Author: Danny Rigg

Prince Charles and Irish President visit University of Liverpool

Charles, Prince of Wales and President of Ireland Michael D Higgins were accompanied by their wives Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sabina Higgins, respectively, on their visit to the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VGM) at the University of Liverpool today. The visit occurred to formally cement their roles as joint patrons of the University’s Institute of Irish Studies, their patronage having been announced on a joint visit to Dumfries House, Scotland in September 2017. Founded in 1988, the Institute followed the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, which encouraged understanding and positive contact between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain....

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Students outraged by Liverpool Uni use of academic sanctions for rent arrears

A report in The Tab on Monday 14 January revealed the University of Liverpool is one of just 6 per cent of institutions imposing academic sanctions on students who fail to pay their rent for university accommodation in full and on time. Such sanctions include loss of access to libraries, Eduroam Wi-Fi, e-mail accounts and Vital. The Competition and Markets Authority warned in 2016 against the use of such sanctions, and the Office for Students has highlighted that their use may leave universities open to legal challenge under unfair terms legislation. Such sanctions can have a negative impact on...

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Merseyside and North West Labour politicians back People’s Vote

On Wednesday, ahead of the Opposition’s unsuccessful motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May, a group of 71 Labour MPs and 13 Labour MEPs signed a letter calling for a public vote on May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement should the no confidence vote fail, which it did. Among these were five of Labour’s 13 Merseyside MPs – Luciana Berger (Wavertree), Louise Ellman (Riverside), Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood), Conor McGinn (St Helens North) and Alison McGovern (Wirral South) – as well as all three of their North West England MEPs – Theresa Griffin, Wajid Khan and Julie Ward....

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Truth Project Invites Students to Share Child Sexual Abuse Experiences

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) invites students from the University of Liverpool and six other universities to participate in its Truth Project. The Truth Project offers a confidential space for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences and make recommendations on how to better protect children. Almost 2,000 people have shared their experiences with the Truth Project so far, with the youngest person to do so being 18. Set up due to concerns around the failure of institutions to protect children in the aftermath of investigations into the Jimmy Savile scandal, the...

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Far-right no-show at planned ‘Brexit Betrayal’ rally in Liverpool

A far-right rally at Derby Square, Liverpool – organised by Mersey Nationalists to coincide with the ‘Brexit Betrayal’ march in London on Sunday 9 December – failed to materialise as anti-fascist counter-protesters gathered at the location an hour ahead at 9am. Anti-fascist campaigners from Unite Against Fascism and Merseyside Together speculated the rally’s organisers were setting up a wild goose chase intended to confuse or demoralise the counter-protesters seeing as they had not applied for a permit. Others suggest they were too cowardly to appear once counter-protesters were already there. Counter-protesters remained on site for over three hours to ensure...

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