Comment / 22/09/2020 Weighing children in school is counter-productive and dangerous

Following evidence revealing obese people are more likely to become seriously ill if they contract Covid-19, the National Obesity Forum has proposed schools should weigh pupils when they return to school in Autumn. Tam Fry, the chairman of the National Obesity Forum explained the reason for the weighing of students was to “catch every child...

Comment / 22/09/2020 What NYU’s disastrous quarantine means for international students in the UK

As US universities have begun opening up for their Autumn semesters, they’ve faced particular attention surrounding their Covid-19 restrictions. Certain institutions, such as New York University in the heart of New York City, have faced additional scrutiny due to being based in what was once the epicentre of the virus in the United States. NYU...

Comment / 22/09/2020 Joe Biden will be the greatest president ever

The headline of this piece makes a statement which many people will find hard to agree with. I think many people, especially of my age and political affiliation, wanted Bernie more than they wanted University to go back to £3,000 a year. But Bernie didn’t win and we have to move on. When I say...

Comment / 22/09/2020 Children should go back to school, but not without drastic changes

I worked in a children’s school throughout lockdown, essentially babysitting the kids of essential workers by running art sessions and playing non-contact sports with them while their parents worked in exposed environments. On the behaviour management side, most of the children understood the seriousness of the pandemic and kept their distance with some reminders from...

#BLM, Comment / 04/08/2020 Difficulties with decolonising the curriculum

Spray painted on the base of his Parliament Square statue in London, the new epitaph reads: “Churchill was a Racist.” The words were known to us but never spoken in wider society. It took George Floyd being murdered by Minneapolis state police and over two months of worldwide protests for us to reach this point. ...

Comment / 04/08/2020 Bringing sustainable fashion into the spotlight of mainstream news

According to the Lord Ashcroft polls, climate change was the 4th biggest factor in how people decided to vote behind public services, Brexit, and the economy in 2019. Whether you agreed with the Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg’s school strike for climate change, and social media activism or not – it worked. People are talking about...

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Landlords need to give students some breathing room

A recent Concrete article, ‘You signed the contract, pay the rent’, made the argument that students should be required to pay their rent no matter what, even though we’re under lockdown. The writer claimed students should have budgeted for this and implied that students who couldn’t afford rent with their maintenance loan were poorly prepared….

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It’s time to try UBI

The idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) has existed for decades but has grown in popularity in recent years. UBI involves paying every member of the population an equal, set amount of money every month. There are variations that have been proposed, but in an “ideal” UBI model, the amount paid to each person is…

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Biden has no shot against Trump

This year, Americans will go to the polls and determine whether or not Donald Trump will get a second term in office. The presumptive candidate to stop Mr Trump is former vice-president Joe Biden, a choice that proves the Democrats haven’t learned anything from 2016. With Biden, they are doomed to be out of office…

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We can’t let lockdown ruin the economy

The UK death toll from coronavirus stands over 20,000. It’s going to get worse, but how bad does the economy have to get before we’re forced out of this current state of lockdown? I understand the dilemma. Over the last few days, Dominic Raab, Damian Green and Edward Argar have all explained that the state…

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“Most things are a privilege”

It’s a warm April day and you have spent the last three hours in the library working on a summative. You check your phone and all your friends are in the SU bar. You hastily pack up your laptop and books and stroll down the concrete stairs and into the warm, welcoming pub. The light…


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