Published on May 15, 2014 | by Rebekah Thompson

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On the up: students continue the fight

In the past few weeks, we in the Arts London News office have been scruinising the UAL management pretty heavily; badgering them for facts and figures and comments on the living wage battle and the potential site moves for LCF and LCC students. I’m the first to admit we are all quite quick to judge the governing bodies of the institution that we all selected to invest our ever-rising student loans in, but that’s why they want us as students in their university, isn’t it?

Universities have some seriously high standards nowadays: they want us to be passionate and extracurricular, academic, sporting and political. Yet when we express ourselves passionately about something, we get slandered – or in the case of the Sports Wednesday campaigners, escorted brusquely from the building by security.

If universities are going to raise their standards and fees for their students continually, then we too, need to keep raising ours– by not settling for less than the London living wage, or sub-standard facilities, or over-priced accommodation miles away from where we need to be.

“If universities are going to raise their standards and fees for their students continually, then we too, need to keep raising ours”

The Student Union this year and last has campaigned fiercely to make sure we get what we deserve from our university and have been victorious many times over; perhaps that’s why we voted to re-elect several of our Student Union representatives.

The UAL expect the best candidates and we expect the best services for our money, so let’s be the students they want us to be, and keep pushing to improve ourselves and our university, not just for us but for the staff and future intakes.

This issue of ALN is the best of us (so far); rather than sticking to traditional news stories we have tried to include our hobbies and pastimes: travel, music, theatre, humour and a reluctant inclusion of sports in our team of 83 per cent girls (apparently Zumba doesn’t count). To stick with the style of our slightly quirky edition of the paper we commissioned illustrator Sarah Churchill-Slough for our cover design – we hope you like it!

aln team




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