ISSUE 11 7 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2015
Better Than Bond ALSO INSIDE: FRESHERS’ FESTIVAL | THE LAFONTAINES | IAIN GLEN | THE ANTI CITY GUIDE
Contents. 12 FRESHERS' FEST 31 The biggest student party is back, and it’s fresher than ever! Get your suitcases at the ready for a whole lotta freebies.
We catch up with Scots rockers The LaFontaines, songbird Lucy Rose and ‘00s genuises OPM.
This is seriously dope: We talk to The Grand Budapest Hotel rising star Toni Revolori ahead of his upcoming film Dope.
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Fix-up, look sharp – you’re kicking off a new academic year! We have year-long budget wardrobes for you...
CAREERS 74 THE ANTI GUIDE
Your degree is for YOU and no-one else. We’re stressing the importance of studying what you love.
Throw that ‘Student Survival Guide’ away. Get stuck into our Anti Guide to uncover your city outside of the conventional.
Ensure happy bellies with our no muss, no fuss recipes. Pick up some tips from Scotland’s best Italian Chef.
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h summer. Endless weeks of freedom from studying filled to the brim with glorious sunshine. HOLD UP - apparently 2015 marks the start of the apocalypse due to the fact we’ve been through over 100 brollies and STILL have the heating on. At least we’ve Freshers’ week to heat things up. Whether you’re moving to a brand new city or know the one you’re in like the back of your hand, there’s no excuse not to check out this issue’s Anti Guide – it’s guaranteed to get you exploring outside of your normal haunts and discovering hidden gems. Freshers’ Week usually calls for a few mistakes too: spending all your student loan in week one, overdosing on that green shot you thought looked nice, falling asleep in a bath at a party… But you’ll get over all these, I promise. The same can’t be said if you’re that muppet who bypasses our annual Freshers’ Festival at Glasgow’s SECC, 23rd - 24th September missing infinite amounts of free food, drink and beyond. See you there! You’ll find me first in line at the Papa John's stall – no one gets between me and free pizza. Happiest of freshers to you,
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Measure. IT’S FRESHERS’ SEASON! TIME TO ACT LIKE AN ADULT, EMBRACE THE JOYS OF MIDWEEK £1 DRINKS AND MEET YOUR NEW BFFS
BEING AN ADULT
It’s not fair. Summer’s golden tan has transformed back to peely wally skin. It’s no longer acceptable to have ice cream for breakfast. And what’s more, if you see one more person upload 1000 photos to their Facebook holiday album, you’re going to destroy the internet. The silver lining? May as well just start the countdown to Christmas now.
Yup, the transition from looking around for an adult in stressful situations, to realising you are that adult, has happened. It’s also that time of year when you’re faced with a dreadful decision: choosing between getting enough sleep, good grades or a social life. You know you only get to choose two. Good luck.
FRIENDS! (SAID IN AN INBETWEENERS MOCK VOICE)
Freshers’ friends! It’s going to be no time at all until you meet your new BFFs and go skipping off into the sunset together (or more likely The Garage on Sauchiehall Street). And if you really like your new pals, we’ll be insulted if you don’t bring them to our Freshers’ Festival event in September.
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R AW I T E
INTERVIEW. BY CASSAM LOOCH
HENRY CAVILL 'H
e is the uber-professional. He knows exactly what he is doing in every scene. He came and actually ripped off the table-cloth from the table in that one scene. I mean, who does that?' asks The Man from U.N.C.L.E star Elizabeth Debicki.
Superman... that's who. Henry Cavill is best known for donning the red cape in the current cinematic Man of Steel series. He will be back in that role in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, but first he takes on another well-known role, that of C.I.A operative Napoleon Solo, in Guy Richie's reboot of the classic 1960s series Man from U.N.C.L.E.
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'I had not seen the series before,' Cavill tells us in his booming natural English accent. 'The approach was follow Guy's direction and try and build the character into the most interesting one we could. We were told to go and meet him, and then just hung out with him in his place in L.A.' The whole process of developing the film has been a protracted one. Different versions of WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
the film have been in development over the last decade or so, with the likes of George Clooney and Tom Cruise at one time being attached.
overwhelming threat of nuclear apocalypse, everyone decided to have fun instead. It wasn't dull or depressing, so it was a special decade.'
'I actually screen-tested for Illya at Warner Brothers, but then Armie [Hammer] got that role, so I was out.' Cavill states in a matter of fact way.
Henry also has a number of highlights of working with a filmmaker like Guy Richie.
