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Liberation on a House of Cards: Reflection of a Trans Woman in Academia

CW: Transphobia It is well known that the sciences have a problem with inclusivity. Women are not particularly welcome in engineering and even social science departments remain a hotbed of transphobia. But there is a deeper conflict in how academia shapes your thinking that is not really talked about. Be it the focus on empirical […]

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A look at Engineering For Change

The most important part of ‘Engineering for Change’ is making the change happen whilst we’re still students. In some ways we can be limited by our theoretical classes and the benefit we get from the practical experience is as valuable as the benefits of the work we do. Being at a point in our lives […]

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In defence of English Literature and the arts

When I found myself sitting at a linguistics event on the initial offer holders day at the university I was to eventually attend, the lecturer started his course introduction by saying “if you wish to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, and challenge you every day, this is the place to do […]

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Varying fees across subjects is not the way to fix higher education

The average UK graduate student will leave university buried under the weight of £50,800 in student debt. This tremendously high figure is unfortunately made even more daunting by its relentless tendency to increase each year, as students move closer to facing the cost of their university education. In March 2018, the value of outstanding tuition […]

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A Graphic Novel of Women

We Shall Fight until We Win is a graphic novel of women in politics, an idea motivated by the celebration of 100 years of women having the right to vote. Writing about women in the form of comics is not new for BHP Comics, since they had earlier published The Mighty Women of Science, which […]

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Seven solid suggestions for science exam success

It’s that time of the year again; the weather is slowly getting warmer and the promise of summer creeps ever closer. Life is good. Oh no, wait. You have two assignments and four exams coming up… and don’t forget the presentation worth 40% of your final mark! Exam season is approaching. It can be the […]

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Where is the ‘W’ in STEM?

It’s 1995. Six years after the fall of communism in Poland, my mum is starting university at the Warsaw University of Technology. She is one of five women in a class of approximately one hundred, a sadly typical reality for women pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering. The numbers have risen since then, but they’re still […]

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The arts are being forced out of the education system

The arts subjects that encourage creativity and innovation are systematically being removed from the British education system. The current government’s focus on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – stymies arts subjects in schools, due to the students’ and teachers’ perception of elite universities favouring more ‘traditional’ subjects, such as the sciences. It […]