The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was gifted to me in my first year of university. It took me a whole 4 years and 3/4 of a degree later to actually get round to reading it. The collection of 12 short stories, primarily unfolds from the perspective … More The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Iceland on a Budget

The first time I had ever heard of Iceland must have been back in 2010 in my GCSE geography class when the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull (otherwise known as E15) erupted, covering a large part of the European continent with a volcanic ash cloud. I hadn’t really thought much more about Iceland until university where it seemed … More Iceland on a Budget

What I learnt from dropping my phone down the toilet

On a seemingly pleasant and crisp Saturday morning I was sitting on the toilet, scrolling through my Facebook feed on my iPhone when (of course) my butterfingers let it glide straight into the toilet bowl. In my cheapest attempt to resuscitate it, it has been sitting in an airtight bag of rice. After the initial shock, … More What I learnt from dropping my phone down the toilet

the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

As someone who absolutely adored Rupi Kaur’s collection of poems Milk and Honey, I was delight to be gifted with Amanda Lovelace’s the princess saves herself in this one, not least because at first glance the poetesses present their poetry in a similar fashion, delivering the force of their words as much with the unconventional print of … More the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

How the (UG) University Fee Increase anticipated Lecturers’ Pension Cuts

1962 Maintenance grants are introduced for students to cover tuition fees and living expenses.  1980 Students grants are increased from £380 to £1,430.  1989 The Tories freeze grants and introduce student loans. Grants of up to £2,265 remains available for poorer students, and loans of up to £420 are available to all applicants.  1997 David Blunkett, the Labour Education … More How the (UG) University Fee Increase anticipated Lecturers’ Pension Cuts