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What is it like to work on the frontline? – Part 2

As lockdown continues and young people are blamed for ignoring the rules, University of Nottingham students share their stories of working on Covid-19 wards. In the second of a two-part series 2nd year nursing students Jessie and Abbie talk through their emotional experiences and make an impassioned plea to encourage everyone to play their part, …

How do I get pastoral support virtually?

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems as if the whole world has gone virtual, doesn’t it? I know for people like myself, the worry about perhaps not being able to access support is a real one, but  as it turns out, I don’t have to be, as, like so many aspects of …

Dealing with the good, the bad and the downright ridiculous parts of uni life – Part 1: The Good

I’m now in my 4th year at university, and it’s only with new students arriving this term, some of whom were born in 2002 (unfathomable to me, a 90s baby!) that I have realised that actually, I have now spent *quite a significant* amount of time at university and in doing so, have had a …

Your Guide to Fun and Socially Distant Activities

University might look a little different this year. Social distancing, masks, bubbles and more lend a truly extraordinary challenge to our social lives. Consequently, this upcoming year will most likely see some very creative activity options. To guide you towards a safe, yet fun, social experience, here’s a compilation of some socially distant activities to …

How to navigate Online Assessments

Starting university in the midst of a global pandemic is going to be a bit strange. Many universities have had to adapt teaching and move courses online. With this move towards online learning, much of your assessments will also be online. Like many first-year university students, online assessments were completely new to me when I …

My path to postgraduate study

This guest post is written by third-year PhD student, Declan Wayne. I started my academic career at the University of Nottingham in 2010. I knew I wanted to study science but wasn’t exactly sure what area I wanted to focus on, however, I was certain that my passion was in human physiology. I came across …

How the 3MT Competition became a springboard for my career

Virology PhD student Chidinma Raymond was the 2019 People’s Choice winner of the Universitas 21 (U21) Global Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. In this blog post she reflects on her experience. In 2019 I was thrilled to win the People’s choice award at the Universitas21 global 3MT competition. To get to that highpoint though I went through an …

Decorating your space on a budget

With not long to go before it’s time to move into dorms or a new student house, it’s about time to think about decorating! It might sound minor and maybe even a little bit tedious but making your space your own will leave you feeling comfortable and less home sick. Here are my top tips, …

Keep your money safe

We hope you’re looking forward to joining us at the University of Nottingham in September. As you prepare to make the move to your new home, it’s important to be aware of some crucial security advice.  Nottingham is generally a safe place to live and study, but the University has been made aware of a number …

The last lesson

I look at the result slip that my teacher hands to me. BBAD, the paper reads. I feel a whirlwind of emotions. In front of my friends, I know I cannot show too much emotion. But I wish the ground would swallow me. [3 years later] I log into Bluecastle. Looking at the marks listed, …