• Libya Uprising Six Months On: Was it Worth it?

    The Libyan uprising ended six months ago this week and the response to the interim government’s stumbling attempts to restore the country to order have left many questioning if it was even ‘worth it’. Attempts by the Libyan government to integrate former rebels into a national force to have...
  • Greece: A Country on the Brink

    ‘Bailout’, ‘debt contagion’, ‘default’, ‘creditors’ and ‘bond losses’ are the words we probably associate most with Greece of late. The majority of us know Greece’s economy is failing, but the clinical economic terms and percentage points ascribed to its demise do little to ignite any real empathy for its...
  • Kony 2012 and the Bandwagon Revolution

    My first thought – and indeed my first Facebook status update – was ‘I sense a bandwagon’. Within 48 hours my wall had been polluted with people from across my friendship spectrum ‘sharing’ and ‘liking’ the same video and urging others to do the same. What really got my...
  • Equal Opportunities and Welfare Result

    Listen: Mike Dore on becoming Equal Opps and Welfare Officer Mike Dore has been elected to be next year’s Equal Opps & Welfare Officer in one of the most fiercely contested positions. Dore won 2207 votes out of 4249, defeating his nearest rival Matt Wilks by a mere 165 votes....
  • Democracy and Communication Officer Results

    Listen: Luke on winning Dem Comms Luke Mitchell has been elected as next year’s Democracy and Communications Officer, winning 2201 votes out of 3705, while Gareth Wilcox received 1146 votes. He has found the experience “really surreal” but says it has “made” his 21st Birthday. When explaining the guidelines he...
  • Education Officer Results

    Listen: Matt on winning Education Matt Styles is the new Education Officer for 2012-13, having defeated the daunting opponent RON 3186 votes to 462. Talking to Impact just after the result he was keen to emphasise his big priority; “find a way to use the education network far more to...
  • Vent Your Spleen: Self-Service Checkouts

    We’ve all been there; you pop into your local ‘mini’ supermarket for the essentials; milk, bread, teabags and, in my case, fruit pastilles. Having collected your vital items, you head off to pay for them and take them home. But then, disaster! There’s a queue for the checkout and...