Dealing with deadlines

By Alex Cessford, first-year journalism student Every uni student has deadlines and every student dreads them. Not only are they essential to getting the work in so a lecturer can mark assessments, they’re a key part of most workplaces you’ll meet in the future. But the main problem is: how can you deal with them?…

Mature students: five reasons you will thrive

By Keelan Balderson,  first-year Journalism student If you’ve been out of education for a while and are considering going to university as a ‘mature student,’ you probably have some doubts. At 27, I did too. I’ve forgotten how to use a pen, will I be accepted by people younger than me? What even are lectures and…

If only Gordon Ramsey was around to help with the cooking

by Samuel J Steers – first-year journalism student Leaving school is a bit strange. Suddenly, after two years of extremely hard work and lots of exams have finished, you’ve become an adult, and it’s time to enjoy the summer by lazing around in a dressing gown all day, not getting out of bed until tea…

Preparing for seminars and lectures

By Alex Cessford, first-year journalism student Any student knows that the change to university is wildly different from any other educational environment you’ve been in. The workload may feel more excessive and the responsibility a student is given to be independent and intuitive in the preparation for your course is hard for some to get…

University: expectations versus reality

By Charlotte Price, first-year forensic science student Moving to university and living in halls of residence inevitably evokes a number of emotions within a student. Whether that be the stress of balancing a social life with reading and coursework, worrying if you will be homesick as soon as your parents leave and fearing the huge push…

Getting organised

By Olivia Applewhite, 1st year Law student. I like to be organised, and after what feels like fifty ‘introductory’ lectures and seminars this term, it’s safe to say that most of my lecturers want this quality in all of us. What does it mean to be organised though? Everyone works so differently that there’s no one method…

Alternative places to study

There are a number of places on and around the main campus where you can stop and study if you just fancy a change of scenery from your room. Here are some of Hannah’s picks for the best places on and off campus to settle down with a good library book, your laptop and some…

My journey to a PhD

I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m one of those people who had no idea where they wanted to end up but kept taking the next steps along the path that I liked best, and it has so far, worked out! Maybe luck has less to do with it. Or, maybe it’s not luck at…

Balancing work and work on an MA

Jamie Waller – Journalism MA For most people at University, life is divided between assignments and leisure time. However, others have to balance these demands with a paid job as well. There are plenty of reasons someone might have a job. They might like the financial security, they might need it to make ends meet…

Smart style – fashion on a budget!

I love clothes, who doesn’t? But, if you’re like me and you can’t help feeling disheartened every time you walk into Topshop and there isn’t a sale, staying fashion-forward can seem pretty unaffordable. Since starting uni I’ve learnt that the Achilles heel to my over-ambitious saving plan is my constant want to shop – and…

Postgrad – an insight

Postgraduate funding of up to £10,000 is now an accessible resource for students wishing to stay on at university and enhance their learning experience at a higher level. The funding also allows for anyone who has been out of education for a certain time period to come back to university and study an MA in…