Local elections: what you think

essexjournalism.com spoke to students, workers and visitors on the University of Essex campus

Steve Winn, 49, security guard
Steve Winn, 49, a member of the university security staff, said: “I will continue to support the Conservatives locally as they’ve done a pretty good job so far. I don’t think young people are interested in the local elections because they don’t know what’s happening locally to them.” Continue reading

Boycott NSS, says National Union of Students

By Tom Larsen-Wright

University students across the country are being urged to boycott the National Students Survey.

The university survey, which is filled out by final year undergraduates every year, will decide whether universities can raise their tuition fees for the next academic year. The increased fees would start at a maximum of £9,500 a year, and could rise by an estimated 3-4 per cent per year. Continue reading

Meet the teenage king of Brexit

By Ellie Fox

Two-thirds of 18-24 year olds failed to exercise their right to vote in the EU referendum last year – and it has been argued that there wasn’t enough unbiased material at their fingertips. Their news feeds were congested with for and against Brexit propaganda which overwhelmed them.

But some young people were central to the argument – among them David Cooper, 19-year-old Brexiteer and owner of the Facebook page: EU I voted leave, www.facebook.com/EUleavevote. Continue reading

Learner drivers face tough new test

By Ellie Fox

This December marks a changing point in the practical test for learner drivers, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced.

The organisation is imposing these changes to help improve road safety. Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19. The most fatal of these accidents happen on high-speed roads – the new driving test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving tests, therefore giving learners more experience to subsequently reduce the number of collisions. Continue reading