Apr 07

UWE Extenuating Circumstances Policy Change Raises Mental Health Concerns

A student under the pressure of exams (Photo by Svein Halvor Halvorsen)

  Students with problems that could cause them to fail assessments are being urged by a campaign group to voice their concerns following a proposed change to assessment policy. By Rajitha Ratnam. Will Anderson and Siân Hampson from UWE Mental Health Campaign, wrote a letter to the university that said: “If a student with a mental health issue is …

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Aug 25

#35 Where is the love?

This week’s cluster of time involved a lot; the move from graduation to employment, and the news from New York of my deferral. I was speechless for a record amount of time. Although successful in my working life, a period of intense political and personal change led to questioning my beliefs. (My sister also questioned …

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Aug 17

#34 On Change

 This week we arrive at the 18th July; 10 days before my pre-booked flight to Israel and just one calendar month until the start date of my new life in New York City. Both of these destinations are literally miles away from the reality of my new working life in the office, and both remain …

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Aug 10

#33 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

In the end I didn’t quite make it to Israel, but that is a somewhat predictable story for next week. I have put all travel plans on hold as my first week in the office has been a treat. I even have a telephone with my name on it. Following last week’s trip back to …

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Aug 03

#32 Czech-ing the Chaos

As a new member of UWE’s Alumni, the realization that I have been writing to myself for the summer occurred upon discovering my backlog of columns, sat in my (now-broken) laptop. This is a relief, as I begin my career tomorrow and all words have been replaced with nerves. 20th June 2014  It appears that …

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Jun 18

How To Survive Your Housemates: 3, 2, 1…Press Play.

In April this year the Huffington Post produced an article disputing the theory that it takes 21 days for something to become routine. Instead they believe, in agreement with an article in the Guardian, that it can take anything from 18- 254 days for a person to form a habit.  Living with other people you …

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Jun 18

#31 My Fortnight: A Memoir

‘You’re being unfair. You can’t force me to be a lady.’- Jessa, Girls It has taken me over a fortnight to process thoughts into this column; I have been hiding from my soon-to-be ‘Graduate’ status with three whole series of Girls and the contents of my fridge. My name is Erica, and I am an …

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May 30

#30 First (Last) Impressions

‘What is your problem? You give the impression of being all moral, and noble, and normal. And helpful in the kitchen…’- Bridget Jones I am finally writing from the comfort of my own flat; I have moved out of the library and will only return if I require books. I am having problems letting go, …

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May 25

The Bucket List: Classy Clifton Cocktails

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Emma and I have been desperate to go out for a classy cocktail night in Clifton, as it hosts an array of swanky bars and is the part of Bristol that we both want to end up living in. We started this night at the SU after a last minute decision for me not to …

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May 25

The Bucket List: Wearing Onesies to the Library…

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  Despite the exam pressure forcing Frenchay library to be at full capacity, we finally decided to put on our onesies and make complete and utter fools of ourselves. Pretty self-explanatory – we thought with the huge hype of onesies and for the need to do something a little bit controversial in the library this …

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May 17

#29 Haters and a Crisis of Identity

‘It is easier to be critical than correct.’- Benjamin Disraeli This week led to my penultimate exam of university; I am currently experiencing my last weekend in St. Matthias library, with three days to go until my final -final. How? In facing the bittersweet end of university with only Ben and Jerry for company, I …

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