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Electoral Commission campaign encourages students to vote

The Electoral Commission has begun using Facebook to encourage young people to vote in the forthcoming general elections. Due to more and more young people losing interest in the political process, there are concerns that the British electorate could be skewed towards older people. As a result, the Electoral Commission devised a campaign across a range of social networks, such as Facebook, to engage young people politically. The campaign is called ‘use your age wisely’ and aims to persuade you
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College banned from recruiting internationals

St. Patrick’s College in London recently had its license to recruit international students revoked after an investigation by the Quality Assurance Agency. The investigation revealed that a total of £3.84 million of public money was given to ineligible international students through a student loan scheme in order to recruit more students. According to Kavin Kanasagabai, a business lecturer at the college, the focus of the college was centered on financial gains and hence aimed to recruit as man
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Warwick hosts ASEAN conference

On 22 February Warwick University held its first ASEAN conference at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The event was professionally organised and coordinated by students. ASEAN, or the Association of South East Asian Nations, is a region encompassing 10 countries (including Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among others) and over 600 million people. By the end of 2015, ASEANs aim is to establish a single regional common market within the area, which will bring about new opportunities through e
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Warwick India Forum 2015

India Reconstructed, a conference organised by the Warwick India Forum, took place on February 21 at the Woods Scawen Room in the Art Centre. In the words of Dr. Shailaja Fennell, a lecturer in development studies at the University of Cambridge and a guest speaker at the conference: “to reconstruct something we must first deconstruct it”, in particular, “deconstruct the challenges facing India” in the areas of education and skills, employment, and beyond. Dr. Fennel examined the challenges Ind
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Free Ed sit-in outside Nigel Thrift's office

Warwick for Free Education organised a sit-in outside vice-chancellor Nigel Thrift’s office on the 6 February 2015. The sit-in comes shortly after the Students’ Union passed a “No Confident in Nigel Thrift” motion at their annual All Student Meeting with a 70 percent landslide vote. Reasons attributed to the motion included the pay inequality on campus, with protesters pointing towards Thrift’s £316,000 salary, the violent response to the student sit-in on 3 December 2014, and the potential st
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Increasing number of school-leavers choosing not to go to university

A recent survey has shown that not attending university and going straight into employment may not restrict employment prospects, as leading firms are now offering more opportunities for school-leavers. Out of the 201 companies that responded to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) survey, nearly 75 percent are hiring more school-leavers. Employers are keen to recruit and train school-leavers in sectors such as business consulting, IT and telecommunication. In spite of an average
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Fewer women study STEM subjects at university

According to research published by Information Age, less women are pursuing IT-related subjects at university. The information revealed that, in the 2014-15 academic year, fewer than 18 percent of students enrolled in computing courses were women. This number is down by one percentage point since the last academic year, and two percentage points from the year before. Gerry Arthurs, Virgin Media Business’ education lead, was astonished that so few women are choosing to pursue science, technolog
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New Warwick University campus bus routes explained

Bus routes and traffic has been disrupted as there has been a closure of University Road between the new Arts Centre roundabout and the top of Health Centre Road. The closure, which started Sunday 25 January is expected last until early in the summer term, April 11. According to the University, the closure comes as part of their work to remodel and enhance the area around the Rootes building and the Arts Centre in order to create a new Central Plaza. Stagecoach U1 bus routes, however, have be
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Professor predicts 2015 election will be 'tough to call'

According to a leading Politics professor at Warwick University, the forthcoming general election will be the most unpredictable one of all time. Assistant professor of Sociology and Senior Research Fellow at the university, Dr. Alex Smith, believes that voters face their toughest choice in decades. In the 2010 election, Conservative MP Mark Pawsey won the Rugby seat with a 6,000 count majority. However this year’s coming elections, according to Dr. Smith, could prove to be uncertain for the
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