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Summer 2017


Work? Keep learning? Graduate programme? You decide!


Tips and tricks to make you stand out from the crowd in competitive careers

WIN FESTIVAL TICKETS We’ve got tickets for Belladrum and TRNSMT up for grabs!


From what to wear to the events to check out

The TRNSMT headliners on album number 6, festival season and making it work


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Hiya! And welcome to the summer issue of Source!


on’t ask me where the heck this year has gone, because I genuinely don’t know – but they do say time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing making this issue of Source! By the time you get your paws on this edition, exams will almost be behind you – meaning it’s time to get planning that summer break. We’ve got plenty of inspiration this issue to make sure you have a summer to remember, including our bumper festival section, featuring some of the big-name acts gracing the nation’s stages this summer, advice on staying safe, and our guide to what events are worth checking out. We’ve even got a couple of cheeky ticket giveaways! It’s not all play, however! Some of you might want to use your summer for something productive – and we’ve got some inspo for you there. We’ve been finding out about Foundation Apprenticeships, taken a look at what you can do with a degree, plus we’ve got some tips for those of you looking to apply for competitive courses and education establishments after the holidays – how do you make yourself stand out? We’ve got some great job profiles too, including a Q&A with the guy who creates languages for film and TV (think Game of Thrones and Thor), a member of the Red Arrows, and a Scot working in the futureproof field of renewable energy! I know it’s tempting to get stuck in, but promise me one thing – finish off those exams first, give them your all, and then treat yourself with Source! Good luck come results day in August – I have a funny feeling you’ve got this...


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2 HARRY STYLES Our favourite 1D boy’s solo effort has wowed us big time. If you’ve got Sign of the Times on repeat? Just wait till you get your ears around Harry’s self-titled debut album, which is out now.

1 UNICORN EVERYTHING Multicoloured glitter on our nails, in our baking, at the top of our most frequently used emoji list... All we can say is that Starbucks, we’re raging that these bad boys aren’t coming to Scotland!

3 GAME OF THRONES Winter is coming! And it’s bringing a big ol’ battle or ten with it. Season seven of the fantasy epic is returning to Sky Atlantic in July, and we’re counting down the days already. @SourceMag

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We’ve teamed up with our pals at The Student Bible to give away tickets to TRNSMT Festival! Head on over to for details of how to enter NOW.

CELEBS 8 Kasabian

We sat down for a chat with the band’s Tom ahead of their headline performance at TRNSMT.

29 The Amazons

The Black Magic hit makers talk festival fun with Source.

37 Clean Cut Kid


The band’s Saul took some time out from their current tour to tell us about life on the road.

46 Declan McKenna

We caught up with the singersongwriter to talk politics, social media and his debut record.



10 Dream job

David J. Peterson has a job like no other – he gets paid to make up languages for TV and film.

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13 Foundation Apprenticeships


We’ve been finding out about the great new form of work-based learning, open to those still in school.

19 On top of the world

A member of the Red Arrows tells us about their incredible job.

21 A career for the future

The world of renewable energy has plenty to offer ambitious Scots – we found out more.

STUDY 16 What can you do with a degree?

It’s the age-old question – and we’ve got the answers!

23 Aiming high

From medicine to law, Oxford to St Andrews, some courses and career paths are next-level competitive. So how do you stand out?

FESTIVALS 26 Festival fever

Our guide to the best music festivals – and you can win Belladrum tickets too!

31 Staying safe

It’s all fun and games till somebody raids your tent. Check out our top festival safety advice.


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39 Want more Source? You’re in luck! We’ve got lots of juicy new content online now to keep you entertained in the months ahead too. Don’t say we’re not good to you…


34 Festival fashion

Check out our shopping list to make sure you stand out from the crowd.


39 Giving back at home and abroad

Two young people share their experience of volunteering – one in Africa, and one at home in Scotland.

44 Step away from your phone!

There’s more to life than Instagram and mobile apps – check out these hot hobbies for inspiration.





With movie reviews, guides to what’s streaming on Netflix, interviews, telly chat and music stuff, we’ve got your entertainment needs covered.

THE PRICE OF PROM Journalism student Mikhaila Friel reflects on her prom experience – and shares why she thinks the end-of-year ball just isn’t worth the expense.

Next time you’re feeling worked up about exams and deadlines, check out our top tips to relax and unwind. Deep breaths, everyone...



We’ve got a general election on the horizon – so how do you vote, and why does it matter? We’ve got the lowdown.

The hot new singer-songwriter sat down for a natter with our Lorne about his career in the music business.


We always want to hear from the next generation of super journalists – and we’ll welcome you into our lovely Glasgow offices for work experience any time! Send us your CV and a bit about yourself to and we’ll be in touch soon.


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42 Removing the filter on healthy eating


We’ve seen the avocado on toast in our social media feeds, heard people bang on about ditching gluten and dairy – but just how healthy is the #cleaneating trend? Source investigates.

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Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Our favourite poppunkers are back and playing a sold-out date in Edinburgh. Try your best to blag your way in – or find a pal with a spare ticket pronto. New tune Hard Times is a total belter.

Orange is the New Black

The ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary are back! After a cliff hanger of a finale last season, we can’t wait to see what Piper and the gang are getting up to.

Amazon princess Diana encounters a US fighter pilot during WWII and decides it’s down to her to go win the war. Which she probably will given she’s proper hardcore. All in a day’s work, ladies.

Limmy: That’s your lot

Dundee Rep


Glaswegian funny man Limmy is taking his tour to Dundee this June – get a ticket and prepare to laugh yourself silly.


Lorde – Melodrama We’re pretty much fullon obsessed with the first single from Lorde’s new record, so we’ve got big expectations for her second album, Melodrama. We’ve got a funny feeling it’s going to be amazing.


Spider-Man: Homecoming

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The iconic role of Peter Parker goes to Brit Tom Holland this time – and if his appearance in Captain America: Civil War is anything to go by, he’s going to be brilliant.


Haim – Something To Tell You Our favourite singing sisters are following up their smash-hit 2013 debut Days Are Gone with Something To Tell You. Expect folky pop-rock vibes you’ll be crooning along to all summer long.




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Edinburgh Castle

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Blink 182

The ultimate in pop-punk, Blink 182 are Scotland-bound! Prepare to bounce along till you can’t feel your feet and sing yourself hoarse to hits like What’s My Age Again? and All The Small Things.



Wonder Woman

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Olly Murs

Source favourite Olly will be bringing his bouncy summerinfused pop to the picturesque setting of Edinburgh Castle in July. We’ll be the ones elbowing our way down the front.


The Emoji Movie Cinemas nationwide Cert: TBA

Yes, it’s happening. No, we don’t understand why. But we do know that the utter legend that is Sir Patrick Stewart is voicing Poop – what more do you really need?



Summer Nights

Christopher Nolan captures what happened on Dunkirk beach back in May 1940, when Allied soldiers from Belgium, Great Britain, Canada and France were surrounded by the German Army. It features Harry Styles in his big-screen debut alongside Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Whether you’ve read it in English classes or in your spare time, the stage adaptation of The Curious Incident is well worth checking out on its current tour.


