Students asked to raise money for their own mental health fund while VC pockets change

Following on from last year’s plea for Alumni to donate to crowdfund a COVID-19 hardship fund, Loughborough University last week announced their newest fundraising initiative. “The £10k Challenge” , is attempting to get staff and students to do a sponsored walk to raise a total of £10,000 to fund their own mental healthcare! This sum, barely over the tuition fee of a single student for one year, clearly shows two things. Firstly, Read more…

The pandemic in children’s mental health

The last 12 months have seen the impact Coronavirus is set to have questioned regularly. It can be measured in ICU overcapacity, case numbers, and excess deaths.However, it is clear that there is much more to this story. Another very real and tangible impact that the Tories’ terrible response to this crisis has caused is a surge in serious mental health problems for young people. The government claims they are doing their Read more…

Tell the Truth – Ireland, England’s First Colony

In British schools the systematic exploitation and oppression of the Irish people over eight centuries is ignored. Ireland has been subject to conquest and reconquest by its English neighbour since Norman times. The rise of capitalism in England gave these conquests a savage character. It was the English Revolution of 1642-1649 that brought the English capitalists to power. Oliver Cromwell and the New Model Army led a revolution that ended in the Read more…

Santiago Rising – Screening and Q+A

Nick MacWilliam “Santiago Rising takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital city in late 2019, as large public protests over economic inequality engulf the country. The film charts the build-up to the historic vote, in October 2020, that saw Chileans vote for a new people’s constitution to replace the one imposed during the brutal Pinochet dictatorship. It examines how a movement which began as a high school students’ protest over transport fares evolved Read more…

Rent strike reports

The MSF is intervening in rent strikes up and down the country. On the ground, we have been supporting and building for the strikes wholeheartedly. We have been raising our own demands (which can be found in this article) and argued for the strikes to be connected with the wider fight for free education.

How Marxists understand the world: Why we are materialists

For most people, the word Philosophy will immediately bring to mind something like the image of a university seminar room full of intellectual types deeply engaged in high level discussion. It appears as something obscure, reserved for only the most knowledgeable people, and – more importantly – it appears as completely irrelevant and divorced from the realities of day to day life. Most people don’t have the time for such trivialities because Read more…

Tell the Truth – Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill is venerated by liberals and conservatives alike as a national hero. He is revered as a defender of democracy and as the man who single handedly beat Hitler. Such is the mythology surround- ing him that in 2002 he was voted ‘The Greatest Briton of all Time’. But who was the real Winston Churchill, and what did he stand for? Churchill was the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and a wealthy Read more…

Marxist student addresses national rent strike rally

On Monday 25th January, a rent strike national rally was held, with an array of speakers from the labour movement. It was held in support of the 50+ rent strikes taking place across the country right now. Speakers included John McDonnell (MP), Zahra Sultana (MP), Jo Grady (UCU Gen Sec), as well as a number of students. This rally marked an important step forward in this newly found movement.  The potential for Read more…