The Domination of Streetwear

By Eliza Rawson – Gone were the days of streetwear being affiliated with RnB artists, rappers and the culturally-driven individuals. Nowadays, if it has appeared on…

By Eliza Rawson

Gone were the days of streetwear being affiliated with RnB artists, rappers and the culturally-driven individuals. Nowadays, if it has appeared on social media or a celebrity is wearing it – it’s deemed mainstream and everyone wants their hands on it.

Supreme, Huf, Palace, North Face, Golf Le Fleur – the list of brands could go on. Streetstyle in 2018 is one of the most popular fashions styles out there currently. Developing in the 1970s, streetwear has been a part of the fashion world for years. Stussy was one major brand that developed the overall feel and looks of the style, developing brand printed t-shirts and hats. The development of Stussy resulted in the definition of what streetwear means in today’s society:

“A multi-faceted, sub-culturally diverse, Southern California lifestyle-based T-shirt brand and [mimicking] the limited feel of a high-end luxury brand…. those are the two most integral components of what makes a brand streetwear: t-shirts and exclusivity.” 

Adidas and Nike soon caught on with the trend in the 80s, being associated with sportswear mostly but soon affiliated to the hip-hop/street stereotype. In those days, streetwear was a subculture, a division from everyday clothing items that you would find on the high street. Then came the whereabouts of Supreme, starting up in 1994, the brand became known for their skateboard and authentic designs that were different to others out there. Supreme’s popularity soon became apparent, with their frequent social media posting, Thursday ‘drop days’ (new clothing releases) and collaborations with other brands such as North Face, Huf, Nike and Fila.

I spoke to an individual who is deeply involved in the streetwear scene. Luke Rowe, 23, has been collecting/wearing streetwear for the past eight years:

“I don’t feel that streetwear is a trend, it’s more of a category. People have been buying branded items for a long time but they have always been referred to something. For example, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, have all been classed as high-end fashion, items that you’re more likely to see at fashion week. Streetwear is unique in itself, you could put on your basic Carhartt t-shirt and jeans and class it as streetwear, others will have their opinion and think the whole outfit has got to be street to refer to it as streetwear, but it’s all down to what you make it.”

The domination of social media, in turn, has resulted in there being no apparent ‘underground’ styles in society anymore, therefore rejecting subcultures as a whole. Theorist Dick Hebdige inferred back in 1979, the existence of style, whether that be fashion or music, in the media results in the style losing its ‘exclusivity’, no longer belonging to a particular subculture/group of individuals.

Stylist Lottie Volkova stated, “There are no subcultures anymore” when talking to The Guardian, inferring how the use of social media, in turn, has provided users with access to shoes, bags, hats, t-shirts, at the comfort of their home with a swipe and a tap of a button.

Luke added, “Social media is huge within the fashion industry, whether their famous or have a lot of followers if they’re posting the latest items, a lot more people will want it. Drake has been wearing a lot more Stone Island and because of that, it’s becoming a lot harder and more expensive to buy and get your hands on their products.”

High Snobiety, a leading online streetwear, lifestyle and media blog, wrote an insightful article regarding streetwear’s turn to the mainstream –

“Let’s get things straight: there’s absolutely nothing underground, niche, or counter-cultural about limited-edition sneakers, tees and hoodies anymore. If the Biebs is doing it, it’s mainstream.”

‘Drop Days’ are an inevitable part of streetwear. Brands like Supreme, for example, drop their latest items in store and online every Thursday, causing havoc worldwide. On the Supreme website, site traffic increases by 16,800%, with items selling out in a matter of seconds. Selling out seems to clarify the overall popularity of the streetwear brand, especially in Supreme’s case. Individuals queue outside stores to get their hands on the latest items, queuing for days in order to be the first ones in.

However, with the constant demand for wanting the best items, for some, getting your hands on an exclusive item and selling it on for hundreds of pounds more, has become a successful business. Luke’s obsession with brands such as Supreme is no more due to the popularity of the brand:

 “I remember buying online and in-store around 5/6 years ago and it was totally different. Now, you’ll be lucky to cop what you want due to how hyped the brand has come, to some people it’s become a business, people are picking up a jacket for £350 but can flip it for £900 due to the high demand. I stopped buying supreme because of how in-demand their items were, it was impossible to get your size and preference. I personally like Patta, Norse Projects, Our Legacy, they’re more low-key.”

High fashion has even jumped on board with the street style take over, with Louis Vuitton collaborating with Supreme in their Fall/Winter 2017 collection. The collaboration has created items such as a bag, trainers and a jacket (all for extortionate prices, however.) It seems that high brands are wanting to become involved with the next big thing in fashion to remain ‘current’ and trendy with young people.

When putting a poll out on my twitter account, I asked my followers what their favourite streetwear brand is to find out what is considered the most ‘popular’. With 37 votes, 46% voted for Supreme, 30% voted for Golf le Fleur (rapper Tyler the Creator’s clothing range,) 21% for Palace and only 3% for Huf. One user messaged me, stating that Carhartt, in their opinion, is considered another streetwear brand.

Streetwear always has and always will be a ‘mainstream’ fashion style. It’s a culture that most individuals are a part of yet some do not realise, even wearing a tracksuit, you could be classed as wearing streetwear. With that, social media is a key feature of the domination of streetwear, it seems that without the frequent use, streetwear wouldn’t be half as successful as it is currently.

Image: Eliza Rawson


Are Fashion Bloggers and Social Media Changing The Fashion Industry?

By Eliza Rawson – In the 21st century, everything we need is at the touch, swipe and click of a button. Flicking through a magazine to find the latest trends seems to be an…

By Eliza Rawson

In the 21st century, everything we need is at the touch, swipe and click of a button. Flicking through a magazine to find the latest trends seems to be an old-fashioned concept now when apps such as Instagram and Pinterest exist, giving users an endless portrayal of the bags and shoes of their dreams. Online fashion journalism (especially blogging) seems to be the ‘new-in’ thing at the moment, with fashion bloggers and influencers posting left, right and centre. Are these fashion influencers changing the meaning of the fashion industry?

Young influencers amass thousands of followers, dictating to them what the ‘in’ looks are, how to dress for your body, but also opening up the platform for more diverse content creators.

Fashion blogging kicked off back in 2007 when the fascination with social media apps soon became immensely popular. The ability to post photos on an app to share with the world was a concept which everyone wanted to be a part of. Instagram was founded in October 2010, generating over 800 million users to this date. The app is a central hub for fashion bloggers and influencers to post and share their daily outfits; often tagging ‘ootd’ (outfit of the day for all you unaware) creating flat lays and sharing their current favourite outfits. Now, fashion is everywhere we turn, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, the list could go on. It seems that fashion was once an enclosed industry but now has become digitally embedded.

Back in the day, fashion was a sealed envelope, a gateway in which only the elite and fashion designers were involved with. Fashion shows were private and the trends being showcased were released to consumers months after being on the runway. Nowadays, catwalks for specific brands are live streamed on Facebook and Instagram, with Tommy Hilfiger live streaming their Gigi Hadid collection at London Fashion Week this year on Instagram to their thousands of followers.

Influencers are incredibly strategic about posting content, choosing the time of day when most people are online, and using popular hashtags to gain more likes and comments.

Gigi Gorlova, London based fashion blogger and designer, owner of Instagram account Gigiscloset’ and blog, started up her blog over four years ago and now to this date has 19.1k followers on Instagram, Gigi Said:

“To me, blogging is very personal, it’s a diary of my everyday fashion styling. Sometimes brands send you clothes and it’s fun trying to style a certain piece. For me, blogging helps me get clients as a freelance social media manager. It’s a great way to show off what you are about and if you are creative at your work.”

Because of how powerful the fashion industry has become online, brands owe much of their success to promoting their products through bloggers promoting their products online. Bloggers can get paid thousands just for showcasing a product through a photo and posting throughout their socials. Selena Gomez, for example, can earn up to £500,000 for each promotion post on her Instagram. Brands could do this through magazine advertising, but it would take more time and essentially more money; social advertising seems to be the only answer in this current digital world, offering instant access.

“I get asked to promote products often but sometimes the products do not suit my niche. I will not post about tooth whitening or any of those cliché products just for money. My niche is fashion and that’s what I’ll promote. I’ve promoted for Quiz, Motel Rocks and LaSula.”