For two weeks, Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand will play host to a galaxy of stars across a range of different genres, from indie act Arab Strap, to your nan’s favourite Tom Jones.



Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

Marvel’s The Defenders

New to Netflix is The Defenders, starring favourite Marvel characters Luke Cage, Iron Fist Danny Rand, Jessica Jones and Daredevil. Thought the individual series were good? Wait till you see this.

Glasgow Summer Sessions: Eminem Lose yourself in the music, Glasgow – Eminem is on his way! Don’t miss this massive open-air event, his only Scottish date this summer.


The very best in entertainment for the summer season


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Celebrating their fourth number one album and their beloved football team Leicester City winning the Champions League, on the outside it seemed like Kasabian were on a high back in 2014. For guitarist Serge Pizzorno, it was the best year of his life; for singer Tom Meighan, it was the worst. Lorne Gillies caught up with Tom ahead of the release of the band’s sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud, to find out about the Kasabian rebirth



s the world quickly gets sucked into a vortex of misery, despair and political upheaval, we can be forgiven for needing a release. Catapulting themselves back into the mainstream as maverick saviours of rock, Kasabian released their sixth studio album – a powerhouse of upbeat, pop-rock anthems delving into an area the quartet have thus far avoided – talking about their feelings.

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD Describing For Crying Out Loud, Tom speaks fondly of the 12-track record that he calls his “baby”. Living in a dark place at the time, taking care of his five-yearold daughter, Mimi, and struggling with depression, the news that Serge had created a Kasabian record left Tom gobsmacked. Sitting on possibly the best Kasabian album to date, the writing process was a breath of fresh air. “[Serge] just knocked some songs out on the guitar the old school way, the proper way of doing it,” Tom explains. “I’m an old romantic so that’s my way of writing music. I just couldn’t believe we had a record that quick.” Fans are set to see a whole new side of Kasabian, who are stepping away from their traditional electro-rock-infused anthems. Tom says: “It’s more human; it’s an album full of great pop-rock songs, which I think we’ve never touched upon before and it’s a little window into our world. On a personal level, it’s also very human; it’s like a biography.” WHERE DID ALL THE LOVE GO? Opening up about their feelings and showing a more united front than ever before, it’s no wonder Kasabian have been poster boys for the indie generation since 1997. Having released their self-titled debut album in 2004, there is a bond that can’t be broken. “Twenty years, me and Serge have


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been together. We’re like a married couple; we’re best friends. We’ve been through everything together, we’ve grown together, we’ve had our ups and downs – it’s a family isn’t it? I’ve been through some bad times, but that’s just the way it is,” Tom explains fondly. Revealing his bad times are now, thankfully, behind him, the release of For Crying Out Loud is set to be a new era for Kasabian. He says: “I think we are reborn, and I think it’s a good time to put a new rock album out. Me and Serge were saying, we don’t think bands are given a chance for mainstream success either.” And worrying about mainstream success is not something Kasabian need to worry about. “WE NEEDED THIS” Negativity has been boxed away, resulting in the release of the most upbeat Kasabian album so far. What is Tom most eager for fans to hear? Bless This Acid House – the


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“I think we are reborn, and I think it’s a good time to put a new rock album out” track that encompasses the new Kasabian sound in a well-blended cocktail of subtle nods to 90s punk, with hints of classic Ramones undertones paired with lyrics that fans are guaranteed to relate to. Tom enthuses: “My favourite bit in the song is ‘got no reason to lie/got no reason to try’ – that’s very emotional to me. We’ve got time on our hands to sort things out, I think it’s wonderful.” And having a record that is upbeat and relatable for fans was important to Tom. “We needed this record really,” he explains. “It’s done now, I’m glad it’s done and I’m happy with myself, and I’m back to me.” Getting their personal lives back together as well as the band – which also includes bassist Chris Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews – For Crying Out Loud is a true return to form for the four-piece. Immortalising their faithful guitar technician, Rick Graham, on the cover of the album in a 70s vibe similar to a King Crimson, Tom

says: “I love the fact that it says volume six on it.” And he believes this album is sure to knock Ed Sheeran off the top spot and bring a little bit of much-needed danger back into the music charts. RE-WIRED From the Top 40 to the stage, Kasabian already have a packed summer ahead of them, including headlining the inaugural TRNSMT festival at Glasgow Green. Set to smash the Saturday (8 July) slot out the park, Tom excitedly explains that fans are in for a musical experience: “It’s an honour to be doing [TRNSMT]. We like Scotland, and I like Glasgow, so it’s great. You guys have got a reputation, I’ve seen it a billion times – they’re crazy, very loud, and very energetic and they have a lot of fun.” Re-wiring from previous live performances, Tom described the new songs as easier to play, with Kasabian guaranteed to do what they do best – perform live. @SourceMag

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And the band are definitely here to stay. “As long as we’re making good music, and we make it fun, and we’re happy with each other, it should be all right. Once we lose that, then it’s gone. I never want to be a dragon. I never want to turn it into a job because it’s not our job – it’s our lives. If we start getting sick of it and it becomes a chore? It’s over, my love.” Climbing back from mental darkness, For Crying Out Loud has not only saved lead singer Tom, but it’s set to rocket Kasabian to even brighter lights. After 20 years of touring, making music, partying, getting married and having babies, suburbia has not taken the edge off. Rather, it has mixed every emotion together to produce formidable tracks that dare you not to sing back at the top of your lungs – Kasabian are still on fire.

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Language Creator

He made Game David J. Peterson is a language creator. , Shiväisith for rian of Thrones’ Dothraki and High Valy e a few! The Thor, and Trigedasleng in The 100 to nam his cool career talented linguist told Source all about

What inspired you to get into language creation? I learned about language creation from a class I took on Esperanto, but wasn’t aware that anyone had ever created a language for any purpose other than international rst communication. When I took my fi ght thou I ge, colle in se cour s istic lingu own my ted crea to myself, ‘What if I language – not for international communication, but for my own and personal use?’ I started right then, e. sinc ever have continued on

with creating a language for film or TV? I continue my study of languages whether or not I’m actively working on a project. That keeps me fresh. When I’m working on a new project, I get as much information as I can who from the producers/writers about ’s That for. uage lang the ting I’m crea k of usually enough to give me the spar to t wan I ction dire h whic for an idea take the language.

How many languages can you speak yourself? t. I speak English and Spanish all righ 20 t abou – rs othe y man ied stud I’ve or so. What’s your education and training background? I have a bachelor’s degree in English s, and a bachelor’s degree in linguistic of y ersit Univ both earned at the California at Berkeley. I also have a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of California at San Diego.

ect? What would be your dream proj There are a number of shows and movies I wish I could’ve worked on – like Avatar: The Last Airbender, The y Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendar I Defender, any of the Star Wars films. own my on k wor to t grea be it’d think thing, though. In order for a language to be done right, it has to come from the top, so that it’s a priority at all times. I don’t think that can happen unless the one at the top is the language creator.

