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How NOT to be a good friend

The term ‘friend’ is loosely thrown around nowadays and the basic criteria have been lost. A ‘friend’ is typically described as someone that you like and someone that you know well. However, the building of a friendship at its core is a mark of trust, mutual respect, and genuine care for someone. However, some people […]

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The price of beer: Keep craft drinkers out of my pub

Last week, my flat mate solemnly informed me of the piercing news that the price of beer in our local pub had increased and the student discount on our favourite ale had gone completely. A common retort to this plight from older generations is “You’re a student. Enjoy the £4+ ales when you start earning […]

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Short Rant: I Hate The World Cup

Upon reading the title, many adjectives probably came to mind about the pillock who penned it. Killjoy, traitor, and friendless all probably come to mind, but hear me out. Yes, I hate the world cup, but it’s not for any moral objections or my lack of affection for the beautiful game.  On Monday, I found […]

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Staff Strikes – a rallying call to physical solidarity

Following a record approval of over 80 per cent on ballots concerning both pensions and working conditions, UCU members nationwide have commenced another round of historic strike action. As 4th year students we’ve lost countless weeks of university to strikes, and have a right to be frustrated, especially considering the astronomical amounts we fork out […]

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Yeah, I’m dyslexic- but let me explain

I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 8. For an articulate kid who was good at maths, my spelling and reading comprehension was pretty shockingly low. In many ways it made sense; my elder brother is also dyslexic, and so is my dad. But as I moved through the state education system, being taught […]

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Dover immigration center attack

The attack on the Dover migrant centre on the 30th of October passed with suspiciously little coverage from media outlets and a reticence on behalf of the police to identify the incident for what it was: an attack motivated by extremist ideology. The fact that it was spurred by far-right ideology and perpetrated by a […]

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The Qatar humiliation

With the World Cup commencing in just a few weeks, it seems this year might bring something a little more complicated than the summer nights sipping pints and cheering on our nations. However, there is a disconnect between FIFA and Qatar’s claims it will be the “best ever” and the concerns brought to light by […]

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Should we be supporting the industrial action?

UCU Industrial Action takes place on the 24th, 25th and 30th of November Industrial action. This is a term many of us know quite well. A divisive term that often creates two camps of people; those who support strikes and those who do not. As we enter the latter half of our first semester we […]