Vogue released a very topical article in 2016, titled “Ciao, Milano!’s Editors Discuss the Week That Was”harshly shaming fashion bloggers as “Pathetic” and “Embarrassing”. Vogue writer Sally Singer stated,

“Note to bloggers who change head-to-toe, paid-to-wear outfits every hour: Please stop. Find another business. You are heralding the death of style”.

It seems that the popular fashion magazine that has been on the scene for over 123 years haven’t quite got their heads around how social media plays a vital role in the fashion industry in the 21st century.

With phones at your disposal every moment of the day, we are constantly logged onto social media platforms, unable to get away from the constant notifications. Back in the day, to get the latest news and features, one would have to visit a shop to collect a physical print, with some of these only being produced weekly or monthly.

However, it doesn’t necessarily mean to say that fashion magazines and the print industry are dead:

I personally read magazines but because they are only printed once a month I go to social media as I need more fashion inspiration daily. It’s a good idea for magazines to stay digital as well as print. I want both!” Gigi adds. Magazines still hold that appeal of holding a good quality, glossy magazine in your hands that nothing else beats. It produces monthly issues of the greatest fashion trends and celebrities that maybe hasn’t been covered on social media.

“Magazines aren’t going to disappear, people still like to have something tangible to browse – the book industry was predicted to collapse in the wake of the Kindle, but it has rebounded.” Bronwyn Cosgrave, a former features editor, says in British Vogue. (Above article).

It seems that the world is now tech-savvy, orientated around the use of social and digital media. Yes, social media has changed the fashion industry, making it current and constant 24/7. But the fashion industry lives for the publication of high-end magazines such as Vogue and Elle that it couldn’t possibly put these out of business for good.


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Go On – Try Something New

By Natalie Brown – This article is about trying new things, overcoming fears doubts and insecurities. As a law student, my inspiration comes from the film, Legally…

By Natalie Brown

This article is about trying new things, overcoming fears doubts and insecurities. As a law student, my inspiration comes from the film, Legally Blonde. I honestly find the film so inspiring and motivating as it centres around a young lady who completely steps out of her comfort zone, shows courage and shines as gold in the end.

Although Elle from Legally Blonde is a fictional character, she is one of my inspirations. Elle changed careers (rather brave thing to do) from fashion to law and ended up gaining entry into Harvard Law School. Yes I know, the main purpose of applying to Harvard Law School was to get her man back (she meets someone better than the ex). On her way to qualifying as a lawyer, she was mocked and told many times that she would not make it, she worked hard, ignored the haters and made it with a first class honours! Elle proves that it is all possible with style! Three things her journey has taught me 1) keep positive vibes only around you 2) no matter how long it takes to get to where you would like to get, remain persistent 3) buy yourself pom poms and cheer yourself on.

Alex Lickerman M.D. said in this article that:

  • Trying something new often requires courage
  • Trying something new opens up the possibility for you to enjoy something new
  • Trying something new keeps you from being bored
  • Trying something new forces you to grow

But how does this apply to women in the real world? Rebekah Brown, who is a graduate and young mother shares her journey of discovery. This is my interview with her:

Congratulations on graduating last year with your sociology and criminology degree! What are you currently doing?

“Working part time as a teaching assistant, volunteering with the metropolitan police part time, and being a full time parent to a two-year-old.”

How was it finishing your degree whilst having a baby to look after?

“Very intense, but kept telling myself that there is a time for everything and so when I felt like giving up I remembered that.”

You started a blog, using your creative writing skills. What made you start your blog?

“I wanted to write to encourage other ladies that are facing similar circumstances as me. I got pregnant at 19 and my heart got broken by my baby’s father, my self-worth decreased and I lost myself for a while. I blog about how to deal with rejection, broken expectations, self-esteem and confidence.”

Why creative writing?

“I’ve always loved creative writing since being in secondary school and really missed writing. I thought I’d give it a go again and I’ve loved it ever since.”

What would you say to students who are in a similar position, are facing hardships or have doubts about their future?  

“Everything in life takes hard work. Put in everything you have into your studies.”

Image: Adobe Stock License

Culture Focus: Budapest

This gem of a city in the small country of Hungary in the heart of Europe is a popular getaway destination for young adults, partly due its eye candy…

Your non-tourist guide to a great Budapest weekend

By Rebeka Kancsar

This gem of a city in the small country of Hungary in the heart of Europe is a popular getaway destination for young adults, partly due its eye candy architecture and affordable flights and hotels. Now, you could google ‘things to do in Budapest’ and figure that catching the hop-on hop-off and going from Fisherman’s Bastion to Heroes’ Square might be your best, or you could focus slightly less on the tourist hot-spots and explore some of these not-so-hidden treasures of Budapest.

Road to Ruins

Take a city known for its history, add craft beer, and you get ruin pubs—filled with antiques, flacking lights and art. Notoriously in District VII, buildings—or rather, their remains—can look like what you’d expect to see on urbex blogs, graffiti and fallen pieces of concrete, where you can easily walk past a ruin pub without realising. Considerate to neighbours nearby, it’s an unofficial rule that you have to be quiet on the streets and near the entrance, but once you walk through the gates of Szimpla Kert and into the courtyard, you’ll find yourself in another world, consisting of chill music, laidback atmosphere, projected silent movies, multicolour lights and wall art, filled with thrift-shop gadgets that serve no purpose but are fun to twiddle. Bikes wrapped in fairy lights hanging from the ceiling as chandeliers, old square TV’s mounted onto the wall, disco balls, broken road signs and an old Trabant car covered with graffiti with a table in it—a perfect playground for young adults. Speaking of adult playgrounds, it’s also close to the Pinball Museum, where you can play with over 130 vintage and new machines.


If you ever came across a photo of Budapest, chances are you’ve seen Buda Castle on it. You could take the £40+ walk inside the castle, or you could opt for a walk in the Castle Gardens for free and see historical architecture and a panoramic view of the Chain Bridge and Parliament Building over the Danube.

Another skyline spot on the Buda side of the city is right next to Gellért Thermal Baths—which is worth spending a day in if you’re one for spas, soaking in warm waters that are believed to be healing, although it’s crowded with tourists during holiday season, but Ryan Gosling apparently enjoyed it too. Climbing up above the Cave church, you can sit on a bench surrounded by trees in the middle of the city, overlooking its skyline AND Buda Castle.

Fiumei Road Cemetery & Memento Park

Cemeteries are generally not included in holiday plans, but here I give you Fiumei Road. Being the largest and one of the oldest cemeteries of Hungary, it houses the mausoleums of national heroes, politicians, poets, artists and the famous Anonymous’ Statue in a green, tree-filled park. Creepy, sure, but its architecture and statues are something worth seeing if you’d rather avoid the tourists. If you’re into statues but you’d rather opt from creepiness to a longer drive, Memento Park is right outside city with 42 pieces of art from the Communist era of Hungary, meaning you could have a picnic next to the massive statues of Lenin and Marx—which is, you know, less creepy.

Food & Sustenance

One wonderful thing about Budapest is that wherever you go, there will be a kebab/gyros/pizza place around the corner, where you can get a slice for as cheap as 300 forint, which is around 80p (yes, you read that right). But if you feel fancy, you could visit the New York Café and its Italian Renaissance glamour for a champagne breakfast. You could also try Gozsdu Courtyard for a variety of bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy a huge range of traditional and international foods outdoors.


You want to avoid the hop-on hop-off—not only because it takes away the genuine excitement of exploring a city, but because Budapest has pretty good public transport, especially the tram network. Tram 2, 4 and 6 serve not only get you from one place to another, but you’ll have the best views of the city’s buildings. There’s always a stop within a short walking distance and you’ll avoid the crowds and stairs of the tube.

Vintage Souvenirs

Most tourist leave with an I love Budapest t-shirt, and while you’re free to do that, why not leave with something better, if you really insist on souvenirs? Budapest has a number of amazing vintage shops, such as Szputnyik D20 and Anfifactory, where if you’re lucky, you can find brands such as Vivienne Westwood and Versace for ridiculously low prices.

So, booked your plane ticket yet?

Image: Rebeka Kancsar

MCU’S Black Panther & Representation

By Blessing Raimi – As there was a lot of anticipation and hype for the Black Panther film, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from Marvel Studios, unsure whether…

By Blessing Raimi

As there was a lot of anticipation and hype for the Black Panther film, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from Marvel Studios, unsure whether they would pull through or whether it would simply be a sloppy attempt that only did well in the box office because of the a-list actors involved and the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) brand tagged to the film. Being a fan of the MCU in general, I did enjoy many of the films produced so far but there were some I felt could be better executed though of course I still went to see them because of how interlinked the films were and the characters I enjoyed to see on screen. I enjoyed Civil War which introduced us to the character of T’Challa and was intrigued to find out more about him in the cinematic universe as of course he is based on the comics, but also on the creative and artistic license of the movie producers and writers.

