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General Election 2017: a second referendum or a Conservative landslide? Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

General Election 2017: a second referendum or a Conservative landslide?

When Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election in April, that is now scheduled for the 8th June, many people were shocked. May had previously stated that she would not call a general election, and in line with the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the next election had not been due until 2020. Thus, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the Prime Minister’s reasoning behind her decision, as well as about how the election results will affect the country. With the triggering of Article 50, beginning the…

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Warwick Girls Can: Encouraging or condescending? Comment 

Warwick Girls Can: Encouraging or condescending?

From the 8th to the 14th of May, the University of Warwick will run the ‘Warwick Girls Can’ campaign across campus. The campaign aims to set a ‘new tone for female participation on campus’ by running numerous free sporting events and classes to encourage more women to take part in sport. The university itself has pledged to become the most active campus university by 2020 and this campaign is being utilised to get more female students involved in order to reach said goal. However, will a week’s worth of free…

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A finalist’s reflection Comment 

A finalist’s reflection

Sitting here writing my dissertation, the final piece of coursework I will hand in during my time at university, I can’t help but reminisce over the past three years I’ve spent at Warwick. To say it’s been a rollercoaster would be an understatement; whilst I’ve definitely made some of my best memories I have also experienced such disillusion with the system that at times I wondered what even was the point in it all (this wasn’t helped by my 6.5 contact hours in final year, where all I felt like…

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What’s going on with Watson? What’s going on with feminism? Comment 

What’s going on with Watson? What’s going on with feminism?

From Twitter hashtags to campus events to comprehensive national media coverage, it seems as though International Women’s Week has received more attention than ever this year. However, just prior to this promising push towards a more equal society, Emma Watson- the celebrated actress/self-admitted feminist-  provoked controversy for posing semi-topless in the magazine, Vanity Fair. For some, who already condemned Watson’s ‘artificial’ feminism, this only consolidated their stance that her comments against the objectification of women and efforts to enhance female agency were nothing more than mere show. Why would a…

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IWD Series: An Open Letter to my Future Daughter Comment 

IWD Series: An Open Letter to my Future Daughter

An open letter to my future daughter I am writing this to you on International Women’s Day 2017. We’ve come a long way us women. Thanks to some brave and influential women, you’ll be able to vote, you’ll be able to go to school and university if you wish to and you’ll live in a world where a woman can run the country. We’ve still got a long way to go, however, and as a 20 year old woman, I worry about what the future will hold for you. It…

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International Women’s Day Series: What Women’s Day means to me… Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

International Women’s Day Series: What Women’s Day means to me…

Today, being International Women’s Day I thought it fitting to not only embrace the power of women but to also acknowledge how far we still have to go. From my own perspective over the past few years I have noticed more and more of my female friends using the phrase, ‘strong independent woman.’ Whether that be in preparation for a job interview, a response to a recent break-up or in regards to taking part in a male dominated sport such a boxing, it makes be proud to realise that women,…

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Appreciating Arts degrees: yes, they are important! Comment 

Appreciating Arts degrees: yes, they are important!

As an arts student, I have frequently heard the false assumptions and ill-informed opinions a lot (in fact, too many!) people have, over what this kind of degree entails. ‘You’ll never get a graduate job with that degree, certainly not one with a decent starting salary!’, ‘8 contact hours?! Do you actually do any work?’ and ‘Essays! Pfttt, I could write an essay in my sleep and do well, the assignments we have in Maths are on a completely different level to be honest’ are all comments I’ve heard since…

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