Breaking News, Main Stories, News / 27/07/2021 University students could require full vaccination to attend lectures and live in halls

Covid-19 restrictions hit hard again for the university youth as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces students could require full vaccination in order to attend lectures and reside in their university halls. Reports indicate the Prime Minister is actively “pushing” the proposition to “encourage” an elevated vaccine intake among young people.  Another senior government spokesman indicated the government’s plans to ensure full...

Main Stories, News / 22/07/2021 UEA community respond in outrage to Daily Mail article labelling LDC decolonisation initiatives as “anti-academic” and “corrosive”

The UEA community have responded in outrage to a Daily Mail article which saw critics label the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing’s decolonisation initiatives as “anti-academic” and “corrosive”. Published on 18 July, the article was written by Freelance Education Journalist Julie Henry.  In June 2020, a letter of complaint was sent by 100 current...

News / 20/07/2021 The EU Settlement Scheme Might Contribute to Discrimination as Applications Reach 6 Million

The EUSS scheme was launched in March 2019 to register EU citizens as settled residents in the UK. This was following the UK’s departure from Brexit, as a provision of the UK ending the freedom of movement between the UK and EU. Under the scheme, EU citizens in the UK will be guaranteed their rights,...

News / 20/07/2021 Gates Foundation Pledges $2.1 Billion for Gender Equality over Next Five Years

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to give $2.1 billion towards the advancement of gender equality. Announced on June 30 at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, the Foundation committed to using their sizeable donation over the next five years for the empowerment of women, the betterment of healthcare, and family planning facilities,...

News / 20/07/2021 Students meet with Vice Chancellor to ask UEA to “divest from Israeli violence”

According to a press release from  Decolonise Hum UEA, on 21 June students at the University of East Anglia met with Vice Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, “to discuss divestment from companies complicit in Israeli violations of international law”. During the meeting, students asked Prof. Richardson “to divest all capital” currently held in companies promoting “the...

News / 20/07/2021 UEA to Hand Out E-cigarettes to Homeless People as Part of Nationwide Research Trial

UEA is handing out e-cigarettes to people experiencing homelessness as part of a nationwide research trial. The trial is currently being led across the UK by London South Bank University (LSBU) and University College London (UCL), alongside the University of East Anglia (UEA) and other renowned universities in England, Scotland, and Wales. The aim of...

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Coronavirus update 12/04

The AstraZeneca vaccine remains under investigation for its potential role in blood clots observed among recipients of the jabs. Its use has been restricted in countries such as France, Germany and Canada, despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) saying its benefits outweighed the possible negatives. Scientists remain divided on the…

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Nation celebrated Easter

Although coronavirus measures prevented many Easter celebrations from taking place in the UK, many of the planned services and events were moved online to keep the festival alive. This year, Easter weekend fell on the 2-5 of April, over a week earlier than it did last year. The holiday is always celebrated on the first…

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Coronavirus

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is under investigation by the WHO following its use being put on hold in 11 European countries. The decision was made after reports emerged of people who had recently been injected with the vaccine developing blood clots. The WHO however, has said there is no evidence to suggest the clots had anything…

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Hate Crime Bill passed by MSPs

Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted by 82 to 32 to pass the Scottish Government’s controversial hate crime bill.  The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill consolidates a number of laws into one piece of legislation that aims to provide increased protection for vulnerable groups, but the bill also creates a new offence…

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Reporters Without Borders sexism in journalism report highlights dangers towards women in the industry

Non-profit organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have marked International Women’s Day by releasing a report entitled ‘Sexism’s toll on journalism’. The report addresses the risk of sexist and sexual violence towards women, including verbal and physical threats. Each from a different country, 112 journalists who write on gender issues both internal and external to the…

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International Women’s Day to be held on the 8th of March

The annual commemoration which focuses on the liberation and equality of women is on the 8th of March. The International Women’s Day 2021 campaign theme is #choosetochallenge. The charity behind the event International Women’s Day has focused 2021’s theme around the idea of challenging everyday bias and calling out inequality: “We can all choose to…


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