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Is social media helping or hindering activism?

Over the past decade or so, social media has obtained a somewhat infamous reputation for propelling public awareness of political matters. From the 2010 revolution that was the Arab Spring protests, to the ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, that raised awareness of motor neurone disease, it is clear that social media networks have certainly created something […]

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Should we embrace the literature of celebrities?

What do Saddam Hussein and Donald Trump have in common? What about Kim Kardashian and Kim Cattrall? While you might think it was a either a catastrophic dictatorship or a shared forename, in fact, as disturbing as it may be, it has recently been revealed that what actually unites these frontline figures, is a penchant […]

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Choosing student halls: catered versus non-catered

For students, choosing university halls is, arguably, one of the most important decisions at university, as it  can establish your friend base for the rest next few years. Whilst your first year accommodation is not necessarily the be-all and end-all of your time at university (there are plenty of other opportunities to meet people), it […]

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Should the all-white male Student President portraits be removed?

The University of Edinburgh’s website states, “From Nobel Laureates and Olympic Champions to space explorers and prime ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing history since it opened the gates…in 1583.” Among its most notable alumni are the likes of Charles Darwin, Sir Walter Scott and Sir Chris Hoy, all of whom are undoubtedly […]

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What’s John Lewis’ real Yuletide motivation?

What marks the start of the festive season for you? Is it the surplus of ridiculous jumpers? Or perhaps the appearance of mince pies on supermarket shelves? Many say that the true indicator that Yuletide is underway is the release of the highly anticipated annual John Lewis Christmas advert. Since 2007, the well known department […]

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Child stars, the public eye, and the scary consequences

Lindsay Lohan, Macaulay Culkin, Britney Spears…what do all of these stars have in common? If your initial thought was ‘troubled’, then you wouldn’t be far from wrong. After rising to fame at a young age, these three are just a few examples of the negative effect of the limelight, especially when exposed to it at […]

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Could the Universal Basic Income ever work in the UK?

In January, Finland became the first European country to pay their unemployed a set monthly sum, as part of a social experiment centred on the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI). The two-year scheme offers unemployed Finns between the ages of 25 to 58, €560 (the equivalent to £475) a month, which will continue to […]

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Sexism in the music industry: how far have we come?

Content warning: sexual harassment mention, sexual assault mention Last week rapper and hip-hop star Loyle Carner kicked a fan out of his concert at the University of East Anglia for shouting obscene, sexist remarks at his female support artist. Acts like these are not uncommon, especially within the music industry, but rarely do people speak […]