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The government has recently faced criticism for their decision to switch from food vouchers to food parcels for parents whose children are eligible for free school meals. The task of creating these parcels was outsourced to private company Chartwells. When parents received the parcels, they were under the impression that the contents were to provide enough food to last for 10 days, amounting to the cost of £30. In actuality, the parcels contained a scarce amount of food, amounting to little more than £10.50. …


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The new year brings with it a pressure to come up with a handful of new year’s resolutions. Around this time of year we’re bombarded with the ‘new year new me’ narrative and the pressure to commit ourselves to a year of self-betterment. Some people may find this time of year brings up feelings of inadequacy and a pressure to radically change who they are. It’s important to remember that you don’t need to succumb to the pressure to change any aspects of yourself or your life — you are perfect exactly as you are.

Other people may find the prospect of a new year’s resolution comforting as it presents the opportunity to start afresh, and provides goals to focus on. It’s important to make sure that these goals are realistic and are set with the intention of creating a happier and healthier life. They must come from a place of self-love rather than self-criticism. In this post, we’ve outlined some suggestions for realistic new year’s resolutions that focus on personal growth and self love. …


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Christmas is held up as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’; a time spent celebrating and catching up with our nearest and dearest. For many of us, this may ring true. However, the festive period can also be an extremely difficult and challenging time for many too. For those experiencing financial stress, it may be wrapped up with feelings of anxiety and inadequacy. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, it may be associated with feelings of sadness. For those spending Christmas alone or with an unsupportive family, it may bring up feelings of loneliness and isolation; and for those who have a complicated relationship with food or alcohol, the festive period may present more triggers and difficulties maintaining boundaries. …


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Healthy romantic relationships

We are inherently social beings. Across the course of our lifetime, we form a multitude of relationships, be those familial, platonic, romantic or sexual. However, the process of forming healthy relationships is a subject that many of us have received little to no formal education on. This is reflected in the reforms made to the provision of SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) in the New Curriculum for Wales, set to be rolled out in 2022. …


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An activist is defined as ‘a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change’. When we look back through history, we find that most of the important, socially progressive changes in our society are the result of groups of individuals campaigning passionately about the issues they cared about, who galvanised others into action to force the political establishment to implement change. Activists were an important part of our past, and they will be an important part of our future. …


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In September 2020, a group chat created by a number of male freshers at Durham University was exposed. The group chat was called ‘Durham Boys Making All the Noise’ and included explicit discussions of ways to use date rape drugs to sexually assault female students. The chat also revealed that the members intended to compete to ‘have sex with the poorest fresher’.

Whilst shocking, the chat isn’t the first of its kind. In 2019, the Warwick rape chat scandal exposed a similar group chat, where a number of male students at Warwick University engaged in discussion about raping fellow female students. In 2018 screenshots from a racist group chat, involving a number of male members of the Bracton Law Society at Exeter University, were revealed. The screenshots not only displayed racist behaviour, but also sexually explicit discussions about fellow female students. …

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