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The marking boycott: Why students must support their lecturers

As students partake in a mass exodus from universities over the Easter holidays, the bitter dispute in which the University College Union (UCU) and University and College Employers Union (UCEA) have been embroiled since the beginning of the academic year is coming to a head. Since October, UCU dissatisfaction with pay in higher education has manifested itself in strikes (the union claims that university staff have suffered a real terms pay cut of 15 per cent since 2009), with lectures and tutorials cancelled. This week marks the date of final talks before a proposed marking boycott is set to take place, on 28 April .

The Government launched an attack on young people's futures, says Toni Pearce

Students of today work as hard as our parents did

There is no evidence to suggest that as a generation we’re lazier, less intelligent or less aspirational than our parents, yet we're the first generation to be worse off than them

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Ukip leader Nigel Farage during their second televised debate

Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage: What does it mean for students?

So who’s afraid of an EU debate? Clearly no one, as it turns out.

So you want to be a student activist? Try and do more than a selfie

I nominate you to take a selfie – perhaps you're desperate to save the whales, or you’re sure we're but a few texted donations away from ending bronchitis completely?

The £9,000 fee debacle: Were our terms deliberately too generous?

Last Friday came the news that many of us under the new £9,000 tuition fee regime, indeed anyone with even the most basic grasp of economics knew all along: £9,000 fees will probably work out more expensive to the government than £3,000 fees.

The woman was quickly surrounded by men as she walked through Cairo University campus

Sadly, this poor woman's experience at Cairo University is all too common in Egypt

If there ever was a case that demonstrated the sheer senselessness of victim-blaming in sexual harassment, it is that of Egypt. In a recently released video, in which a mob at Cairo University surrounds and hurls profanities at a female student, it is not the girl’s attire, nor the young men’s response, nor even the respected institution where the scene occurred that is striking. It is the fact that, for many, this will be the first they have heard of what can unquestionably be considered a national crisis, hopelessly sidelined following recent political upheavals.

Kaya Mar holds a painting of George Osborne outside downing street ahead of the Budget in London

Budget 2014: Once again students were ignored in a budget that pandered to pensioners

Another slap in the face for young people suffer as George Osborne gives everything away to the elderly

Student election posters at Edinburgh University

You might think they're daft, but student elections matter

You should be voting in your student elections. Here's why

Why I'm happy I never went to university

University is an opportunity of a lifetime. Or at least that’s what parents and teachers tell you. Throughout my last couple of years at school there was an almost unrelenting pressure to commit to three years more education; three years more graft – all for the promise of a graduate job at the end of it. I resisted and I’m glad I did.

Hundreds of students march through Manchester for Reclaim the Night

"My little black dress does not mean yes," one banner read. "No means no," said another.

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.

No league table is perfect: Why you shouldn’t worry about university rankings

As the Times Higher Education releases its 2014 Reputation Rankings, Ben Jackson advises prospective students to take league tables with a pinch of salt

General election 2015: What are the issues affecting students?

It’s fair to say that Britain could be heading for another hung Parliament next year.

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”.

The students aren't revolting: Why it's a myth that political activism is growing at our universities

Universities are not the hotbeds of revolution you might think they are, argues Tom Foster

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