Not many actors would be able to step straight into the shoes vacated by Mr Cruise. Cavill (who reportedly lost out on the James Bond role to Daniel Craig), however, wasn't about to let this one pass him by. 'Napoleon is the son of an Irish janitor from the U.S, but he went to England and fell in love with English high-society. Instead of just being British, he wants to be that but remain as American as possible. He wants to be different' says Cavill, who plays his character with a traditionally English straight bat in the action comedy. 'It's about storytelling. Look, you can choose to find a message in it or not. That's up to the audience. I can find a message in this coffee cup if I want. I think my parents didn't watch the series, but of course they are very proud still of all the roles [including Superman].' One of the key things in the series and the film is the relationship between Napoleon and his Russian counterpart Illya. Does Henry think a bromance could ever develop between the two? 'I don't think they will ever really be friends. They are so different. There is a partnership... it's like two boxers who hate each other because they are always fighting. There is a respect there, but they will never go out for a beer together. When Napoleon saves Illya it's more because he thinks 'it won't be cool for me to let him die... so I guess I should do something.' The films setting of the 1960s is one that Henry has admired from afar. 'The European view of the time is slightly different to the â€œFree Loveâ€? idea. What was great was despite the @SCOTCAMPUS
With Cavill contracted to another big Warner Bros. franchise, how much scope was there for him to do his own stunts? 'We did a bunch of them actually, well as much as insurance would allow us. If I break my wrist because I really want to do a jump in the rock crawler, then production stops for two months. That leaves a bunch of guys unable to pay their mortgages because I decide I want to be more macho than sensible. When they say you don't need to do this, you don't.' So what of the table cloth 'stunt' that so wowed his co-star? 'Most actors would be 'let's do that in post...' but Henry just came and did it.' Debicki says. 'He did it about eight times, and I think a glass might have wobbled once... but that's it'. Henry is quick to explain how he did the trick. 'I just learnt magic for this film. I am the next Harry Potter...'
'Then Tom Cruise, moved onto a different movie. He was originally going to be Napoleon Solo, and Guy must have thought those two will work really well together... so let's have Henry be Napoleon.'
'It's the environment and collaboration. We were having a lot of input and as an actor that makes you feel good because you know you are all on the same page. He has control and is the boss, but is always open to ideas.'
To read more from The Man from U.N.C.L.E villain Elizabeth Debicki, and her female co-star Alicia Vikander, visit Scotcampus.com
I just learnt magic for this film. I am the next Harry Potter... 9 FRONT
INTERVIEW. BY CASSAM LOOCH
ARMIE HAMMER P
laying a Russian hero, opposite the Man of Steel, seems like an impossible task. Then factor in that Armie Hammer, taking on the iconic role of Illya Kuryakin in the big screen remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E, is meant to be the physical superior of Henry Cavill. At 6'5", Armie is hardly likely to be intimidated. Standing side by side with Henry, The Social Network star looks formidable.
SO, DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY EXTRA PHYSICAL TRAINING TO PLAY THE ROLE? No. Itâ€™s the '60s and people weren't working out like we do now. They weren't worried about a six pack or how big the 'pecs' or the 'delts' are. If you were fit back then it meant you
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could do a couple of pull-ups and jog for a bit without dying. There wasn't any pressure to get in ripped shape. It was more us wanting to be ready for the months and months of filming. I knew Guy would also do things with the camera to make me look tougher and stronger than I am. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES IN WORKING ON A RUSSIAN CHARACTER FOR YOU AS AN AMERICAN?
Twitter, or blogs... but back then, you knew about global conflicts because they were right there.
The process of developing Illya was actually a lot of fun. It involved a lot of history for me, being an American and living in America, from the '60s onto the late '80s, any Russian represented on screen was always the villain. Similar to a stereotypical “Boris” or “Natasha”, saying “I am evil hahaha [in an over the top Russian accent]”. Most of the time, it wasn't even a Russian playing them! Dolph Lungdren did it and so did Arnold Schwarzenegger one time.
You had nuclear drills at school... it was a scary time but also a fun time. A bunch of people worrying about Cuba and on the other side a bunch of people taking LSD and listening to Jimi Hendrix.
HOW RELEVANT IS A FILM ABOUT THE COLD WAR NOW, GIVEN THE CHANGES IN RECENT YEARS? The global threat hasn't gone away. It hasn't changed. It hasn't stopped since Gary Powers. It’s not The Cold War and it’s certainly not the nuclear holocaust that we're worried about, but it is the hot word of “terrorism”. It's people. And they're always going to fight with people who think differently to the way they do because they always think they are right. It's always something. DOES A FILM LIKE THIS SHOW THE POSITIVE SIDE OF COLLABORATION AND POSITIVE SIDE OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION? It certainly shows two different sides. We may think the other is completely insane, but maybe not that wrong...The characters are bordering on a mutual respect. It's getting there. Thinking back to the era, it was a heck of a time. It was the beginning of the change in race relations in the US. A huge time in personal growth. A time for questioning authority. The flip-side is that you are coming out of the Korean War. The Cuban Missile Crisis. It also seemed like a tough time. Now we know what we know through @SCOTCAMPUS
What I got to do was as a Soviet agent, I had to look at Henry [Cavill] as an alien. As the most foreign thing ever. He doesn't care about his country. He thinks about himself. He lies. He is sneaky. All the things I was taught as an American and then look at it from the other perspective. It was a lot of fun and gave me a new take on geo-politics.
Now we know what we know through Twitter, or blogs... but back then, you knew about global conflicts because they were right there.
SO WHAT WERE THE FUN PARTS OF MAKING THE MOVIE? Working on a Guy Richie film. It was a great cast and we were given a lot of creative freedom and a lot of responsibility with the character. I don't think my parents ever watched it. They got their excitement out of the way [when I played Lone Ranger], now it's blasé, “Oh you're in another thing?” Armie and Henry recenly attended Guy Richie’s wedding. We're not sure what Hammer bought his director, bit his co-star Alicia Vikander did reveal that the actor taught Guy the banjo offscreen. Now part of Richie's inner circle, which includes the likes of David Beckham, Robert Downey Jr. and Henry Cavill, it looks like it might finally be Hammer time. You can watch The Man from U.N.C.L.E trailer and read interviews with female stars Elizabeth Debicki and Alicia Vikander at Scotcampus.com.
