The Telegraph, 1st March 2017 There’s something quite odd about coming down to breakfast on a Sunday morning, often with a thick head, and glancing at the paper to see that someone else is having a go at the place where you live. I imagine it’s what it might have felt like to be a … Continue reading While papers whine about Oxbridge debauchery, student altruism gets ignored
The Telegraph, 23rd January 2016. It’s around this time every year when final-year students at British universities are sent a survey to fill in, which measures ‘student satisfaction’ with their education at the end of their degrees. The survey data, which is collected independently by Ipsos Mori, feeds into a number of university rankings, alongside … Continue reading The NUS’ survey boycott is rash and destructive – it should reconsider or risk betraying its members
The Telegraph, 19th December 2016 Something was worryingly familiar about the tone of Giles Coren’s column for the Times this weekend, in which he wrote about the hopeless court case of Faiz Siddiqui, who is attempting to sue Oxford University for its substandard teaching and – by extension - his failure to get a first-class degree. … Continue reading Sorry, Giles, that’s not the Oxford I know
Cherwell, 19th January 2016 He was first elected in 1983 to a safe Labour seat and was, until recently, in the twilight years of a career of staunch opposition – even when his party was in government. But Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has done more than just exacerbate the feud between the Blairite faces of the … Continue reading Internal division might be an interesting sideshow, but it won’t get Labour into Government
TES, 10th August 2015 On Thursday, at about 6am, thousands of A-level students will rise from their restless beds and begin refreshing their mobile phones. This will be even more frenzied than the usual social media obsession. It might well be the one day in the year when Facebook or Twitter isn’t the first app … Continue reading Electing a UN secretary-general takes three months, so why does applying to university take nearly a year?
Bury Spy, 27th May 2015 I walk with Owen Jones to Oakes Barn – Bury’s newest real-ale pub – and, surrounded by the watching eyes of the townsfolk, he begins to divulge his plans to rejuvenate the British left. Sipping their drinks all around us, the locals aren’t quite sure of what he’s going … Continue reading Interview with Owen Jones: a leftie strolls into town
TES, 3rd April 2015 I have enjoyed 12 years of state schooling. That’s 456 weeks, 6,840 lessons, 11,400 hours of classroom time, 3,500 pieces of homework and 2,280 bus rides home. And I can say with absolute confidence that the most important time of my school career has not been spent in a classroom. In … Continue reading Competitive debating is the best way to get students thinking