Flash Friday 12/2: Censorship, dating and pancakes

Flash Friday 12/2: Censorship, dating and pancakes

Flash Friday 12/2: Censorship, dating and pancakes

By now most campuses will have caught election fever. It’s a funny couple of weeks, where student media rallies around the main event and sometimes, we find it hard to focus on anything else. I know I did. But news rolls on, and this week we’ve got some amazing, VP-free stories.

University of Exeter spends nearly £6k on biscuits

By James Beeson for Exeposé
Image: Flickr

Image: Flickr

The University of Exeter spent almost £6,000 on biscuits in 2015, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The information, revealed exclusively to Exeposé, shows that a grand total of £5,780 worth of funds were spent on providing biscuits for customers at or attending events at the University last year. The biscuits are not, however, for  staff. Unfortunately the University does not hold record of the exact number of biscuits purchased, meaning a cost-per-biscuit calculation is not possible.


Murder nvestigation launched after student found dead in University of Salford halls

By Gemma Sowerby for Mancunion
Image: salford_ian via Flickr

Image: salford_ian via Flickr

It’s always tough reporting on a death – particularly when you’re inexperienced, and when it happened so close to you. But Mancunion have managed to do it – sensitively and professionally.

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A lot of talk, no action – sexual consent at the University of Nottingham

By Marco Dall’Antonia, Hannah Eves, Tamsin Parnell for Impact

In light of growing national media attention, Impact News investigates the darker side of sexual experiences, if students themselves feel this space has been made unsafe by a growing prevalence of “lad culture”, and a perceived lack of understanding about sexual consent.

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Should Leeds University continue their no-platform policy to exclude hate speakers from their union?

The Gryphon’s investigation into freedom of speech comes at a time when censorship at university is a hot topic – in politics and in student media.

Just recently University of Leeds gained a place in Spike’s annual free speech rankings, where it was found to maintain a ‘hostile environment’ for freedom of expression.

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The definitive ranking of pancake toppings

By Bridie Pearson-Jones for Wessex Scene

So Wessex Scene have decided which pancake toppings are best. Which makes us hungry and happy at the same time.

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Disastrous dating: A single girl’s struggle through university

By Abigail Turner for The Orbital

Image: getsurrey

Who doesn’t like Valentines Day? Turns out, quite a lot of people. Check out The Orbital’s guide to dating.

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