23rd-24th September 2015 Glasgow SECC, 11AM-5PM Introducing: The Stars of the Show
he countdown to the biggest student party is ON. You turned up in your thousands in 2014 and did us proud by stripping the SECC bare of every freebie in sight. We’re not sure if we could pick just one highlight: from the Inbetweeners car and MacBook Pro prize giveaways to mountains of free pizza and “great” karaoke renditions, we’re still recovering from all the excitement. Since then, we’ve been busy behind the scenes getting prepped for a noisier and bigger year! Free for all students, get set to experience two days crammed full of fantastic freebies, employment info, delectable discounts and huge prize giveaways from clubs, bars, restaurants, retail, gaming, and music. You’ll also catch main stage entertainment throughout including one helluva fashion show. In essence, it’s the ultimate chance to kick-off a new academic year in style. You might even spot one of the Scotcampus team attempting karaoke… We’re also delighted to announce the launch of our very first entrepreneur hub, where you’ll get to meet Scotland’s most innovative student start-ups, as well as expert business minds, so you can pick their brains for tips and advice if you have grand plans of your own. Hold up, there’s more! We’ve invited the biggest names in Scotland’s thriving blogosphere to attend our blogger base, where you’ll get the chance to meet your favourite food, music, lifestyle, fashion and tech bloggers. Discover just how they got to where they are now ask any questions to find out how you too could make your blog the next big thing. Now it’s over to your exhibitors - see you on the big day! Don’t miss out of the chatter and join in the bants over on Twitter @FreshersFest and on our website Freshersfestival.co.uk
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O2 ABC O2 ABC is the biggest and best gig venue in Glasgow, running an eclectic mix of concert and club events. Spread over four floors and with two live music venues and multiple bars, this is the ideal spot for a student club night or gig. O2abcglasgow.co.uk
BREAD & BUTTER
A simple slice of pleasure in the heart of Glasgow's city centre, located just seconds from Buchanan Street. We are the home of the £5 meal deal! Choose from a selection of home-cooked options with a soft drink or enjoy cracking deals on our freshly baked pizza. We’re also serving up delicious cocktails & drinks promos. It’s all about great quality at a good price, with live DJs every weekend until 3am.
Now in its 25th year, Cathouse has evolved with the times, not only being known for its rock, punk & emo, it now has dance music being played in the Jagerbar every weekend. Unafraid to embrace some genres you might not expect in a traditional rock club, you’ll be guaranteed a mix of tunes throughout the three rooms.
Watch Unlimited movies and enjoy huge discounts at Glasgow restaurants from just £16.90 a month! Your movie needs are covered across our four sites: Renfrew Street, Parkhead, Silverburn and IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre. Experience the tallest cinema in the world, Scotland’s largest screen and Superscreen!
CITY PARKING Providing parking and related services in a professional manner, tailored to the individual needs of our customers and commercial partners. The leading parking provider in Glasgow - with 17 car parks around the city!
Colours is Scotland's longest running dance promoter bringing the world's best DJs to Scotland's best venues. From Armin van Burren to Zedd, we’ve got your weekends covered. Whether you love house, trance, EDM or everything else in between, you can count on Colours to give you an amazing night out.
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Your student years should be some of your most exciting and memorable and where you live can make a big difference. That’s why CRM Students offer a range of high quality student accommodation in prime locations. We offer you a place to live, study and relax – a place to be you.
Cycling Scotland is the nation’s cycling organisation. Working with others, we help create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone in Scotland can cycle easily and safely. Later this year is the launch of our Cycle Friendly Campus Award recognising campuses that support cycling for students and staff.
Is a fermented alcoholic beverage fortified with Schnapps, containing high levels of caffeine (35mg per 100ml), blended with taurine, guarana at 8% abv. Available in six flavours such as Red Kola, Blue Raspberry, and Cherry Vanilla. Always drink in moderation. Not suitable for persons sensitive to caffeine.
FOOD STANDARDS SCOTLAND
EURO HOSTEL Euro Hostel offers budget en suite rooms for everyone depending on availability, with beds from £10.00, private rooms from £20.00 and incredible new VIP suites at £13.00 p/p. Located just minutes from the city centre - ideal for shopping, music and nightlife. See you at the festival! Euro-hostels.co.uk
Real Music. Hard Liquor. The city has changed, though our mantra remains. Established at the turn of the century, Firewater Glasgow has long served this great city and we shall continue to do so for generations to come. Now it’s your turn! Facebook.com/ firewaterglasgowofficial
We welcome students to our new and interactive stand at the Freshers' Festival in Glasgow. Find out how to store food in the fridge by challenging yourself on the FSS fridge game, and learn about food safety and healthy eating. We hope to see you there! Foodstandards.gov.scot
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We are a fully licensed purpose built, custom tattoo & piercing parlour set in the heart of Glasgow. We have four resident artists and cool guest artists from all over the world! We can take bookings and have walk in availability most days. Bring your ideas to the studio for a chat!
