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Labour: A Party Diseased

This time last year, I tore up my Labour membership card for no reason other than the fact that the party I once considered a political home was no longer a comfortable space for a Jew. Throughout this election campaign, of the many criticisms levied at the Labour party, one has arisen more so than others, that of the...

Academics should not have to “opt-out” of lecture capture

Even though it was nearly five years ago now, I remember applying to university extremely clearly. We were told in no uncertain terms that a university education was the gateway to a civilised, more mature way of life, and that if we thought the work was hard in Upper Sixth then, quelle surprise, we’d struggle at university. This seemed...

Make your voice heard this Christmas

Two parties, both alike in lack of dignity, in fair Great Britain, where we lay our scene, will vie for the votes of the British public for the third time in four years, resulting in the possible election of the fourth prime minister within the same timeframe. And to this, I say (in the words of the exasperated elderly...

“I feel like I don’t belong here”: What can universities do to make their prestige more palatable?

Joe Waters: St Andrews As a bright-eyed, naïve, young seventeen-year-old submitting my UCAS application, I assumed I’d have no issue with attending a prestigious institution. All three of my serious choices were institutions with a woefully unrepresentative number of state-schooled students, after all. I assumed, wrongly, that when the time came I’d be completely comfortable easing into a place where, for...

An Oasis reunion would be a tragedy

As almost every person I engage in passing conversation will soon find out – as well as you, dear reader – I went to see Liam Gallagher last Thursday in Aberdeen. What they will also find out is that he was absolutely fantastic. Having missed his 2017 Leeds Festival due to a delayed train, and his Leeds gig the...

Devil’s Advocate: Should we support or oppose the UCU lecturer strikes?

Support - 76%, Oppose - 24% Jack Campbell - Support Mamma Mia, here we go again. Like you, I too am frustrated that lecturers are set to strike once more. More learning time lost; tuition money down the drain. But think for a minute — what’s the deal here? Lecturers are contracted some, say, 37.5 hours per week. Do you honestly think...

Study Drugs: Are they cheating?

Winter is coming. Deadlines are mounting. Dissertations are due and exams are just around the corner. Let’s not pretend - the next few weeks are going to be tough. For some, when the work piles up and procrastination hits, the idea of a taking a pill to get down and working is very alluring. Cue: study drugs. Although the rates...

Soft-Brexit: what we need but do not want

The upcoming General Election is first and foremost about Brexit. On one side of the battle are the Conservatives and the Brexit Party, fighting for Boris’s deal or no deal. On the other are the Liberal-Democrats, the Greens, the Scottish National Party, and Plaid Cymru opposing Brexit. And somewhere in the middle is Labour, with the promise of a...

Fight to protect your freedom of speech

One of the reasons I switched my degree from International Relations to a joint honours degree with Art History is because I did not personally believe that the University could protect my right to freedom of speech. After years of being silenced in tutorials for having opinions that differed from my tutors’ and classmates’, I sought clarification from my advisor:...

How to work part-time without tearing your hair out

For some students at St Andrews, there is never really any question over whether or not to work part- time whilst studying. If you are from a disadvantaged background, a part-time job may simply be a mandatory part of financing your university experience. If you study a degree programme that is extremely demanding in terms of contact hours per...