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Celebrity Influence on Young People’s Voting Behaviour

In light of the upcoming General Election tomorrow, celebrities and influencers have filled their social media platforms with messages encouraging young people to register to vote, with some even taking to social media to publicly pledge allegiance with certain political parties. But how useful is this for young people voting?

As we find ourselves firmly in the age of influencers, the point where social media intersects with politics is naturally a grey area. During the last general election in June 2017, rapper Stormzy joined Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, during his campaign. Again this year, he has taken to Instagram to encourage “every single person who reads this to go and register to vote.” Obtaining nearly 300,000 likes and broadcast to a following of 2.6 million people, his post triggered a spike of 351,000 people registering to vote that evening. Continue reading Celebrity Influence on Young People’s Voting Behaviour

RAZZ Covers GE2019: The Liberal Democrats Manifesto

RAZZ wants to encourage students to engage with politics to stay as informed as possible. We understand though that most political discourse is designed to exclude young people. Therefore, we’ve read the manifestos of the main political parties for the 2019 General Election and reduced them down to what we feel most affects and interests students. Here is a breakdown and brief evaluation of the Liberal Democrats Manifesto. Remember to stay informed and vote on 12 December. Continue reading RAZZ Covers GE2019: The Liberal Democrats Manifesto

RAZZ Covers GE2019: The Conservative Party Manifesto

RAZZ wants to encourage students to engage with politics to stay as informed as possible. We understand though that most political discourse is designed to exclude young people. Therefore, we’ve read the manifestos of the main political parties for the 2019 General Election and reduced them down to what we feel most affects and interests students. Here is a breakdown and brief evaluation of the Conservative Party Manifesto. Remember to stay informed and vote on 12 December. Continue reading RAZZ Covers GE2019: The Conservative Party Manifesto

RAZZ covers GE2019: The Green Party Manifesto

RAZZ wants to encourage students to engage with politics to stay as informed as possible. We understand though that most political discourse is designed to exclude young people. Therefore, we’ve read the manifestos of the main political parties for the 2019 General Election and reduced them down to what we feel most affects and interests students. Here is a breakdown and brief evaluation of the Green Party manifesto. Remember to stay informed and vote on 12 December. Continue reading RAZZ covers GE2019: The Green Party Manifesto

RAZZ Covers GE2019: The Labour Party Manifesto

RAZZ wants to encourage students to engage with politics and stay as informed as possible. We understand though that most political discourse is designed to exclude young people. Therefore, we’ve read the manifestos of the main political parties for the 2019 General Election and reduced them down to what we feel most affects and interests students. Here is a breakdown and brief evaluation of the Labour Party manifesto. Remember, register to vote before 00:00 26 November! Continue reading RAZZ Covers GE2019: The Labour Party Manifesto

How to Support University Staff on Strike

From 25 November to 4 December, members of the UCU will be striking. This isn’t just your lecturers, but also librarians, IT and administration professionals who are taking part. They are striking on a variety of issues, including the topic of pension that led to strike action back in 2018. However, the strike action is also over falling pay, the gender and ethnic pay gap, precarious employment practices, and unsafe workloads. I understand that some students may have to attend classes due to pressures surrounding compulsory contact hours, personal wellbeing, and international student requirements. However, if you are in a privileged position and wish to support University staff on strike, here is some more information on how to show solidarity.

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Endometriosis: One in Ten

Endometriosis is a chronic pain condition that affects one in ten women in the UK. Whilst it has a severe impact on the health of millions, few know about its symptoms or impacts. The NHS website gives a description of the condition, “tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries” which causes pain and issues with fertility. It also states the causes of the condition are largely unexplained, and there is no known cure. Endometriosis UK states it affects 1.5 million women in the UK or 176 million women worldwide, the same number diagnosed with diabetes. One of the most startling statistics they give is the fact that it takes on average “7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis.” Continue reading Endometriosis: One in Ten