A brand new student experience; Paint the Town brings a burst of colour to student life in Scotland! We've teamed up with some of the best bars, nightclubs, restaurants, cinemas and more to bring you amazing student deals all year round right across Scotland.
One of Glasgowâ€™s longest standing clubs, The Garage is an institution! The venue has simply been the home of the student for 21 years. Open 365 days of the year, we welcome everyone into our club to take advantage of the cheap prices, big events, and guarantee a good night!
GLASGOW & STRATHCLYDE UNIVERSITIES OFFICER TRAINING CORPS
Geek retreat is a real life and virtual shop, cafĂŠ, hangout and community. It has all your comic, geek and tasty snack needs. We hold gaming events, quiz nights, movie screenings, and more. Located 63 Union Street in Glasgow City Centre.
Learn leadership skills, have fun and get paid! Glasgow and Strathclyde UOTC offers selected students and potential officers for the Army Reserve the chance to develop their leadership potential through military and adventurous training, with the twin purpose of promoting regular or reserve service with the Army.
With a fleet of over 800 taxis, Glasgow Taxis Ltd is the largest supplier of licensed taxis in the UK outside of London, providing transport services 24/7. All taxis, with fully PVG checked drivers, are wheelchair accessible and can be booked by phone on 0141 429 7070, text, online or via booking app.
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HAPPY BUS Established in 1996, nearly 20 years running buses and coaches to the best music events in the UK. Indulge yourself with Wickerman Festival, T in the Park, Rewind 80s', Groove Loch Ness, Download Festival, Creamfields plus a whole host of shows at Glasgow SSE Hydro including Madonna, U2 and One Direction.
HOME Fundraising - Change the world and get paid for it! Since 2002 we've raised £500m for charities. We're really proud of that journey and all the HOME fundraisers who've made it happen. If you want to play a part in our collective story, we'd love to hear from you.
INFERTILITY SCOTLAND Look to the Future! Are you aware we could all be facing problems with our future fertility? Let us help you to become more aware and to identify some of those risk factors that could affect you in later life. Visit our stand and follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Infertilitynetworkscotland.com
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IKEA Glasgow is looking forward to a fun day out at the Freshers’ Festival, where we can get to meet our Co Workers and Leaders of the future. Come and chat to us, be yourself and find out about the wide career opportunities IKEA has to offer globally. It’s more than just a blue box. Ikea.com/gb/en/store/glasgow
LAMBRINI KEGLEVICH Keglevich brings the Italian Riviera to Glasgow this Freshers’ Fest. Kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes, sample the refreshing taste of Keglevich. Slurp a cocktail from a beach bucket, try a Kegibomb or cool down with an ice slushy. Keglevich is the epitome of Vodka Remixed.
Lambrini is a range of refreshing, slightly sparkling Perrys and Fruit Wines. Available in a range of flavours, including: Strawberry, Cherry, Peach and Original, Lambrini is perfect for every occasion. Whether it’s to celebrate a (rare) sunny weekend away or to share stories about fashion fails, when you need to chat to the girls, don’t forget to #BringtheBrini!
LIGHT Situated under Royal Exchange Square's twinkling lights, Light Glasgow sparks a fresh nightlife experience in Glasgow's thriving scene. Light boasts three rooms all promising thumping tunes; listen to funky house or throw some shapes to the latest chart music. Mark Thursday nights in your diary for its epic student night, where you and your friends can book a booth package to enjoy a stylish night out in the city with a difference.
LITTLE BIG SHOT Little Big Shot is the awardwinning natural vitality energy brand that is rapidly carving out significant market share and attracting industry attention as the world's first healthy, caffeine-free energy drink. Packed with energyboosting berries, B vitamins, ginseng, trace elements and deep ocean minerals, Little Big Shot makes for one irresistible drink.
MOD Police is a civilian police force operating nationally at MOD establishments. Its officers perform a range of policing and security tasks, particularly armed policing. We are recruiting and training several hundred new officers over the next three years, based near Reading, Portsmouth, or on the Clyde in Scotland.
NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR OF SCOTLAND
OPEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
National Youth Choir of Scotland is an outstanding choir for young people aged 16–25, which is looking for new singers. Formed in 1996, the choir has performed at highprofile events across the UK and internationally, including Edinburgh International Festival, 2014 Commonwealth Games, MTV Europe Music Awards and BBC Proms.
Recover from a long day of
studying (or a big night out!) in front of the latest releases at ODEON. Tickets start from £5.95, so share a laugh, cry or cuddle with your buddies and let the good times roll. Visit your local cinema website or ask staff for details. Odeon.co.uk
Our Open University Students Association volunteers are looking forward to meeting you! They have many years’ experience and will happily answer your questions, particularly if you are learning from a distance, or will point you in the right direction to find help and support. Open.ac.uk/ousa
PAPA JOHN’S As the third largest pizza delivery chain in the world, Papa John’s provides great service, affordable prices and delicious American pizza. With mouth-watering sides including BBQ ribs, garlic cheese sticks and cheesy jalapeno bites and refreshing drinks, Papa John’s is the perfect nourishment for student life. Papajohns.co.uk
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PINTO MEXICAN KITCHEN
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Paradise for students! Adventure Golf is the ultimate activity. We're open late, seven days at our sites: Soar at intu Braehead, Glasgow and Livingston Designer Outlet, Livingston. Remember, it’s not the taking part that counts, it’s the WINNING!
