All Articles by Ashley Cowburn:
Vice president of University London Union (ULU), Daniel Cooper, has sparked an intense debate among students, following a controversial decision to decline an invitation to lay a wreath at the University of London (UoL) remembrance service.
Daniel Cooper published the letter he sent to Reverend Stephen Williams on his personal blog. The letter outlined his individual and political reasoning for declining the invitation, “Mourning the butchery of thousands of ordinary people through an act of remembrance side by side with the inheritors of an economic system which created the war is …
Through a Freedom of Information Act, pictured below, Pi Newspaper can reveal that University College London received over half a million pounds in funding from private arms companies and governmental funding via the Department of Defense between 2008 and 2011.
The request asked to see “the amount of funding/income University College London received through military institutions”. The response to the application stated that the funding amounted to £539,264 over a three-year period. It is clear that UCL could not confirm all the funding as Freedom of Information Acts prevent releasing information …
Being gay in the west is, generally speaking, becoming increasingly acceptable. With gay culture flourishing in areas such as London’s Soho and the West End, Manchester’s Canal Street and Brighton’s south coast, it is hard to imagine that you can still be stoned to death in areas of Africa for simply being gay. In the same month that Britain celebrates LGBT history month, an anti-homosexual bill has been resurrected in Uganda, showing the clear distressing gulf between Africa and the west regarding gay rights. Despite the fact that western gay rights are still far from complacent in the struggle for equality, at least an individual cannot be labelled as a “criminal” or be described by their own presidential leader as “worse than dogs and pigs.” So ask yourself, where would you prefer to live?
Last week tens of thousands of students across the UK boycotted lectures and participated in protests, as a part of the culmination of the National Union of Students’ (NUS) “Come Clean” week. In a peaceful and carnival-esque styled protest, students in London marched towards Victoria Street and demanded the resignation of universities minister, David Willetts.
THE two latest events in student politics have failed to interest the student population.
University College London’s annual members’ meeting was cancelled due to lack of interest and the recent University of London elections managed to attract a disappointing 1.5 per cent of its electorate.
THE number of full-time undergraduate courses on offer at UK universities has plunged by 27 per cent since 2006, according to a recent report by the University and College Union (UCU). The report also suggests that there has been a 33 per cent decline in undergraduate courses in the London region.
Elly Nowell, 19, recently ignited a media sensation concerning the rejection email she sent to Magdalen College, Oxford University. The A level student did to Oxford what Oxford does to a considerable number of applicants each year. In recent correspondence with Pi Newspaper, Ms Nowell said she personally felt that University College London was “a much better fit.”
After being interviewed for the much-desired place at Magdalen College, the nineteen-year-old deemed it necessary to reject the institution and explain her reasons in an amusing email sent directly to the admissions department.