Like many other students and British citizens last night watching the scenes of the Kill the Bill protest unfold, I was mortified and couldn’t help but think about how Bristol was going to, yet again, make national headlines as a result of an inability to conduct a peaceful protest.
As Universities scramble to fulfil social distancing measures in light of COVID-19, Bristol’s proposal to extend teaching hours until 8pm has proven controversial, as it has been argued that it takes away from the University experience. This is not the case.
Following on from the November/December strike, the UCU has declared that once again, students are going to be punished by their lecturers, who will be withholding education from them between the 20th of February and the 13th of March.
Contrary to popular belief, the grounds of a university no longer represent the haven for free thought (let alone expression) that they once could pride themselves in providing for the young students of the world.
One of the most common tropes in university rhetoric is the common saying “you will make friends for life.” This is a sentence which is in equal measure truthful and deceitful in the context of your first-year flatmates.