How did you get into doing work in film and television? In 2009, the producers of Game of Thrones contacted the Language Creation Society, who put together a contest to determine who would create the Dothraki language for the show. I won the competition and started working on the show thereafter. How do you go about researching ed and preparing when you’re task 10

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Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic in July.



Do you get involved to make sure the actors are pronouncing things correctly? be I always relish the opportunity to rs able to work directly with the acto . ation unci pron ect corr re to ensu Occasionally I do get to work with the actors, and their pronunciation benefits. On a show like Game of Thrones, I’ve never been allowed to work with the actors. The results are mixed: sometimes quite good, sometimes way off. I’ve come to accept it.

tion, check out For more information on language crea .con www the Language Creation Society at


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Want to boost your career prospects? We’ve been finding out about a new way of learning on offer in schools that’ll help you do just that

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itting in a classroom to learn works for some people, but we’ll be honest – it’s not for everyone. And, likewise, not every career is about sitting at a desk and regurgitating things you learned in class. For those who learn better by doing, there’s a brand new qualification on the block – and it’s going to mean big things for Scotland’s workforce. Launched in 2014, Foundation Apprenticeships (or FAs) are open to young people in the senior school phase – that’s S4 to S6. It’s the equivalent to a Higher, at SCQF level 6, and combines class-based learning at school or a local college with a significant work placement. Sounds interesting? It really is. @SourceMag

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“FAs offer a new opportunity for young people to base their learning in the workplace rather than in the classroom,” explains Elaine Walls from Skills Development Scotland. FAs, which take up to two years to complete, are available in 10 different areas of learning, or frameworks. Each framework has been identified as being valuable to Scotland’s economy: business skills; civil engineering; creative and digital media; engineering; financial services; hardware and systems support; scientific technologies; social services – children and young people; social services and healthcare; and software development. The way you will learn combines


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college-style learning with lectures, tutorials, site visits and the opportunity to meet industry professionals. Further into the FA you’ll spend significant time on placement, where you’ll complete units of your learning with an employer who will mentor you. How much time you spend on placement depends on the framework that you follow. The hands-on experience that you undertake has been devised by industry and is considered very valuable to employers and education establishments.


An FA is made up of units from SVQs, an NC or an NPA – all recognised within the relevant industries. It’s certified by the SQA, the same as Nat 5s and Highers, and you can use it when applying for other courses such as a Modern Apprenticeship, a college place or university. Because you don’t just complete the course and wave it goodbye – you’ve got options when it comes to what to do next. “You can leave school after your FA and do a Modern Apprenticeship,” explains Elaine. “With almost all of the frameworks, you’d get into an accelerated pathway so that you complete quicker. Or you can go to college and do an HNC or an HND. Colleges quite often have what they call articulation routes with universities, so if you complete your HND at college, you can then move onto a linked university, and complete the final two years of an honours degree. A large number of universities in Scotland are recognising the Foundation Apprenticeship as having value equivalent to a Higher, so you can use your FA for direct entry into university as well.” Alongside getting a head-start in your industry of choice in terms of knowledge and practical ability, you’ll pick up lots of great skills that employers look out for too. “As well as the technical skills you’ll learn doing an FA, it’s teaching self-reliance, all the kinds of skills that employers are looking for,” Elaine adds. “Can you hold a business discussion with somebody who is 20 years older than you and relate to them? Can you communicate in an effective way? Can you get yourself to work on time? These transferrable skills are all really important.” So whether you dream of being the CEO of a big business, or you’re keen to break into the world of scientific research, an FA could be a great starting point. Ask your pastoral or guidance teacher about what’s on offer in your school, or head to Apprenticeships. scot/foundation for more info.

THE FA IN ACTION A GROUP of civil engineering Foundation Apprentices from Inverness College UHI used their skills for a Forestry Commission project to improve bridges in Culloden Woods. The first and second year students, who are S5 and S6 school pupils, conducted surveys and drew up designs for two footbridges and then presented their findings to the Forestry Commission. Liam Matheson, civil engineer at the Forestry Commission, supported the group during the initiative and was impressed with the ideas put forward. He said the standard of the designs were on-par with industry professionals, and the agency selected aspects from the design elements to agree two new bridge designs. He said: “We really enjoyed being involved with the civil engineering project. There were some valuable outcomes which are beneficial for the students and the Forestry Commission.”

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First year Foundation Apprentice Rebecca McClymont (pictured right), from Alness Academy, said the collaboration allowed her to help with the ground work and to see first-hand the finished result. She said: “This has been a great experience where I got to be one of the people who helped with the ground work, and we saw real results from it.” The students’ work is the first stage of a larger project to replace the footbridges, which will be constructed later this year by students from another department at the college. Gill Berkeley, head of curriculum at Inverness College UHI, thinks that these types of partnership-working opportunities are invaluable. She said: “Live projects are vital in allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills through experiencing real-life scenarios.”


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Undergraduate Open Days 2017 Thursday 31 August & Saturday 30 September 11am – 4pm

Come along to our undergraduate open days to find out more about QMU. You can speak to academic staff about all of our undergraduate courses and attend subject talks. There will also be more general information talks which will be of interest to all potential students. As a campus based university, everything is on site including learning and teaching facilities and spaces, sports facilities and accommodation, and currents students can take you on a guided tour. For more information about our open days and to book a place, visit our website.


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What can you do with a You’ve got your sights set on university, a conditional offer hanging in the balance and high hopes of getting that BSc in microbiology. But once you’ve picked up your diploma at the end of year four – what happens next? We take a look at some of the paths your post-university career can follow


GRADUATE SCHEMES One popular route for graduates is to enrol in a graduate recruitment scheme. These are offered by a huge range of bigname businesses in sectors from marketing to banking to science. Graduate schemes are, funnily enough, open to graduates (usually with a 2:1 or above) and involve on-the-job training. Some schemes, like those in accounting or finance, incorporate a professional qualification that enables you to become a part of the industry. Grad schemes can be as short as three months, or take as long as three years, depending on the company and the sort of training they put you through. In lots of big companies, you’ll rotate through different placements, getting a feel for what different parts of the organisation do and deciding where you might fit. And the best bit? You get paid! Grad scheme salaries tend to be pretty competitive – averaging at about £27,000. Not bad work if you can get it! They offer a great platform into a number of high-flying careers. Check out for inspiration.

