Student loan payments set to rocket

By Tom Larsen-Wright

The interest rate on student loans will rise by a third this September, for all students who started university after 1 September 2012.

The rate was previously 4.6%, but rose to 6.1% due to inflation.

Graduates will still be charged an interest rate, which depends on their income, but those currently at university will be charged the full interest rate. Continue reading

Event to promote harmony at Essex

By Shakiya Branch

The University of Essex’s Residence Life team is hosting a one day event on 27 April from 11am to 3pm to unify the campus with love regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. The #Lovehasnolabels event will have a guessing game for peoples x-rays and the opportunity to take pictures with a cardboard cut-out. While waiting in the queue, enjoy a free cookie and wear a badge for the rest of the day to show support of #Lovehasnolabels

The event takes place in Square 3 (next to the SU bar). Follow the heart signs to find it and help unify Essex with love.

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

New book dedicated to Essex hits the shelves  

Essex Belongs To Us front and back cover

By William Mailes

A book based upon tales, places and attractions from around Essex has been released during this month’s Essex Book festival. 

The Essex Book Festival attracts thousands of people from across the county and beyond over the month of March, and aims to unite the county through a love of reading and story-telling.

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