Category : Blogs

Looking at reward systems: is the academic pressure a positive influence?

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As we once again approach a busy period of exams and essays, I find myself reflecting upon the enormous pressure some of us put ourselves under to achieve academically. I think that I bought into this approach at school, and I have a suspicion as to why. Secondary school can … Read More

Speaking up or speaking for?

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As a white cis female, I have undoubtedly fallen into the trap of being a ‘white cis feminist’ at times. Despite this, I would certainly not pull a Rose McGowan and totally deny the issue: there is an enormous need for intersectionality within feminism. Feminism for me is about empowering … Read More

Help4friend: a guide in offering mental health support to loved ones

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Mental health impacts 20% of young adults in the UK. Beyond this, an even greater number of university students are suffering from some kind of mental wellbeing issue. The problem is, in fact, so big that it is being widely discussed in the media, at university boards and even within … Read More

The BAFTAs: bringing the times up movement to the UK

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An unofficial black dress code took place at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards. Many of the attendees chose to wear black, or a #metoo/Time’s Up badge to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and abuse. The Time’s Up movement is an anti-sexual harassment campaign that was created … Read More

Are we still friends with ‘Friends’?

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Megan reminisces about one of her favourite TV shows, defending it from critics who find the sitcom ‘not progressive enough’. Friends. Often thought of as an epitome of the classic sitcom, it has brought joy to the my heart and countless others over the years. How sad I was when … Read More

Agony aunt: how to help someone who has been sexually assaulted

6 months ago / 0 comments

Receiving the news that a friend/family member has been sexually assaulted can be devastating, frightening, even confusing. You may feel overwhelmed by the situation and you are not to be blamed for this. Most people do not imagine that they will ever be affected by this issue. But how can … Read More

Trained barista needed

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Trained Barista Needed. This sign, which I saw outside three Leeds coffee shops, will signify for some the plight of the worker in modern Britain. HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO GAIN EXPERIENCE FOR A JOB IF YOU NEED EXPERIENCE TO GET A JOB — Ky (@Neighbs3wm) March 7, 2018 These … Read More

Think of the students: a response to the university strikes

6 months ago / 0 comments

Eva offers a student’s perspective on the UCU strike, expressing her support for her lecturers but simultaneously lamenting the impact of the action on her education. Last week saw the beginning of the UCU strike, which saw lecturers head for the picket line and lecture halls left empty. As a … Read More

To gym or not to gym: a defence of outdoor sport

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Wake up and smell the roses. Smell the dew. The mud and the grass. Don’t close yourself into an overly-lit, boxed-in cauldron of leather, heavy metal and sweat; come to be known as the gym. This month I would encourage all to spread their legs into the brisk outdoors and … Read More

Bumble speed dating: review

7 months ago / 0 comments

Different people have different views on speed-dating. Some believe it is a useful way to find love, others perceive it as a fun way to meet new people, and still others see it as a last resort. I identify with the second category, so last week I decided to step … Read More