Anna Claeys
Anna Claeys joined CentreForum, the liberal think tank, in August 2012. She is due to complete a history degree from King's College, Cambridge in July 2013.

Entries by Anna Claeys

Teach Politics in Schools: Young People Deserve to Have Their Voice Heard, So Let's Help Them Understand the System

(5) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Recently I had lunch with some friends in their early twenties. Predictably, the topic of the imminent General Election came up - I was surprised that one well-educated friend didn't know what a constituency was, nor what First Past the Post meant, despite speaking passionately about national political issues. I...

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Is an Oxbridge Education a Big Deal?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 12:04 PM

This week was the last week for Oxbridge candidates to submit their applications. With interviews fast approaching, the decision now lies with tutors; a decision which is often life-changing.

Even now it makes me feel nervous. Those hours spent scrutinising over my personal statement, feeling absolutely petrified at the Open...

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The Poverty of the Daily Mail

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 12:49 PM

The Daily Mail's headline on Wednesday is despicable journalism - but sadly not atypical.

That morning, I choked on my breakfast cornflakes as I doubled back in disbelief during my daily scan of newspaper headlines. Did I see correctly - the Daily Mail accusing the welfare state, designed to combat...

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Gove's Proposed History Curriculum Forgets That We Live in 2013, Not the 1950s

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 6:58 AM

'The Indian Mutiny' will resurface in children's understanding of the British empire from 2014 - a leap back in time to an age when the derogatory phrase was invented by British imperial authorities, attempting to portray the widespread 1857 rebellion as simply the revolt of Indian soldiers. As a final-year...

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Maternity-Leave 'Mumtrepeneurs'? Get Real

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Just had a baby? Taking maternity leave? All that free time! Better learn a language, take up a hobby, or why not start your own business? That's what Stylist women do: their 'smart, successful, and sophisticated' female readership apparently uses their maternity leave to "reinvent their work lives"...

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Male, Pale and Stale: The Gender Gap in the UK's Leading Roles

(4) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Jobs that direct our society must reflect the variety of thinking, experiences and backgrounds that define it. That is why we desperately need to close the gender gap in the UK's leading roles.

Almost half of FTSE 250 boards have no female board directors. Just four of 87 executives appointed...

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