Scotland's No.1 burrito bar, growing fast throughout the central belt. We promise fresh, healthy and exciting street food - quick and easy to order too, so fill your boots (or Tortilla)! Stimulate your taste buds, and join us on our quest for healthy, affordable, Mexican street food. We think we’ve found it, but don’t take our word for it, come and try it for yourself!
The UK's leading undergraduate website for helping students find their dream placement or internship. Read more than 35,000 reviews written by students and browse through hundreds of job opportunities from the likes of PwC, Warner Bros., Linklaters and Barclays. Check out our expert advice and industry zones too!
PARADISE ISLAND ADVENTURE GOLF
SAINT JUDES RELENTLESS ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE Freshers’ Festival Main Stage sponsors, Relentless champions passion, commitment and dedication. It’s renowned for its activities in the music space, and is one of the top selling energy drinks in the UK, boasting delicious flavours including: Apple and Kiwi, Cherry, Orange Crush and Lemon Ice.
As a member of the Royal Naval Reserve you could be giving vital logistical support to ship crews, sending detailed signal information to merchant shipping, or planning the landing of an amphibious task group. Visit HMS Dalriada at Freshers’ Festival to find out more.
The newly refurbished townhouse located in the heart of Glasgow's City Centre is set to re-launch on August 21st, creating a fresh and welcoming new space for eating, drinking and meeting, over four floors. From our top floor Penthouse to our luxurious nightclub ‘Lola's’ in the basement, we look to bring something unique to Glasgow nightlife.
SCOTTISH INSTITUTE FOR ENTERPRISE Working nationally to promote and support enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s students. We provide free oneto-one business advice, workshops and business competitions through our national team of SIE student interns and dedicated advisors. Sie.ac.uk @SCOTCAMPUS
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THE COUNTING HOUSE
If you're studying at one of Glasgow's many Universities and Colleges, then the Glasgow Subway is the perfect way to get to and from campus. We're within a ten minute walk from Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde and less than five minutes to Glasgow University. Travel from as little as £1.40 a day with a Smartcard!
Fantastic shopping in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre. With stores including: H&M, Topshop, Hotel Chocolat and Superdry spread across its two levels, packed with student discounts, St. Enoch is your first stop for shopping ‘til you drop in the big city.
As part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, situated on Glasgow’s iconic George square, The Counting House provides filling and delicious food and great beer at reasonable prices, catering to all student budgets. Its busy yet relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place for a drink and some grub.
THE RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP SCOTLAND
We are the largest provider of social care services in Scotland, providing personalised, community based services, supporting people who may have mental health difficulties, learning disabilities or autism; others may have dementia, alcohol or drug issues. We are motivated by the needs of individuals and communities, not profit
Tiger is a globally recognised
Vaporized is Scotland’s largest
brand with 471 stores across 26 e-cigarette and vaping retailer, with over 20 stores across the countries worldwide. Offering stylish products in a bright quirky environment, you will be amazed at the value for money with hundreds of items costing no more than a pound.
country. Whether you’re an
expert vaper or looking to make the switch from traditional cigarettes, we offer friendly, expert advice and a wide range of equipment and e-liquids. Vaporized.co.uk
WEBHELP Webhelp is one of the UK’s leading customer experience innovators, providing outsourced customer management services across a range of digital, social and voice channels. We need people with personality and who have what it takes to master the art of effective communication. If you want to work in a fun, vibrant workplace, with great rewards and progression, you’ll find plenty of opportunities here. Webhelp.com/uk
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IT TAKES A SURPRISINGLY LONG TIME TO MAKE A FANCY RESTAURANT LOOK THIS MESSY… THE SWISH HUTCHESONS BAR AND BRASSERIE ON INGRAM STREET WAS OUR FIRST STOP.
Photoshoot: Behind The Scenes
e’ve been busy bees these last two months, and not just because we’ve been putting this frankly awesome magazine together. Preparations for the 2015 Freshers’ Festival are well underway, and a big part of this year’s event is our geek chic branding. It was no mean feat getting these bonkers ideas past the suits upstairs (actually it was fine, they’re not as up-tight as they look), and once it got the green light we couldn’t wait to get the cameras rolling. We also couldn’t resist taking a few sneaky snaps to share…
… AND EVEN LONGER TO MAKE A MAN LIKE OUR HANDSOME MODEL RYAN LOOK LIKE THE EPITOME OF URBANE COOL THAT YOU SEE IN OUR POSTERS. AND ALSO, WELL…
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… LIKE EVERYONE’S DREAM DATE. FUN FACT: HE AUDITIONED FOR A ROLE IN DISNEY’S LADY & THE TRAMP. APPARENTLY HE DIDN’T GET THE PART BECAUSE THE LEADING LADY WAS A BITCH. SORRY. NOT SORRY. CAN YOU GUESS WHERE OUR SECOND LOCATION WAS? WE WERE PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT IN ONE OF GLASGOW’S TOP BARS, THE QUIRKY FLAT 0/1 ON BATH STREET, AND MODEL LUCY QUICKLY SETTLED IN.
