Category Archives: University Branches

Liberal Youth welcome 3.5% increase in UCAS applications

Liberal Youth welcomes the news that UCAS is reporting an increase in university applications, and especially welcomes the continuing trend of young people from poorer background going to university more. With people from disadvantaged backgrounds being 80% more likely to attend a higher education institution this is a major step in creating a fairer and more liberal society.

“The news that university applications have increased is truly fantastic. That the young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are increasingly going to university.

Liberal Youth believe no matter where you come from you should have the freedom to achieve in life and often university is a gateway to achievement.

We now need to push for a more progressive maintenance loan system to ensure students can afford rising rent and living costs bills.  That way we can continue to remove barriers to higher education.”

The increase in applications can be seen as a testament to the work of Liberal Democrats in government to creating a creating a fairer and more equal society and in improving the systems that were left by the previous Labour administration.

The Liberal Democrat changes to tuition fees are a vast improvement on the old Labour system. The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the poorest 29% of students were better off under the new system and that it was “ substantially more progressive” than the old Labour system as the richest students were likely to pay back ten times as much as the poorest students.


ASEAN – Jeremy Browne at SOAS

Last month London Liberal Youth hosted Foreign Office Minister and Liberal Democrat MP Jeremy Browne at SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies).

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Simon Hughes wows the crowd at UCL

UCLU Lib Dems hosted the first of our talks entitled “Who Are the Liberal Democrats?” last night, with Deputy Leader of the party Simon Hughes joining us  to examine Lib Dem identity – from our earliest origins, right up to the coalition and beyond.

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Article from UCL’s Pi Newspaper

UCLU Question Time

UCL Lib Dem President Ben Meggit & UCLU Debating Society Chair Ayub Hanif

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Jo Shaw talking on Liberty – UCL, Tuesday 15th November

Who: Jo Shaw, Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner for Holborn & St Pancras

What: Talking about her work with Liberty, and civil & human rights in general

When: 19:30 – 21:00, Tuesday 15th November

Where: Room 432, SEESS Building, 16 Taviton Street, WC1H 0BW

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UCL Lib Dems host Baroness Susan Kramer

In their first public talk of the year, UCL Liberal Democrat society recently hosted Baroness Susan Kramer, who is patron of the UCL society.

The event was a huge success, with many new & old faces coming long, and a lot of interest generated for future events – including a talk from former Camden PPC Jo Shaw, a visit to Parliament & inter-society debates/Question Time.

Check the UCL branch page to find out more about upcoming events.