The mass vaccination coming up this week in the UK does not reassure everyone. Especially students that WestminsterWorld had the opportunity to meet. Credit: Simone Michelle Gray Nearly 80 per cent of students rely on part-time job to gain extra income. Due to this year’s economic crisis and social distancing regulations, workplaces have been closed and many students cannot continue their work. According to Generation COVID survey conducted by LSE, the most job loss among all age groups are student aged 16 to 25, which means one in 10 young people lost their job during covid-19 pandemic. source: Generation COVID "They had to cancel all the shows when the lockdown came up so I lost my job." We can see the depth in her eyes as much as the pain. Barbara Uzoigwe, 22 years ol
The end of the lockdown approaching did not convince some foreign students to travel back. Seven out of ten interviewed told Westminster:World their decision to stay. Two of them have accepted to be featured on this article. Safety as the first priority Credit:Naima Tazergha "My father is not well and it is crucial to protect him from covid-19, and there is always a risk for me to catch the virus while travelling and submitting it to him." Charlotte is from Stockholm in Sweden. She moved to London this Autumn to study her first year of Interior Design at Regent's university. As the government reached to students to encourage them going back home between the 3rd and 9th of December, some don't even consider thinking about it. She is young but knows the risk- the one of c...
Westminster World looks into the number of young people affected by crime in London and whether they felt safe living in the capital. The year 2019 in London has been overshadowed by knife crime, an increase in theft around the holidays and sexual crimes on public transportation. More recently the city experienced a terror attack at London Bridge, which has raised the question of personal safety among young Londoners. A survey of over 300 London university students found that 1 in 4 young people has been affected by crime in London this year. These results slightly differ from those gathered in the Youth Voice Survey undertaken by the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) in January 2019. The MOPAC survey showed that 1 in 10 (about 12 percent) of 8,000 young peop
Insight into whether or not London students will be tactically voting in the upcoming general election.With the election only three days away, politicians are scrambling to swing the undecided votes in their direction. Labour party member and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell took part in a Q&A this morning, stating that this election is “about saving the NHS”; whilst current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is visiting four Labour seats to project his trademark "Get Brexit Done" message.Despite the promising efforts from both parties, it seems that some younger individuals are choosing to vote against the Conservatives, rather than for Labour. This is called tactical voting and it’s the selection of a candidate that has a likely chance of unseating another, instead of wh
Two types of cannabis-based medicines have been approved for use by the NHS to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Epidyolex, containing the cannabis extract CBD (short for cannabidiol) can now be prescribed to children due to the newly released guidance of the NHS. Epidyolex is a medicine used to soothe spasms caused by epilepsy. Similarly, the spray Sativex, also containing cannabis-based medicine, was recommended to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. According to the BBC, clinical trials have proven that with these drugs, seizures can be reduced by 40% for children who suffer from Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Both of the newly approved medicines do not contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), this is the psycho-active c
Cutting tuition fees might not be a good idea for poorer students, the government’s new social mobility tsar has claimed. Martina Milburn, the latest chair of the Social Mobility Commission, told The Observer: “Cutting fees will certainly help a certain sector. Whether it helps the right young people, I’m not convinced.” “There’s also evidence that if you remove tuition fees altogether, there would be a certain number of young people from particular backgrounds who wouldn’t be able to go to university at all – but if you restore something like the education maintenance allowance or a version of it, I think you would widen participation. That’s a personal view.” Last month a government proposal suggested that students in England should be offered 2-year fast track courses to c
Outside the British Supreme Court last week, the atmosphere was tense, as pro-Brexit campaigners stood metres away from an anti-Brexit protest. Suddenly, a tussle between two protesters erupted, that had to be broken up by 7 policemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYN1M2jUe7g Remain and Leave voters fundamentally disagree on almost all issues. A Twitter poll conducted for Westminster World, with 51 participants, showed that 86% of them have argued with someone they know about Brexit. Have you ever argued with anyone you know about #Brexit ? Poll for @WestWorldUK — Blyth Brentnall (@BlythBrentnall) December 7, 2016 “Brexit revealed a number of divides in UK society: between more and less educated people, older and younger people; and to some extent the class divide as well.
As Ed Miliband and the Labour Party try to entice young voters with reduced tuition fees, Morocco’s youth are battling for more than the price of their education. Huddled together under a covered sidewalk on a rainy winter’s day in Rabat, Morocco’s Capital, the youth have come together to discuss social and philosophical issues in public. Impassioned voices cry out over the crowd of young Moroccan men and women, in a seamless mixture of French and Darija (Moroccan Arabic). You might think a congregation of students like this wouldn’t warrant a second glance. But in Morocco, gatherings like these are bold political statements against a paranoid regime. “The police said if we come back we will be beaten.” Nabil Belkabir, 23, explains: “Critical Thinking is not good