Articles by: Emily Townsend
Second year undergraduate studying Literature. Interested in politics, economics and current affairs. Loves writing, designing, watching nerdy TV shows. Personal Website: http://studentspectator.com/

The Coalition Loan Sharks: Privatisation of Student Loans Now Certain

March 3, 2014 10:30 am0 comments
The Coalition Loan Sharks: Privatisation of Student Loans Now Certain

Recent government legislation has confirmed another coalition-enforced blow to higher education. Currently, any student who has purchased a loan post-1990 faces further monetary concerns and debts after they leave university. As we all know too well, an atypical UK or EU undergraduate who commenced their studies in 2012 will end […]

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A Cause for Concern: The Surge in Human Trafficking & Slavery

February 24, 2014 3:30 pm0 comments
A Cause for Concern: The Surge in Human Trafficking & Slavery

We have come to the end of January. For most of us, January connotes a month of healthy eating and exercise; of dealing with the dreaded post-turkey coma; and one in which we resolve to make ourselves better. This month, political parties have begun their journey to elections, altering their […]

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The Juicing Scam: Are Juices Healthy or Hefty?

February 20, 2014 4:05 pm0 comments
The Juicing Scam: Are Juices Healthy or Hefty?

We are still in the first quarter, more or less, of the year: January to May equals diet season. The media hurts our tender, food-saturated brains with images of scrawny (or, indeed, buffed up) men and women who have already begun their weight-loss journey for the summer. We squirm, we […]

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Copenhagen Giraffe: The Increase of ‘Surplus’ Euthanasia

February 9, 2014 2:30 pm0 comments
Copenhagen Giraffe: The Increase of ‘Surplus’ Euthanasia

The controversial debate surrounding animal rights has spanned over a century. Zoos, a frequent epicentre of criticism, have used contraception as a means of population control for many decades. However, in recent years, an increase in zoo-administered euthanasia has been observed. Today, an eighteen-month-old giraffe named Marius was killed with a […]

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The Bitcoin Revolution: Brilliant or dangerous?

January 23, 2014 3:10 pm0 comments
The Bitcoin Revolution: Brilliant or dangerous?

The current acceptance of the online currency ‘bitcoin’ is divided. This week, it was declared that Cumbria University would allow payment for tuition fees in bitcoins. What makes this cyber-currency so attractive, yet also unsettling, for so many organisations? Is the bitcoin truly as good as it sounds, or could […]

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