As we approach November and the tenth anniversairy of the Freedom of Information Bill passing in parliament, Richard Orange, a media law lecturer at the University of Lincoln, explores the alternatives to the Act.
The media has in recent weeks complained of a use of injunctions to not only to prevent publication of controversial stories but to stifle the very discussion of the injunction itself.
Barry Turner debates the role of tutors in preparing university students for an education rather than for the industry they are going into.
The population is under a deluge of information in the media, often hectoring in nature about how we should live more healthily. Some of this advice is simply a modern version of the old common sense that is now lacking in our society.
We have restricted speech for a variety of reasons – state security, protection of identity of minors, obscenity and so on. Publication of facts and opinion, nevertheless, are not in any sense generally limited unless incitement to illegal acts can be proved — and that, as numerous court cases have shown, is still far from easy.
David Chiddick, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln talks about his life as a student, how he failed his first year of university and the old times of the NUS.
Let us not, then, dither over decisions that are key to our future. Let us not take for granted our prospects. Instead, let us be positive as we set off on another year. Let us go forth to making the best of our year.
Being an SU officer is more like part politician, part holiday rep, part businessperson and part student. Not one day at work is ever the same. One day you can find yourself making new friends and partying in the Engine Shed, the next you are wearing a suit and attending the Board of Governors.