Poor Charlie. (16 Reasons Why Charlie Gilmour Shouldn’t Have Been Given 16 Months)


Charlie Gilmour – 21 year old son of Pink Floyd guitarist David – was jailed for 16 months on Friday after pleading guilty to violent disorder at last December’s tuition fee protests. The Cambridge University student was plastered across the next days’ papers after this photograph of him swinging from the Cenotaph was taken . Here are 16 reasons why Charlie Gilmour should not have been given a 16 month custodial sentence… More


What’s Worse for the Future of Students’ Safe Sex: the STI ‘Superbug’ or a Catholic Education?


Students have sex. A lot. In fact, we’re pretty much the only demographic who are dictated by cliché stereotypes to actually have enough sex.

So news of a new ‘STI Superbug’ – a strand of gonorrea resistant to antibiotics – that has been discovered in Japan and is predicted to spread around the world within ten years is certainly bad news for a generation the Mail label as accustomed to ‘increased promiscuity’. (I don’t think this is necessarily the case but I couldn’t resist linking to an article where the Mail makes the sweeping unsubstantiated claim that all young people are a bunch of sluts).

However, a conversation with a 15 year-old I knew this afternoon had me choking on my own disbelief over the 6 o’clock news and thinking about an even bigger threat to the sex habits of young people. The subject of our conversation? The sex education assembly she had at her Catholic school today. Something that I suggest poses a greater threat than an antibiotic-resistant strand of gonorrea. More

How cheap is the booze and where’s the nearest beach? Government’s White Paper puts students at the heart of the system, but do they actually want to be there?


This week I set about researching a piece for The National Student on students’ reaction to the government’s White Paper on proposed Higher Education reforms.

The paper was finally released six months after its accompanying motion was passed in Parliament last December in the midst of those student protests that dominated headlines across the country.  It sets out proposals which, put simply, are supposed to justify their plans to allow Universities to charge up to £9,000 per year in tuition fees from the academic year 2012/13. Main proposals in the paper include lifting restrictions on the amount of places Universities can give to prospective students with A-Level results of AAB or higher to effectively encourage competition between Universities for the brightest students, and mandating greater transparency of data such as contact hours and graduates’ starting salaries at Universities in order to help potential students decide where they want to apply. More

Begging the Question: Are students equipped to deal with controversial issues as they once were?


Just last month Universities UK published a report calling for Vice-Chancellors to avoid banning controversial speakers on campuses; consequential debates regarding student extremism and freedom of speech spawned across the web, and, last week the issue could not be more relevant to students in Southampton as controversial former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg gave a lecture to students at the University as part of Islamic Awareness Week.

Freedom of speech is one of the greatest and most taken for granted aspects of democratic societies and, traditionally, students are looked to as champions for its promotion and the advocating of new liberal ideas permitted by this freedom.

Students are seen to lead the revolutions. Campuses are meant to be where intellectual debate is expected at its most broad-minded and advanced, and the next generation are looked to for an understanding of sociological development that the older generation may have overlooked, or have become too accustomed to the traditional that they are unable to understand. Or, at least, this is the common thought. More

What Lies Ahead for Students in 2011?

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The end of 2010 saw both the House of Commons and the House of Lords pass proposals to cut almost all University funding and allow Universities to charge annual tuition fees of up £9,000. Although these proposals won’t be introduced until 2012, what can students expect in the meantime for 2011? More

My Student News and Journalism Revolution

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With a view to avoid the typical ‘New Year Resolutions’  list, this year, on New Year’s Day, I instead chose to compile a list of goals I intend to achieve within the next 12 months. Setting up a blog with regular engaging content was of course, one of these goals. Now, shamefully, this is something I should’ve done a very long time ago, last September at the acceptable latest. And here’s why… More