Author: Scarlett Rushby-Smith / Translator: Han Zhuo
Languages: English, Chinese
“What is Brexit?” This small word will be something a lot of overseas students may be hearing for the first time since their move to the UK, and one they will probably tire of hearing in due course.
Has been one of the most discussed topics in British politics for the past two years. The British Prime Minister Theresa may has been leading talks in Brussels with the European union since the initial vote was cast to leave in 2016.
The current talks are based around negotiations for a ‘fair Brexit’ – one that will impact both sides of the deal as little as possible. However, in the two years since the vote was had, much has changed in terms of agreements and regulations. But to what extent will this decision affect those students who choose to study in England?
Firstly, the ability to study abroad, within the EU or further, will be significantly affected. The EU’s freedom of movement law has been an enabler for Students to study abroad with ease. The current student population of European students in the UK stands at over 125,000 (roughly 5%), which in turn is estimated to have contributed £2.7bn to the British economy, as well as 19,000 extra jobs.
Secondly, fees will be impacted if Britain completely severs from the EU. Many students in the EU can study in Britain on ‘home fees’ which typically save European Students between £18-20 thousand pounds over the course of their university degree.
The teaching staff, and operational functions within Universities themselves will also be affected. Stricter Immigration laws will make it difficult to travel for work and study in the future.
The agreed date for Britain to leave the EU will be March 29th 2019. This will be a decision that not only affects Britain, but also the generations to come Worldwide.
Moving from British to American politics, the most coverage this week follows Christine Blasey Ford’s testament In Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s abuse allegation trial.
Brett Kavanaugh had been nominated for the role of Justice within the supreme court, as recommended by President Trump. However, Christine Blasely ford has has testified against him, giving details of the alleged sexual assault he committed at a high school party in the 1980’s. The abuse was said to have taken place when Kavanaugh was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
Deborah Ramirez, another victim, also testified against Kavanaugh, explaining that she too experienced sexual harassment from him, during an instance at college. If Republican Kavanaugh is found guilty of these allegations, then this could lead to heavy penalties, and the possibility of impeachment.
Sexual harassment and assault is unfortunately is still a current issue, as a recent report on BBC Sunday Politics North East Reveals.
Recent Newcastle University graduate Sara Sparrow covered this sensitive topic during a report on last Sunday’s program. The report showed that sexual harassment in university culture is a common occurrence.
This is due to the large numbers of students, as well as factors such as alcohol. The report featured some University students, explaining that sexual assaults have become ‘part and parcel’ of uni experience for some students, and most victims would not feel brave enough to report it, often blaming themselves. Local charity Streetwise, a young people’s charity in Newcastle is ‘aiming to change the culture of sexual violence on and off campus’. They have launched a campaign in the North East called ‘it’s not ok’, which aims to create awareness of sexual assault, whilst providing support and advice for those affected. The University also has a society called ‘it happens here’ which is an awareness and support group for sexual abuse on campus at Newcastle University.
Streetwise confidential email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newcastle it happens here: email@example.com
Brett Kavanaugh 是被特拉普推荐提名的最高法院候选人。
Christine Blasely Ford控诉他曾在80年代在高中派对上性情了她。据称是因Kavanaugh受酒精的影响。