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the movie and appreciative of the effort put in when I went to see it. It was encouraging that the film did so well during its opening weekend which encouraged me further and it was nice to see how much it had already impacted a lot of people positively, I definitely saw this as a good sign to check out the film. I like how the film was so individual and unique but the producers were still able to interlink it with previous films within the MCU timeline and also give some hints towards the upcoming Infinity War film due to be out a few months afterwards.

The characters were nuanced and well executed, various African cultures were well researched which was clearly shown through even the smallest details of the film and set. The cast truly was diverse and I feel this film is an example of what racial diversity and representation should look like. The characters shouldn’t just be there to tick a box and people working behind the scenes are just as important as those in front of the camera. If there is diversity behind the scenes with the production team, directors, costume department, to name a few; then there will be more accurate portrayal and more will be considered to make the story more authentic, real and relatable. I did like how there were a mixture of well known and up and coming actors as well, all of them having a chemistry and connection that was believable, as well as giving the audience the chance to see the talent of these new faces.

One character that I loved and connected with was Shuri, the teenage princess and sister of T’Challa the king of Wakanda portrayed by Letitia Wright. She is a child prodigy and the person in charge of overseeing the development of technology within the country, including making the Black Panther suits. She has an intricate knowledge of Vibranium and its uses and it was great to see a young black woman with her own agency and valued for her intelligence. She is hinted at being the most intelligent scientist in the world and it is great to see a black female character that can be related to that is in the forefront of the film shown in a positive light in Hollywood and in popular culture, Fans are even calling her the best Disney Princess, since Marvel Studios are under the Disney company and it is encouraging to see someone who can be a role model for young black fans, a character in which young black females can see themselves in. I feel another great example of this is the character of Finn in the recent Star Wars film, portrayed by John Boyega, which had a lasting impact of fans who were even encouraged to cosplay as the character and purchase action figures, seeing a mainstream character that finally looked like them in which they could connect with.

Even though Wakanda isn’t a real country, the producers did a great job of bringing in aspects of countries across Africa and it really did feel like a movie centred on and for an African audience. It was amazing to see the red carpet during the premiere of the film in different countries, celebrities turning out in their native attire which connected them with the film. South Africans were excited to see their native language within the film as well, impressed at the research and care taken by the production team to portray their culture appropriately and with sensitivity. I feel this is definitely a film that made a mark and will resonated with a lot of people and proves many wrong, as the public do want to see more diverse stories on screen and a superhero who is very culturally intertwined.

Image: Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Mindfulness of Hygge

By Elle Haywood – For many students, the months leading to summer are incredibly stressful and filled with deadline-related worries. From third year dissertations…

By Elle Haywood

For many students, the months leading to summer are incredibly stressful and filled with deadline-related worries. From third year dissertations, exams, and the empty void of summer, many are all feeling a little on edge. As discussed in the Let’s be Honest report from organisations at the university – it is evident that the poor mental health of university students is worryingly high, for many reasons including studies and financial issue.

This suggests that the happiness of young people is also quite low, with the World Happiness Report placing the UK in 19th position, which is not at the bottom, but still pretty low considering we are an MEDC in the Western World. So who is at the top of this? Not surprisingly, most countries from Scandinavia including Finland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland. The country I would like to focus on is Denmark, and their notion of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah).

Hygge is defined by Hygge House as: A Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. These notions of comfort, warmth and cosiness result in many Danes having a great work/life balance, with a fairly stable political system and liberal society. It is common for Danes to finish work when the working day ends, and you are expected to spend your evenings and weekends with friends and family, or pursuing leisure activities. So what does Hygge look like? One way of picturing it is being wrapped in a warm soft blanket, with a hot cup of tea and being surrounded by candles. It is all these notions of cosy and simple, and is best experienced with others, but can also be done alone.

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Candles are a central part of Hygge, with 31% of Danes typically having more than five burning at one time (TLBOH 2016)

As a student, it is fairly common to isolate yourself with your stress and worrying, or having you and your friends collectively stressing. Perhaps incorporating a little Hygge into our lives might be beneficial, especially during exam and deadline season (especially as our budgets are slightly constrained as students, here is an alternative to a boozy night out). You can arrange to all go over to someone’s house, pop out some cheap candles (for the Danes, it is the actual glow from the candles which is considered hygge, not the smell), each cook a small dish, put your phones away and have a chilled evening of catching up, focusing on the positives in your lives and take a break. Then the next day, take some time to plan in some hygge time around your studying, and it might just help you to relax every now and again.

This Danish concept helps them to slow their lives down, take care in the small things such as having a coffee with friends, or reading a book on a windowsill on a rainy day. It is a way to pick up your spirits, live more in the moment and find some warmth during the tough days. As a society, we have become increasingly isolated and our technology just enhances this issue. In Denmark, hygge is not even considered a chore, it is a part of their everyday lives, and even something trivial as the warmth in your stomach from a filter coffee is considered hygge. However, it cannot be bought, and it is not a lifestyle – it is a way of thinking and embodiment within one’s self. It is vital we take a step back, slow it down and just take in our surroundings a little more. We could all benefit with a little more hygge in our lives.

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Fashion You Can Really Splurge Your Student Loan on

By Eliza Rawson – There comes a time where you’re getting ready for a girls/guy/house night out, stood for hours in front of your wardrobe shouting “I HAVE NOTHING…

By Eliza Rawson

There comes a time where you’re getting ready for a girls/guy/house night out, stood for hours in front of your wardrobe shouting “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR”, I think people can relate here? With being a student and all, sometimes funds can be rather low, especially in times when you’re in need of a new outfit (because there’s only so many times you can wear ‘a nice top and jeans’.) But even if you are not a student, and your funds are tight this month: trying to find sites that are fashionable and affordable is tough. Even for your 9ams, you do not always want to look like you have just rocked up out of bed, you want to put a bit of effort in, maybe throwing in a bit of colour to lighten up the day.

The best way to manage your funds is to budget! Perhaps allow yourself to buy one clothing item a month, mix and match with what you own already, even borrow your friend’s clothes (that’s what they’re there for right?!) Also, take full advantage of student discount, you’re only a student for three years! Unidays and Student Beans are the best for giving you a variety of shops (even restaurants and days out) with big discounts and money off.

wooden coat hangers on clothes rail
Wooden coat hangers on clothes rail

The shops below are just a few of what’s best out there online for the best deals and prices to mix up your wardrobe and bring something new into your life without breaking the bank!

Miss Pap

Miss Pap provides you with everything you would ever need – heels, trousers, swimwear, handbags – the lot. What I love is that they have sections for everything, “Shoes from £5”, “Lounge From £6” and I especially love their recently new section, “Living Wage Wardrobe”, obviously the living wage at the moment is £7.50, so EVERYTHING in that section is £7.50, meaning you can create a full outfit for under £30! However – the site include a Large as being a Size 12 – which can be damaging in terms of body image, and currently the average size of a UK woman is a Size 16 and height is 5’3.

Pretty Little Thing

This is probably my favourite online retailer. The trends are always current and I think the quality is great for how much you pay. Again, they have sections for various occasions you might have going on in your life, such as: holidays, festivals, nights out or weddings. I feel that the site really relates with girls and their needs, for instance they have an “airport outfits” section, which did make me laugh, but it’s so relatable because it’s always the hardest thing finding something which you’d look stylish but comfy in for the airport! The outfit below is mine with both items coming from Pretty Little Thing. The trousers cost £15 and the top cost £10 which I think is great for a full outfit.  They’re both great items to be dressed up with heels or dressed down with trainers.


Miss Guided

Miss Guided has been around for years now, being one of the most successful online start up retailers out there; now having shops in London and concessions in Selfridges. Miss Guided is most renowned for their budget outfits and wide variety of items. Their items suit all, from petite to curve to tall. The sections are great on the site too, relating yet again to every girl’s problems, coming up with a “jeans and a nice top” section. I feel that a lot of online retailers cater more for females than males though, making it harder for guy’s to find outfits on a budget, which is an inherent problem with the industry in terms of diversity. But, Miss Guided have released a male section called Mennace, good on you Miss Guided!

