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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

Some people seem hell bent on encouraging participants to be as outrageous and extreme as possible

Neknomination: A craze gone too far

A young Geordie man grins into the camera as he twists open a bottle of Listerine for his neknomination challenge. 

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse wrote 96 books throughout his life

Whatever happened to PG Wodehouse?

I have a bone to pick with education, and for a change it’s not about Michael Gove. You see, this week the library and I fell out.

The way we... sought equality: No More Page 3

Why the feminist movement needs to use comedy if it wants to win people over

University feminism is at a critical stage and needs fresh strategies to move it in a positive direction

Students won't take this Government's attempts to privatise their loans lying down

The resistance starts this week with a national day of action

The mid-degree challenge: Why it's more important than ever to balance that 2:1 with work experience

For us, the generation which in 2012 took that crucial, final step ahead towards higher education, the changes and challenges of the system came in waves. The first one, and perhaps the one with the biggest impact, was the rise in tuition fees.

The iStudent debate: Will young people ever vote Tory or Lib Dem?

Young people will not be put off from voting Conservative or Liberal Democrat in 2015 because of the failures of the current government, students at the first ever iStudents debate in Cardiff agreed yesterday.

The mankier the better: Explaining the allure of the grotty student pub

A paean to the humble student watering hole - and the Friday hangover

50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, how have things changed on Martin Luther King Day in Birmingham, Alabama?

Matthew Wood, on a year abroad at the University of Alabama, discusses what life is like today in one of the major battlegrounds of the 60s

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