ART REVIEW: ‘Re:Form’ at Southbank

Rudolf Arnheim once said that art is more than means of escaping boredom. Yet, the biggest challenge facing the Koestler Trust is proving to the public that prison artists are not dabbling in doodling to pass the time. Rather, many are technically gifted creators with unique experiences and a great deal to offer the arts community. Re:Form, a showcase of work by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric…

What is the ‘Once Project’?

The ‘Once Project’ is the first training programme aimed at identifying the signs of human trafficking and torture in UK detention centres. The training scheme lasts for one day, is located in London, and chosen representatives from 20 different visitor groups will have their travel and course costs paid for, thanks to subsidies from the University…

Why do we “save” slaves, only to imprison them?

We’re finally talking about modern-day slavery, but we can’t save the lives of trafficking victims until we offer a trust-worthy alternative, writes Maya Esslemont. It’s a common question. “If trafficked victims get the chance, why don’t they just run away?” Many don’t realise that by talking to neighbours, the police, or a charity, modern-day slaves perceive their lives…

RECIPE: Apple cinnamon sugar cookies

These are not just any vegan cookies, these are apple cinnamon sugar cookies.   Ingredients – 1 1/4 cup flour – 1/2 cup sugar – Pinch baking soda – 1/2 cup vegan butter (look for cheap brands like 99p sunflower spread vitalite) – 2 tablespoons apple juice/water – 1 teapsoon vanilla extract (for icing) – 1…

Hansard Society dismisses £8000 scholarship charge

Hansard Society has continued to generate widespread concern online over the charity’s decision to charge students for access to internships within parliament. The Hansard Society, which regards itself as “The UK’s leading political research and education charity” has among its supporters; BBC Parliament, the Cabinet Office, Speaker of the House, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Microsoft,…

Hansard: The charity charging £8000 for an internship

The Hansard Society has come under fire from the TUC after it emerged that the politics charity is charging undergraduates £8000 for internships as part of a “scholarship” programme. A number of prestigious placements at political bodies are only available through Hansard’s expensive programme. TUC policy adviser, Peter Sellers, condemned the organisation for presenting the…

“Monsanto broccoli” lands Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in trouble

Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are facing opposition from customers over their decision to stock broccoli supplied by contentious bio-tech company Monsanto. The GM giant has avoided UK links until recently due to Britain’s apprehension over GMO foods and the EU regulation which bans the crop. A petition contesting the use of Monsanto products in Waitrose and…

WE DID IT.

I need to start by saying thank you. With your support, a Medway student beat those at Canterbury to become part of Kent Union: something a lot of people didn’t think possible. Before Monday, next to nobody on our campus knew much about Kent Union, let alone that there was an election. In the space…

Why this matters to Kent students on the Medway campus

You won’t be shocked to hear that Canterbury students get more funding than us. We can see it when we have to wait days for a course-relevant book to become available, because our library is shared with two other universities. Even though our money helped to build a £15 million extension to the Canterbury library. We…

Why this matters to Greenwich and Christ Church students

The elections are for Kent Union so, if you are studying at a university which isn’t Kent, you can’t vote. However, a victory for Kent at Medway will most likely be a victory for you too. Improving our shared campus means many more facilities will become available, and an increase in society funding will benefit…