royal Historical Society regarding the distinct lack of racial diversity in the study of history in higher education.
This is the Female Gaze: Challenging the artist and subject
Sophie Marriott interviews student photographer Maisie Lee about the upcoming ‘Female Gaze’ exhibition and the how to challenge the frequently gendered relationship between artists and subject.
Corporate lobbyists have no place in climate policy
As it is revealed that 90% of the World’s largest firms lobby against action on climate change, Sophie Marriott argues that corporate power poses the biggest threat to the future of the environment and society.
‘Weight’ is such a weighted word
Sophie Marriott argues that the criticism of Weight Watchers for their name change is placing too much meaning on the language of wellness and in itself weighing down notion of health and perpetuating cultures of shame.
Universities are still failing to address mental health
Sophie Marriott argues that the University of Bristol’s recently announced scheme to safeguard students who suffer from mental health problems exemplifies the apprehension to confront the issue of suicides on UK campuses.
Why it matters if Brett Kavanaugh gets selected for the Supreme Court
Leah Marlow explores the case of Brett Kavanaugh and how the defence of his behaviour by other American politicians the misogyny that prevails in American politics under the Trump administration.
UK’s turns to African trade partners as Brexit looms
Sophie Marriott writes: Theresa May’s visit to the UK’s closest partners in Africa displays the paternalism and imperialism still present in global trade
Smartphones are becoming the new luxury cars
Sophie Marriott writes that as smartphones become increasingly crucial to everyday life they become just as much embroiled with poverty and inequality as the luxury car market.
Freshers week is to be survived
Sophie Marriott Writes: A contradictory attitude surrounding the tradition of freshers week exacerbates the potential for it to become a stressful and difficult time for new students.