Author: Tom Marchant

Liverpool Mayoral Election: what you need to know

Tomorrow the people of Liverpool go the polls to decide on their elected mayor for the next 4 years. This election will have important effects for the City of Liverpool and for students across the city, so here’s a look at the candidates and what they offer to the public. Each voter casts a First Choice vote and then a Second Choice vote, under a system known as ‘Supplementary Vote’, which is also used in the London Mayoral Election and others across England and Wales.   Joe Anderson – Labour The incumbent mayor and first elected Mayor of Liverpool...

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Racism at university: The Sphinx’s online survey

In the wake of an alleged incident involving racist slurs directed at a University of Warwick student, the Sphinx has decided, as part of a wider cooperative effort by various student media groups, to run an anonymous, online survey of Liverpool students, asking them if they have ever experienced racism on campus, in halls, or in public during the course of their degree. Whatever your ethnicity, and whether you have never seen any evidence of racism or have suffered harassment yourself, we want to hear from you. In order to maintain anonymity, unlike surveys at other papers, we have...

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University reveals extent of animal testing

Information made public by the University of Liverpool earlier this week through a Freedom of Information request have revealed the extent of the University’s use of animals in experiments and testing. In 2015 the University used 23,157 animals for testing, with 18,102 being mice. The use of animals by universities continues to be a contentious issue, with Liverpool and others subject to debate over whether universities should be taking part in the activity. Of the 23,157 animals used, 152 were rated ‘non-recovery’, meaning they perished during or soon after the experiment. Additionally, 1,750 mice, 9 rabbits and 7 domestic...

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Budget 2016: what it means for you

Chancellor George Osborne announced his Budget for the year last night, and it is likely to have wide-ranging effects. Here are some of the things that could apply to you…   Sugar Tax: The government has been toying with the idea of a sugar tax for some time and today it announced a tax on soft drinks, with levies to be calculated based on the levels of sugar per drink. Students have often looked to sugary drinks to pull them through their studies, so to many this could a blow to their finances. The levels will be released fairly soon,...

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Guild election results: in full

The Liverpool Guild of students yesterday released a full breakdown of the results of the 2016 Student Representative Officer elections, which saw Sean Turner elected President and Amanda Mohan, Obi Akinwale and Yasmin Gasimova elected as the other SROs. Contrary to earlier reports, the number of votes cast was 4,891, with around a 20% increase on 2015, with 36 voters spoiling their ballots, and 4,855 valid votes that contributed to the result. With 19 candidates running this year and all four current SROs standing down, this campaign was considered unpredictable from the outset, whilst the increase in voter turnout...

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