Interview, Sport / 14/09/2021 Interview with UEA Sport’s James Raywood

What is your role at UEA? Student Sport Operations Manager What are your ambitions for UEA Sport this academic year? We are looking forward to a ‘normal’ year in terms of sport and physical activity where the lifting of covid restrictions should allow a full programme to take place. We are excited to reinstate our...

Interview / 14/09/2021 “When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”: a conversation with stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands

Content Warning – stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage, baby loss “When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”. Stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands is part of a UK-wide network of Sands groups. They specialise in later miscarriage (12-24 weeks), stillbirth (24 weeks on), and neonatal death (up to a month after...

Features / 14/09/2021 Social Media: most of us use it, but at what cost?

The most successful people in life always turn their phone on silent. And I say this without a grain of evidence. Think of it as more of a belief, than a proven fact. It makes sense though, right? After all, phone calls from your parents in the middle of that interview for that dream job,...

Features / 14/09/2021 The Highs and Lows of Lockdown Hobbies

Hello September. As we head into the Autumn semester, the first lockdown seems like a distant memory now. What isn’t a distant memory, however, are the ridiculous number of new hobbies I tried throughout the last year and a half. I think we’d all love to say we used our time in lockdown productively and...

Features / 14/09/2021 Microaggressions come in all shapes and sizes

I begin by describing a recent encounter I had which, after some post-event analysis, I recognised as an evening glistening with microaggression. This is the thing about microaggression, we so often downplay it – or even fail to recognise its presence altogether – because of how subtle and, well, micro it is.  During a recent...

Features / 14/09/2021 Festivals: our perfect chaos

After so many disappointments, I’ve started to not let myself get excited for a social event until it’s literally happening in front of me. The same rule applied last week. While I was packing my bag, getting on the train, changing over to the tube, and even knocking on my best friend’s front door, I...

Features

Interview, Sport

Interview with UEA Sport’s James Raywood

What is your role at UEA? Student Sport Operations Manager What are your ambitions for UEA Sport this academic year? We are looking forward to a ‘normal’ year in terms of sport and physical activity where the lifting of covid restrictions should allow a full programme to take place. We are excited to reinstate our…

Interview

“When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”: a conversation with stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands

Content Warning – stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage, baby loss “When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”. Stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands is part of a UK-wide network of Sands groups. They specialise in later miscarriage (12-24 weeks), stillbirth (24 weeks on), and neonatal death (up to a month after…

Features

The Highs and Lows of Lockdown Hobbies

Hello September. As we head into the Autumn semester, the first lockdown seems like a distant memory now. What isn’t a distant memory, however, are the ridiculous number of new hobbies I tried throughout the last year and a half. I think we’d all love to say we used our time in lockdown productively and…

Features

Microaggressions come in all shapes and sizes

I begin by describing a recent encounter I had which, after some post-event analysis, I recognised as an evening glistening with microaggression. This is the thing about microaggression, we so often downplay it – or even fail to recognise its presence altogether – because of how subtle and, well, micro it is.  During a recent…

Features

Festivals: our perfect chaos

After so many disappointments, I’ve started to not let myself get excited for a social event until it’s literally happening in front of me. The same rule applied last week. While I was packing my bag, getting on the train, changing over to the tube, and even knocking on my best friend’s front door, I…

Features

Lockdown changed the way I wear makeup

I started wearing makeup to school when I was 14. I’d wake up super early, sneak into my parent’s bedroom and steal my mom’s foundation and BB cream (neither of which were my colour, by the way). This became a ritual. Only interrupted by my mother slowly realising her makeup supplies were dwindling in volume…

Features

Radio saved me during lockdown

The pandemic has helped loneliness mutate into a pandemic of its own. Isolating has become a normalised part of our lives, especially with the aftermath of the dreaded ping looming around all of us. We have become used to not seeing those we care about. Many have grown used to the loneliness that isolating brings….


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