Meg Bradbury

Comment, News

Government admits not researching effect of replacing grants

Many of us will know by now that maintenance grants are to be scrapped, and will be replaced by maintenance loans, as of 2016. Lesser known, however, is the news that the government did not investigate how this change would affect applications made from disadvantaged backgrounds, apparently abandoning their “evidence-based policy”. Jo Johnson, the Universities…

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Labour leadership: Cooper

[su_box title=”The Labour leadership contest” box_color=”#2D2D73″ radius=”0″]Over the coming weeks Concrete will be profiling the candidates in the Labour leadership elections, bringing you news and opinion. With votes being counted, the final candidate under the spotlight is Yvette Cooper[/su_box] The months leading up to the leadership elections have shown Labour to be a party in…

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Labour leadership: Kendall

[su_box title=”The Labour leadership contest” box_color=”#2D2D73″ radius=”0″]Over the coming weeks Concrete will be profiling the candidates in the Labour leadership elections, bringing you news and opinion. In this piece, Liz Kendall goes under the spotlight.[/su_box] One of two female candidates in the Labour Leadership race, Liz Kendall is also the youngest, and some would argue, the…

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Royal baby hype: is it fair?

It wouldn’t be unfair to suggest that the British monarchy can on occasion provoke strong reactions, both in this country and worldwide, and now the public have another opportunity to express their opinions on the subject. For the purposes of anyone who’s been living on the moon for the past nine months: the Duke and…

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High crime rates in the US and elsewhere will not be solved by simply increasing the capacity of prisons

California’s San Quentin State Prison, the largest death row in the USA, has recently announced that it has reached full capacity. This follows nearly a decade of litigation concerning death penalty protocol in California; executions were halted in 2006 owing to complaints about the administration of the lethal injection. During this time, the population on…

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Christianity and sexuality

Since his appointment in March 2013, Pope Francis has been widely regarded as the most liberal pontiff the Catholic Church has seen in many years, and as a figure who is determined to challenge the perception of Christianity as antiquated and out-of-touch. Many have referred to his actions as a quiet revolution; highlights of the…

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The Church of England is slowly modernising

The 26th January marked a historic moment for the Church of England, as the Reverend Libby Lane was consecrated as Bishop of Stockport, the first woman to be made a bishop since the denomination’s founding by Henry VIII in 1534. This was following decades of campaigning, which finally resulted in a ruling by the general…

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The tragedy of cuts to local library services

In September 2013, the flagship new Birmingham Library was opened by women’s rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai. Addressing the public at the official opening ceremony, the Nobel Peace Prize winner stated that “a city without a library is like a graveyard”; the conclusion of this project, which cost £189 million and took more than five years…

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