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Stock image of menswear 


I think everyone loves ASOS, being another best online retailer out there . There are so many items, brands and trends that everything is all under one place with so much to choose from. The site attracts both male and females so it caters for all. ASOS have even created their own brand, with their items being at a relatively good price. ASOS Marketplace is another corporate brand, selling designer, ‘vintage’ clothing at cheaper prices. ASOS’ outlet section is jam-packed full of everything from trainers to jewellery to dresses, whether it be branded or not, you’re guaranteed to always find something in this section. They also have been praised for not photo-shopping out models stretch marks, wrinkles or other ‘imperfections’. In terms of diversity, they also feature an amazing range of female and male models in both gendered sections, and have a stunning plus size and maternity range – which is wonderful that they cater for all bodies.

So from dress-down Fridays to vintage chill on a Sunday, these online sites are able to cater to the student budget and make sure you are in keeping with the latest styles. Are there any other places that are at the top of your list? Let us know. Happy Shopping!

Image: Eliza Rawson & Adobe Stock Image License

Disclaimer: The Ruskin Journal takes no responsibility with what you do with your money or student loans. This is purely a suggestion list.

How To Find A Therapist: A Student’s View

By Robyn Robles – As your accidental resident writer of mental health related issues, I thought it was time for me to discuss a topic that is very important to me – finding a…

By Robyn Robles

As your accidental resident writer of mental health related issues, I thought it was time for me to discuss a topic that is very important to me – finding a therapist. Not just finding a therapist, mind you. Finding a good therapist. And learning what a good therapist is. And firing any therapist who is not good.

I know what you’re thinking – “What do you mean ‘finding a therapist’, Robyn? I take what I’m given and say ‘thank you very much’. Beggars can’t be choosers.”

But here’s the deal – you aren’t a beggar. You’re a tax-paying (maybe) human (probably) member of this community and you deserve good healthcare.

If you think your therapist is not doing a good job, or if they’re just not doing the sort of job that you need them to do, then you should absolutely be showing them the door. You should be choosing a therapist with all the delicate consideration with which you would choose a spouse. After all, this person will probably know more of your deep, dark, twisted thoughts than even your partner will. And they’ll be the person you endlessly complain about your partner to. That’s not a job for just anyone. It’ll take a particular person to handle whatever your particular brand of traumatised is, and help you on your way to being a fully-functioning member of society.

So shop around. Ask for recommendations from other people who you know have been to therapy, from GPs, from the internet if necessary. Ask your therapist questions (I know, scandalous) to check whether they’re a good fit for you. And if for any reason you feel that it isn’t working out, don’t give up on therapy all together and ghost that psychologist like a tinder date who was too into clean eating. Try a different one.

Things that are definitely red flags to look out for in any mental health professional include:

  • Belittling your problems. Key phrases to look out for include “everyone goes through that” and “it’s just hormones”.
  • On the flip side, demonising your symptoms or making you feel like a lost cause is also a big no-no. You don’t come to therapy for judgement, I’m sure you get enough of that elsewhere.
  • Refusing to tell you when and what they are diagnosing you with, or refusing to explain to you any diagnoses that you are given.
  • Encouraging medication without any specialised therapy to back it up or it makes you feel out of your comfort zone.
  • Pushing therapy without ever discussing medication.
  • This is going to be a surprising one – not calling you out on your problems. Listen, a significant part of anyone’s therapy appointment is going to be you making mountains out of molehills and getting you caught in a twist for no reason. Because mental health problems do that to you. You have to find someone who is willing to listen, make you hear the cold hard truth; but who will also help you find tools to combat your mental illness. Letting you moan on about your problems without any move to find viable solutions is not being a good therapist, it’s being an enabler.
  • For the other gays among us – if your therapist ever demeans your identity, then leave. I had a psychiatrist once tell me that I wasn’t bisexual, just confused. Guess who’s no longer on my Christmas card list! This also goes for any other minorities – if they’re making you uncomfortable with racism/ ableism/ transphobia/ anything else, leave.

As a disclaimer, this is far from being a comprehensive list. The information in this article is from personal experience, and does not constitute professional, medical or psychological advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions, or if any of the issues in this article affect you. And in order to avoid accusations of hypocrisy, I’m going to do a little offering of viable solutions of my own.

The UK Council for Psychotherapies offers ethical guidelines on therapy practices, so you can check for anymore specifics on how your own therapist should be acting.

GPs are an excellent first step to finding therapists or other mental health help in the UK. Anglia Ruskin, like most other British universities, also has a free mental health service, including counsellors, mental health advisors, and a drop in service for emergencies. You can find out more about that on their website. The SU at ARU also offers a well-being service, which is entirely confidential and student-focused.

And I’m going to round off this article with numbers for a few UK-based helplines – you have nothing to lose by sharing your problems with a fellow human:

Samaritans: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
MIND: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
BEAT: 0808 801 0677
Careline: 0845 122 8622 (Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, 7-10pm)

In a mental health emergency, call 999 or go to A&E if you are worried about your own safety.

Image: Adobe Stock License

Culture Focus: Amsterdam Travel Diary

One of the most popular locations for students, for my holiday with my friends this year, we are going to Amsterdam, I can’t wait to go back and I…

2 nights, my hand luggage and an Airbnb – an opinion piece about my trip to the Netherlands and an insight into Dutch culture. 

One of the most popular locations for students, for my holiday with my friends this year, we are going to Amsterdam, I can’t wait to go back and I thought I would write a post for anyone who is also planning to go or is interested in reading about what I got up to. This is an ideal read for students looking for a cheap break in the summer or a weekend getaway! Take a look at a few of my tips and info I got from my short trip last August to the unique and vibrant city via my daily travel diary!



After a 45 minute plane journey, we arrived at Schipol airport. With it having a tube station underneath and various bus routes, we struggled to find the way to the Rijiksmuseum. Also known as ‘the museum of the Netherlands’, it marked the meeting point with our Airbnb host, Rens. We met him during his shift at the museum, he was lovely to us throughout our stay. (I still haven’t written a review for him though which I still need to do.) The Rijiksmuseum is a popular tourist spot that sits near the Van Gogh museum and the huge ‘Amsterdam’ sign that always appears on people’s holiday photos. As there was only two of us, we didn’t manage to get someone to take a picture of us standing by it, but hopefully my pictures I’ve included capture enough to give you a feel of what the city was like!

After we’d been given a spare set of keys, we made our way to our accommodation which was a 30 minute tram journey from the centre. (It brought the price down a bit and hotels closer to the city were too expensive for us.) Although the journey’s there and back did get a bit annoying, we were out of the flat most of the time anyway so it didn’t affect the trip too much. Once I put some makeup on and got rid of our hand luggage (I’m pretty proud of myself for managing to pack light even if it was for 2 nights so it’s getting a mention), we headed out to explore the city. The area surrounding our accommodation was very green, with a huge park we walked across each day to get to the tram line which was a 2 minute walk away. c2

The City

Finally, we were back in the city and free to have a look around. It was so busy! The atmosphere was so different to anything I’d experienced before, people all seemed very happy and there was a range of tourists from all over the world. The city was huge and lots of the streets seemed to go on and on so there’s a lot of walking involved, especially when you’re only there for a short trip and want to see as much as possible!


Amsterdam’s souvenir shops are very different to London, with most filled with various weed related items, clog keyrings and then there’s the shops that are devoted to selling porn DVD’s which appear the closer you get to the red light district.

Coffee Shops/Cafe’s

We walked around the city for hours taking pictures, exploring and being typical visitors. There were coffee shops everywhere with tourists and locals smoking upstairs. They sold the usual souvenirs, drinks, snacks and were very busy. We visited a bar/restaurant called ‘Lost in Amsterdam’ which sold cute cocktails and milkshakes, it was pretty dark in there so I wasn’t able to get a decent photo but it had a very cool interior, you can check it out some pics here.


Red Light District

Anyway, after looking around everywhere, we went back to the flat. When we headed out to have our first drinks, we found a bar with music that sold the cheapest drinks and stayed there until we were we went on to explore the red light district. We both were pretty surprised by it even though we knew what to expect! You could see individuals going into visit the girls behind the windows and there was huge queue’s of people lining up to see a live sex show. Drinking there was fun though and even though there were some questionable people, we had a really good night. It is a unique part of the city! c5



I really wanted to go to the Van Gogh museum so we went back to where we had met Rens in the morning to have a look around. There was three floors, with rooms dedicated to a different time in Gogh’s life. Each room told a story and for someone who had forgotten about everything to do learning about him at school it was really interesting and I absolutely loved it. I definitely would recommend others to visit!



