Student politics

International students: don’t be afraid to get involved in protests | Education

When I began my studies at UCL, I joined the Fossil Free UCL campaign, which demands that the university divests from the industry. My home country of Vietnam is extremely vulnerable to the impact of climate change, so the campaign really excited me. But I started to wonder why more international students don’t take part in these kinds of campaigns, some of which directly affect them – like the campaign against fees and cuts. One possible reason is that, for…

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Boris beware: students are angry and we’re ready to vote against you | Zamzam Ibrahim | Education

If 1.3 million under-34s voting in 2017 was a “youthquake”, what would you call the 2.6 million registering this time around? The surge in youth and student voter registrations is no accident. Students and their unions have been working tirelessly for months: we started registering students during freshers’ week because we were determined to be ready when a general election was called. All that organising wouldn’t be effective without the fuel for social change: anger, disillusionment, injustice, and hope. The…

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King’s College security overstepped authority over activists during Queen’s visit – inquiry | Education

King’s College London has apologised to student activists who were barred from entering the university’s buildings during a visit by the Queen in March, after an inquiry found that security staff “overstepped their authority”. An independent report (pdf) found that security staff contacted the Metropolitan police claiming that disruption was likely at the event, and passed on the names of 13 students and a staff member, as well as picking out student groups campaigning for rent reductions and better conditions…

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