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5 ways to stay motivated during your PhD!

Let’s say you are in the middle of your PhD… Fresher’s motivation is already gone for a long time: experiments have become being boring/repeatable/monotonic OR you do not go well with your lab mates OR your supervisor has decided to move to another country (like mine this year!) or you just have some personal issues …

Where to get Cheap Books

When it comes to your university course, it is highly likely that you will be required to purchase at least some books. Although you will probably be given a list at containing the names of 10 plus books, it is worth finding out which ones are absolutely necessary since books can be expensive even without …

Finding the time to do ‘everything’

University life is a treasure trove of opportunities. There’s so many things I want to get involved with on a daily basis. It would be silly of me not to take up these chances whilst I can. But time and energy are huge factors that need to be considered. Since being involved in Welcome Week …

“First Year Grades Don’t Count, Do They?”

I don’t remember much of what was said at my induction lecture in first year, but one thing stuck with me; “First year grades don’t count towards your final degree”. While this may not be true for every course, it is something I heard over and over again from friends and professors alike. Naturally, it …

10 ways to make friends at University of Nottingham!

Hey! A new academic year has just started! For many of you that means a lot of changes: new flatmates, new university, new town or even new country! Some of you may face a lot of stresses about it! But… do not worry! You are not alone! One of the popular reasons for this stress …

Interested in blogging about your life as a student?

Are you keen to share your experience, boost your CV and earn money by blogging for your University? Get paid £7.20 (plus holiday pay) an hour to write about your life as a student. Blogs will be aimed at fellow UoN students and applicants, and will usually focus on life outside the lecture theatre, what …

Living in a Student House

When you reach second year, it is normal to move out of halls and into a student house. At Nottingham, most people tend to occupy the student area of Lenton, although Beeston is becoming an increasingly popular student area. Despite having only lived in my student house for a few weeks, the differences between halls …

Welcome! and Welcome Back!

It’s that time of the year again… Welcome Week! This is the week that new students join and experience their first taste of university life, but it’s not all about the first years… Welcome is for everyone, so welcome back to the best university 😉 I’m a Welcome Mentor this year so my time for …

How To Make Halls Feel More Like Home

With the start of the new academic year, a lot of you will be moving into halls for the first time ever! As exciting as that exclamation mark makes it seem, the move is rarely anything but time consuming, messy, and tiring. Trading in your comfy bedroom back home for the shoebox that is uni …

A Letter to my Freshers’ Self

Oi Lucy, Calm down. Going to university is a nerve racking experience for everyone. As much as you hate clichés, for once in your life, embrace the idea that ‘everyone in is in the same boat’. I know you’re having restless nights right now: you are not the most social, party-mad or smartest person around, …