Ben McGowan

Ben McGowan
Manchester University


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PSA: Katie Price once ran for parliament and her manifesto was iconic

‘Tax cuts for anyone who has an affair with a foreign footballer’

NUS President Larissa Kennedy calls Piers Morgan ‘snowflake’ and owns him over free speech

Piers set off a ‘trigger warning alarm’ every time he pretended to be ‘triggered’ by something she said

‘Everyone’s nervous’: Derry girls of today talk about what it’s like to grow up there

Anxiety and depression amongst young people are 25 per cent higher than the rest of the UK

Here’s how every iconic girl group would vote in a general election

Sound of the Underground is obviously a tribute to the striking tube workers

Amy Hart speaks out in support of railway workers ‘bravely going on strike’

Francis Bourgeois is quaking

I bet you didn’t realise these six celebs are actually Tories

For the last time Kate Bush is not a Tory

Debunked: Did Harry Styles wear a t-shirt saying ‘all Tories are c**ts’?

A viral post claiming to show Harry in the t-shirt has been liked and shared thousands of times

Half of all Brits think ‘trans men are men and trans women are women,’ survey finds

Most Brits have a ‘compassionate approach’ to trans equality

I’m sorry to say it, but these are the most Tory Love Islanders of all time

Find me a Labour voter called Chuggs. I dare you

Protests spring up across the UK as first Rwanda asylum plane set to fly tomorrow

One advocate dubbed the policy a ‘vile attempt to crush the hopes of people who have lost everything’

Boris survives no confidence vote – but what happens next?

148 of his own Tory MPs voted to try and oust him as leader

The timing of the no confidence vote shows Boris only acts quickly when his job’s at stake

It’s been four years since the Tories promised a conversion therapy ban and we’re still waiting

‘I’ve received calls from friends crying’: Ukrainian students share the reality of the war

We spoke to four young Ukrainians about their personal experience with the ongoing war

Manchester uni students come together to support Ukraine

At least seven cars’ worth of donations have been gathered so far

Fallowfield students hold vigil for car crushed by tree

‘We felt a little crazy with our candles and the Cars soundtrack playing over a Bluetooth speaker’

Exclusive: These are the unis that give out the most drug-related fines

Over 8,400 cases of drug-related offences were reported at 81 universities over the past five years

Puppies and picket lines: The first day of Manchester Uni’s strikes, in pictures

‘We’re really sorry for any disruption but we’re doing it for you, we’re doing it for education’

Don’t blame your lecturers for striking. Blame uni management for giving them no choice

This is why you should support your striking lecturers

89 per cent of students blame ‘uni management’ not ‘staff’ for upcoming strikes

Staff at UoM and MMU are joining 56 other striking unis

The Fallowfield fences: One year on

The protest that defined the mood of the year

Nancy Rothwell confronted by protestors as security ‘threatens to assault’ students

Nancy was escorted into a car by security to avoid The Tab’s questioning

Exclusive: Nancy Rothwell personally tracked social media of student protestors

Security reports show CCTV was also used to track student occupiers’ movements

Revealed: Manchester Uni decided to ignore referendum result weeks before the vote

Some board members said it ‘could give the impression that the board had not given sufficient consideration to issues raised’

Revealed: Manchester Rent Strike won almost £11 million for students across the year

Rent Strikers promise to continue ‘to hold this uni and its management accountable for as long as they fail to do so themselves’

‘So demotivated’: 89 per cent of Manchester students oppose moving lectures online

Over 4,000 people have now signed a petition against it

Manchester Uni announces permanent move to ‘blended learning’

Uni Vice President April McMahon sees blended learning as the ‘norm for students in the future’

The time has finally come to vote for the most evil uni of 2020-21

This is the only uni league table that actually matters

Here are the best UK uni cities for a big gay night out

Get ready to bump into all your exes

All the Pride events happening around the UK this summer

What’s a summer party without Katie Price and the Vengaboys?

Over 150 Oxford lecturers ‘refusing to teach’ over Rhodes statue

Campaigners called the decision not to remove the statue ‘institutional racism’

Over one million people booked a vaccine yesterday

Shock, the day young people got offered the vaccine was the day of record-breaking sign-ups

Students are offering private tutors thousands to sit online exams for them

One tutor was reportedly paid £3,000 for a dissertation

These are definitively the sexiest footballers of this year’s Euros

They’re giving Love Island’s men a run for their money

Manchester Uni spent nearly £25,000 on extra security for student occupations

Occupiers say it was a ‘complete waste of money’ by the uni

‘I was sexually assaulted in halls, and now MMU is letting him return to campus next year’

‘His presence still lingers on in my flat and it would be like a never-ending nightmare’

Manchester Uni collects up to £146k in drugs fines, but spends £1k on drugs education

In five years UoM has fined almost 600 students in its ‘zero-tolerance drugs policy’

Manchester student Zac Adan speaks out about being ‘racially profiled’ by uni security

‘It showed me the university’s reputation was way more important than the welfare and wellbeing of students’

UoM students occupying Sam Alex building say security have been ‘hostile and threatening’

But they say: ‘We won’t leave until our demands are met’

Manchester Uni fines students £50 for being at Platt Fields Park

The uni used evidence from Instagram posts

In three years Manchester Uni hasn’t expelled a single student for sexual misconduct

‘We live in fear in a place that is supposed to be our home’

In pictures: Kill The Bill protests enter their second week in Manchester

Police arrested 18 protesters on Saturday

‘I was grabbed from behind’: 18 arrested by police at Manchester Kill The Bill protest

Hundreds took part in continued peaceful Kill The Bill protests through Manchester

Parklife 2021 sells out in record time: Here’s the lineup and everything you need to know

Summer’s been saved!

In pictures: This weekend’s Kill The Bill protest in Manchester

Thousands turned out to protest the Tory’s new policing bill