Global, Interview, Main Stories, News / 01/03/2022 Ukrainian UEA student Oleksii Burov: “It’s not Ukraine’s fault, it’s not the West’s fault, it’s Putin’s fault”

“My parents left Kyiv on the second day of the invasion. They escaped to my father’s workplace where he treats wounded soldiers… They don’t go away, they don’t run away. They stand… This is Putin’s fault.” Oleksii Burov is a 22-year-old UEA student in his third year of studying International Relations and Politics. Hailing from...

Interview / 01/03/2022 Fire Woman: in conversation with Norfolk’s first woman firefighter

In 1982 Josephine Reynolds became Norfolk’s first woman firefighter at age 17. At the time, she was one of only two in the whole of Britain, the other having started her training in London in the same month. Josephine became an early pioneer for women breaking into this male-dominated industry and met with me to...

Interview / 08/02/2022 30 years of Concrete – Editor-in-Chief Dolly Carter in conversation with our alumni network

It has been 30 years since the first issue of Concrete graced our presence and what a 30 years it has been. Though Concrete started out with a small group of students, we now have positions on the team for just under 40 people each year, which means we have an extensive alumni network who...

Features, Interview / 13/12/2021 Meet Albert Azis-Clauson, the CEO trying to revolutionise freelance education

Albert Azis-Clauson is the CEO of UnderPinned, the company which allows freelancers to turn their passion into business by finding work, managing their jobs, and ensuring they get paid. As I join him for a Zoom interview, I’m surprised at his quirky office background including only part of his impressive record collection, multicoloured artwork on...

Interview / 16/11/2021 “Iraq had been decimated… I really felt for the people”: an interview with former United Nations Weapons Inspector Mike Barley

Zoom seems an unlikely place to be conducting an interview with a former United Nations Weapons Inspector, and further still to be discussing his tours in Iraq in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Yet here we are. Former United Nations (UN) Weapons Inspector Mike Barley was seconded to Iraq three times in 1996-7 at...

Climate Change, Interview / 26/10/2021 Editor-in-Chief Dolly Carter gets to know the faces behind UEA’s COP26 Festival

From 25th-31st October, campus will be changing. From monologue performances to a yoga session, a climate change vigil to a litter pick, UEA’s COP26 Festival is arriving. I spoke with Festival Director Ekaterina Dudakova and organisers Meg Watts and Charlie Bench to discuss their personal stories with the environment, the events taking place in the...

Interview

Global, Interview, Main Stories, News

Ukrainian UEA student Oleksii Burov: “It’s not Ukraine’s fault, it’s not the West’s fault, it’s Putin’s fault”

“My parents left Kyiv on the second day of the invasion. They escaped to my father’s workplace where he treats wounded soldiers… They don’t go away, they don’t run away. They stand… This is Putin’s fault.” Oleksii Burov is a 22-year-old UEA student in his third year of studying International Relations and Politics. Hailing from…

Features, Interview

Meet Albert Azis-Clauson, the CEO trying to revolutionise freelance education

Albert Azis-Clauson is the CEO of UnderPinned, the company which allows freelancers to turn their passion into business by finding work, managing their jobs, and ensuring they get paid. As I join him for a Zoom interview, I’m surprised at his quirky office background including only part of his impressive record collection, multicoloured artwork on…

Interview

“Iraq had been decimated… I really felt for the people”: an interview with former United Nations Weapons Inspector Mike Barley

Zoom seems an unlikely place to be conducting an interview with a former United Nations Weapons Inspector, and further still to be discussing his tours in Iraq in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Yet here we are. Former United Nations (UN) Weapons Inspector Mike Barley was seconded to Iraq three times in 1996-7 at…

Climate Change, Interview

Editor-in-Chief Dolly Carter gets to know the faces behind UEA’s COP26 Festival

From 25th-31st October, campus will be changing. From monologue performances to a yoga session, a climate change vigil to a litter pick, UEA’s COP26 Festival is arriving. I spoke with Festival Director Ekaterina Dudakova and organisers Meg Watts and Charlie Bench to discuss their personal stories with the environment, the events taking place in the…

Interview

Deputy Editor Freyja Elwood in conversation with UEA(SU) Officer Aaron Campbell: “I’m proud to be authentic even if that goes against what society would expect me to be”

For this issue of Concrete, I was given the opportunity to speak to Aaron Campbell, the welfare, community, and diversity officer at the Student Union (SU). He shared his insights on his time at UEA, Black History Month and his hopes for the future. Day-to-day, Aaron describes his role as: “Taking care of people, looking…


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