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Guild Election: Full Time Officer Candidate Interviews 2017

Burn Fm has invited all the Full-Time Officer Candidates for an interview detailing their policies, experience and why they think they are the best candidates to represent students at the University of Birmingham. Below, you can find all of the interviews that took place, split into Officer positions. They are: Activities and Development, Education, Housing, Post …Read More


Birmingham Protests against US Muslim ban

On Monday 30th January in Birmingham’s Victoria Square, hundreds of people protested over President Trump’s executive order that bans residents from seven major Islamic countries entering the United States. The protesters were also reacting against Theresa May and her decision not to condemn Trumps recent controversial legislation. Instead meeting with him in the US to …Read More


Why are young people not voting?

This past year we have been rocked with recent electoral results. Young people in Britain between the ages of 18 and 29 have been witness to the exit of the UK from the European Union and now in what seems more devastating, the election of Donald Trump to the office of President. Yet time after …Read More


Election breakdown- What is the Electoral College?

The Electoral College system is not a simple as a first past the post system. The Electoral College came about with the founding fathers wanting a “buffer” between the population and the selection of a President. There were fears that a tyrant would be able to manipulate public opinion and seize power. Also had to make …Read More


Election Breakdown- What is a swing state?

In US presidential politics, a swing state or battleground state refers to a state that could be won by either party candidate. The state has no single candidate or party that has overwhelming support in securing a state’s Electoral College votes. Usually they require extra effort by candidates and their campaigns especially in those states …Read More


Charity Week starts at UoB

Today marks the start of Charity Week for the University of Birmingham’s Islamic Society. Starting on Monday 7th November and ending on Sunday, the society aims to raise money for Human Appeal International. The charity aims to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to disaster prone areas of Bangladesh, where only 40% of the population …Read More


Anti-Islam group Pegida demonstrate at Industrial estate in Birmingham

Members of the far right group Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) demonstrated at an industrial estate in Birmingham on Saturday 6th February. The march, which was silent, was held alongside demonstrations that occurred across Europe including in France and the Netherlands. The West Midlands police stated that there was a “significant …Read More


“Mr Cameron, you’re making an enormous mistake.”

Hollywood star and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo has called upon David Cameron to change his stance on allowing fracking to occur in the UK. Ruffalo’s statement comes as energy firm Cuadrilla seeks to appeal against West Lancashire Council’s decision to reject their plans for exploratory fracking. Calling Cameron’s decision a “legacy mistake” in a web …Read More


Oscar Pistorius Guilty of Murder

Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of murder by a South African appeals court, overturning his previous manslaughter conviction. Pistorius is still currently serving his ‘culpable homicide’ sentence under house arrest after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, shooting four times through a locked bathroom door. After spending one year in a maximum security …Read More