FURTHER STUDY University doesn’t necessarily have to end when you finish your bachelor’s degree. Also known as an undergraduate degree, this can take you onto further study, either in the same uni or at another one. Postgraduate study is available in a few different forms – postgraduate certificates (which last about six months), postgraduate diplomas, master’s degrees and even PhDs or doctorates (which take about three years). So if you love learning, there’s big potential for further study. Postgrads are available in every subject area imaginable, and some of it is wildly specific. From ancestral studies to infection biology, forensic toxicology to children’s literature, there’s a programme for everyone! With postgrad study, the idea is that 16

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The men and women who dedicate their days to filling your brain with useful knowledge once went to university, and followed it up with a postgraduate diploma – or PGDE (postgraduate diploma in education). This is a year-long course, funded by the government, which combines lectures and tutorials at university with placements in schools, for either primary or secondary. This, or an undergraduate education course, is the only way to become a teacher in Scotland – and you get a year’s guaranteed employment after you finish! Another great thing – in certain subject areas in secondary, schools are just crying out for staff, meaning there’s strong potential for employment once you’ve qualified. Subjects like science and maths have a real shortage of teachers, so if you’re eyeing up a degree in either field, teaching could be an option. In Scotland, teachers are being encouraged to boost their learning and keep going to master’s level. There’s a variety of programmes on offer at universities Scotland-wide aimed at teachers, from generic MEd programmes (master of education) to MAs in areas like inclusive education. Teaching is not for the faint-hearted, but it does offer a hugely rewarding career for those with loads of drive, determination and a passion for sharing knowledge.

you get to focus on a field of learning that really interests you, or which could link to a job that you fancy. While you apply for your undergrad degree through UCAS, you apply directly to the university you’re interested in for the majority of postgrad courses, so it takes a bit more research and effort. It’s worth noting that while your undergraduate degree gets funded by the Scottish government, most postgraduate degrees are down to you. You could be paying as much as £6,000 for a year’s tuition – it’s not cheap. You can, however, investigate career development loans, look for scholarships, and ask the establishment you’re applying to whether or not they have any funding available. SourceMagazine


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h a degree? MEET THE TRAINEE TEACHER Graeme McKelvie, who’s 26 and from Glasgow, has just completed the year-long PGDE (primary) at the University of Strathclyde. Here, he tells us about his experience on the course What did you do before going to do the PGDE? Before doing the PGDE, I studied law with German. I translated for a law firm in Berlin for a year, and then I started my traineeship to become a lawyer. I very quickly realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I stopped and had a think about what I did want – something that was meaningful for me, that would be challenging, and make me think it was worth doing. So I decided to apply for the PGDE. I got quite a lot of experience before applying – I volunteered with a few small local charities, working with children, both secondary and primary age. I also volunteered for a number of months in a local school. That’s how I really found out that I wanted to go into teaching. Why primary? It’s a good question! I did think about teaching modern and foreign languages. But then I decided, through my experience, that actually I would enjoy teaching a range of subjects. What’s the course at Strathclyde like? It’s quite intense. The pace is very quick – it’s gone by so quickly. I’ve really enjoyed it. You spend some of your time on campus, in lectures, in classes, in seminars, doing practical things. The rest of the time, you’re on placement, so that kind of breaks it up. What would you say you’ve enjoyed most about the postgrad? I think I’ve enjoyed rolling my sleeves up and being in class. With this course, after the first month, you’re right in amongst it. Are you looking forward to getting started in the job in August? It is quite nerve wracking! In August, I’ll have my own class. There won’t be another teacher there who’s supporting you – it’s their class and you’re the visitor on placement. But I’ve had this year, and I’m ready to go from August. Find out more about teacher training at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow at


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WORLD The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows is one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, flying all over the world to wow spectators with their incredible stunts. We caught up with Flt Lt Si Taylor (Red 7) to find out about life in the skies


hat made you want to become a pilot in the first place? I was taken to lots of airshows when I was little, and it definitely sparked my interest. I remember sitting in a Tornado aircraft at the Church Fenton Airshow when I was about five and thinking, ‘This is for me.’ What’s it like being a Red Arrows pilot? I can honestly say that I can’t imagine a better job in the world. It’s extremely demanding and the standards are incredibly high, but I’m so proud to be in an organisation where everyone gives absolutely everything for the team goal; to put on the best possible show we can and represent the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom. How did you get into the Red Arrows? All the Red Arrows pilots are current serving RAF fast jet pilots. In order to join the Red Arrows, pilots must apply to join the team and then, if they are lucky enough to be shortlisted, they go through a week-long interview process. This includes a flying test which is very nerve wracking! I was lucky enough to be selected in 2015, and 2016 was my first display season. What did your initial training involve? Each pilot, apart from Red 1, moves position every year when they are in the team. The training for the first year took a building block approach. Initially it involves flying on the wing of Red 1 until

“I can honestly say that I can’t imagine a better job in the world” we are ready to grow the formations. This normally starts in October and by February we have built the formation up to nine aircraft. Is it as terrifying as it looks? The aerobatics are all very safe, and designed to look a lot more dangerous than they are! The show is great fun to fly in and hopefully by watching some of the in-cockpit footage on Facebook and Twitter, you can get an idea of what it feels like to fly a loop or a roll with eight other aircraft. What skills are crucial for the role? I would say the main skills that a team @SourceMag

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pilot requires, apart from piloting ability, are honesty, humility and determination. It’s very important that we are honest with our performance because that is what sets our standards so high and keeps them there. What’s your advice for anyone who fancies following in your footsteps? I would say work hard at subjects that you enjoy Head to at school, www.source play team to sport if you read our interview can and with Si’s colleague, take every engineer Jordan opportunity Thorburn. life throws at you.

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What was it that inspired you to go down the renewable energy route? I always had an interest in sustainability and renewables. At school, I had an interest in geography, which has a bit of a link to renewables, so I found myself more and more interested, and reading about themes like climate change and so on. That’s what inspired me to go down that route. I went down to visit SRUC, and a week later, I was on the BSc Renewables and Environmental Technology course! What did your degree involve? Parts of it had an engineering aspect, in terms of engines and engineering, building services – how buildings are heated and managed, that kind of thing. But it has quite a scientific background as well. It’s kind of like land-based, sustainable technologies. Renewables were a part of that, but there was quite a lot of biotechnology and biochemistry too. It was a really varied degree!

You’re working as an energy advisor now for Fintry Development Trust. What does that involve? I work in the community renewable energy sector, basically trying to make rural communities more sustainable, specifically around climate change and fuel poverty. And what’s a typical day like for you at work? It really varies! I run a project which is about balancing supply and demand of electricity. It’s funded by the government, so I might be speaking to them about that. We’ve got some corporate partners, so I might be liaising with them, doing funding applications. The development trust also runs a biomass district heating scheme, so I work on the day-to-day running of that as well. Sometimes, I can be out at people’s houses, discussing electricity bills. It’s quite diverse.

“Renewable energy has potential for such massive positive change in Scotland”

Why do you feel renewable energy is a good sector to get involved in? I find it really interesting. I think it’s a massive growth sector. Renewable energy has potential for such massive positive change in Scotland. I think it encompasses a lot of areas too. You could be involved in renewable sustainability, but you could be involved from an economics point of view, or engineering, science, a social aspect. There are so many subjects and areas of interest that can be applied to the world of renewables. Check out SRUC’s range of renewables courses at


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What do you enjoy about your job? I can be doing something completely different every day. I could be in Edinburgh, or out in the countryside, somewhere really remote. I get to meet different people too – I might be in a university talking to students, or members of the community. It’s really interesting. It’s a really creative job too.


