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...

Features / 07/12/2021 Singlehood in the Holiday Season

So here it is. You’ve just come out of a long-term relationship. Maybe you were having problems for a while, or maybe the breakup came completely out of the blue. Either way, you’re heartbroken, and even a little bit soul broken. To put it simply, you feel lost. You know you’re ready to move on,...

Features / 07/12/2021 Keeping an eye on my motives as a politics fanatic

Some of us would rather steer completely clear of it. Others may keep a distant eye on the headlines which matter to us personally. For me, politics has been my dominant interest for the past decade now. I repeatedly find myself asking exactly why.  Why, when for so much of the time this field is...

Features / 07/12/2021 My body image has changed – and will keep changing

I was recently digging through my Instagram to find something from several years ago when the friend I was with stopped me. “There’s no way that’s you,” they protested, pointing to a post of myself in my mid-teens.  We all have these pictures lurking in our Throwback Thursdays – the ones where you’re all gangly...

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...

Features / 16/11/2021 My journey of self-acceptance in the in between

Are labels all that necessary? This is the question I have found myself asking throughout my journey in exploring what identity means to me. After being diagnosed with dyspraxia in primary school, I became aware that my difference between the other girls on the playground was not merely that I preferred football to cat’s cradle,...



How I kicked the Fast Fashion Habit

Admittedly, most of us have probably at some point been guilty of primarily buying from fast fashion brands without considering the consequences, or if there are any better alternatives out there. I used to regularly shop on fast fashion websites, but then it occurred to me that I was overconsuming and mindlessly shopping from brands…


Dating while trans makes me feel like an outsider

Content warning: mental health decline, references to self-harm and overdoses. Being transgender has multiple hurdles and blocks to move and overcome. Mental health and dating have proven to be my two biggest challenges to date. Prior to the pandemic, I had battled the healthcare system and, since starting testosterone in 2017, I have already had…

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…


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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