Does The University Of St Andrews Actually Care About Its Students?

Upon return to St Andrews, it is clear the University does not have students’ best interests at heart, despite it reaching top of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. From setting up virtue signalling schemes that do not benefit students to overcharging sports clubs, it is a wonder how the University achieves suchContinue reading “Does The University Of St Andrews Actually Care About Its Students?”

The UN Human Rights Council: A Host Of Violators

UNGA Resolution 60/251 created the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), “responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.” One would not imagine the members of the UNHRC included countries that systematically violate the same human rights. As part of its mechanisms, the UNHRC and its membersContinue reading “The UN Human Rights Council: A Host Of Violators”

The Socialist Propaganda At The Core Of British Education

In the early 1920s a fierce debate erupted and caught education in the centre. Darwinian scientists wished to ingrain their principle theory of evolution within the American public school curriculum – a move the church opposed. In the end, creationism reigned supreme, and numerous states placed an all-encompassing ban on the promotion of material thatContinue reading “The Socialist Propaganda At The Core Of British Education”

Is The UK Now An Authoritarian Nation?

Vivid images of George Orwell’s 1984 come to mind when one combines the United Kingdom and ‘authoritarian’ in the same sentence. Not one person would have guessed as the clocks ticked into this new decade that in less than a few months the free world as we knew it would change completely, and perhaps forever.Continue reading “Is The UK Now An Authoritarian Nation?”

Bridging The Divide: A New Socio-Political Theory

Competing political principles and ideologies have brought us to crossroads. The camps we broadly conceive as the left and the right appear to be more divided than ever before, with the centre often seeking to find a working compromise or appearing as a moderate version of one of the aforementioned tribes. Our socio-political landscape reflectsContinue reading “Bridging The Divide: A New Socio-Political Theory”

Fans, Corporations, And The Sorry State of LGBTQ Representation

Have you heard? According to Marvel Comics, Star-Lord – the guy in Guardians Of The Galaxy played by that one guy you used to find funny on Parks & Recreation — is bisexual. Apparently.  Did you know? The title character of Disney’s new animation Raya & The Last Dragon is gay, at least so sayethContinue reading “Fans, Corporations, And The Sorry State of LGBTQ Representation”

On Creativity, And Why It Matters In Politics

The institution of the university has traditionally been the home of intellectual discussion and political engagement: the student protests of 1968, in particular, stand out to me as one of the moments in history where universities truly took on the role of challenging the status quo. Upon my arrival in St Andrews in September 2020,Continue reading “On Creativity, And Why It Matters In Politics”

The Importance of Protecting Free Speech

A recent article has been published by The Tab, criticising the government for its efforts to protect free speech. One might assume it argues the government is not going far enough to protect a human right that is proven to be under threat in universities. Sadly this is not the case; the author of thisContinue reading “The Importance of Protecting Free Speech”

The Brexit Deal: The Good, The Bad, And The EU

On Christmas Eve, Boris Johnson, with a certain pride not seen in a while, wished every Briton not only a Merry Christmas but also a Merry Brexit. There was a collective sigh of relief from Remainers and Leavers alike as the great Battle of Brexit was finally over and Johnson proudly proclaimed that “we haveContinue reading “The Brexit Deal: The Good, The Bad, And The EU”

Who Is A Refugee? Refugee Status In A World Of Climate Change And Pandemics.

The question of who is a refugee and who is entitled to the international protection the status accompanies has been discussed in scholarly and political literature since the Refugee Convention in 1951. The definition has significant impacts on the obligations of host and origin states, politicizing the issue that affects individuals lives on a dailyContinue reading “Who Is A Refugee? Refugee Status In A World Of Climate Change And Pandemics.”