We were starving when we got out of the museum, I can’t remember if we were hungover as well but we definitely appreciated the amount of junk food that lined the streets of the city. Churros, waffles, chips and literally every type of snack food you could think of was there. The only downfall of this is there was nothing else to eat during the day but food from these places, unless you paid for a meal for lunch, which is fine for a short trip but it would get hard if you were staying there a week! My favourite junk food shop we went to was a huge pix and mix store. We visited there again to get another bag before our trip home.

Later that evening, we went out to dinner, and both had a carbonara which was SO good. To wrap up the food section, here is a picture of a fed up me at 4am wanting to find the tram line to that would take us back to the flat, little did I know we were going to spend an hour walking up and down after this photo was taken to catch one, we got lost but at least I had my chips.

The Grasshopper

After dinner we went on a boat trip (we both fell asleep on) and went back to the bars again. The Grasshopper was one of our favourites, it was lit up completely green and had some fab cocktails.


Final Things… 

One thing we didn’t get a chance to do but should get a mention was renting out bikes! We tried to but they were all taken.

Money for drinks on happy hour were about £7.50 each in some the bars and your standard tenner for cocktails. We did manage to find a bar that was cheaper than that hence why we stayed there for a while! So you can see why we didn’t get to go clubbing, entry was very expensive and we were happy to go on a bar crawl instead. We probably would have done a bit more research on where to go clubbing for less if we had stayed longer!

It is a really great experience to get out and explore different countries and cultures while you are at university! It means you can get some journalism experience in by documenting your trip, a chance to socialise with new friends from university and gives you a break from studying!

By Sophie Taylor

20 March 2018

Image Credit: Sophie Taylor

Reflections from the Cambridge Half Marathon

Over a week ago, the 7th edition of the Cambridge half marathon started at 9:30am. Over 9000 people descended to Midsummer Common to run in the…

Half Marathon? Why not! 

Over a week ago, the 7th edition of the Cambridge half marathon started at 9:30am. Over 9000 people descended to Midsummer Common to run in the cold March weather, which is more than double the number of runners from when it started in 2012. Not being the most athletic I decided to join this group, getting to midsummer around nine am and the grass was already replaced with mud, luckily the organisation had provided tin foil blankets to keep us all warm. Which apparently are donated to the homeless shelters around Cambridge after the marathon. The organisation had done an amazing job organising all the stalls and tents around the common to accommodate the amount of bags and bikes brought along.

The route of the marathon led us from Midsummer common to Chesterton road past King’s College and Fitzwilliam museum all the way through Trumpington and the toughest bit around Grandchester which is where you run past the halfway point to go back into town and past the backs to make it back to the common where lots of family and friends have gathered to cheer you on.


Sketch of a runner by our new illustration artist: Maisy Ruffels 

When signing up for a half marathon non-runners declare you for crazy and experienced runners will tell you about how rewarding it is when you finish. This is the second time I’ve participated and I can tell you, while that might be the feeling for some – it was not in my case. When you finish there was nothing of the feeling of reward, I regretted starting in the first place. In fact; this is the second time I’ve ran and despite it – I’m pretty sure I will do it again. Why? To prove that I can do it, but also so I can get that medal and a great Instagram post!

So do join us next year at the 8th edition of the Saucony Half Marathon that is currently up for a favourite award for half marathon with 5000+ entries at the Running Awards at

Well done again to everyone who took part!

By Merel van Schooten 

18 March 2018

Illustrations by Maisy Ruffels.

The SU Election Results Night (2018)

 By Hanushka Karnani & Kiana Rad

On Friday 9th March, the SU Election Results took place at the Academy on the Cambridge Campus of ARU. There was a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere as soon as entered the venue, it was apparent that there was an ambience of excitement and nerves amongst all the potential candidates. They were all eagerly wishing one another good luck and assuring each other that whatever happens they’ve done their best. The good-sportsmanship alone was one of the many reasons why this year’s elections may have been the best one yet.

The event took off with the candidates getting settled into the party atmosphere, buying drinks and socialising with their competitors and other attendees. Once everyone was ready, the ceremony begun with Daniel Login, the Deputy Returning Officer for The Election, taking to the stage to welcome the audience and begin announcing the long-anticipated results. For those who were unable to attend the eventful evening, the highlights have been recorded and posted on the Anglia Ruskin Student Union Facebook page. You can also visit the Student Union Instagram page or their Twitter feed to catch up on all the details of last Fridays results

Everyone was in high spirits, filling up the Academy which is based in Cambridge.

The first categories announced were Trans Students’ Representative for Cambridge and the LGBT+ Students’ Rep (Cambridge). The winners for these categories were Michael Turner, as the new Trans Students’ Rep and Luca Girardi as the re-elected LGBT+ Students’ Rep with a lead of 49 votes. Both candidates kept their speeches short and sweet, thanking the audience for their support and swiftly leaving the stage to re-join their fellow competitors. This was followed by intervals of dramatic movie soundtracks to enhance the competitive feel of the event.

After the first interval, the next two categories announced was the Disabled Students’ Rep (Cambridge), won by student Juliet Onuoha and the BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) Students’ Rep (Cambridge), won by Blessing Raimi from the campaign team SU 4 YOU. Once again, both candidates delivered short but thankful speeches to the crowd.

The campaign used LEGO figures and bricks, which provided a colourful aesthetic to the whole experience and signified strength from the new team.

The night continued by introducing the Science & Technology Faculty Reps. The first category announced was the FST Faculty Representative for Cambridge, won by Jamie Smith, our current Students’ Union President who after two years of making significant changes for the university has decided to take on a new role within the faculty alongside her studies. We took her aside for a quick interview, asking her about her experience as the President and how she’s felt about this year’s election.

HANUSHKA AND KIANA: “How are you feeling about the elections this year and your new role after stepping down as president?”

JAMIE: It’s nice to have the confirmation from students that you did well, also its really really nice that some of the people who have been elected in I haven’t met before the elections and they’ve obviously gone to so many students and informed them on the changes they wanted to make and made them think “Yeah I believe in this person”. So I’m really excited to see that it’s not just the typical keenos [sic] that are getting the roles, it’s exciting that some candidates have just spoken to other students and got their feedback to improve the university experience.

Candidates who have come in and said “I really want to do a good job for students” have said let’s just ask students what they want and written their manifestos based on what current students want. There have been some candidates who have gone on what I’ve done and what I’ve done is good for this year’s student but not necessarily good for next years students.

It’s a whole new calibre of students this year and I think that everyone cares and mental health has been on the top agenda and it’s really exciting especially for me”

Current President Jamie Smith takes to the stage alongside Daniel Login.

H&K: “Yeah It’s amazing that so much attention is on mental health now!”

J: “Yeah I love that! It’s so good to see the turnaround. Everyone that ran this year should be so proud of themselves.

H&K: “I mean c’mon [sic] that’s also due to you as well giving that impact on others as President.”

J: “I hope so, I think my team this year have done a fantastic job. I think they’re all very different and they’ve all done great things and it’s a testament to the role that three of my officers have run for full-time roles again which I’m super proud of! It’s really nice for them to be like “I’m not done yet, I have so much more to offer”. The only thing I’m upset about is not all three of them are going to get in.”

The next category announced was Vice President for Science and Technology which was won by Matt Hayes of Team SUpreme with a total of 495 votes. As he ran up on stage, he jokingly asked his audience to wait silently for his mother to pick up the phone so that he can tell her to live on stage to say that he won. His team cheered him on throughout his speech and jumped up to give him endless hugs and congratulations. After the overwhelming response to his win, we managed to pull him aside for a brief interview on how he feels to be the new VP of his faculty and discussing the changes he hopes to make in the future.

H&K: So how are you feeling after that overwhelming experience?

MATT: “Uhhh…disorientated”

H&K: We like what you did there with calling your mum on stage

M:I had so many things I wanted to do in my speech but I couldn’t do them all!

H&K: “So what are your next steps as VP?”

M: “So the first things that need to be looked at is reviewing the well-being and counselling services because they are not as good as they could be and the waiting time is six weeks to four months at the moment and even then some people aren’t getting the services they need. We need to collate the information and figure out where we can take it.

