Features / 05/05/2021 Standing in ‘SolidariTee’

SolidariTee is the largest entirely student-run charity worldwide, endeavouring to increase awareness of the scale of the injustices faced by refugees worldwide, and collaboratively raise funds for individuals and NGOs alike that support the international assistance of refugees and asylum seekers. Founded in 2017, SolidariTee’s campaigns have already had a significant impact, rapidly growing and...

Features / 05/05/2021 What to Look Forward to This Summer

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the world in more ways than we can count, from lives lost to job issues and having to adapt to an entirely new lifestyle. More than a year since the first outbreak, and we are still amid a slow yet steady recovery. But summer is fast approaching and there are...

Features / 05/05/2021 Has the Pandemic Changed the Way we Grieve?

Why does grief feel different in 2021? Death has been a discussion of two sides since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. On one hand it is a statistic, a number to be watched closely in the hopes of freedom from lockdowns. On the other, it is a truly personal tragedy. Bereavement’s emotional importance, pandemic...

Interview, Sport / 27/04/2021 “You only have to look at the odd clip of [football] before the pandemic and you remember how good it was”: an interview with Norwich City correspondent for The Athletic, Michael Bailey

The landscape of sports journalism has rapidly transformed over the last decade. At the forefront of this change is The Athletic, a subscription-based platform covering sports news from around the world. Founded only five years ago in 2016, the company has quickly expanded to become one of the most reputable sources around, positioning itself as...

Features / 13/04/2021 How Call of Duty saved my life

Everyone had a different reaction to lockdown. Some people did daily quizzes, some people baked copious amount of banana bread, some people tried to learn an instrument before watching Netflix instead. I had two reactions. First, I fell even deeper into a depression. Second, I became obsessed with Call of Duty, and most especially, Call...

Features / 13/04/2021 No Graduation Ceremony: the wait goes on

According to the late Terry Pratchet, “ritual and ceremony in their due times kept the world under the sky and the stars in their courses.” So what happens, then, if the ‘ceremony’ is postponed? This is a question faced by students not only in the UK, but around the world.  David Richardson – University of...

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“I can’t get back to see [my family]… if I return I will be executed”: an interview with Iranian journalist Babak Taghvaee

It has been nine years since Iranian military aviation journalist Babak Taghvaee was arrested in his home country, accused of being a spy for a range of intelligence services. Forced to flee his native Iran and leave behind his beloved family, Babak has since lived a life many of us could not imagine. Babak’s career…

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Dreaming is believing

According to the Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, “hope is a waking dream”. To this day, his comment still rings true. The recent onset of a new variant of Covid has cast a dark spell over the UK, a time of extreme restriction on the hospitality sector with only essential travel permitted. The solution is an…

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From crises in Kosovo and Kenya, to Jordan and Pakistan: an interview with World Food Programme aid worker Lindita Bare

Lindita Bare has been working for the World Food Programme for over 20 years, joining as an Albanian refugee support worker during the Kosovo Crisis. “This job is the best”, she tells me. “You are allowed to innovate; you are allowed to have good ideas. I would do it 100 times over”.  Lindita has worked…

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“I was not afraid… all that mattered was the cause we were fighting for. Together”: an interview with Russian activist Ekaterina Dudakova

“We, the Russian citizens, have waited a long time for this kind of massive protest to occur”, says Ekaterina Dudakova, a 20-year-old student from Yekaterinburg. “If you ask five different people for the reasons they went to the protests, they will tell you five different things. But the primary adversary we are uniting against can…

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“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…

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Academically motivated, but how?

Students struggle with procrastination. In an ever more digitised age, the task of avoiding distraction seems ever more challenging.  But still possible. According to best practice, the fightback includes reducing one’s digital exposure, or going on a leisurely stroll to clear the mind of academic jargon. Students are taught to believe that hard work always…


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