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Let them eat… Marxist theory?

Should universities be pushing students away from the milkround and if so…what towards? by Helen Lawless In a recent opinion piece on the Guardian George Monbiot lambasts graduates for taking entry positions in soulless corporations such as management consultancies, investment … Continue reading

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Consumers want new government to tackle tax avoidance

Iona Bain Tackling corporate tax avoidance is set to become a primary issue for the new Westminster government, as it emerges that three million shoppers are now boycotting firms who do not pay their ‘fair share’. Data seen exclusively by … Continue reading

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GENERAL ELECTION 2015: The Hashtag Revolution and why the Twitter generation is one to be reckoned with

As the General Election campaign kicks off today, Helen Lawless looks at what young people stand to gain financially from voting. By Helen Lawless Twitter has proved that young people are a political force to be reckoned with. Young people … Continue reading

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BUDGET 2015: What’s the state of play for young finances today?

As the Budget gets underway today, you’re almost certainly wondering how Mr Osborne’s red box of delights will affect you and your personal finances in the near future. Now seems as good a time as any to take a rain … Continue reading

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The gender gap in STEM subjects – and why it matters

The latest study from the OECD has confirmed that girls are still underperforming in STEM subjects in school, predominantly due to lack of confidence. And the UK is one of the worst performers overall. But how does this play out? … Continue reading

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The forgotten art of talking; how digital communications hamper gen Y in the workplace

Emails, social media and texting have revolutionised our lives – but are they adequate substitutes for good old fashioned talking? I ask whether young people need to get working on their presentation skills Iona bain Remember back to January 1st? … Continue reading

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Zero hour = zero ethics? The tricky politics of short-term working contracts

By Helen Lawless ACCORDING TO SCOTTISH FIENDLY, unemployed people have 9.3 per cent of income left over after essentials are paid for – compared to 7.8 per cent for zero-hour workers. What does this mean for Britain’s army of young … Continue reading

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Autumn Statement, rapping, money mentors and the joys of a packed lunch; this week on Share Radio

Young money mentors – two 14-year-old high school pupils from Lancashire – were the star guests invited by Iona onto on this morning’s Young Money Young Rights on Share Radio! Co-presenter Iona also looked at this week’s autumn statement by … Continue reading

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University challenge: why students must be brutal when choosing their degree

New students are just shaking off their hangovers from Freshers Week, but for their parents the worry about how to pay for university has only just begun. So this may be a good time to remind ourselves of the ‘great … Continue reading

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Playing family fortunes

In her latest column for fa, iona bain looks at why families are happy to let their wealth cascade down the generations One of the most significant outcomes in the lottery of life has to be the family we are … Continue reading

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