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Lessons learned from the asylum seeker challenge

In week four of this term, members of the Warwick STAR team participated in the Asylum Seeker Challenge, which aimed to understand the struggle that asylum seekers face when moving to the UK. In this, individuals are given £38 for their livelihood, which does not roll over if they save...
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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

University fines are becoming unfair and exploitative

Debt. It’s a prospect that faces almost every student that attends university. It has been reported that graduates are, on average, faced with up to £50,000 worth of debt as they embark on their careers. Yet, amidst the struggles that face university students, we are continually faced with extortionate fines...
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Posted Jan. 17, 2019

Living at university with an eating disorder

What is it like living at university with an eating disorder? One writer shares it all. (Trigger Warnings: Eating disorder, Bulimia) One of the many infuriating aspects of having mental health issues is the desire to combat the stigma surrounding them, yet wanting to maintain as much normality in your own...
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Posted Dec. 4, 2018

Why Boris Johnson should not apologise for his Burka comments

Another day, another reason why national icon BoJo finds himself in the headlines. This time, the former foreign secretary has come under fire after comparing those who wear the Burka, a full-face veil worn by some Muslim women, to ‘letterboxes’ and ‘bank robbers’. Following the publication of the comments in...
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Posted Aug. 19, 2018

University dropouts have nothing at all to be ashamed of

Advice for freshers starting university? Be nice to your halls cleaner. Cooked chicken is white all the way through. Don’t lie about how much sex you’ve had. Simple. Second and third years love to patronise first-time students with banal common sense. However, there is one particular piece of advice that...
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Posted Aug. 16, 2018

Understanding the British Asian identity

Following a survey conducted by ComRes, it was revealed that more than half of British Asians had toned down their Asian identity to fit in. In light of this, five Warwick students share their thoughts on the results of this survey, and their own personal experiences. Aamena Patel It’s not...
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Posted Aug. 15, 2018

I write this as a survivor of rape

I am writing this as a survivor of rape and as someone who has escaped a violent partner. The ‘Warwick group chat’ story has brought shame upon the University. The story is so much more than a private conversation between Neanderthals who lack the wit for successful dark humour and...
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Posted May. 18, 2018

Accepting my disability

At 14, we all had expectations of our lives, our dreams and ambitions. My 14-year-old self’s vision would have been meticulously detailed, dotted with exceptional achievements and on a trajectory to profound success. What wouldn’t have been in my vision was a wheelchair. Like many wheelchair users, my life changed...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2018

Snapchat Story Of My Life

Cogito ergo sum is probably the most famous philosophical phrase in the world. Perhaps though, had René Descartes been born 400 years later, he’d have coined the Latin translation for “I Snapchat, therefore I do”, because you’d be hard pressed to find someone who misses an opportunity to show off...
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Posted Jan. 28, 2018