Mass closure of courses at London Met is a violation of human rights

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: ‘Everyone has the right to Education’ and ‘Higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.’ At London Metropolitan University, where Vice Chancellor Michael Gillies plans to summarily close 70 per cent of its courses, these rights are being grossly violated….

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Conference aims to facilitate informed opinion on sexuality in Jamaica and the Caribbean

An upcoming conference at Warwick University in October 2011 is calling for papers with the aim of facilitating informed opinion on sexuality in Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean. The title of the conference, Emerging Sexualities and Race: Responses to Sexuality in Jamaica and the English Speaking Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora, hints that it is…

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Job insecurity and prejudice forcing Africans to leave Northern Ireland

Recent reports in the media have indicated that there are a growing number of African people returning to their motherland from Europe because of high levels of job insecurity. Common convention especially within some right-wing migration discourses; often describe the African bit of the South-North travel as an economic experience inspired by a one-way ticket…

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Scrapping EMA will deter poorer school leavers from further education

Students living in low income households may be deterred from entering further education due to recent cuts within the sector. The government’s decision to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which currently provides financial support for over 600,000 students each year, will have a major impact on school leavers from poorer backgrounds. School leavers living…

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Student protestors should learn lessons from Martin Luther King

As someone who has already accrued debts from student loans at undergraduate level en route to my PhD studentship, I fully support the decision by students across the country to demonstrate against tuition fee increases. Thousands of students who paid undergraduate fees at the current level of £3290 leave university with debts of £25,000. So…

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