Breaking News, Main Stories, News / 29/11/2021 UEA reintroduces compulsory mask wearing

A statement issued by UEA this afternoon (29th November) has reintroduced the enforced wearing of masks in the majority of university managed spaces, in the wake of Government announcements about changes to Covid restrictions. In an email sent to staff and students, it was confirmed that from today, all staff and students will have to...

Breaking News, Main Stories, News / 28/11/2021 Coronavirus: weekend updates

Friday 26th November A new variant of COVID-19, the Omicron variant, has been identified and described as “the worst one we’ve seen so far” by a health official. It was first found in Botswana, Africa, back on November 11th. The variant, officially known as B.1.1.529, has caused 6 countries to be moved to the UK’s...

Breaking News, Global, Main Stories, News / 25/11/2021 27 people dead after boat sinks in Channel

At least 27 people have been confirmed dead and a number of others remain in hospital after a small, inflatable boat sank off the British coast on Wednesday, French authorities have confirmed. After a number of individuals were seen by the crew of a French fishing boat on Wednesday afternoon, a joint rescue mission by...

#BLM, Breaking News, Main Stories / 25/11/2021 Ahmaud Arbery murderers found guilty

The jury unanimously found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder yesterday. The trio now face life in prison. The murder took place in February last year, when they chased and shot dead an unarmed Ahmaud Arbery, falsely claiming he had been involved in numerous burglaries in the neighbourhood in...

Breaking News, Global, Main Stories / 24/11/2021 Man Charged with Homicide After Killing Five at Waukesha Christmas Parade

On the 21st of November, 39 year old Darrell E Brooks drove through Waukesha Christmas Parade with a vehicle, killing 5 and injuring 48. Daniel Thompson, police chief of Waukesha, said the suspect was charged with five counts of intentional first-degree homicide. Whilst there were initial concerns that the incident was terror related, this was...

Breaking News, Main Stories, News / 20/11/2021 Booster Vaccine Added To NHS Covid Travel Pass

Travellers in the UK who have received their booster dose of a Covid jab are now able to evidence this as part of their vaccination status through the NHS Covid Pass. For such travellers, it enables quarantine-free travel to more tightly restricted countries, such as Israel, Croatia and Austria, all of which place a time...

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Sensitive student data leaked in school-wide email

Hundreds of american studies students have mistakenly received an email detailing sensitive information about extenuating circumstances requests. Some 320 American Studies students received the email on Thursday night, with an attached spreadsheet detailing the reasons individual students were granted extenuating circumstances. The spreadsheet included individual names, student ID numbers, and descriptions of why students had…

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UEA reacts as country uncertain

The early hours of Friday morning saw UEA’s bars filled to the brim with slightly inebriated, slightly anxious students who were awaiting the results of the 2017 general election. At 10:00pm on Thursday night, the exit polls were accurately predicting that there would be a hung parliament in Westminster. There was a palpable tension across…

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Victory for Clive Lewis

Labour incumbent Clive Lewis retained Norwich South last night, with an increased majority. In the early hours of this morning, as tellers were finalising their vote counts across the country, the results for the university constituency came in. Mr Lewis, who was elected to represent Norwich South in the 2015 general election, was re-elected and…

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Interview: Clive Lewis

Concrete spoke to Clive Lewis, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Norwich South  to discuss his policies and personal stances, two days before the general election vote on 8 June. Mr Lewis was elected to represent Norwich South in 2015. He is running against James Wright (Liberal Democrat), Lana Hempsall (Conservative), and Richard Bearman (Green) in this…

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Interview: James Wright

This morning Liberal Democrat candidate for Norwich South James Wright spoke to Concrete to discuss his policies and personal stances, two days before voters will go to the polling booths. Mr Wright has been a Norwich City councillor since 2010, and is running against Clive Lewis (Labour), Lana Hempsall (Conservative), and Richard Bearman (Green) in…

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VC apologises to ISoc for “inexcusable failure”

Following the decision to temporarily close the Islamic Prayer Facility without informing UEA Islamic Society (ISoc), Vice-Chancellor David Richardson has issued an apology for the “distress that the events of last week undoubtedly caused Muslim students at UEA.” He said: “As a result of the positive development of the UEA Faith Policy in 2015, we…


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