WE’RE STILL NOT SURE HE QUITE GOT THE HANG OF IT, BUT WE’RE MORE THAN HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS, AND WE HOPE THEY’VE GOT YOU AS EXCITED FOR #FRESHERSFEST AS WE ARE!
MEANWHILE THE SHOOT’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR LOUISE WAS ALL ABOUT HANDSON MANAGEMENT, WHICH INCLUDED TEACHING THE TWIST TO ONE OF OUR MODELS. @SCOTCAMPUS
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FRESHERS' FESTIVAL PRESENTS: SCOTLAND'S FINEST BLOGGERS
e’re delighted to welcome Scotland’s most influential bloggers to this year's festival! You’ll get the chance to meet the country’s top influencers, have some banter and soak up the best writing and blogging tips as each of our guests talks about their blogging experiences, as well as answering your burning questions. Whether your forte is fashion, beauty, lifestyle, music, food or tech – we’ve got you covered.
THE FOOTBALL LIFE SEPTEMBER 23RD 2PM Run by Richard Wilson since 2011, the blog has a particular focus on Scottish football, although covers cycling, horse racing and politics too. Richard grew up on a farm in Dumfries and Galloway. Aside from writing, he is interested in American history and probably has more pets than you. Thefootballlife.co.uk
RAVE CHILD SEPTEMBER 23RD 3PM LITTLE BLOG OF HORRORS SEPTEMBER 23RD 12PM Ayden blogs about daily life, writing about her dreams and aspirations, as well as tattoos, make up, fashion and travelling. Her writing is personable and endearing and includes some great beauty and fashion advice.
With an emphasis on Scottish music and Glasgow listings, Rave Child raves about music on a regular basis, bringing readers gig reviews, album reviews with a witty tone and a recognisable voice. It’s the go-to blog for discovering Scottish music and the faces behind it. Ravechild.co.uk
SCOTTISH FICTION SEPTEMBER 23RD 1PM
MISS WEST END GIRL SEPTEMBER 23RD 4PM
An Idlewild reference, Scottish Fiction is one man's attempt to promote, discover, and introduce new (and old) music. Music news and reviews can also be heard via the means of community radio, on Pulse 98.4 FM.
Deemed as ‘Glasgow’s Survival Guide’, Miss West End Girl focuses on life in Glasgow, gleaned with vintage dresses, books and shoes. As a fashion and lifestyle blog, Lynsay’s writing encapsulates the quirky and the sophisticated qualities of living and loving Glasgow life.
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PODCART SEPTEMBER 24TH 11AM
COLOURS AND CAROUSELS SEPTEMBER 24TH 2PM
Podcart is a Scottish based music blog producing weekly podcasts showcasing the best in grass roots and unsigned artists not only from Scotland, but around the world. No matter what style, what size or how established, Podcart believes artists deserve a platform to showcase their work.
A lifestyle, fashion & beauty blog brought to you by Charlotte; a sarcastic wee Scottish lass hailing from the outskirts of Glasgow, with a love for food, felines & Hugh Laurie. Charlotte blogs from a student perspective and talks everything make-up and fashion, as well as thoughts and tips on blogging.
HOUSE OF HERBY SEPTEMBER 24TH 12PM
ROOKIE OVEN SEPTEMBER 24TH 3PM
A self-confessed herb lover and seasoning enthusiast, House of Herby brings readers the best of Scotland’s culinary landscape with a passionate and relatable tone that is encouraging for eaters and recipe makers. Exploring Scotland’s food and produce, this is the perfect blog for igniting your appetite.
Rookie Oven believes Glasgow has the potential to produce world-class technology companies. As Glasgow is a fantastic place to establish and grow the tech industry, the blog discusses projects, goals and products to see more successful tech start-ups emerge from Glasgow.
ANANYAH SEPTEMBER 24TH 1PM
LAST YEAR’S GIRL SEPTEMBER 24TH 4PM
Infrastructure Test Analyst by day, blogger by night. Michelle’s passion for food and cooking extends beyond her native Glasgow home. Having grown up Singapore, her knowledge of food and culinary excellence is demonstrated in her writing. Ananyah is an ideal food and drink blog for great tips, reviews and recipes
Hailing from Glasgow, feminist and Springsteenlover Lisa Marie blogs about everything from fashion to music to food to general lifestyle tips. Writing witty, innovative and easy to read content, Lisa has been a successful blogger and writer for a number of years, showcasing an eclectic mix of writing full of childhood experiences and anecdotes.
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Main Stage At
Freshers' Festival. A
variety of fantastic acts are once again set to take the spotlight at Freshers’ Fest and put on one heck of a show on the Relentless Main Stage!
Among the bustling hub of exhibitors, you’re going to want to make sure you swing by the Main Stage this year to catch the harmony of live music and entertainment taking pride of place in the line-up. Here’s just a taster of some of the acts we’ve got in store: DJS Throw some shapes along to thumping tunes as Scotland’s best club DJs get mixing. FASHION SHOW Eye up your wardrobe for the academic year ahead as we showcase this season’s best look from your favourite high street brands. CAMPUS KARAOKE Start practicing a big number in preparation for your moment. We’ll be cheering you on. Campus hoodies and food vouchers to be won! RAP BATTLES Rap gods assemble to witness some serious rap throw downs. Who will come out on top? Check it.
