Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 08:00:00 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

What does UK Election mean for students?

photo by

By
18th-Jun-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Joanna Hughes :
The people of Britain head to the polls today to pick a new government.  If you're not up on your current events you may be asking yourself: "Wait a second...didn't this just happen?" Indeed, while just two years have passed since the last election, a lot has changed in that time. (Did someone say "Brexit"?) As a result, Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early election, AKA "snap election," which can be held if enough members of the country's lawmakers-two-thirds to be exact-agree to it.  And while forecasts vary wildly regarding who will win and by how much, experts agree that the results will play a huge role in the UK's transition out of the EU.
Caught in the crossfires of it all? The UK's significant student population. Here's a closer look at where higher education factors into today's vote.
What domestic students need to know
There's no arguing that the majority of Britain's young people feel disenfranchised by the country's increasingly Conservative sway. However, these same people are also uniquely positioned to make a difference in today's election. Says Quartz, "Whether the Conservative government wins by a landslide, by a small majority, or it loses its majority in Parliament (a prospect that sent the pound tumbling) is dependent on youth turnout. In short, the future of the Britain will be decided by its most disillusioned voters."
But being fed up with rising tuition fees, lack of government funding, loss of housing benefits, and deteriorating job markets is not a reason not to vote. Why? Because we've all seen how that story ends. Pollsters predict that if youth turnout is as low as it was in 2015's election, then the Conservative party will win in a landslide-meaning more of the same moving forward. If, however, the UK's two million-plus students do turn up and vote, they could make their dissenting voices heard toward greater cross-party balance.
So which parties believe what when it comes to higher education? One of the biggest differences between the parties pertains to higher education tuitions. While fee structures are expected to remain consistent under both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats, the left-leaning Labour Party has pledged to completely abolish tuition fees and write off existing student debt-in accordance with its viewpoint that higher education should be free because it's a public service for the "collective good."
And while all parties acknowledge the importance of increasing science and education funding, the Conservative Party has designated the smallest increase in spending (2.4 percent by 2027) to this area when compared to the platforms of the Labour Party (3 percent by 2030) and the Liberal Democrats (doubl[ing] innovation and research funding across the economy" as a "long-term goal.")
What international students need to know
International students, meanwhile, also have plenty to be concerned about regarding one of the biggest issues in today's election: immigration.  Additionally, universities, faculty and staff, researchers and domestic students are also facing major uncertainty when it comes to whether the UK will remain open to international exchange.
Explains Digital Journal, "Many universities are reliant upon overseas students coming to study, and this represents a key source of income as well as helping to expand the knowledge base. Many universities are concerned with the Conservative Party plans to restrict immigration and to incorporate student numbers into the readjusted figures. The Liberal Democrats and Labour, in contrast, encourage overseas students as temporary visitors to the U.K."
In other words, the difference between a soft line and a hard line on Brexit-and the future of higher education mobility-may well depend on how the election goes.
If all goes as planned today by Theresa May and the Conservative Party, the election will solidify and strengthen the Tories' hold. Reveals BBC News, "When Theresa May called the election, polls showed she was likely to win a landslide - and cement her political power. But things move quickly in politics."  Well-positioned to upset this anticipated outcome? The UK's student population. In fact, says Yahoo! News, "The polls predicting a big Tory win assume that many of the young people who have registered won't show up on the day. Those who see a much closer outcome assume most of those who have registered will vote."
The takeaway? While Brexit itself is largely considered to be a foregone conclusion with all parties vowing to move forward with it regardless of the election result, the approach may be very different, depending on who's occupying seats at the negotiating table. By showing up and voting in today's election, the UK's student population just may become a deciding factor in who that will be.

(Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family).

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Kool-BSJA Media Cup football kicks off


Eight matches of the Kool-BSJA Media Cup football tournament were decided on the opening day at the astro-turf of the Bangladesh Football Federation on Monday, with 24 reputed media houses are participating in the six-a-side tournament. Former national star footballer and Bangladesh Football Federation senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy ...

Sports »

Kenya`s Gladys Cherono celebrates after winning the women's race of the 44th Berlin marathon in Berlin, Germany on Sunday.


Entertainment »

After recovery Sheikh Runa wants to return in play direction


Promising play director Sheikh Runa has been passing days on bed at hospital now. On September 8 while returning to Dhaka from Sirajganj she was critically injured in a road mishap. Among 12 out of 14 persons of that microbus were killed in that accident. Fortunately Runa was saved. Now ...

Editorial »

Angela Merkel wins Fourth Term


ANGELA Merkel creates history by winning election fourth time. Her Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) had maintained a double-digit lead over the Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Martin Schulz in opinion polling since the 2013 election. Merkel's conservative bloc won 32.5 percent of the vote, making them the ...

City »

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha administering oath of office to two newly appointed members of Bangladesh Public Service Commission Nurjahan Begum and Kazi Salahuddin Akbar at the Supreme Court Judges Lounge on Monday.


International »

Abe announces snap election amid worries over N Korea crisis


Reuters, Tokyo :Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, as he seeks a fresh mandate to overcome "a national crisis".Abe, in power for five years, said he needed a mandate to shift some revenues from a planned future tax ...

Editorial »

Despite repeated global condemnation plight of Rohingyas worsens


THE inflow of Rohingya refugees from violence-torn Rakhine State in Myanmar slowed for the last few days owing to bad weather but thousands have started entering Bangladesh once more. According to news sources, at least 10,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh so far since last Saturday. Moreover, Amnesty International has ...

Cricket »

Shane Warne accused of hitting porn star


Former cricketer Shane Warne has been accused of hitting a porn star as a row escalated at a nightclub in Mayfair.Valerie Fox took to Twitter to share pictures of her alleged injuries - including a bruised eye - after the incident."Proud of yourself? Hitting a woman? Vile creature," she tweeted.The ...

Sports »

Member of FIFA Mahfuza Akter Kiron handing over the prize to a winner of the AFC Under-16 Women's Championship at Chonburi in Thailand recently.


Entertainment »

Khurshid Alam to get Lifetime Achievement Award


Entertainment Report :Legendary singer Khurshid Alam will get the Lifetime Achievement Award in this year’s Channel i Music Award. The award giving ceremony will be held on September 29 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the city’s Agargaon area. Awards in sixteen categories concerning music will be given in this ...

City »

Bangladesh Government Primary School Employees Welfare Association formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday demanding nationalization of clerical jobs.


Life »

Even refined sugar invites health risks


Life Desk :When the rest of the world is turning their face away from refined or processed sugar, consumers in Bangladesh have been tending to the detrimental food item. Refined white sugar attracts a large proportion of consumers, but domestically made cane sugar cannot take its fancy, though it is ...

International »

Missile strike on US inevitable: N Korean FM


AP, United Nations :North Korea's foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more."Ri Yong Ho called the American president "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania ...

Sports »

Members of BKSP team, who became champion in Under-16 two-day long Judo Competition pose for photo with the trophy and guests at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.


Editorial »

India to supply Myanmar arms!


INDIA has shunned its reputation of being democratic, generous and hospitable country. They have decided to strengthen their security along the largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using "chilli and stun grenades" to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar. Border ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news