Don’t define your degree by how much you earn

For many of us, the end of uni is in sight – all we need to do is get through those last exams, coursework deadlines and lectures, then the world is our oyster.

Or is it?

We’ve all seen the headlines. Students today can expect to have an average of £42,000 of debt by the time they graduate. And for what? Does, as the government repeatedly tells us, a university degree really result in a higher paid, better job afterwards?

Epigram Editorial: The end of an era

This year has flown past, and suddenly I’ve written my final editorial for the last issue of the paper I’ll be involved in. sob. 

I first wrote for Epigram’s 265th issue; 36 newspapers later, it’s time to say goodbye.

I think it’s fair to say that my time at the publication has been a bit of a roller coaster ride; exhilarating, stressful, exhausting – but never boring. And looking back, I wouldn’t change anything for the world.

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When Twitter sums up how students feel

I had so much fun putting together this article this morning. A classic case of procrastination and avoiding revision, but time very well spent. 

Last week, Bristol University announced they were increasing university accommodation rents by 5 per cent. Perhaps unsurprisingly, students aren’t happy; over 1200 have already signed Bristol SU’s petition against the rent hike. 

But students are also taking to the internet to voice their concerns. I’ve been scrolling through Twitter – trying not to get distracted by Livingstone’s escapades in a disabled toilet or Ed Ball’s spectacular cake in celebration of #EdBallsDay – to find out why students are so angry.

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Celebrating 300 Issues of Epigram

This week, to celebrate Epigram’s 300th issue, we put together a celebratory supplement. We contacted old Editors to write pieces about their experiences on the publication, and I also wrote my own. Epigram has dominated my time at Bristol, and I wouldn’t wish it any other way. 

27 years and 300 issues later, Epigram is still a thriving student newspaper. Indeed, our efforts were rewarded earlier this month when we were highly commended in both the ‘Best Publication’ and ‘Best Use of Digital Media’ categories at the Student Publication Awards.

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Editoral: #StrongerIn

I have some pretty strong views about the EU. In my latest editorial, I went on a little bit of a rant – and had to rearrange page 2 to fit in an extra 400 words. The perks of being the editor, I suppose. 

The date has been set. In four months time, Britain will have the chance to vote on our membership of Europe – should we leave or remain?

If you have a glance through the newspapers, you’d been forgiven for thinking that British membership of the EU was a huge mistake – since the 1990s, the press has been dominated by anti EU stories, blaming domestic problems on the institutions of Europe.

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George ‘Johnny’ Johnson

So, last week the best thing happened – I met the Last Surviving Dambuster, and it was amazing. Here is the feature myself and Epigram‘s Deputy Editor, Adam, wrote this week:

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson is the last surviving crew member of Operation Chastise, which dropped ‘bouncing bombs’ on German dams in May 1943. The bomb-aiming Dambuster told Adam Becket and Sarah Newey his remarkable story.

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Epigram Editorial: Go and Vote

Voting is something I feel really strongly about, for a lot of reasons – not least because people died for the right. But in my latest editorial for Epigram, I discuss the issue from a different perspective. 

Lets, for a moment, hark back to 2013, when Russell Brand first argued that voting was effectively pointless in an article in the New Statesman.

‘I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.’

Pretty passionate stuff – and I don’t completely disagree. Indeed, I’m increasingly sceptical about British politics, especially as it often seems like governments focus on short-term goals which will help them to get re-elected. But, contrary to Brand’s claims, this is exactly why it is so important to vote.

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