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Slashing Funding for the Arts Will Ruin England’s Creative Sector

Abra Heritage | Editor in Chief Funding cuts for arts courses and London universities have been confirmed under Gavin Williamson’s plans to instead drive funding into science, technology and engineering. These reforms will halve the funding subsidy for arts subjects from the beginning of the 2021 academic year. Previously, the Office for Students would provide £243 per full-time student per year. Now, full time arts … Continue reading Slashing Funding for the Arts Will Ruin England’s Creative Sector

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By Turning Our Backs on International Aid, We Fail the World

George Woods | Opinion and Debate Editor On 13th July 2021, the Conservative government successfully passed their motion of cutting foreign aid from being 0.7% of gross national income down to 0.5%. This is a £4 billion-pound reduction of support to the poorest nations during a precedent health crisis of a magnitude not seen in modern history. The motion, carried by 333 Ayes to 298 … Continue reading By Turning Our Backs on International Aid, We Fail the World

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Italy Break England Hearts To Bring Euro 2020 Rome

Oli Gent | Sports Editor England 1 (Shaw 2’) 1(p) Italy (Bonucci 67’), Wembley Stadium They came, they saw, they conquered. Italy are European champions after a dramatic final at a packed Wembley, living up to their billing as mid-tournament favourites. But it will be seen as a huge missed opportunity for England and Gareth Southgate – a fairy-tale run didn’t get its just ending … Continue reading Italy Break England Hearts To Bring Euro 2020 Rome

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Royal Holloway Music Department Faces Potential 25% Cut to Staff

Abra Heritage | Editor in Chief On 21 June, academic staff and students at Royal Holloway, University of London, were informed of proposals from senior management to significantly cut staffing and research provisions. These proposals follow claims from senior management that ‘student numbers no longer support staffing levels’, with a promise that staff cuts will lead to ‘increases in academic posts in disciplines where there … Continue reading Royal Holloway Music Department Faces Potential 25% Cut to Staff

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Review: Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

Finn Murphy | Student Contributor If you haven’t heard of Olivia Rodrigo by now, then where have you been for the past 5 months? The star of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ is already breaking out of her teenage Disney star phase with her debut album Sour. She had already treated us to 3 singles that became iconic TikTok sounds with millions of … Continue reading Review: Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

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Development of Rusham Park Raises Questions of Sustainability at the University

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief Contractors Balfour Beatty were announced on the 31st March as the preferred bidder for the development of Rusham Park as a new student village for Royal Holloway, as well as day to day management of George Eliot Hall. The land, next to the Sport’s Centre, is to be developed into ‘affordable but high-quality living, social and amenity spaces for … Continue reading Development of Rusham Park Raises Questions of Sustainability at the University

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Palestine General Strike: 18th May 2021

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief Today marks a general strike and day of action across occupied Palestine, which will disrupt all economic and commercial activity in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian communities inside Israel as well as the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. As of yesterday at least 192 people, including 58 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the … Continue reading Palestine General Strike: 18th May 2021

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Election Round-Up – ‘Super Thursday’

Liam Elvish | Content Writer It was French philosopher, La Rochfoucauld, who once observed that ‘humility is the worst form of conceit’. How fitting a tribute to this assertion were the scenes in Hartlepool the morning after the Parliamentary by-election on 6th May. The city’s new MP, Jill Mortimer, was joined by an enormous, absurdly inflated balloon. And several of his party workers.  The victory … Continue reading Election Round-Up – ‘Super Thursday’

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Review: Jorja Smith, Be Right Back

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Jorja Smith’s latest project begins with cries that ‘you are not addicted to me’. I have to disagree with you on that one, Jorja, because I’ve had Lost and Found on repeat since its release in 2018. Winner of the Brit Critic’s Choice Award (2018) and Best British Female Artist (Brits, 2019), Smith stands at the forefront of … Continue reading Review: Jorja Smith, Be Right Back