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In light of the recent protests against BAE at Leeds University, the question of morally censoring careers fairs has become an issue throughout the UK. Such censorship, however, seems to be an issue of ethical evaluation rather than of any sort of restriction. The protests last month highlighted the need for universities to become aware of the fact that they are wrongly presenting the true implications of supporting those involved in arms trade. Surely, at least, our universities are aware too of the legality of business that these companies require, or at least their morality. Graduates desperately seeking to find a well paid career are being seriously mislead as to the true implications of participating in such an unscrupulous profession.

Such as with restrictions with freedom of speech, our universities should hold both the power and the right to morally filter the companies that decide to pitch on their property. As much as we’ve given regard to the censorship of our university newspapers and media platforms, our careers fairs should pay careful attention to the way in which they market themselves, and at the very least should make the students aware of the companies that they are choosing to give their lives to. This knowledge that they can offer will mean not only opening the eyes of the students but also granting them the freedom to choose: a right that we shouldn’t even have to think about.


We should, of course, be given a varied view of potential future jobs but there must be a screening process otherwise there is a concerning lack of management for the university on their own property. The lack of moral quality of a company should warrant an immediate red card to advertising at the careers fair.


Regardless of the lack of questionable morals, our universities cannot afford to encourage its students to be joining these companies. This type of advertising would result in careers based upon corruption and violence which should be reason enough to take preventative measures. Instead, the focus should be on searching for honourable companies to pitch their stalls at universities, working on improving their graduate recruitment rather than resorting to corporations involved in the arms trade. This would not be a 'naïve option', it wouldn’t be ignoring the drought of good, well- paid jobs available to graduates in 2013, as our universities would not be banning the students from pursuing a career in one of these companies in their own time, but instead avoiding the promotion of an ethically questionable career on university property in a university-organised environment.


This is not a question of censorship, it is one of morality and there are plenty of reputable companies out there to fill up the student fairs. Additionally the universities wouldn’t feel the need to have so many companies coming to present themselves at our university fairs if some of them weren’t built on disreputable foundations and corrupt funding. University students aren’t totally naïve, but it’s often difficult to see the dishonesty behind the companies who seem to be able to afford to recruit so many of us. The secrecy and wealth involved in the arms industry spawns corruption and these are not the companies our universities should be advertising as viable career choices to its students. As whistle-blowing is becoming a more regular occurrence, it would seem better for our universities to therefore ban these corporations before their public image falls even lower.

Stephanie Skarbek

I'm in my second year studying English Literature and Language at Leeds. In my spare time, which I never seem to have a lot of, I like to draw, play the drums and watch Korean films. I also write short stories, and spend my time investing in comic books and cheap clothing on ebay!

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