Author: Charlotte Jayne Evans

The Guild SO election result illustrates why gender quotas are necessary

Almost a week on from the Student Officer elections, we have now had time to accept or at least become used to the idea that the four future representatives of our university will all be male. What will the next year hold with the decisions being made by these four individuals? This vote was democratic. Each candidate campaigned and every individual had the opportunity to express their preference. This was a vote which should have resulted in a proportional representation of a student majority. There should be no grounds upon which we can argue or criticise, but the actual...

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Mental health – what would you do?

Mental health. Two extremely powerful words. Two highly taboo words. Do you say them? Do you talk about them? Do you understand them? In a society that claims to accept and embrace diversity, in this wonderfully progressive city, why is it that so many people hide behind this façade that allows them to avoid discussing something as important as mental health. I can almost guarantee you that you will know, or know of someone who has suffered, or is currently suffering from a mental illness. They may not be the person you expect, either. The boy in the café,...

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Richard Bentall: ‘Mental health is in the world’

On Tuesday 28th February, clinical psychologist and University of Liverpool lecturer Richard Bentall led a talk on mental health. Bentall focused on the implications for students, the factors leading to mental illness, and his beliefs based on research conducted over the past 10 years. Although Bentall’s interest lies mainly in what are considered “extreme” mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar, Bentall discussed the idea that mental health does, in fact, “exist in the world” rather than the individual. Rejecting the longstanding ideas that have been fundamental in the understanding and diagnosis of mental illnesses, Bentall suggested that evidence...

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The Silent Majority: My life as a Vegan

Veganism. What is it, you may say? I imagine your mind instantaneously filled with a thousand and one preconceptions and conjured up images of a woman wearing a tie-dye t-shirt waving a placard frantically with ‘meat is murder’ on it. Or, someone who derives pleasure from condemning meat eaters with a Nazi-esque fervour. Well, you may not be far wrong! With Thanksgiving having just passed, and festivities on the horizon, is it not the perfect time to raise people’s awareness and awaken people’s consciences and truly question if compassion exists in the world? As you sit down with your...

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‘Public View’ Exhibition – The Bluecoat

The most recent exhibition at the Bluecoat Gallery, “Public View” showcases over a hundred artists; previously featured during the gallery’s many displays, as an ode to celebrate and commemorate its 300th anniversary this year. “Public View” emphasises the key role that the Bluecoat has played in the world of the arts and the progress and nurturing of many artist’s careers, locally and internationally; along with its own surprising history, from its original roots as a boy’s orphanage, to the gallery that it is today. On display, a hugely diverse collection presents the success and failures in the world, in...

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