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HIGH We all have our ambitions, from scoring Scotland’s World Cup-winning goal to bagging a Nobel Peace Prize. For those of us dreaming of becoming a doctor, lawyer or politician, a good education is key – so what does it take to get into a competitive course at an in-demand uni? We look at what’s required to crack the admissions teams for two of the country’s toughest universities


e all know the feeling when parents pester us to finish homework, get involved with extra activities and start revising for exams. But, coming from a good place, this constant nagging can guide you to become a high flyer in the world. Looking to get out and see the bright lights with a top class career behind you? Some of the most notable universities provide respected courses to help you get ahead of the game, but getting into the courses they offer can be considered difficult due to the competitive nature.


Scotland’s first university St Andrews ( has been moulding minds since 1413, and even has the royal seal of approval – many will know it as where Prince William and Kate met. Alongside the romantic connections, St Andrews offers a plethora of esteemed undergraduate, postgraduate and nondegree courses for those looking to reach the skies professionally. Medicine at St Andrews is one of the best courses in the UK, and is housed in the £45 million School of Medicines and

the Sciences building. It is an extremely competitive course and requires a lot of preparation from potential candidates. A spokesperson for the University of St Andrews says: “For those wishing to pursue a career in medicine, the application process is highly competitive and also demanding. Successful candidates must do their best to stand out from the crowd.” Making sure your application shines is just as important as ensuring you have the relevant grades to get into your desired course. Getting into medicine requires a lot of work prior to even applying for your university of choice. The St Andrews spokesperson continues: “Applicants to medicine should be advised early to make sure medicine is the right choice for them. A few hours’ work experience in a GP practice, local hospital or even in an elderly care home can sometimes be enough to assure themselves that a career in medicine is right for them.” To get into medicine at St Andrews – or any of the top unis – it’s vital to have good grades alongside relevant work or volunteer experience. For those set to sit their Higher and Advanced Higher exams,


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“No matter what admission test is required, it is important that you prepare well”

entry requirements include four As and a B, including chemistry with an A grade and another in either biology, mathematics or physics, taken in one sitting during fifth year – as well as three Bs in sixth year at Advanced Higher. Partnering good grades and an interview, candidates are also required to sit a UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test). For some other universities, including Cambridge, you will be required to sit the BMAT (Biomedical Admission Test). The spokesperson for St Andrews explains: “No matter what admission test is required, it is important that you prepare well. The UKCAT test is like no other test applicants experience at school, therefore making sure they know what to expect from this test is key.” Candidates preparing to sit a UKCAT have many useful resources available for support on the UKCAT website (, including an app providing mock exams and practice questions. It’s important to note that the tests must be passed and submitted prior to 15 October in the year you are applying.


Standing alongside St Andrews as one of the UK’s most influential universities, Oxford is known across the world for its competitive degrees. Providing nearly 250 courses from over 30 faculties and departments, there can be stiff competition when it comes to getting into your desired course. Potential lawyers of the world, take note if heading to the University of Oxford ( is on your ambition list. Proclaiming that an Oxford degree will make you think independently, logically and literally, with each course focusing on a compulsory core alongside a broad range of options to tailor your studies to your 24

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personal interests, this course is very much in demand. The average three-year undergraduate law degree takes on around 197 successful candidates each year, but for those looking to do the four-year course, which includes a year abroad, it is stiff competition with only 30 spaces available. Entry requirements for both law degrees include two As and a B at Advanced Higher level, or two As plus an additional Higher at grade A. Those looking to take their education abroad will need to have the relevant modern language at Advanced Higher or Higher level. Similar to medicine, potential law candidates are required to take an LNAT (the Law National Aptitude Test) which will test your verbal reasoning skills, ability to analyse information and draw conclusions alongside testing your ability to understand and interpret information. Results from your LNAT exam will be supplementary to your university application, to highlight your aptitude for studying law. For any course at university, there’s more to it than SQA exam grades and apptitude tests – make sure you’re going above and beyond in your spare time too, to make sure your UCAS personal statement shines. In some cases, it really will come down to who’s volunteered or had a part-time job. It can seem as though there are many hoops to jump through before getting accepted into your chosen university for some courses. Pairing ambition with determination, you can make your grades in school go even further to master the medical world or swap your favourite Netflix legal drama for the real thing. By ensuring your personality shines through alongside your dedication to your chosen degree, you’re guaranteed to go far.



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Donnington Park, Derby One for the moshers! Now in its 14th year, Download is still the top dog for metal and rock music, gathering crowds from far and wide to see their spectacular lineup. Headliners this year include System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and the legendary Aerosmith (their only UK appearance of 2017) to get you head banging all weekend long. Make sure you Walk This Way and get down and dirty in Donnington.


Old Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow

Can’t make it to Download? Never fear, the West End Festival Fiesta is back for its second year after smashing it out the literal park in 2016. Based at the Old Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow’s iconic Kelvingrove Park, the West End Fiesta brings you gourmet street food, brilliant bands and top DJs to get you grooving all weekend. CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers headline both Saturday and Sunday nights with a performance from Kool and the Gang on the Friday. Trust us – you’ll know their songs when you hear them…


10-11 June

Heaton Park, Manchester The independent music festival returns to Manchester with a mash up of headliners to please fans of any genre. Fresh off the back of their latest album release in 18 years, A Tribe Called Quest will be dazzling the Parklife crowd with their hip hop, jazzinfused tunes, albeit minus the late Phife Dawg. Other big names hitting the stage include Frank Ocean, The 1975 and London Grammar.



Kelburn Castle, Kelburn Taking place in the historic grounds of Kelburn Castle, Kelburn Garden Party is a splash of colour and psychedelics on the music festival scene. An event like no other, Kelburn Garden Party plays host to a variety of musical pleasures including Glasgow’s very own dub-fathers Mungo’s Hifi. Even taking a break from the music can see you explore The Neverending Glen with its many waterfalls and deep gorges – a hippie’s paradise.

21-25 June

Worthy Farm, Pilton Welcome to the Mecca of music festivals, bringing you phenomenal live music, culture-filled performances and a fiery, sensory experience like no other from Arcadia. With confirmed headliners including Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, the rumour mill is still churning out potential last-minute acts. If you can’t make it this year, make sure you don’t miss a minute of the live action available across your telly screens.

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www.tartanheart Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is a family music and arts festival staged in the stunning Highlands, near Beauly, Inverness-shire. This year will be its 14th year, featuring over 100 acts including Franz Ferdinand, The Pretenders, Sister Sledge, First Aid Kit, KT Tunstall and Birdy. Don’t miss stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill, wrestling, and the new country and western stage! This year’s festival theme is ‘Summer of Love’ – dig out those hippy-chic outfits now.


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Glasgow Green, Glasgow

With T on a break, TRNSMT is the new kid on the block, set to take over Glasgow Green with some of the biggest names in music this July. Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and Radiohead will headline the three-day festival, with a mountain of acts still to be announced. See you down the front!


