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We need to politicise mental health
14th April 2024

We need to politicise mental health

A rising number of people in Britain are on antidepressants. Your risk of mental illness correlates with how young, how poor and how socially-disadvantaged you are. Why is this and what should we do about it?
No-sex tenancy clauses are a landlord’s newest weapon amid the housing crisis
10th April 2024

No-sex tenancy clauses are a landlord’s newest weapon amid the housing crisis

Imagine not being able to have sex in your house. It might become the reality under a ‘no-sex tenancy clause’
Lower entry requirements for international students? An international student’s perspective
9th April 2024

Lower entry requirements for international students? An international student’s perspective

Universities have been accused of offering international students lower entry grade requirements, but what does this reveal about our higher education institutions, and how does it affect the way international students are viewed?
Graduation looms. Please don’t send me out into the big bad world
9th April 2024

Graduation looms. Please don’t send me out into the big bad world

With the curtain closing on my student days, I’m anxiously anticipating life after graduation – and I’m not handling it well
Have universities become too reliant on international fees?
8th April 2024

Have universities become too reliant on international fees?

Alleged disparities in entry requirements between internal and international students raise questions about universities’ reliance on international fees, and the impact this may have on internal students
Crashing pres and judging the drinking culture at different student accommodations
19th March 2024

Crashing pres and judging the drinking culture at different student accommodations

On a mission to discover which student accommodation hosts the best pres, I crashed some flats to find out the answer
Community strength is the best thing about university. Long-live my house share!
16th March 2024

Community strength is the best thing about university. Long-live my house share!

As I stare out of a library window, well and truly into dissertation season but thinking back to the joys of St Patrick’s Day, I’m reminded of how lucky I feel to live in a tight-knit student community
Main library musings – rant column #1
15th March 2024

Main library musings – rant column #1

Edition #1 of the Opinion section’s rant column: Dive in for some good old fruitless grumbling about issues the Opinion editors think plague student life
Is marrying a foreigner now exclusively a privilege of the rich?
15th March 2024

Is marrying a foreigner now exclusively a privilege of the rich?

As the government desperately tries to cling to power they’ve announced yet another crackdown on immigration. Infuriating changes to family and skilled worker visas are set to take effect in April and they’re going to make marrying a foreigner a privilege of the rich
Has feminism returned to essentialism?
13th March 2024

Has feminism returned to essentialism?

After years of the feminist movement trying to extricate itself from gender essentialism, we’re seeing a regression in attitudes towards essentialist views; what does this mean for gender equality?

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Flipping the script: Girlhood as a new model for women
8th March 2024

Flipping the script: Girlhood as a new model for women

What makes women who they are? Why we’re travelling back in time to find ourselves while teens look to the future
Unravelling the modern dating dilemma: Challenges in student relationships
4th March 2024

Unravelling the modern dating dilemma: Challenges in student relationships

Is university ruining dating, or is dating ruining university?
2nd March 2024

The kids aren’t alright: Sunak’s school phone ban won’t stop bigotry, even a bit

Sunak’s ban on phones in secondary school is doing little to solve the problem, and more to make it worse
A year of elections: Has politics turned into a joke?
1st March 2024

A year of elections: Has politics turned into a joke?

Prepare for a whirlwind year filled with elections. Yet, amidst the political frenzy, are young people becoming increasingly disillusioned with politicians?
Underpaid and overworked: How Ofsted does nothing to help teachers
29th February 2024

Underpaid and overworked: How Ofsted does nothing to help teachers

The suicide of Ruth Perry, a primary school headteacher of 13 years, begs the overdue question of why are public services measured by business-centric standards of governance? Teaching is highly personal and increasingly complex, and Ofsted should treat it as such
29th February 2024

Is there anything the Tories won’t do for the Rwanda bill?

A recent parliamentary report opposed the Rwanda bill for its human rights violations, but apparently, that is not enough to stop Rishi Sunak and his government; How far are they truly prepared to go?
The paradoxes of student democracy
28th February 2024

The paradoxes of student democracy

Low engagement in student democracy leads to expectations that are both too high and both too low – why? They promise the impossible, and don’t deliver
9ams: The University needs a wake-up call
25th February 2024

9ams: The University needs a wake-up call

9am lectures and tutorials benefit nobody. They’re often simply written-off by students, and are a detriment to university education
Why I won’t be paying an ‘eco-tax’ on my period products
24th February 2024

Why I won’t be paying an ‘eco-tax’ on my period products

Periods are expensive. Eco-friendly period products are even more expensive. Given the climate crisis, what is a student meant to do?
Sunak’s vape ban will dispose of the disposable
22nd February 2024

Sunak’s vape ban will dispose of the disposable

Love ’em or hate ’em, the timely end of disposable vapes is peeking over the horizon, and it is a glorious view from where I’m sitting