student politics

Race To The Bottom: UCL’s Commercialisation Comes At A Cost

British universities are in the midst of a transformation. Higher education institutions are competing, like enterprises in consumer markets, to maintain and increase their positions in world rankings. At UCL, misguided policy encouraging endless expansion prioritises reputation over quality of education. This commercialised mindset perpetuates a cycle of expansion that, if not controlled, can jeopardize …

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Cartoon of students voting at the SU UCL General Assembly

Voting shambles

In the first successful SU UCL General Assembly for four years, the Union was saddened to discover that their electronic voting machines were broken. Students were asked whether paper would be an acceptable alternative vis-à-vis confidentiality. At last, technology restores our trust in democracy. Darcy Bounsall

Why did only 160 students turn up to that much-hyped General Assembly?

For the fourth year running, last Tuesday’s promised Union General Assembly never took place, because too few students turned up. Though heavily advertised on Facebook as a forum for students to discuss funding for psychological services, campaigns against sexual assault on campus, and NUS membership, only 160 students attended the meeting held in the 900-seater …

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Misogynist Runs for UCLU Women’s Officer

[Note: this post contains descriptions of violence against women.] UCLU’s newly created full-time Women’s Officer position has a man running for it. Kirk Sneade is, judging from his actions over the past few days, clearly not a self-identifying woman but a deeply offensive and misogynist man. He writes in his manifesto: “Kirk wants to make …

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