25-27 August

Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds One of the last festivals of the year and certainly one of the best, the August bank holiday weekend sees all the same huge acts play in two different locations. Grab your mates and party on down with the likes of Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, Eminem and Muse in what is guaranteed to be a weekend like no other.

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STUDY //// CELEBS Reading quartet The Amazons are making waves in the music biz with their infectious rock sound. Now set to release their self-titled debut album, they’re ready to prove they’re more than just a guitar band. Catching up with drummer Joe Emmett, we found out how The Amazons are changing the face of rock, one raucous show at a time


our debut album is coming out soon – how does that feel? Mixed emotions! We’re excited because we’ve worked on it since April/ May last year and it’s been about a year we’ve had it recorded. The mastering and production that goes into it to get it finished is now done, so it’ll be a relief to finally get it out. What can we expect from the album? There are a couple of songs on the album that I think will surprise people. For example, there’s one with just Matt and a piano – I don’t think people will necessarily be expecting that having been hailed as a guitar band by critics. I’m excited to show a different side and emotion to us. You worked with producer Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice) – how was that? She was amazing actually, at getting a rapport out of us as a band. She would go old school in the sense she got us all in a room together to record live. So, a lot of what you hear is a single take. For example, Junk Food Forever and Black Magic were one of 30 takes. It was done over and over again to capture the vibe of the song – because we focus so heavily on our live shows, she tried to capture that energy, which I personally think she achieved.

Congratulations on the headline tour too! That’s crazy, we just finished a soldout headline tour in April which we’re really thankful for. We’re coming up to Edinburgh instead of Glasgow this time – the last time we played in Edinburgh it was in The Mash House so we haven’t been to Edinburgh in a while and we didn’t want to leave them out. There’s nothing like the Scottish crowd. Festival season is just around the corner. Which ones are you most looking forward to playing? We’ve got a lot on. We’re doing the TRNSMT festival, which is great. It’s a shame T in the Park isn’t on this year, because it was so steeped in history and that was one we really wanted to do. I guess TRNSMT will replace it so it’s really good to be playing there in its first year – the line up is amazing.

The Amazons are playing The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh on 4 October. Debut album, The Amazons, is out 26 May.

Want more? Head over to the Source website for the full interview: www.source

Festivals, headline tours and a new album – what are you most looking forward to? We’re going to Japan and South Korea soon. We’re playing Fuji Rocks Festival out there and that’s going to be quite incredible – going to Japan and seeing what all the fuss is about!


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Festivals are a rite of passage for teenagers, relaxing with your friends, making memories and seeing your favourite bands live. And staying safe is integral to ensuring your first festival goes off with a bang – for all the right reasons


othing compares to the rush of clicking ‘purchase’ and grabbing yourself a ticket to one of the hottest festivals of the summer. Then comes the festival essentials from tents to wellies, grabbing your camera to capture memories yet to be made, and getting a festival playlist on the go.


Alongside all the fun and games of enjoying a festival, making sure both you and your belongings are safe is important. Taking it from the very beginning – make sure your ticket is legitimate and not a dodgy fake from a ticket tout. It’s no secret that festivals bring in a lot of money, making it the prime opportunity for scammers to try and get in on the action. Police Scotland Detective Constable Sara Heath says: “When buying tickets, ensure you use a trusted source or website – ticket touts are out to make money, so don’t be conned.”

Don’t miss out on the full experience of seeing your favourite band rock the headline slot by purchasing tickets from accredited sites. When it comes to purchasing tickets, most festivals will highlight, and link to, legitimate ticketselling websites for punters to purchase passes safely and legally. Ensuring you get your tickets from legitimate sites is important as you don’t want to rock up to the campsite and be turned away for having a bum ticket – that wouldn’t get many Instagram likes.


The best part of a festival (if you enjoy sleeping on damp ground and lounging about in muddy clothes), the campsite is where everyone comes together to party. You and your little one-man tent can get lost in the crowd, so it’s important to look out for it – this is technically your home for the weekend. Faced with a sea of tents, making yours stand out is important. Marking your tent with your postcode makes it not only noticeable for yourself, but will likely deter thieves as it’s more visible to stewards. Be prepared for all eventualities too – camping in a field is a lot different to running back to a hotel or your house to give your phone a quick boost. “Campsites aren’t usually five-star, and the Scottish weather is wonderfully unpredictable. Pack well: waterproofs and change of clothing are essential,”


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DC Heath explains. “Bring plenty of water as well as sun cream, torches and toilet roll, and have a site map handy at all times.”


Keeping your possessions in your tent can be risky. Most festival campsites now have 24-hour lock ups, occasionally provided as a free service, where you can store your phone, money and other valuables – but, ideally, it would make sense not to bring any items you are worried about losing. DC Heath says: “Don’t take iPads and expensive jewellery with you. Keep essential valuables on your person at all times – don’t leave them in your tent, as they can be easily broken into.” And that is definitely not a road you want to go down.


Over the weekend, we can imagine you’re not going to be sticking to healthy eating or cutting out the sugary drinks. When it comes to looking after your body at a festival, though, it is important to drink lots of water (we’re not preaching, we promise). In the offchance that the sun does shine down over your festival weekend, making sure you’re hydrated is key to enjoying your time. Taking care of your personal safety is vital too and unfortunately, festivals are a good breeding ground for >


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// festivals opportunists. You’re probably going to end up meeting lots of cool new pals and the majority of them will be brand new, but there can be a bad egg too. Don’t feel pressured into drinking, experimenting with drugs or putting yourself in physical danger just because someone tells you to – you are in control of yourself. DC Heath says: “Be mindful that assaults, and in particular sexual assaults, can be carried out on people who are vulnerable – and drinking too much or taking drugs makes you especially vulnerable.” It’s important to keep your wits about you to ensure your personal safety, and that of your friends, is top priority. If you feel a crime has been committed against you or one of your pals, it’s crucial to report it to onsite stewards or find police – they will be best placed in supporting your needs. Call 999 in an emergency, 101 for non-emergencies or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report a crime anonymously. Going to a festival is one of the best things you can do as a young adult. The opportunity to have a real taste of independence, spending quality time with your mates after months slogging away for exams and getting to see your playlist come to life is an experience like no other. DC Heath adds: “Overall, we want everyone to enjoy their festival experience, so follow these simple safety steps, look out for each other and make great memories.” Ensure you take care of yourself and the rest of the squad this summer – there is always someone on hand to make sure you have the safest and most fun-filled experience possible during your festival. Now off you pop, grab your camping essentials, test out your tent and gather your mates for the best summer of music ever. MORE INFO For more information on staying safe at festivals, check out the Police Scotland website,


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Having fun is the most important part of going to a festival. We spoke to some seasoned festivalgoers to find out their top tips on how to stay safe

“The messier your tent, the less likely it is that anyone will rake through it trying to find stuff to nick. It’s unlikely you’ll be cleaning anyway, let’s be honest.”

“When it comes to pitching your tent, aim to get it close to the campsite entrance. That helps when it comes to finding it after the day’s activities – or just hang a big flag from it.”

