Rosie Collington

Rosie Collington spends most of her time writing. When it's not articles for The Independent, Leeds Student and her personal blog, she's trying to find time to finish essays for her degree in Arabic and Politics. She loves feminism, pop-culture and current affairs, and has an opinion about everything.

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University of Birmingham suspends two students for nine months after protest

Institution defends 'robust action' and says 900 students were affected and staff kept away from their place of work for a week

Megan Cox had been hired as a flight attendant

Emirates Airline withdraws flight attendant job offer over woman's history of depression

Megan Cox says she feels discriminated against by the airline

Student City guide: Leeds

What’s the big draw?

Outcry as funding shortfall forces the 'Leeds Student' newspaper to stop printing

The 'Leeds Student' newspaper has come under threat due to a lack of funds and may no longer be able to print.

10 reasons why the privatisation of student loans is a really bad thing

Towards the end of last year, the Government officially announced long-rumoured plans to sell off the rest of the student loan book. The plan to shift this public asset into private hands was finally revealed and means that, from 2015, the money that we thought we were borrowing from the Government to pay for our public university education will start to flow straight to private financial institutions.

Student Feminist Jamboree 2014: Taking student feminism forward

For many, 2013 was the "Year of the Feminist". Throughout last year, from high-end fashion magazines to tabloid papers; on the television, on the radio, and in the deepest darkest depths of the blogosphere; in books, in the cinema and all over social media; columnists, journalists and other writers on the left, right and centre paid homage to a “rebirth of feminism”. Some even went so far as to suggest that the movement had entered a “fourth wave”.

Why are so few MPs women? Labour's female frontbench cannot hide the bigger inequality problem

We need more than positive discrimination on gender inequality

Boys walk along a street past damaged buildings and vehicles in the besieged area of Homs

For Syrians studying in the UK, the struggle continues

They might be away from the violence at home, but for Britain's community of around 600 Syrian students, life isn't easy

Political protests and lifelong friendships, but barely a Pharaoh in sight: A year abroad in Egypt

For some language courses, a year in Paris is usual. But if you're reading Arabic, you have to travel a little further afield, as Rosie Collington found out

Students gather outside the University of London Union building ahead of the fees protest march

Student protest is important. So why should it just be the preserve of the hard left?

You don't have to be Marxist to want a better world, but sometimes student politics makes it feel that way

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