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Month: July 2015

Migrant family found on Canterbury campus

Following weeks of unrest due to the huge number of migrants trying to make the journey across the channel through illegal means, it has been reported today that a family of migrants have been found in the back of a lorry on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent. Delays on the M20 and M2 have left traffic in Kent in a state of chaos for weeks, due mainly to problems with channel crossings because of the high number of migrants attempting to enter the UK illegally. The discovery of this family, who appear to have stowed away in…

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Maintenance grants get scrapped in new Government budget

Ruby Lyle explains what the government’s decision to scrap maintenance grants means for students. Maintenance grants are to be eliminated from September 2016, as was announced in George Osborne’s budget on Wednesday 8 July. This is expected to affect over half a million students in England alone. The grants, which are non-repayable sums of money intended to aid students with a household income of up to £42,620, shall instead be replaced with increased maintenance loans reaching £8,200 (this is a rise of £2,460 in potential loans for Kent students in the current system). These loans shall be repaid by…

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Book review: Finding Home by Emily Dugan

Julia Mitchell reviews award-winning reporter Emily Dugan’s first book, Finding Home: Real Stories of Migrant Britain. In Britain the topic of immigration can be incredibly controversial. We’ve all seen the sensationalist claims made by the media, rolled out with exaggerated figures and over-generalisations, in an attempt to shock the British public. The purpose of this book, Finding Home, is to break down those numbers with ten highly personal stories from ten vastly different migrants. These individuals contrast with each other in many ways, including their personal wealth, home country and religion, but all have one thing in common. All ten…

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Kent Falcons begin preparations for BUCS 15/16

  The Falcons, UKC’s American Football team, have taken huge strides in the last few years, becoming regular play-off contenders. Only 12 months ago, they won their first ever play-off game and came within a whisker of reaching the semi-finals. With the proposed introduction of a new three-tier structure, the Falcons are clearly determined to hit the ground running, with an all-star coaching line up as well as a re-branding of the clubs logo and kit to prove it. Shadrach Tshibola, last season’s offensive captain, is one of many star players returning next season. The London Blitz wide receiver…

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Kent Alumnus E.L. James releases a 50 Shades spin-off

Sex sells? Well for the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise it certainly does! And she’s at it again- Kent alumnus and author E.L. James has brought out a fourth, spin-off novel entitled Grey to mark the birthday of the protagonist billionaire and bondage-loving Christian Grey (June 18th). In just three days her latest kinky novel sold more than 647,000 copies breaking UK sales records, making it the fastest selling adult novel. This story is said to follow a similar timeline to the first of the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, but from Grey’s perspective, giving dedicated fifty fans a deeper insight…

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