The Academy is absolutely popping tonight! We need more events like these, where people are just getting responsibly drunk, having a good time.”

H&K: “As third-year students, we haven’t seen the Academy this live since our first year because of other obligations, so what would you like to say about your work there?”

M: “So I’m the coordinator for the Audio Music Tech society so I run a vast majority if the events that happen at the Academy, and we occasionally get events like this and it’s such a good feeling when you’re doing sound and lights for an event and people are absolutely loving it. That’s one of my other main aims for my term is to create more of an interconnected community for societies to make it easier for societies to be like “let’s make a sick event”.

H&K: “Bringing people together basically, that’s great.”

M: “It’s just about putting people with common aims together”

H&K: “We noticed that you have a very strong support system, and seem to be one of the few candidates that had a large and encouraging team. Tell us a bit about that.”

M: “Obviously I had my absolutely incredible girlfriend, and friends in first year who’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I had the support of my slate and my slate’s campaign teams – even if there was a level of competition we’ve been constantly together all day every day. There is such a community atmosphere that I’m so grateful for.”

A new friendship: the newly elected Vice Presidents of FST and FLAIBS Matt and Mary

After the third interval, we re-joined the crowd for the announcement of the Vice President of Health, Social Care, Education and Medical Science. The winning candidate was the bubbly re-elected Eliza Torres who ran up on stage with high energy and graciously thanked all her supporters and fellow competitors. Following this, was the FHSCE Faculty Representative for Cambridge which came to a draw between Tiegan Lawson and Camile Trancoso-Gordon. As a result of this, there was a coin toss to break the tie which resulted in Tiegan Lawson’s win.

The evening continued with the fourth interval, where candidates were bracing themselves for the announcement of the Vice President for Business and the first ever representative for ARU London. The candidate that was nominated as the first representative for ARU London was Oluwadamilare Ojewande who unfortunately was unable to make it to the event.

Following this, Mary Copsey was announced as the new Vice President of Business. The crowd was noticeably elated, especially her campaign team, Team SUpreme. She gave an inspiring speech as she was still in disbelief that she won, as a student who is fairly new to Anglia Ruskin. We addressed this in our interview with her, also asking about her personal experience about her campaign.

H&K: How are you feeling Mary?

MARY:I’m just like, so overwhelmed! Literally, I’m so excited because I really wanted this but not just for myself, it’s so many things like my manifesto just screams it. I just wanna [sic] implement and change things for the students.”

H&K: You seem to have a very supportive team as well?

MARY: “I honestly wasn’t expecting it! I know I’m in Business and I’m quite competitive, however, with this – you can ask my friends – this is just me like on a daily basis, I’m quite loud and chatty and to me, some of the stuff in my manifesto is really close to my heart and I’m already a course representative as well as a student ambassador and I do lots of volunteering, I’m always at the student councils and I know there’s the stuff that needs changing and I want to push that more.”

H&K: “So, what was it that made you want to take this role?”

MARY: “To be honest, I contemplated it for a little while – like I said, I’m quite active with the student rep and I’ve been to student council meetings and I actually got nominated – I got an email saying someone had nominated me and put me forward with a paragraph saying “Mary would be really good as VP, she cares so much for the students’’. That’s what made me go for it, but if I’m honest I’ve only been here since September so I just felt like I wasn’t sure because the people I was going up against have been here for many years, I thought they would be much more popular than me so I just you know what, I’m just going to go for it!

The final Vice President to be announced was for Arts, Law and Social Sciences where Amanda Campbell White won with 516 votes, the third member of Team SUpreme to win. Her team showered her with affection as she gradually approached the stage, shaken and overwhelmed by the landslide win.

Then the ALSS Faculty Representative (Cambridge) winner was announced and Alex Mead won the position. In our brief discussion with him, we asked him how he was feeling and he was visibly overjoyed, saying that “I’m so thankful for people supporting me and spreading the word…loads of emotions there, I’m proud of myself and proud of my team”.

Relaxing after a victory in the faculty rep elections

Last but not least, the President was announced, and winning with 829 votes was no other than current Vice President of Science and Technology, Laura Douds. Whilst the crowd was chanting her name, she got on stage and urged everyone to give a round of applause for the other competitors running for President as well as all other roles. She took her to win with grace and took a moment to embrace her new team for the upcoming year. She gave the Ruskin Journal this quote about her win:

“At the time it was really exciting – and it still is a few days later! I was so tired and so nervous all week, so it was really fantastic to know that all the hard work had paid off and that people believed in me. In terms of next year: first things first, I need to get to know my team and what I think they’re going to need from me. I know Eliza already so that’s good – but there are three officers who I don’t know yet! I want to hit the ground running with my rent campaign once the new officers get settled and hopefully we’ll make some good progress on that. Mostly I want my team to be successful and happy!”

The new Student Union Officer Team of 2018-2019 celebrating together and ready to begin a new chapter at the SU

Overall, the evening was a success and win or lose, all the candidates seemed humbled by the end result. We hope to follow up with the candidates next year in their new roles, and in another article over the next few months, chat with the current officer team about their tenure at the Students’ Union. For now, it’s time to celebrate Global Week, and give all the candidates a well-earned break!

Images: Hanushka Karnani

Global Week: 5 reasons to get involved from a student’s perspective!

It’s Global Week! From the 12th – 16th March, The Anglia Ruskin Student’s Union and the International Advice Service are holding a week-long event to celebrate the diverse cultures of the university and student/staff body. This celebration will be marked with education, fun activities, volunteering and workshops. It is an amazing chance to appreciate and talk about the countries and cultures you and your fellow colleagues are from, and what unites us as a university. So – from a student perspective, why should you join in and get involved?

  1. You can celebrate where you’re from!

It’s a great opportunity to showcase your culture by doing something you’re passionate about. Whether it’s by taking part in a dance routine, sharing food from your country or showcasing cultural music, there are a variety of different ways you can show what makes you proud about where you’re from. Other students can be educated about your unique heritage! The Graphic Design Society will be designing posters highlighting the global diversity of society members.

  1. You can try something new and have fun!

It is a collaborative event that is jam packed with activities throughout the week and it gets better and better each year. There’s a chance to participate in various games and enter competitions and challenges across the university. You can learn more about different cultures and countries across the world that you may not have been aware of before, try foods and drinks, meet new people and step out of your comfort zone.

  1. It counts towards your volunteering hours!

Giving up your free time to take part in an activity during Global Week counts as volunteering and you can log your hours and any skills you were able to develop through planning and executing your event. If you run a society, this is also one of the requirements to achieve a silver reward which comes with a variety of benefits as Global Week is an event which benefits the wider Student Union body. Once the silver reward is achieved you will be able to display a plaque at the Fresher’s and Refresher’s event which will help to promote your society and will show students that you have community awareness.

  1. 4. You can collaborate with others!

Global Week is one of many chances for students and student societies to run joint events based on a common area that you’re interested in and also increase community engagement, for societies it is one of the requirements for the gold society award. The wider student body will have more awareness about your societies and what they do and will be able to interact with them in a fun and exciting way. It’s also a chance for you to network with students you might not have been in contact with before.

  1. 5. Be part of something amazing

Every year Global Week is an unforgettable event, you won’t regret being a part of it. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about a global issue that you’re passionate about, or fundraise for a charity that is close to your heart. This event has several benefits for students and university staff alike.

And to round off, here are a couple of words from Dan Fow who is the Student Opportunities Coordinator at the Anglia Ruskin Student’s Union:

Come and celebrate cultures from all over the world. Students from all across the globe will be bringing all different items whether that be food, dancing, singing and much more! There will be various language lessons being held and talks going on so keep an eye out at for the latest events and what there is to be getting involved with. There are roughly 60 events happening throughout the week, so plenty of fun to be had!

By Blessing Raimi

12 March 2018

Image Credit: Anglia Ruskin Students Union

The Student Union Election – Last Day!

The Anglia Ruskin Student Union’s election is almost over! From 9am, 5th March – 3pm, 9th March, you will be have been able to vote on a number of important positions within the SU. This week is your chance to have your say and nominate the people who you think will best represent the SU, your course and student life. There are still a few hours left before the vote closes!

You will have the power to nominate a President, four Vice Presidents, four faculty reps and six campaign reps. Those voted in will attend essential meetings on what is going on within the University and will ensure that student voices are not just heard, but acted on. Having just gone down to the busy voting station in Helmore corridor, it is clear that a lot of students are invested in who runs their SU.

