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How does ‘Sir’ Peter Mathieson sound?

When I think of knighthoods, I think of national treasures. Sir David Attenborough. Dame Maggie Smith. Not Peter Mathieson. Our valiant vice-chancellor has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list, and will thus receive a knighthood for “services to higher education”. Intriguing. I am unable to disagree with His Majesty. Mathieson has contributed to […]

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How NOT to be a good friend

The term ‘friend’ is loosely thrown around nowadays and the basic criteria have been lost. A ‘friend’ is typically described as someone that you like and someone that you know well. However, the building of a friendship at its core is a mark of trust, mutual respect, and genuine care for someone. However, some people […]

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The price of beer: Keep craft drinkers out of my pub

Last week, my flat mate solemnly informed me of the piercing news that the price of beer in our local pub had increased and the student discount on our favourite ale had gone completely. A common retort to this plight from older generations is “You’re a student. Enjoy the £4+ ales when you start earning […]

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Short Rant: I Hate The World Cup

Upon reading the title, many adjectives probably came to mind about the pillock who penned it. Killjoy, traitor, and friendless all probably come to mind, but hear me out. Yes, I hate the world cup, but it’s not for any moral objections or my lack of affection for the beautiful game.  On Monday, I found […]

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Staff Strikes – a rallying call to physical solidarity

Following a record approval of over 80 per cent on ballots concerning both pensions and working conditions, UCU members nationwide have commenced another round of historic strike action. As 4th year students we’ve lost countless weeks of university to strikes, and have a right to be frustrated, especially considering the astronomical amounts we fork out […]

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Gavin Williamson – what will it take to end his political career?

Gavin Williamson has been around the block a little bit. Defence Secretary. Sacked due to Huawei leakings. Education Minister. Sacked in Johnson’s reshuffle. Minister of State. Resigned due to allegations of bullying and misconduct. Mr Williamson is evidently an experienced minister (or not, depending on how you value ministerial musical chairs). However, experienced or not […]

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In American democracy, Trump’s antics are nothing new

Two years ago, the United States of America witnessed an attempted coup as Donald Trump’s armed followers stormed the Capitol. Demanding an overthrow of the 2020 election results, Trump encouraged his followers and the rest of the Republican party to deny a basic principle of free and fair elections. In the aftermath of the recent […]

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Dover immigration center attack

The attack on the Dover migrant centre on the 30th of October passed with suspiciously little coverage from media outlets and a reticence on behalf of the police to identify the incident for what it was: an attack motivated by extremist ideology. The fact that it was spurred by far-right ideology and perpetrated by a […]