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NATALIE PRASS ELECTRIC CIRCUS 2ND SEPTEMBER The Cleveland-born singersongwriter broke into the music scene with her selftitled debut album released earlier this year. Get ready to be swept off your feet by her golden voice and carefree charm.
he festival season is slowly coming to an end, but fear not: we have future musical moments at the ready! Curb your music cravings and cure your festival hangover with this month’s ear food.
Tickets from £14, available at Ticketweb.co.uk
RICHARD THOMPSON THE QUEEN’S HALL 5TH SEPTEMBER Nominated as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top guitarist of all time, Richard Thompson comes to Edinburgh to blow our minds with his guitar and folky acoustic sounds. Get your tickets, put your boots on and dance the night away!
PAOLO NUTINI/GRACE JONES BELLAHOUSTON PARK, GLASGOW, 29TH AUGUST The Scottish/Italian folk singer-songwriter has rocked the UK’s music scene since his 2006 debut These Streets, which immediately topped the charts. The rest has went down in Scottish history. Make sure to book in advance, he’s a catchy one!
Tickets from £27.50, available at Ticketmaster.co.uk
Tickets from £45, available at Seetickets.com
ALVVAYS ORAN MOR 9TH SEPTEMBER
CHRIS YOUNG O2 ABC 16TH SEPTEMBER
Up for something new, something indie and something rock? The Canadian Alvvays released their debut album in 2014, almost instantly topping the US college charts. A gig at the Oran Mor always promises a fun night – and check out that attractive price tag!
Get ready for a jazzy night and some saxy sounds with Chris Young, the Birminghambased musician. His UK tour is compulsory for all jazz enthusiasts. Get some wine, relax and enjoy! Tickets from £15, available at Gigantic.com
Tickets from £12, available at Ticketmaster.co.uk @SCOTCAMPUS
ONE TO WATCH: THE GLASGOW BLUES AND SOUL ALLIANCE BY ESZTER JOKAY
omprised of Glasgow uni staff and students, this 12-piece has swept through Glasgow’s music scene since their first gig in May 2014. I caught up with lead singer Chris, drummer Anselm and vocalist Nadia to chat about how it all began. HOW DID THE BAND GET STARTED? Chris: I moved up to Glasgow about three years ago. When I got here, I was thinking that there must be a blues band in the West End that does the classics, but properly with all the instruments, and there wasn’t: so we decided to create one! We advertised and held auditions. And the rest is history. WAS YOUR INTENTION TO HAVE A CAMPUS-BASED BAND? Chris: Yeah, the idea was to have a University of Glasgow-based band. Loosely though, any connection to the university, people who work here, students, alumni. It’s not to be strict about it, just to make sure that we are connected to the university. Anselm: The fact that we’re a Glasgow University staff and student band is very unique. On a personal level, it’s been a huge journey, getting to know the students. During the first weeks there was a student in my lecture who was actually looking for a band and joined us. That for me epitomises the barriers that exist between staff and students, which we managed to tear down.
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YOU SAY YOU’RE BLUES AND SOUL, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? Chris: We’re a band that likes to do the Blues and Soul classics and then likes to throw in some more sort of contemporary, upbeat, funk stuff as well. So we’ve got that kind of broad base of blues and soul and on top of that we introduce more exciting aspects to the musical agenda. Nadia: The band is so diverse. Everybody likes their own kind of music, we’ve all been suggesting songs and that’s how it’s become such a mix. They’re all songs that people can easily sing along to. HOW IMPORTANT HAS THE GLASGOW MUSIC SCENE BEEN TO YOU? Anselm: There’s a fantastic culture of live music here. I gigged a lot in Germany and sometimes it was quite difficult to actually get an audience. Not in Glasgow. People just come naturally, we’ve always had very good audiences and even before people actually knew us. It’s very positive and easy to play in. WHAT’RE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? Nadia: I think we've got to a stage where we have a really good base, we all know each other well enough to know what our strengths are. We started having our own versions of the songs instead of just producing them and we want to broaden that repertoire. We’ll hopefully be playing at Glasgow Uni’s Freshers' Ball in the QMU with other gigs lining up for this academic year coming. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
INTERVIEW: LUCY ROSE
BY FLORAIDH CLEMENT
rom recording in her parents’ living room to performing at the UK’s biggest festivals, Lucy Rose has earned her star status with her inventive, playful pop-folk sound, earning her legions of fans and a spot in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Scotcampus was lucky enough to grab a chat with Lucy days after her album release and hours before her debut in the King Tut’s tent at T in the Park. Here she talks T, Taylor Swift and uh, actual tea… YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY A GIGGING PRO AT THIS POINT, BUT DO YOU STILL GET NERVOUS BEFORE PERFORMING? Yeah, definitely, but since we’re on so early [at T in the Park] I’ve just got to try and not get nervous and have as much fun as possible. But yeah, I’ll be a bit anxious. NO WONDER. YESTERDAY YOU PERFORMED AN AWESOME VERSION OF TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘BAD BLOOD’ IN THE BBC RADIO 1 LIVE LOUNGE, WOULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A SWIFTY? [after initial confusion on what a ‘Swifty’ is] Big fan, yeah absolutely, I love Taylor Swift! AND CONGRATS ON THE ALBUM RELEASE! HOW HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN SO FAR? So far, really good! People have sent such nice
