Author: Kelly Barnett

PZYK 2017: Liverpool’s most underrated?

It’s a rule as old as time itself: late September will be lost in a whirl of confusing chatter about Freshers events. In a new city and a new scene, you’ve no idea what’s worth the ticket price. Club promoters come at you with overpriced tickets for bland events in dim-lit venues with sticky seats, and the Guild pushes its own Welcome Week wristbands. All this is great if you have a spare £60 and love early 2000s pop, but if you’re looking for a slightly alternative back-to-school experience, PZYK 2017 looks well worth a visit. PZYK 2017 is the Liverpool...

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Should the Guild’s liberation structures account for class?

Last semester was a rocky time for student politics in Liverpool, with controversies aplenty: you can read about them here, here and here. What’s clear is that gender is on the agenda, and other marginalised groups – such as BAME, LGBT+ and disabled students – are also in line for work on liberation. Since this lines up well with the kinds of initiatives in place in other students’ unions, this looks like a step in the right direction, and, for many people, better-quality representation begins with focusing on the diverse and varying needs of different student groups. However, though this...

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Calling Creatives: Get your image featured as The Sphinx’s new social media header

As we approach a new academic year, The Sphinx is opening up the opportunity to design our new social media header to contributors, readers and local creatives. We’re looking for a fresh, new image which captures a recognisable aspect of student life in Liverpool. This might be a photograph of an iconic building or place, an illustration or other design – it may include The Sphinx logo, or it may not. It just needs to showcase our great student city at its best. To enter, simply send your image to by Friday, 18th September with the subject: ‘Competition’. Since The Sphinx is a...

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1000 sign petition to reinstate Liverpool trade unionist Dawn Holdman

Last semester, Liverpool University was caught in a ruckus with trade union activists, amid claims a staff member was unfairly dismissed to silence her union activities.  Dawn Holdman was one of the school administrators for the Liverpool School of Medicine before her untimely dismissal late last year, when the University of Liverpool made her compulsorily redundant 4 days before Christmas. Since then, her plight has attracted wide-ranging support; Holdman was the only active Trade Unionist in the School of Medicine, and the only member of staff whose role was made redundant. Friends, colleages and union representatives say these facts are not...

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In pictures: Liverpool Reclaim the Night 2017

Earlier this month, women took to the streets of Liverpool as part of Reclaim the Night: an international protest movement seeking to end violence against women, including street harassment and rape culture. The protests came to the UK from Germany in 1977 and were held across Leeds, York, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Brighton and London. The Liverpool event is now in its fifth year. A reader sent The Sphinx some photos of the event; all credits to Liam Joelson for these amazing...

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