Millenials are more ambitious than ever
Millennials are usually seen as lazy, dissatisfied, and indifferent. The image in many people's minds is not one of dedication, intelligence, or ambition. Young people are seen as grumpy, and addicted to their smartphones and the digital world. But is it really so? Actually, young people use online social platforms for positive engagements such as political activism or for the fight against different kinds of discrimination. We actually do read and write. Millennials are writers, bloggers, vloggers, activists, travellers, content creators, and creative forces. We are looking for artistic freedom in a world where it is hard even to make a decent living. It is high time to look at these young people with more admiration and sympathy.
Sussex University will be using gender neutral pronouns
As a part of its new policy, Sussex University Students' Union has requested that gender neutral pronouns should be used out of respect for transgender persons. Discrimination on campus is present, therefore the Union is encouraging the use of “persons” instead of ''men'' and women'' and “them” and “they” instead of “he” or “she” when the gender identity of an individual person is not stated. Several other universities are also considering the introduction of this rule. The University of Tennessee in the USA already has neutral pronouns such as ''xe'' and ''ze'' in use. Gender neutral pronouns will be used on the Sussex campus, in Union campaigns, in student media, in elections, and in Student Union meetings.
Students will boycott the National Student Survey (NSS)
The National Student Survey or NSS goes out every year and invites graduate students to take part in a survey which provides feedback on their courses and their universities. This represents big money in terms of marketing for universities. If a university receives a low score and slips down the league table, its students' job prospects could be affected. Things may additionally be complicated by the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework, or TEF. Universities Minister Jo Johnson has said that this should serve to encourage improvements in teaching quality. In reality, it is feared that TEF may serve as a tool for raising tuition fees, where universities will receive a gold, silver or bronze raiting, and all those who look for a place to study will have an opportunity to choose based on this scale. These medals will also decide the level of fee increases, and this is one of the reasons why students want to boycott the NSS. They believe this entire situation has only one purpose – to increase prices that are already high.