This article is a retrospective piece, looking back and reflecting on the low level of political engagement this academic year and suggests reasons why students may be reluctant to vote in SU elections.
There are five times as many private school students at the University of Bristol as there are in the general population. They’re not five times as deserving, or five times as intelligent as those of us from state schools. So why are we ok with the fact that admissions data suggests they are?
Perhaps it’s because lecturers rotate students every few months, rather than every academic year, that they seem to make less of an effort to pronounce people’s names correctly than the teachers we had in school.
It seems like those who draw up the University league tables intend to do so with the student experience at the heart of their considerations. But satisfaction with the course and the way it is taught are not the only factors which potential applicants should be aware of.
Sometimes, it can be useful to look on the bright side of things. For a group of people whose mental health was worsening even before Covid came into our lives, in this second lockdown, we’re in need of some positivity more than ever.