“Try and make friends with the folks you’re camping beside – having some chat with them will make them remember you and your tent, and the other way around. If someone does start snooping around, then your camping neighbours will probably say something.”

“Don’t overdo it on your first night because you’ll ruin the rest of the festival for yourself.”

“Make sure you know your limit if you are drinking – there’s nothing worse than passing out in a bush that people pee in.” “If you lose your friends, make sure you’ve got a memorable meeting point – even a good takeaway van that you’ve been to.”


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HOME AND ABROAD You don’t have to be a superhero to change lives – volunteering is a much more straightforward (not to mention safer) way of doing just that. Two young people tell us about their experience volunteering, one right here in Scotland and the other overseas in Ghana


AGE: 21 LOCATION: Edinburgh PLACEMENT: Various events management roles Why did you start volunteering? Most of it has been around events, and event planning, because that’s what I want to get into – I’m studying events management at Queen Margaret University. Initially, I thought I’d try get a taster of events through volunteering, to see if that was what I wanted to do. Volunteering gets you out the house, lets you meet new friends. What sort of thing have you done? I’ve volunteered at the National Museum during the Fringe Festival – I was helping out with guests, taking tickets, showing people where to go. I volunteered at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I was working in spectator services. We were checking tickets, we had foam fingers, we had to get the crowds excited – it was really fun. I volunteered with Breast Cancer Care – we were standing clapping for the marathon runners, cheering them on. I volunteered on Christmas Day a couple of years ago at a homeless shelter too. It was 7am to 2pm, and it was such an eye opener. I felt really proud of myself, helping other people on a day where you should be with your family. And I was giving my time – not money or presents. How do you feel your volunteer experience has benefited you? Volunteering helped me get into college, and that helped me get into university. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do when I left school – I did hairdressing for a

while, and then I got into volunteering and realised that there’s so much more you can do, rather than a standard job. It helped me pick what I wanted to do, see what was out there, and gain hands-on experience. You don’t get paid for it, but it’s worth so much more than money. You get all the experience you need to get into a job. What skills have you learned through volunteering? Definitely customer service. I’ve been dealing with the public all the time, so I’ve learned how to deal with difficult situations, how to help out where I could, think on my feet and use my own initiative. It’s helped me learn how to adapt to different situations. Different organisations have different protocols, so you have to be flexible. It’s helped me adapt to change.


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week, or even a month – it makes all the difference, for you and the organisation. You don’t have to volunteer 35 hours a week in a charity shop. You can work with animals, volunteer on an ad-hoc basis, find something that links to your career plans. You just have to go to your local volunteer centre to find out that there are so many more options.


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AGE: 28 LOCATION: Glasgow PLACEMENT: Team leader on an ICS programme backed by Challenges Worldwide in Ghana Why did you decide to volunteer abroad? It was something that I always wanted to do, but I found it unaffordable. I discovered ICS through a Facebook sponsored ad – it clearly knows I love to travel – and when I looked into it more, it seemed like such a perfect opportunity to fulfil that ambition. Can you tell us a little bit about ICS? International Citizenship Service is a government-funded programme, which enables young people to volunteer abroad at very little cost. Eight different UK-based charities deliver the programme all over the world, and Challenges Worldwide is the only Scottish-based charity, which is what attracted me to them. They work in small to medium size business development. It places groups of volunteers from the UK aged 18 to 25 – or in my case as a team leader, 23 to 35 – and pairs them up with an international counterpart. You’ll get placed with a local small to medium sized enterprise who are looking to grow their operation. The volunteers I managed were doing consultancy work in each of these businesses during the 12-week period that we were there. What was your average day like over there? On Mondays, we had our team meetings, where we’d bring the volunteers together to cover a range of different things. Challenges Worldwide offer Chartered Management Institute training in professional consultancy, so we delivered that. The rest of the week consisted of enterprise visits to check in on my team, see how the enterprise owner was finding having volunteers in the organisation, and what kind of support I could offer. What was it like staying with a host family? The host family was awesome. The incountry training in Edinburgh prepared us for very, very basic facilities, but our accommodation was great. I shared a room with one of my team. We had everything that we have here. Showers, flushing toilets – which I wasn’t sure we would have. And home-cooked Ghanaian food was amazing! 40

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What’s your best memory? We lived next to a university campus which had an outdoor swimming pool. That’s where we’d go to exercise, because it was far too hot to be running. After a couple of weeks, my host family realised we were doing this, and asked if themselves and their two boys could come with us. The boys had never been in a swimming pool before – they were terrified at first, but after a couple of weeks they were going for it! It made us feel like we were getting a lot from living with them, but we were having an impact too. Would you recommend the ICS experience? Without hesitation. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for people who don’t come from privilege and want to go out there and see how they can contribute to a local business, gain business skills in a new cultural environment and meet new friends.



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REMOVING THE FILTER Today it seems like we’re all obsessed with the latest healthy eating trends. As wellness bloggers fill our timelines with colourful food minus gluten, carbs or something else we’ve never really thought about before – how good is this for our bodies? We found out what is actually healthy for you when it comes to #cleaneating


he importance of healthy eating is drummed into our heads from day one with only a handful of snacks and a chocolate bar here and there – and snack shaming doesn’t wear off as you get older. Nowadays, we spend an unholy amount of time scrolling aimlessly through social media, and our feeds are being overwhelmed by the wellness blogger. Ah, the wellness blogger – posting filtered images of homemade ‘healthy’ lunches sans dairy, gluten, carbs and all the other good stuff. More and more people are falling under the wellness spell and removing items from their diet – thinking it will make them healthier. Since most wellness bloggers don’t actually have a nutritional or dietary background, is ditching the carbs good for us in the long run?


For those at an age where their bodies are still growing and developing, the importance of a healthy diet is paramount. The NHS (www.nhs. uk) has a host of information on height, weight, BMI and other words nobody is totally sure about – but what we can be sure of is that eating a variety of foods, and not overdoing fizzy drinks and sugary snacks, is important for a healthy diet. As more wellness bloggers pop up, it can be harder to decipher who is telling the truth when it comes to healthy eating. Growing confusion has led to three young professionals, training to become registered dieticians themselves, starting their own foodie blog, Fight The Fads ( – combating the misinformation that’s out there. Harriet Smith, one third of Fight The Fads, explains: “There has been an explosion of nutrition nonsense across social media. Even more 42


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worryingly, self-styled nutrition gurus are advocating extremely restrictive ‘clean eating’ programmes on Instagram.” This, according to Harriet, is making disordered eating and lack of certain nutrients a growing issue.


