Club 18-22

BY EFFIE DEANS I haven’t been back to Cambridge for many years. I doubt now that I ever will. There is a tension there like a runner just before a race. It never quite relaxes. It builds up and builds up until after a few years you let out a gasp and realise you haven’t quite been breathing properly for almost as long as you … Continue reading Club 18-22

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No Country for Straight White Men

BY STEPHEN PAX LEONARD The weather was disagreeable: damp, diffident and almost apologetic. It was not surprising. It was a Tuesday. The morning toast sat there silently, waiting to be marmaladed, and for a moment the world seemed heavy and inert, devoid of banter and silliness. It was borne in upon me that this Tuesday morning was going to be a long and uneventful one. … Continue reading No Country for Straight White Men

University Has Changed, Parents

BY STEPHEN PAX LEONARD Ripples of laughter could be heard from the Senior Common Room where undergraduates dressed in ‘I am a feminist’ hoodies wrestled on the sofas. The LGBTQQIAAP+ dinner had just finished, and the students had retired to the SCR ‘safe-space’ to let off steam and gossip about who they found ‘dangerous’. This was not Oxford. The SCR sherry and newspapers were long … Continue reading University Has Changed, Parents

Chinese Target UK Universities

BY JACK LAU U.S. intelligence agencies are encouraging American research universities to develop protocols for monitoring students and visiting scholars from Chinese state-affiliated research institutions, as U.S. suspicion toward China spreads to academia. Since last year, FBI officials have visited at least 10 members of the Association of American Universities, a group of 62 research universities, with an unclassified list of Chinese research institutions and … Continue reading Chinese Target UK Universities

Farming Education: The Country Trust

An Important Press Release from Our Friends at The Country Trust:  Leaving the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy provides an opportunity for agricultural reform. The government has launched a consultation for the future of food, farming and the environment and wants to know your thoughts on the future of agricultural policy in England. The Country Trust is particularly keen to see that education remains as a … Continue reading Farming Education: The Country Trust

University Greed

BY JAMIE FOSTER A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that top universities are using wealth screening organisations to spy on their alumni to discover if they are likely to make donations. Millions of graduates have had their details passed to such organisations. If their consent wasn’t obtained to do this, then the universities may have broken the law. A number of charities were fined last … Continue reading University Greed

Corbyn: Credit Where Credit’s Due

BY BEN EAGLE For anyone who reads my blog it’s probably clear that I’m not overly happy with the direction our country has been going in recent years. The drive to ‘let the market decide’ has, I believe, gone too far and we have forgotten the benefits that collective support can bring, instead opting for some sort of inward-focused, individualistic journey through life. Don’t get … Continue reading Corbyn: Credit Where Credit’s Due

Too Many UK Universities

BY ALEXIA JAMES Ahead of Wednesday’s budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond has talked about up-scaling Britain’s workforce for a tech-driven, post-Brexit future. He has mentioned making Britain “match-fit” to ease the nation’s reliance on immigrants to fill the jobs of the future. It was John Major when he was Prime Minister who expanded university entrance to the masses; re-branding the old polytechnics into universities and reinventing … Continue reading Too Many UK Universities

Working Class Liaison Officer

BY BEN PENSANT As both a northerner and a former student I know what it’s like to be the smartest person in the room and the only one to have been locked in the shed on his sixth birthday. While the first scenario would occur every time I returned home and listened to my Woodpecker-addled family’s inane chit-chat about buses, the latter memory would often … Continue reading Working Class Liaison Officer

Schools Should Educate, Not Indoctrinate

BY SAM WHITE If you were uncertain about whether your kids were being imparted with a balanced, impartial view of the world by their school teachers, then you can stop doubting and be sure: they definitely are not. Over at the TES (formerly the Times Educational Supplement) a little while ago, Oliver Beach (pictured below), a former economics teacher and part of the BBC’s Tough … Continue reading Schools Should Educate, Not Indoctrinate