Noah Keate

I am a second year politics student at the University of Warwick. I am interested in political journalism, social policy, international relations and cultural trends. I have written for 'The Boar', the University of Warwick's award winning student newspaper. I have also written for 'Perspectives', the home of student political commentary at Warwick. For over four years, I have written a blog called 'Tea Talks', which focuses on political and personal opinions. 

Why are the arts being neglected again?

It was a time where people thought things were beginning to get better. In the summer of 2020, as coronavirus restrictions were reduced, there was a sense that life was returning to some degree of normality. With the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, restaurant goers were able to enjoy food for half the price; international travel properly restarted; even some elements of socially distanced cultural activities were able to take place.

Academics suggest students should have tuition fees reimbursed by the government

Students should have their rent and tuition fees reimbursed by the government, not universities, according to the academics’ union. Professor Steve West, the vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England in Bristol, has argued the government should offer rebates to students affected by tuition fee costs. He said: “[It] would be a very powerful signal to students and society as a whole.” 508,000 individuals have already signed a petition calling for a cut in tuition fee costs from £9

How Brexit could cause further trouble for the music industry

11 pm on 31 December 2020 marked the moment the transition period between the UK and EU ended. Though the UK had left the EU on 31 January 2020, the country had remained within the EU’s orbit for the remaining 11 months. The UK was treated as if it were a member to allow the two sides to negotiate a trade deal. Now the UK has officially left, numerous parts of life will be affected when travelling to the EU and back. Though the Covid-19 pandemic has made travel redundant in the short term, more broadly, individuals will start to notice differences in how they can communicate with those on the continent. Not one area is left unaffected, including the music industry.

Richard Osman’s ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ is the Christmas bestseller

The Christmas number one bestseller is an award normally associated with the music charts. Even in the time of streaming and downloads – compared to the past ages of buying actual records – looking at which song is most popular over the festive period is an iconic part of every year that even a pandemic cannot disrupt. 26 years after being released, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ finally got that top spot.

Social Media Terror Scrolling Helps Nobody

Over the festive season, I’ve enjoyed watching a number of films without feeling any guilt whatsoever. With all places of hospitality closed for the foreseeable future – I’m unlucky enough to be in a tier four area – the wonder and pleasure provided by Christmas cultural features can be appreciated even more. One of the real gems has been ‘Carol’. Directed by Todd Haynes, it stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers pulled apart by a socially conservative society.

Ease your loneliness with radio this Christmas

With the holiday season just around the corner, much time will be spend purchasing gifts, sorting out Christmas dinner and ensuring the big day itself runs as smooth as possible. People will be spending numerous days with their household, trying to keep presents hidden, organising how to spend the season together and, not least when households have spent more months together than ever, not getting on one another’s nerves. In that time of stress and worry, there can be few opportunities for calm

Why is a motorway tunnel being built near Stonehenge?

Think of British tourist attractions and numerous options spring to mind. The Tower of London, The British Museum, The Houses of Parliament. Cliche merchandise usually containing the royal family, big red buses, and telephone boxes explains why stereotypes of Britain see the nation as living in the 19th century. The tourists within London give the impression that many people’s definition of visiting the UK is simply seeing the capital.

How Will the Government’s Exam Reforms Impact Students?

What are the purposes of exams? They are qualifications associated with a degree of terror and concern. A person imminently sitting such qualifications spends hours revising to try and ensure they know the necessary details to pass with flying colours. An older person, looking back at results from years gone by, will either reflect on the hard work put in or perhaps spent elsewhere. We all have a connection to them.

More than half of students see mental health deteriorate

Over half of students have seen their mental health deteriorate since the start of the autumn academic term, with only 20% actively seeking support. The figures are widely linked to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with students feeling lonely, depressed and unable to sleep. Alongside the pandemic’s uncertainty is an absence of face-to-face teaching as well as limited contact with peers and a volatile economic and social future.
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