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FOI report reveals high levels of staff-to-student sexual harassment cases on UK campuses

Last week a Freedom of Information (FOI) investigation made by The Guardian revealed high levels of staff-student sexual harassment on UK campuses. According to the FOI report, there were 169 allegations of harassment, misconduct and gender violence by university staff at 120 UK universities, between the years of 2011 and 2017. A further 127 allegations […]

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Feminism is everyone’s responsibility

Feminism is both incredibly simple and dangerously complex. ‘If you believe all genders are equal you’re a feminist’, we’re told, and not without reason – at its root, feminism is simply about equality. It concerns equal opportunities and equal rights. However, in practice, feminism can be complicated. It is a constant relearning of the fundamental […]

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Blackwell’s Presents: The Scottish Bothy Bible

Having published his book The Scottish Bothy Bible earlier this year, Geoff Allen gave a talk at Blackwell’s in Edinburgh last Thursday. Witty, personal and very informative, Geoff Allen provided a fascinating insight into the way in which he collated his book and the many difficulties he faced when writing. Bothies are relatively unknown, a secret […]

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We must acknowledge, not celebrate, our colonial history

Colston Hall, a renowned music venue and concert hall in Bristol, is once more the target of a petition to have its name changed. Colston Hall was named after Edward Colston, a rich official of the Royal African Company, which held the monopoly on slave trading in Britain during the 17th and 18th century. Bristol […]

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Elitism in universities is reflective of the widening wealth gap in the UK

In 2016, the University of Oxford offered 59.2 per cent of its places to pupils from state schools, its highest yet. Whilst this makes up the majority of the university, it does not sound so laudable when you realise that only 18 per cent of children over the age of 16 are educated at private […]

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A female Doctor Who is a step in the right direction

Peter Capaldi has announced that he will leave Doctor Who at the end of Series 10, and the eponymous doctor will regenerate once again. This time Peter Capaldi and other actors with longstanding links to the BBC, such as Mark Gatiss, are asking the doctor to regenerate to a woman.   This is by no […]

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Mental health sufferers need more than empty promises

Despite active discussion on mental health and politicians pledging to make it a priority, little appears to have changed. Around 75 per cent of those suffering from mental health issues will not receive help or treatment, due to a fear of coming forward and a lack of resources for them to access. Less than one […]

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America’s Hate Preachers on BBC Two

In the BBC documentary America’s Hate Preachers, Hannah Livingston discusses her findings, having spent six months exploring America’s most infamous Christian hate groups. The documentary considers a wide array of perspectives including: the groups’ leaders, their family, friends and followers, and also those who are often targeted by the hate groups. Clips of churchgoers stating […]