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Young people have paid enough – spare them from footing the coronavirus...

The kids are boomeranging back again. Up and down the country, overgrown children are shuffling home to roost, refugees from a virus that has stalled their adult lives mid-launch. University lectures and supervisions have all been moved online, so there’s no point student children moping around deserted halls when they could be home ransacking the…

We’re making a right mess of our right to free expression

This month, the former home secretary Amber Rudd was invited to give a speech to UN Women Oxford UK, an Oxford University student society, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Thirty minutes before the event, Rudd was “disinvited” and the event cancelled. Last week, the university “deregistered” the student society for breaking free-speech regulations. Both decisions…

The university ‘complimentary speech crisis’ has actually been a rightwing misconception...

The idea that there is a free speech “crisis” at British universities has gained considerable currency over the last decade. “No platforming”, “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” have been held up by conservatives, libertarians and “classic liberals” as the holy trinity of campus censorship methods – supposed threats to free speech and academic freedom. There…

Keir Starmer requires end to ‘scandal’ of spiralling trainee financial obligation

Keir Starmer would keep Labour’s policy of scrapping student tuition fees if he became the party’s leader, he has announced, in a fresh attempt to demonstrate he would not ditch Corbynism wholesale. The pledge to abolish the £9,000 annual fees was one of the most eye-catching policies in Labour’s manifesto for the 2017 general election,…

Alarm at Ofsted-style strategy to rank universities by graduate revenues

Government plans to introduce Ofsted-style rankings for universities, with courses that produce lower salaries labelled as failing, would punish institutions outside London and threaten arts and humanities courses, worried academics are warning. In November the Conservative manifesto set off alarm bells in universities by promising to tackle “low-quality courses”. Now senior academics close to Westminster…

EDO: How my home was bombed– Inegbeneki, APC chieftain

Inegbeneki By Ozioruva Aliu CHIEF Francis Inegbeneki, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, is a founding member of the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), which is at the forefront of opposition to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s second term bid. Inegbeneki speaks on the contentious issues. Excerpts: Attack on house I got the news of the attack…

Obaseki will get 2nd term– Guv’s assistant

Governor Obaseki By Ozioruva Aliu Jimoh Ijegbai, Edo State Commissioner for Education, insists the governor’s achievements will secure his victory. Excerpts: Division in APC over Governor Obaseki second term Governor Godwin Obaseki has done three years and we are preparing for another election. Great that INEC has announced the time table, those in this state…

Fresh crisis rocks Delta APC as celebration ‘suspends’ Deputy Chair, 7...

*It is null and void – Embattled Deputy Chair All Progressive Congress Perez Brisibe A fresh crisis is currently brewing in the Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the party says it has allegedly suspended its Deputy Chairman, Elvis Ayomanor for reasons the party said contravenes its constitution including acts of…

10 Steps to Win a Political Workplace: We Asked the Professionals

No one likes to lose. We all want to succeed at everything, get it right the first time, feel the adrenaline of a job well done. Unfortunately, we all have to lose sometimes and in our losses, we learn the most valuable lessons about life. Of course, political candidates also want to win their races,…

Pets, pensions and Irish passports: readers’ questions on post-Brexit rights

There is continuing confusion about citizens’ rights after Brexit. We asked you about your concerns, and many wrote in with questions about pension and healthcare rights. You raised other issues too: can I still sail around Europe? Will I pay home fees if I start university in the Netherlands this year? What will happen about…

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