I spoke to the ALSS Representation Coordinator Caliana Jakes on why she thinks it is so important for students to have their say. “It’s important for students to choose their leaders as they will represent them for the next year, and they could really make a change.”

So make sure to vote! Around campus there are plenty of posters from all of the candidates that give you a quick breakdown of their manifesto’s, or visit to read their full manifesto so you have an idea of what candidate best represents what you think the SU should be doing for the next year. You can vote on the SU website, or by the stalls on campus (where I see they are giving away sweets and stickers for those who have voted!)

Get voting here:

By Hollie Luck

9th January 2018

Meet the Candidates: Coverage of the Student Union Election (2018)

By Elle Haywood & Hanushka Karnani

On Thursday the 1st of March, ‘Meet the Candidates’ was held at The Academy, in the heart of the ARU Cambridge Campus. An enjoyable event where a number of people from all faculties of the University came together to meet the eligible candidates of this year’s Anglia Ruskin University Student Union Election. After some light-hearted conversation with the other attendees including our current President Jaime Smith at the bar, the assembly took off by introducing the prospective candidates running for the position of Vice President of the four different faculties; Arts Law and Social Sciences, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Science & Technology and Health, Social Care, Education / Medical Science. Then the position of President rounded off the evening. Despite the event starting half an hour late and overrunning, everyone in attendance appeared to be in high spirits talking to and about the other candidates.

Candidacy for the Vice Presidency of Science and Technology

To kick start the evening, the candidates for the position of Vice President for the Faculty of Science and Technology presented themselves to the crowd, giving a little insight into their manifestos and taking on the spot questions. The VP position for Science and Technology Faculty had the most candidates running for office, and there was a fierce sense of competition between them. We will go briefly through each candidate, summarising their talk and presenting points from their manifesto, which you can read in detail here: 

Leon Staffa began the evening talking about his vision for the department which was highly student-focused and made a point to talk about the importance of accountability with the faculty board. He is part of the #AllStars team in collaboration with other students, and pressed on the issues of mental health and inclusivity. Leon’s thoughts during questioning on mental health, prompted the response from him saying the university needs to be more visible, honest and open about the subject, and wanting to get more FST trained in using faculty equipment when asked about equipment access. Read his manifesto here:

Zinnia Thorpe was next up, and her wealth of experience as a course rep and as a society president meant that she had clearly invested time, passion and effort into her studies and the student experience. She is a second-year Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation student and has teamed up with #SU4U. Her focus was on the biodiversity and sustainability of the university, which if she were to become VP of the faculty, and help to get students involved in these projects. She also mentioned wanting to provide free environmentally friendly menstrual and contraceptive products to students. During questioning, her responses to faculty equipment access included wanting more computer rooms for FST students, out of hour access and more application software, and the ARU words about herself were: Ambitious, Realistic and Unity.. This is her manifesto:

The next candidate to the stage was David Cheeseman, 3rd-year biomedical sciences student, who focused on course-based networking, pushing for Student social spaces and ensuring there are enough resources in the faculty. His previous experience in a society shows his student involvement, clear competence and has education at the forefront of his plans. David spoke about mental health being interested in courses to prevent people from slipping through the net, and described his ARU words as being Agile, Resourceful and Understanding. His manifesto can be found here:

The energetic Alexander Towey took to the stage next with a fresh bout of confidence, speaking about his plans for student engagement / involvement and cooperation in and around the faculty. Alexander is currently in his 3rd year studying Electronic Engineering. His manifesto talks about having fair and equal opportunities for all students. When asked about facility equipment, he agreed about there being more software access for FST students, and when asked to describe himself in the letters ARU, he responded: Articulate, Resourceful and Uncanny. You can read more about his manifesto here:

And finally for the position of Vice President (Science & Technology) was Matt Hayes, who studies Audio and Music Technology, and who was vibrantly passionate about society coordination and integration. His time working with the AMT society meant that he’s worked closely with other students in the faculty providing external skill practice alongside his duties as Course Rep. He spoke consistently about mental health awareness and focus; a very topical current issue, and wanted to push for more faculty forums. During questioning, he said that ARU and the SU must push to decrease weekday service waiting time for appointments, pressing for Compass House to have 24/7 access and have FST related software in the library. He is also part of #TeamSUpreme, and his ARU words were: Amazing (at listening), Really (bad at thinking on the spot) and Unimaginably (proud). Here is his manifesto:

People attending the event chilled at the bar for a few drinks in-between speeches

Candidacy for the Vice Presidency of Health, Social Care and Education / Medical Science

The next faculty in line for their speeches and question time was the Faculty of Health, Social Care, Education and Medical Science. This was the lowest contested position with only two candidates: current VP Eliza Torres and MA in Education student Fraser Luther-Yarwood. Only Fraser attended the Cambridge MTC evening, but we have some details from Eliza’s questioning in Chelmsford earlier that week.

Fraser spoke about his hopes to campaign to reduce funding and course fees, increase communication in the department and for students to have more access to important resources. He is a Masters Education Studies student and has been at ARU for 4 years, and for the election is part of the #AllStars team. It was mentioned that many students based in Cambridge in the FHSCE Department felt isolated from the university – and his response was that there should be more video conferences, better feedback process and more resources shared across campuses. He also responded that there should be more extended mental health sessions and for the faculty to have a new identity with creative branding and be proud of the faculty. In his manifesto he also speaks about being part of 3/4 SU & sports societies and is an advocate for international student and LGBTQ+ rights. This is his manifesto:

In Eliza’s online manifesto, her key points are: 1) Mature student space, 2) Continued Cultural GIAG and minority group representation. Also, 3) More lobbying against cuts to the NHS and fighting for bursaries for paramedic students; nursing students and 4) Continued FREE cross-campus Monthly De-stress events. She has also successfully carried out 4 campaigns in her current role. During the Chelmsford MTC event, when asked about contact with students on placement, Eliza responded stating that she needs to re-think hours and the definition of 9-5, whilst also doing evening work to fit in with students. She has teamed up with #SU4U. This is her manifesto:

An introduction to the intense and lively evening 

Candidacy for the Vice Presidency of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School 

The runners for the LAIBS faculty, were the third group of candidates to present themselves to the audience. Three of the candidates; Mary Corpsey, Michael Graham and Jamie Hall were at the event however the fourth candidate for this position, Tammy Redersdorf- Marquis was unable to attend. Each individual was given the chance to demonstrate their ideas from their manifestos and attempted to give solutions to the problems they felt the need of bringing to the table.

Michael Graham member of the #AllStars team and is a third-year student in Business Management who has not only been his course rep but his entire faculty rep too. His manifesto indicates how student diversity is key to his ambitions as VP as well as describing how he will ‘collaborate with course-based societies’ within the LAIBS faculty to ensure students make the most of their degree. Graham also seemed determined to bring upon issues such as living costs and teaching excellence if he were voted in as a VP. His manifesto and personal profile can be read here:

Human Resource post-grad student Mary Corpsey – also a volunteer and student ambassador- brought upon a number of distinct issues compared to that of Graham. In her manifesto as well as her speech at last Thursday’s ‘Meet the Candidates’, she described how she will introduce new ventures such as more Career Awareness and Internship opportunities for prospective graduates, as well as creating a Support Package as an alternative to Books Plus for international students. She is also on #TeamSUpreme for this election. You can read her manifesto here on the SU website:

Similar to Graham’s collaboration of coursed based societies – Jamie Hall is aiming to increase the number them and have more societies related to the subjects of Business and Management. His manifesto also states on ‘improving employment and networking opportunities’ as well as creating stronger relationships with other local companies to introduce more internship and placement opportunities for students at ARU. Hall has been Course Rep for the last three years and is currently the president of the International Business Society, whilst being on the team #SU4U Jamie’s manifesto can be read here:

Fourth runner for VP LAIBS, Tammy Redersdorf- Marquis a second-year Marketing Student had not made an appearance at the Academy this last Thursday, however after reading through her manifesto, it is clear that she, just like the rest of her opponents have introduced practical matters that need attention and is willing to work on them if she is elected the new VP of her faculty. Here is Tammy’s manifesto:

The campaign design for the SU election is a mixture of fun-loving childhood figures and a bold colour palette, which could suggest the diversity and range of candidates running

Candidacy for the Vice Presidency of Arts, Law and Social Sciences

After a short interval and some refreshments, the participants running for VP for the faculty of ALSS were brought to the stage to inform the crowd on what they can provide to the students at ARU. The prospective candidates for this position are; Amanda Campbell White, Chizoba Isu- Omo, James Morgans, Ryan Price, Demi Smith and Lars Woolnough of which only three were present at the affair and were able to deliver their speeches first hand to the assemblage.

