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In conversation with the indefatigable Julia Gillard

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By Taryana Odayar, former Executive Editor.  Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013), and the first woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister & Leader of a major party in Australia. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which is the only global fund solely dedicated to furthering education in developing countries. Earlier this year, she…

The Life and Death of a Noble Protest

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By Matthew de Klerk Given the dearth of coverage on the university protests sparking across South Africa, you would be forgiven for not noticing that SA tertiary education has come under fire. While international reportage on the events has been scarce at best, even local newpapers and online ‘news’ outlets have given altogether polarised accounts of what’s happening on the ground, leading to an ‘Us-Them’ narrative that marks students as…

Breaking Down Stereotypes #DespiteBeingTaughtinWelsh

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by Ieuan Bennett, Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and disagreements are part of a healthy debate. However, when an opinion is expressed as a matter of fact in a piece of journalism, one must question whether there exists an underlying cultural problem with regard to a particular matter. This is exactly what happened over the weekend when The Western Mail, an English language newspaper published in Wales, and…

The Cause of Unequal Opportunity

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by Hakan Ustabas, Deputy Comment Editor One much-criticised social ill of the United Kingdom is the inequality of opportunity which faces young people. Children from wealthier families are more likely to achieve As and A*s at A-level, and to attend elite Russell Group Universities. Furthermore, research has shown that the more unequal a country is in terms of income distribution, the lower the level of social mobility it has. This…

The Amartya Sen Interview : On Democracy and Justice

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By Taryana Odayar and Sonali Campion. An aged gentleman wearing a bright yellow raincoat slowly shuffles into the lobby of LSE’s Old Building. He is unaccompanied and moves gingerly with unhurried yet deliberately measured steps. He takes a seat on one of the cushioned black chairs in the lobby and begins a lengthy phone conversation with someone. Students eager to get home before the torrential downpour of rain that threatens to…

In Conversation with David Blunkett: ISIS, Education and Social Care

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David Blunkett, prominent backbench Labour MP and former Education and Home secretary, is standing down at the 2015 elections after nearly thirty years in the Commons. I talked to him about what he felt the future of education and social care would look like, as well as how he felt the threat of IS needed to be dealt with. We started off with discussing his proposals to reform the funding…

Climate Change: Everything’s Gone Green

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This term has brought with it the start of LSE 100 for first year undergraduates, LSE’s course in ‘thinking like a social scientist’. Although the additional workload may be met with rumblings of complaint by some, the first module topic of climate change is certainly one of ever growing importance in the modern world. The idea of LSE100 as a course to use interdisciplinary research methods to explore a global…

Academics “are like vampires” and “live off the blood of the young” – Students and Staff Re-Imagine Their Education

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By Tom Maksymiw, LSESU Education Officer On Tuesday LSE students, award winning teaching staff and members of the school management met to discuss education at LSE. Tom Maksymiw, LSESU Education Officer, kicked off the discussion by asking students and staff what their expectations were before they arrived at LSE. One student described how they felt that by choosing LSE as their university they were sacrificing “a social life for a…

Right 2 Education Week Reminds Us of Struggle of Palestinian Students

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Last Wednesday’s student protest in London reminded us of the importance of equal access to education for everyone and thus rather appropriately ushered in Right 2 Education week. Right 2 Education (R2E) week, taking place this November, is a non-violent, student-led campaign, which seeks to expose Israel’s systematic obstruction of Palestinian access to education in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Originally founded by Birzeit University in the West Bank,…

NUS pull support from Free Education demo

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By Megan Crockett, News Editor The National Union of Students (NUS) pulled its backing from Wednesday 19th November’s “Free Education: No Fees, No Cuts, No Debt” demonstration. Despite the withdrawal of support, ten thousand students from across the country took to London to march for Free Education. This demonstration would have been the first national demonstration backed by the NUS since it held the march through central London in November…