Students

Freshers week is torture for an ageing academic like me

20 September 2018 8:00

A fellow academic once said that working at a university is one of only a few places where you grow…

How de Gaulle prevailed against the student mob

6 May 2018 9:30

Fifty years ago, ‘les événements’ kicked off in Paris. The students’ complaints were fascinatingly trivial. They were bored stiff at…

Giving Malia Bouattia the boot won’t be enough to save the NUS

26 April 2017 19:56

Farewell then, Malia Bouattia. The only president of the National Union of Students to earn herself a condemnation from the…

Censorious universities are a bigger problem than Stepford students

14 February 2017 17:14

Have you heard the one about the students who said clapping could cause anxiety? Or the students who banned sombreros? Of course…

Students are turning to sugar daddies and fetish sites to make ends meet

21 July 2016 10:07

‘I’ve slept with people for money and I’ve been on dates with disgusting guys and put myself at risk just…

Student loans are taxes in disguise, exclusive research for Spectator Money reveals

9 June 2016 10:42

It’s ten years since I graduated and I’ve just managed to clear my student loan, which isn’t a bad achievement…

The Spectator podcast: David Cameron’s purge of the posh

4 June 2016 10:20

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The Spectator podcast: David Cameron’s purge of the posh

2 June 2016 7:58

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David Cameron defends £9m spend on EU leaflets

7 April 2016 13:25

David Cameron has defended the £9m government leaflet promoting the EU as ‘money well spent’ and ‘necessary’, as the Tory…

Students worrying about ‘value for money’ miss the point of an arts degree

23 June 2015 12:05

University towns are already awash with fur-trimmed gowns and proud parents, but behind the smiles there’s a glimmer of resentment:…

‘Trigger warnings’ are tools for censorship. They have no place in academia

26 May 2015 18:02

I get defensive when feminists are accused of being prudes. There’s nothing prudish in critiquing a monotonously promiscuous culture; in…

The Greens’ regressive message has lost them student votes

27 April 2015 13:09

‘If you’re not a socialist before you’re twenty-five, you have no heart; if you are a socialist after twenty-five, you…

Young votes are there to be won but politicians don’t seem interested

19 April 2015 14:12

If I had a penny for every time a politician or a journalist insinuated that of all the issues facing…

Having an abortion means ending a life. Even pro-choice students should realise that

24 October 2014 12:42

Last week, the Tab, an online student tabloid, published an article by an anonymous Cambridge student entitled ‘I shouldn’t have…

‘Islamophobia’ strikes again – national students’ union refuses to condemn Isis

16 October 2014 10:01

In a world often devoid of good news, there has been a fine development on the farthest-flung shores of insanity.…

The death of student activism

22 May 2014 16:00

Oxford students heard this morning that, after a three-day referendum, our student union, OUSU, will be disaffiliating from the National…

Opera tickets are too cheap

31 March 2014 17:55

A revival of Anna Nicole will open the Royal Opera House new season, it was announced today. And students will be…

How local government is threatening Oxford University’s competitiveness

25 March 2014 10:30

The press love a bit of Oxbridge competition, but Oxford is embroiled in a far older and more ruthless rivalry:…

I’m ashamed of myself

9 November 2013 10:30

On waking up (at noon) on Thursday morning, I found I had a text from one of my fellow History…

Cheated by freshers’ week

15 October 2013 16:33

My freshers’ pack (a yo-yo, two balloons, a sachet of instant hot chocolate and a condom) is barely visible beneath English Historical…