Why You’ll Make It At Staffordshire University

I couldn’t possibly go to university. What would I have to offer? I’m too young to be away from home. I’m too old to come back to education. Will I make friends? I’m no good at exams and how is it even possible to write ten thousand words in one essay? These are standard university…

Transfer Deadline Day: What Is It & How To Survive It

IT’S TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY!! Now, don’t roll your eyes too hard. We don’t need any injuries on this, the most joyous of all days. Also, if your significant other, male or female, is into football, they’re probably not going to drive you to the hospital until after 11pm. If you’re like me, you may be…

#MySundayPhoto – August 27th & One Urban Astronaut

For five weeks our school holidays have been dominated by space. Planets. Rockets. Astronauts. On Friday we had what I can only describe as the ABSOLUTE PLEASURE of watching some street theatre. The city centre was taken over by talented creatives doing unimaginably impressive things and it may have been the first time in weeks…

Results Day: Reliving GCSE Results in the 00’s

There was no Timehop in the days of my GCSEs. Facebook wasn’t even open access to everyone. For that I am somewhat grateful to several Gods I don’t believe in. I cannot relive an online reminder of the tangle of teenage emotions I must have been on that day. The anxious rubbish that would have…

Why You Should Register To Vote… And Vote

TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE. I REPEAT: TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE JUNE 8TH GENERAL ELECTION. If you’re not already registered to vote – what the hell are you doing? Do it. Now. HERE. Just 5 minutes. I’m not sure what makes me so politically…

The privilege of Twelve Thousand Pounds

Twelve Thousand Pounds. That’s the wage that came in to debate this week and, honestly, it got me a little annoyed. Whilst preparing for an upcoming journalism exam in public affairs (which sounds quite fancy but is in no way exotic or exciting) we were discussing how some local councillors could earn twelve thousand a year….

The rise of the little sods, gits & b**tards

Oh God, something has happened. It comes around once a year. This year it was number five. I’ve managed to level myself up to the achievement of a five-year-old. FIVE!! Wut? One minute we’re thinking babies are a brilliant idea, plastic sticks get wee stripes and before we know it our downstairs are ruined (and…

Award-winning trainer celebrates success with her learners

Award-winning trainer Julie Walsh has been celebrating her win with the people who know her skills the best – her learners. Julie picked up the outstanding recognition award at Insight conference in December. The awards, run by Expert Citizens, were designed to celebrate those who have gone the extra mile in helping people with multiple…

Our Sunday Photo: Ready, Set, Race

Half Term is nearly over and spending time with this little ninja has been absolutely joyous. Nothing, nothing, nothing, brings you down to earth like time spent with a child and it has blown away the cobwebs and first world problems. It’s also blown my mind at how well his reading has progressed in the…

“He’s Here, Be Brave”

A few weeks ago I went out on an assignment and, as I am prone to doing, decided to pop into the local Asda on the way home. I highly doubt I needed anything but ended up with some pens and colourful document wallets before wandering up the toy aisle out of habit. As I…