A key issue when it comes to wellness bloggers posting on social media accounts to thousands of followers is their lack of concrete knowledge and official accreditation. Fight The Fads, also made up of Elisabeth Cresta and Caroline Day, are working hard to make ‘nutritionist’ a legally protected title. “The advice [bloggers] give is unregulated and often plain wrong,” Harriet says. “We decided we wanted to use our knowledge to put the right nutritional information out there – and make the term ‘nutritionist’ a protected title to stop this conflicting, and sometimes dangerous, advice being taken as gospel.” Growing bodies need to have the right balance of fat, carbohydrates, fibre and more for development. Scrolling through social media to be greeted with avocados galore and health shakes as far as the eye can see, it can be hard to know who to go to for genuine advice on how to have the healthiest diet possible. When it comes to removing food products from your daily intake, SourceMagazine


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R ON HEALTHY EATING Harriet explains: “Unless you have a medically diagnosed allergy or intolerance, unnecessary elimination of whole food groups can put you at risk of many nutritional deficiencies. For people like coeliacs – who must avoid gluten – a registered dietician would work closely with them to recommend suitable dietary alternatives.”


With a generation of people following the advice and eating habits of bloggers, it is having an impact. In April of this year, the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) revealed in a survey that young adults are amongst the highest following social media-influenced eating. Harriet says: “NOS commented on the dangers that young people’s eating habits are having on their health – they found that the most common diet for under 25s was ‘clean eating’ and this was largely influenced by nutrition bloggers on social media.” Survey results revealed that one in 10 young adults have tried fashionable diets, following on from trends on social media, and one in five had restricted their intake of cheese and milk. Such eating trends can lead to health issues in later life, hence Fight The Fads’ passion to ensure those who are taking an interest in ‘advice’ from wellness bloggers gather legitimate information from qualified nutritionists first. Knowing what is right for your body and eating the correct levels of fats, sugars and carbs is important for maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Following the word of wellness bloggers could cause health issues, as cutting food products from your diet, unless medically advised, could do more harm than good. Social media is a wonderful, shiny mask on everyday life – so make sure to take what you see with a pinch of salt. And yes, it really is OK to put that on your chips… FIND OUT MORE about Fight The Fads, and get more information on the food that is healthy for you, at their website, @SourceMag

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Striking a balance Munching on your fourth Digestive (we’ve all been there) and pondering how to make your diet the healthiest it can be? Follow this handy guide from NHS Choices and enjoy your biscuit fix as part of a balanced diet.

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Hasn’t your mum told you this is the most important meal of the day? Granted, not everyone has the stomach to eat a big brekkie first thing in the morning, but fruit and yoghurt, cereal or toast can release nutrients until lunch (no rumbly bellies).

5 A Day

Chomp down on as much fruit and veg as you can. Fruit and veg are filled with all the good stuff your body needs. Struggling in class? Get some bananas down the hatchet, the best brain food about.

Snack Attack

Snacks are a great way to give you a boost throughout the day. As amazing as it is to have a packet of crisps and a can of juice after lunch, limit this to a couple of times a week and fill the rest with low fat and low sugar food and drink to keep you healthy.

Hydration Is Key

Keeping hydrated is very important for staying healthy and alert. It’s recommended you drink six to eight glasses of fluids per day (this doesn’t count for sugary drinks) – mix it up by adding in unsweetened diluting juice. NHS has all the information you need to stay healthy, with contacts for those looking for extra advice –

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STEP AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE! Hot hobbies for summer


eel like you’re spending too much time glued to your mobile? It’s time to pick up a new hobby that gets you away from your screen and out in the big, bad world. Trust us, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Luckily, there are plenty of pastimes that are perfect to take up over the summer break that’ll get you away from technology – and you’ll maybe even learn something new. Rebecca Brady rounds up some of the best activities to try out this summer


Anybody can try photography – and it isn’t always necessary to buy an expensive camera. With the right angle and lighting and a digital camera – or even a smartphone – anyone can take professional-looking photos. Whether it’s nature or fashion which tickles your fancy, summer is the perfect time to start snapping pictures because of the good weather. Make use of the long shadows and beautiful sunsets that don’t come at any other time of year.


If you want to get active, there are all sorts of classes going on at leisure centres that anyone can turn up to. But forget about cross-fit and military boot camps – it’s time to round up your mates and have fun! Classes like aqua-Zumba, hula-hooping and Bollywood dancing are gentle ways to keep fit and have a giggle at the same time. Why would you go to the gym when you could do this instead? The laughter alone will do wonders for your stomach muscles. 44

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Follow the trend and buy yourself an adult colouring book and some coloured pencils. The whole point of colouring in is that it’s a calm and peaceful activity. You might want to sit out in the garden and just relax if it’s warm, but if it rains you’ve got an indoor activity sorted. There are all sorts of themes and books full of elaborate designs – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Just what the doctor ordered after the chaos of exams.



Baking can be really relaxing and fun, as well as giving you something tasty to eat when you’re done. There are heaps of simple recipes flooding the internet so it’s easy to get started, even if you’ve never baked before. If it’s hot outside, why not try a simple homemade ice-cream recipe instead to avoid the heat of the kitchen and keep cool after?


Most beaches will offer some form of surfing lessons – even if it’s just a group class with 10-year-old kids who will undoubtedly outshine you. And, yes, even here in Scotland! Take a friend and give it a go – you might not be a natural but it will definitely be a fun day out. You can satisfy your dreams of living the Californian surfer lifestyle, even if you do have to wear a wetsuit in freezing cold Scottish waters.


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Declan McKenna It’s rare to meet someone at the age of 18 who has a back catalogue of songs based on hot topics circulating the news – including religion and politics. This rarity could be the reason behind the success of Declan McKenna’s modern protest songs. Set to release his debut album What About The Car? in July, we had a chat with Declan to see how his mind ticks


our first album is out soon – tell us a bit more about it. It’s coming out on 21 July and it’s really, really exciting. I’m really pumped; it’s been such a long time coming. I finished making it in November last year, so I’ve been sitting on it, doing all the mixing, making artwork, and just doing all that stuff. A new album means touring. What can we expect from a Declan McKenna live show? Lots of things! A lot of energy – I like to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible for people. I like to make sure everyone is having good fun because that’s the most important thing about going to see a live show. I like to just dance and enjoy myself as much as possible and that translates – if you’re enjoying yourself, then the crowd will enjoy themselves. It’s a summer of festivals for you too! Your first one was Glastonbury and now you’re there for your third year. Yeah, third time at Glastonbury. I’m really looking forward to doing it. Being able to do this so young is amazing, so I’m really, really excited. This year is hopefully going to be as special as the last two years have been. For someone of your age, your songs are already really powerful. Do you make a conscious effort to write about hard-hitting topics? I just write about what I write about. It depends – a lot of the time it can be 46

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political or social issues, if people want to call it that. Things that I’m passionate about, things I talk to my friends about – all that sort of stuff. It stems from all over the place. As your fan base grows, how much do you think social media has helped your career? I love social media. As someone who is 18, I feel I’ve been raised by it. People respond to you. It’s interesting the validation you can get from something that doesn’t really exist.

“I like to make sure everyone is having good fun – that’s the most important thing about a live show”

A general election has just been called – will you be using social media to get your fans voting? I think it’s important for me to try and get at least those who can vote in my fan base voting, Read because I think there is a more from our definite problem with young interview with people not getting their Declan now at votes in. We need to make www.source our voices heard. • Declan’s album What About The Car? is out 21 July




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