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,...

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Leaving home made me love home

The tiny seaside town I grew up in holds the biggest place in my heart. I mean, who doesn’t love the seaside? But, if you’d have asked me at 18, just before I moved to university, how I felt about my hometown, my answer would be incredibly different to what it is now. I chose…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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