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Management, organisation, durability: how university societies increase your employability

From bagpipe playing to the Nicholas Cage appreciation society, universities across the country have all kinds of weird and wonderful activities on offer for students. But extracurricular activities are more than just an add-on to your studies. Whether they’re faith, politics, sports or culture related, societies have been proven to improve students’ academic performance and…

‘Your impairment isn’t a barrier’: what it resembles to go to...

Sean Cullen avoided getting a diagnosis for his dyslexia until he was in his second year at university. “The stigma around students not wanting to disclose disability is big. They think it will be detrimental to their studies if they have a difficulty,” says Cullen, who is now studying for a PhD at Brunel University,…

‘Youths grow a lot’: why universities see a space year as...

When Deniz Ronayne, 22, missed out on his grades for the University of Birmingham, he didn’t know what to do. “I was just floundering,” he says. “So I ended up getting a job in a restaurant.” Ronayne, who now studies history and politics at Queen’s University Belfast, says working for a year meant he saved…

How to ace a university open day: ‘Strategy your time, and...

It’s always a good idea if you can make an open day, but it’s especially important for students entering through clearing, who might find themselves spending the next three to five years somewhere unexpected. “A large amount of information can be found via websites, but attending the university gives the opportunity to meet the staff…

Ditch the rota and embrace a communitarian technique: how to share...

If you’re headed to university in September, this might well be your first time living with flatmates. If you’ve seen any sitcom about student life, you’ll know the communal kitchen is the site of much drama. But drama isn’t always ideal in real life, where access to the sink is really your main priority. So…

University isn’t for everybody …

Since it’s likely you’ll walk away with £50,000 of debt, it’s worth seeing what other options are available before you agree to university and start drawing down on that student loan. Apprenticeships remain a popular option, with 375,800 starts in the 2017/18 academic year, according to government figures. Ryehan Amir, 20, took up an accountancy…

Leaving house? These are the life lessons you actually require

The government has announced a course designed to help teenagers prepare for leaving home. The Leapskills programme will teach sixth-formers how to cook from scratch, how to manage their money and how to clean. Hopefully the curriculum will also cover the following … How to stock a larder When you first leave home, Yotam Ottolenghi…

Climbing Up Durham Cathedral Tower

There’s a university-wide superstition that if you climb the Durham Cathedraltower before you graduate, then you won’t graduate. This belief has existed for many years, and so a tradition was formed which led to hundreds of students climbing the tower in the week following their graduation. I, too, planned to save this experience until the summer…

Footprint Conference 2019

Footprint 2019 was an environmental conference held in Durham Town Hall to discuss climate change on 13th and 14th June. The event was organised by Durham students and the range of talks to discuss environmental challenges ranged from the individual to structural issues.  There were talks, workshops and debates, alongside an art exhibition, all were…

A STEM trainee in Durham University Performance Band

Flash back to roughly 2 years ago, I joined the Durham University’s Concert Band incredibly nervous and still adjusting to life at Durham. Entering Palace Green for the taster rehearsal with my flute, I knew that my musical ability suffered from a lack of confidence and consistency, not helped by my lack of ensemble-playing experience.…

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