What the Brexit white paper means for EU-UK youth

The release of the Brexit white paper finally answered some questions that the public – and UK parliament – have been asking. Yet its proposed ‘special relationship’ with the EU come March 2019 has been met with severe opposition up and down the country. The paper significantly fails to map out the future of immigration in the UK – but this is to be revised and remade in a second paper this coming Autumn. Students and young people appear to be favoured above all in the document. The absence of solutions to immigration has been filled instead with propositions to…

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Home Office relaxes Visa rules for Chinese students

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) found that China paves the way as the leading outsource for international students in the UK. Outshining any other nationality, Chinese students make up one-third of international students in the UK. Further still, China is the only country indifferent to Brexit and British politics as their students continue to study in British universities at an unparalleled rocketing rate: as many as 95,090 Chinese students came to the UK in the academic year 2016/17 – a huge increase since the 87,895 that came in 2013/14. Just days ago, the Home Office announced a…

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Access to justice in student appeals: lawyers be gone?

Students should not be dissuaded from exercising their right to seek legal advice for student appeals, says Christopher Coyle.   Against a backdrop of lawyer-bashing, there is a worrying trend by universities of discouraging students from seeking legal advice, particularly in the field of academic appeals. Many universities have enshrined within their Governance Regulations that students cannot have representation by a lawyer for an appeal hearing, although they can have family, friends or other forms of representative as long as they are not legally qualified.   Others have taken a further step by explicitly discouraging students seeking any form of…

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We Will Remember Them

One of the most significant days in history has arrived, where we remember all of the brave and courageous soldiers that have fought for Great Britain. From the world wars to this current day, there are many people we have lost that are sometimes forgotten. These soldiers have put their lives on the line, all to protect us so that we can live our lives safely.  It is heartbreaking how these wars evolve and how people have their lives taken due to incidents that should have never been caused. The Assassination of Archduke Frans Ferdinand in Sarajevo triggered a chain of events…

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Okay guys, it’s time to stop branding women as ‘homewreckers’

Every single time there’s a celebrity breakup, media outlets (I’m looking at you, Daily Mail), Twitter, Instagram, and all other forms of social media become full of articles and comments from people who know nothing about the situation all saying the same thing: “I bet it’s because he was talking to so and so, what a home wrecker”. It’s always the guy who’s “cheated”, and it’s always the girl who’s the home wrecker. Because in 2017, people still go in for slut shaming. The latest celeb to be branded as a home wrecker is Emma Roberts, who apparently caused Hayden…

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