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Student life… as Alumni

“The Alumni Network is the best way to keep in touch with your friends from university”, said Vice Chancellor Sir David Greenaway at my graduation last week. Us graduates in the audience smirked… because let’s be honest, we all know Facebook is the best way to keep in touch, and none of us had even …

Spending the summer in Notts? Be a tourist!

It’s rather an English tradition that, come summer, students flock back to the nest for a few months instead of sticking around their university town. A Dutch friend of mine found this bizarre and confusing – why would you want to go back to your parents’ place? (Aside from cheaper living costs, of course…) For …

How the EU enriched my degree

It’s no secret, I am a Europhile. Since I was a child, annual trips to France were the highlight of my summer. As soon as I got the chance, I took up French so that I could understand what my family and their friends across the stream were chatting about – 10 years later, I’ve …

You SHALL go to the ball!

Term is finishing, so what better way to replace days of studying than with nights of dining, wining and dancing? This past weekend has been a ball – literally – with Grad Ball, Cocksoc (Cocktail Society) Ball and the SU Networks’ Ball all kicking off. Each ball is unique, so here’s a celebration of all …

NUS: In or Out?

The Brexit debate isn’t the only referendum that students face in the upcoming weeks; another ‘In or Out?’ campaign revolves around student union membership of the NUS. From Wednesday 1st June until Thursday 9th June, Nottingham students will be able to vote ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘abstain’ in response to the question, ‘Should the University of …

Nottingham’s LGBT-friendly venues

Queer culture can sometimes be hard to find; as are venues where LGBT+ individuals feel safe to be completely themselves. For the undiscerning observer or those new to the scene, finding a spot to feel comfortable going on a date, or out with mates can be tricky. As well as the fab community offered by …

My uni highlights #2: Special Subject

Undoubtedly the most engaging, inspiring, pivotal and enjoyable academic aspect of university for me has been my third year special subject. ‘What’s a special subject?’, I hear you ask. Well, the 40 credit full-year intense module is both specialist in that it is a niche field, and also holds a special place in my heart …

My UoN highlights: #1 Learning a Language

As third year draws to a reluctant (and panicky) end, more and more I find my nostalgic finalist self wistfully reminiscing upon the highlights of my years at UoN. One of the most fun and most¬†important¬†experiences of my studenthood has been learning Dutch. We English are famed for only speaking, well… English. And not even …

Who needs a grad job when you can do all this…?!

Your Bachelor’s Degree title is creeping ever closer, and instead of relishing the thought of putting BA or BSc after your name, you’re wishing you had another year because, quite frankly, real life is scary. No? Just me? Ok then, let’s just pretend I tried and failed to get a grad job; like many other …

No place for no-platforming

Returning to campus after the last weekend in January, students were shocked to find campus emblazoned with neo-Nazi posters, stickers and messages. The neo-Nazi British Nationalist group ‘National Action’ had targeted University Park on a quiet Saturday, spreading messages of fascism and – what many regard as – hate. Following this outburst, a proposal was …