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Ryan Woods on the wastefulness of Western culture. The French Senate voted unanimously on a law which forces supermarkets in the country to give all their unwanted food to charities, a move that was met with international applaud. Back in Britain, a few months ago, Morrisons became the UK’s first supermarket to do the same […]

Why Activism Has Been Given a Bad Name


Natasha Phillips on the power of student activism. An activist is defined as an individual who campaigns for social or political change, who sees a problem and acts on it to make a difference. This is the type of endeavour we should encourage and support, but many don’t. Activists have a bad image – they […]

The student strategy


We all share anxiety. We all have good days and we all have bad days. With anxiety, one almost becomes hyper-aware, but that doesn’t mean that everyone isn’t feeling the same, it just means that those who are hyper-aware feel entrapped within their acute perception of reality. Even for those who believe they have a […]

A Super-cycle Highway to Hell?


The Mayor’s new East-West cycle ‘Superhighway’ is heralded as a safety Shangri-La for cyclists, stretching from Lancaster Gate to Tower Hill and due for completion in summer 2016. But what will this mean for the rest of London not on two wheels? The 18 mile segregated cycle route costing £160 million and set to become […]

The Clash of Cultures


Ryan Woods on why migration isn’t as simple as it may seem. The fairly recent attack on the Munich subway by four migrants will undoubtedly add to the deafening roar of arguments both for and against a more inclusive Europe. One side more welcoming to refugees and migrants and the other a more closed off ‘each […]

The Perils of All-Nighters


Beth Carr on why we need to stop the habit of staying up all night to complete work It’s 3am on a Wednesday night and campus is buzzing. But it’s not the SU that’s full: it’s the library. Not so much buzzing with activity but buzzing with caffeine. This is a picture of end of […]

Chapter: University, Term 1


I still have a vague recollection of what life was like before I came to university, and to summarise it in one word, it would have to be, simply, easier. Now, I’m not trying to portray myself as some overworked, caffeine-riddled genius after one term of university, because let’s face it, no one is. But […]

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim”


Right? Western media seem to think that the word ‘terrorist’ is interchangeable with the word ‘Muslim’, with no one seeming to question the validity of this. This assumption is leading to a whole religion being demonised. An example of this, is how after the Paris attacks, there were calls for British Muslims to condemn the […]

The B Word


‘Bi-erasure’ is the reduction of bisexuality to merely a ‘phase’ or even denying its existence as a valid sexual orientation. It is an extremely harmful and increasingly prevalent ideology. Orbital spoke to Josephine Chick, President of LGBT+ at Royal Holloway who defined Bi-erasure as  “a behaviour that attempts to wipe out the experience of bisexual people […]

Economical with the Truth: Lying on Your CV


As the job market is becomingly increasingly competitive, it is becoming harder to stand out to employers. Gaining experience and qualifications is often an essential requirement for candidates but exaggerating or completely fabricating your achievements is seen as a way out for many prospective employees. Despite lying on job applications being illegal, with a maximum […]