#TeamSUpreme’s Amanda Campbell White, delivers a positive message through her manifestos, describing the many ways she will help in improving the ‘university and student experience’. By doing so she aims to begin the progress for a permanent student bar on the Cambridge Campus in addition to ‘improving social space and this being accessible to all students and societies.’ Campbell also describes how if she were elected she would enforce more ‘managing stress’ workshops and provide more creative outlets for stress relief.’ Campbell was not able to attend the MTC. This is her manifesto:

Chizoba Isu- Omo is a Media Studies student from Nigeria, with a ‘desire to inspire others in a higher cause through being cooperative, considerate and sympathetic.’ Isu-Omo’s focus is to improve the sites of the ALSS department in addition to ‘encourage co-operation and robust leadership amongst students and the department.’  Chizoba was not present at the MTC, and you can read her manifesto here:

The next candidate to make their case as to why they should become the next Vice President for the faculty of ALSS is third-year Politics student James Morgan. The student was delegated course rep in his first year and is currently the representative for the LGBT society at Cambridge Campus. Morgan affirmed during his speech this past Thursday at the Academy that if he were to be elected for this role he would take upon matters relating to Societies, Representation, Student Health on Campus and The Academy. Morgan also stated he would look into issues in relation to the Library and Canteen as well as collaborating with the SU. This is his manifesto:

Demi Smith, a Masters student in English Literature and course representative aims to improve societies and collaboration of all students. Smith’s ‘Think Pink’ manifesto which she discussed throughout her time on stage, also stated she will focus on improving well-fare, sustainability and student representation. She also spoke about reaching out to employers and having a larger graduate job presence for ALSS students. She is clearly devoted to the welfare of students as well as their academic studies. You can read more about Demi’s plans here:

Ryan Price is a 3rd Year BA Drama student, who was not able to attend the MTC either. HE speaks about wanting everyone’s voices to be heard at the university and to encourage democracy in voting. His policies include cutting the costs of printing, moving graduation to summer and encouraging creative/chill-out zones in the university for each campus. His manifesto can be read in detail here:

The final participant to be running for this position for this year’s Students’ Union is second-year Graphic Design Student Lars Woolnough. The student’s manifesto pinpoints the areas he would focus on changing if he were to be voted as the upcoming Vice President for the ALSS Faculty; Societies, Accessibility of Resources, Mental Health and Teamwork. Woolnough’s speech at the ‘Meet the Candidates’ also discussed Unity at the university and the ways in which he will enforce this in the student community that exists in ARU. His manifesto can be read here:

The evening was filled with close discussions between friends, the layout of the room splitting the rivals apart into teams to discuss their strategies for campaigning, and also giving a moral support to each other in this close election

Candidacy for President of the Student Union

Last but not least, it was time for the candidates running for President to take the centre stage and showcase their individuality and share their personal reasons as to why he or she should be nominated as President of Anglia Ruskin’s Student Union. The six candidates have brought upon a diverse range of matters to the public interest. Kaileb Bryant, Laura Douds, Randolph Fields, Wambui Gitau, Johanna Korhonen and Christopher Manson are the six prospective candidates for this position.

Third-year English Literature student Kaileb Bryant, also a course rep for three years demonstrated her aims and ambitions if she were to become the new representative of the Student Body. Throughout her discussion on stage, Bryant focuses on creating more destress events and hopes to build a stronger relationship between the University and the Student’s Union. She recognizes that students have different needs and for the SU to make more of an effort to connect with harder to reach students. She is on #TeamSUpreme and promotes the slogan, Kaileb Cares. One pledge that she would include that she hasn’t is the idea of student blogs and more involvement of students projects. This is her manifesto:

‘I will encourage and foster pride within our community’, says Laura Douds our current VP representing Science & Technology. Douds’ manifesto touches upon interesting issues such as ‘campaigning for affordable rent prices and investigate other housing issues’, as well as managing events during the Winter Break for students who aren’t able to go back to their homes over the holidays. Mental Health was once again brought the table in her talk at the Academy last Thursday evening stating she will help in making ‘improvements on counselling services’ on campus. She hopes to keep up her campaigning, keep an open ear to part-time student queries and support student societies/community. She also works with many societies and faculty boards at the moment which gives her additional experience for the role. She is also running with the #AllStars Team this election. You can read more about Laura’s plans here:

Randolph Fields, 3rd-year Politics student, Course rep, and National Conference Delegate for ARU describes how if he were to be elected as President, his primary focus would be to empower the future students of this ever-growing university. At the event, he also implied how he would like to create more societies to target all everyone’s tastes and encourage a stronger bond between the SU and Anglia Ruskin University. He suggested there should be more cross-faculty cooperation and use his power as President to influence what happens to students. Randolph is also a National Conference Delegate for ARU. This is his manifesto:

The 4th candidate, as listed on the SU website, Wambui Gitau was not present at the event last Thursday, however, her key focuses are well- illustrated on her manifesto. Gitau aims to ‘collaborate with other universities to create more activities as she feels it could enhance the student experience. She also hopes to work with the university to provide more internships and work placements, organise more course trips and incorporate a Reading Week throughout the semester. Her manifesto can be accessed here:

Christopher Mason is next up on the list of potential candidates, he is currently doing a postgraduate in cybersecurity and has been at ARU for 4 years. Mason spoke about keeping up the university and student union relationship by being friendly, polite and helping to push through policies for the benefit of students. He appears keen to keep pushing for events for students, a potential student bar and stop the top-down filtration of management, whilst working closely with reps. He hopes to increase the productivity of students and making even the smallest voices heard within the university. You can read about Christopher’s plans in his manifesto:

Finally, the last candidate for this role is the current ALSS Vice President Johanna Kohornen. Johanna spoke about her ambitions to carry on successful campaigns as she has done in her current role in the SU, and to keep in touch with students on a regular basis. She previously studied Media Studies for 3 years at ARU. She spoke about wanting to negotiate all submissions to being online, a better-renting guide for students and honour rep help and society pledges. One unique idea is having an SU blog and regular drop-in sessions for students, as well as pushing for inclusivity and efficiency. One pledge she would include that she did not would be more mental health awareness and highlighting the student experience. This is her manifesto in detail:

So with a large number of student and post-graduate candidates for roles across all sectors, it looks to be an exciting week of electing to campaign! Voting opened on Monday 5th March and will close on Friday 9th March. You can read more about the candidates, their personal reasons for running and their manifesto pledges here:

Keep up to date with election coverage on the Ruskin Journal and on the ARU SU website!

A snapshot from our Instagram story about the evening

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Cue.5 Theatre Show

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, written by Tom Stoppard, takes a look at the story of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on their misadventures.

This 50-year-old classic tragedy, feature two minor characters taken from Shakespeare’s Hamlet get an ending of their own. Join Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on their journey as the events from Hamlet unfold around them.

It is wonderful to be able to hold student-led performances that include creative collaborations and can be put on at the university theatre with affordable ticket prices! This allows almost anyone to come and see the play, get involved in the arts and try something new while at university.

We spoke to one of the actresses involved in the play about her experience so far:  ‘Acting in this play has given me time away from uni work, and has been a rewarding way of spending my free time’ Hannah Miller, 19, English literature student has said.

Directed, produced and performed by Anglia Ruskin’s Drama Society, Cue.5, this student run play is one that can’t be missed. Bring your all friends to enjoy a wonderful evening supporting the students of ARU in their accomplishments. Check out all the hard work and effort Cue.5 have put in to their interpretation of this unique play on the 9th and 10th of March 2018 at the Covent Garden Drama Studio in Cambridge, where we will join these two gentlemen and many familiar characters on their journey.

The proceeds taken from the event will go to keeping the society up and running, giving opportunity to many students to explore their interest in acting. Cue.5 run workshops every two weeks, on a variety of different aspects of drama and performing arts, including stage combat, costume, and singing.

Tickets can be purchased from the Mumford Theatre website, prices are as below:

Full price: £7.00

Students: £5.00

ARTS Soc members: £3.50

For more information visit the Cue.5 Facebook page or click on the link below.

By Beth Clark

6th March 2018 

Image Credit: CUE.5 ARU Drama Society