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?
Our right to protest has always been a pillar of democracy, and by extension a democratic society. In a world dominated by the constant friction of divergent ideas, opinions and policies, protest has been our way to illustrate discontent and alliance.
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.
Economic pundits are busily pre-empting a post-Covid-19 labour market. For students, the reality is already unfolding with lost opportunities and locked doors. The Graduate Market in 2020 report reveals annual vacancies are down 10.8 percent.
Exam season is the most stressful period for a student. Staggering into a daunting exam hall with the pretence of confidence, and seeing the sea of wobbly desks stretching to the far horizon seems like a faded, distant memory.
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.
Dialling in to a Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate session to be greeted with a sea of black screens, bar the seminar tutor, isn’t the stuff of university prospectuses, but that’s become the reality of term two for many of us.