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messages and have sort of, I think, fallen in love with the first record so I was kind of worried on how they’d feel about it. But those people have come through and been like “yes this is, maybe, better!” YOU’RE KICKING OFF A STRING OF FESTIVAL APPEARANCES TONIGHT IN THE KING TUT’S TENT. HOW TO YOU FIND FESTIVAL CROWDS DIFFER TO THOSE FROM HEADLINE SHOWS? Sometimes festival crowds are just more vocal, they’re more “up for it”. They’re not thinking about what they have to do tonight when they get in, or what time their job starts in the morning. I think at festivals, everyone just lets loose a bit. But at the same time, at headline shows they’re really attentive, which sometimes I kind of miss at a festival. So I won’t play any slow songs at a festival just so I don’t lose anyone’s attention. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
HOW ABOUT SCOTTISH AUDIENCES IN PARTICULAR COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE UK…? I think they chant a bit more – in a good way! YOU RELEASED THE INTERACTIVE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘TIL THE END’ [LUCY PLAYS ALL THE INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENT PARTS AND VIEWERS ARE ABLE TO CLICK THROUGH EACH OF THE SCENES TO DISPLAY A VIEW OF THEIR OWN CHOOSING]. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RELEASE THE VIDEO IN THIS FORMAT? It’s something I’ve never done before. The song was going to come out but we hadn’t done a video yet, so we were trying to think of something that would cost nothing to film but would be quite interesting to watch. So yeah, we just filmed it all, the guy had a camera and it didn’t cost anything. I thought I’d just make the most of my label and what they’re capable of on what makes an interesting video. YOU’VE MENTIONED YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ABOUT UNFAIR GENDER TREATMENT WITHIN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN THE PAST, DO YOU THINK THERE ARE ANY OTHER ISSUES WITH THE WAY WOMEN ARE TREATED IN MUSIC GENERALLY? The one thing that gets me down a bit is when the lazy comparisons are made. Sometimes in the industry the thing with gender is that if there are a few girls with guitars, they’ll just assume that they’re making the same music, which is
not the case. There can be two girls with guitars making completely different styles of music, but because we’re girls sometimes people just assume it’ll be similar. And that can be just a bit frustrating. WOULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A FEMINIST? Oh absolutely, yeah. Of course. WHICH OTHER ARTISTS ARE YOU LOVING AT THE MOMENT? There’s this girl called Annie Eve who I love, she’s amazing. I love Everything Everything, Wolf Alice is awesome…yeah, those people! YOU GIVE OUT YOUR OWN BLEND TEA INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL MERCHANDISE AT THE END OF GIGS, WHICH IS COOL. HOW DID YOU LEARN TO BLEND YOUR OWN TEA? It’s just like an old tradition to sell it, I did it right at the beginning when I didn’t have any CDs or merchandise. People were coming to the show wanting something, so I made this blend of tea just for a bit of a laugh. And now people kind of dig it… SO WE’RE AT T, YOU MAKE YOUR OWN TEA. WE HAVE TO ASK: HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR TEA? No sugar obviously – you can’t even taste the tea when there’s sugar in there. And quite a lot of milk. Strong but milky.
BY KYM BALLANTYNE
VERYONE remembers the lazy strains of ‘Heaven Is a Halfpipe’. Even if you had no clue what you were so lustily singing about back in the summer of 2000, the anthem was probably engrained in your psyche. I caught up with OPM frontman John to talk about their signature amalgamation of hip hop and reggae and how OPM aren't really back - they never left. HI JOHN! THANKS FOR SPEAKING TO ME TODAY.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT TOURING?
Not at all, great to meet you, love the accent by the way.
The shows, man. I mean, sometimes everything else about touring can really suck. But getting to go live each night and play, that makes up for everything, it's why we do what we do.
HA, THIS IS ACTUALLY THE BBC VERSION OF MY ACCENT. HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND ME! A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN OUT OF ACTION SINCE ‘HEAVEN IS A HALFPIPE’, BUT THAT ISN'T ACTUALLY THE CASE IS IT? It's not the case at all. Back then, we were signed to a major label, the hype was real. But as time went on, and we signed with a more independent label, it became harder to be big time you know? It's tough getting attention in this business. But yeah...making music has been more or less consistent with us over the years. TELL ME ABOUT THE EP, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ITS SOUND? As with all of our records, we try really hard to not have it sound the same the whole way through. The whole concept of our music is designed around what we would want to listen to ourselves. We want to make the records that you can just throw on at a party or a barbecue, you don't have to worry about changing it, there’s something in there for everyone. I hope we did that with this record.
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WHICH ARTISTS INSPIRE YOU GUYS? I would have to go with Sublime. When I was younger, I was exposed to bands such as The Clash and The Police, which were basically punk and pop-rock bands experimenting with reggae. I was intrigued by it, these non-Jamaicans putting their spin on it, but when Sublime came out, that changed everything for me. Here was a guy who lived near me in Southern California, was from a similar background, and I just thought I wanna do that too. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BUDDING ARTISTS? If you aren't passionate about it, don't do it. Don't do it for the money, for the girls, the attention, because it doesn't work like that. There will be disappointments and tough times. This business is as hard as people say, the hills and valleys are steep, and unless your intentions are pure, it will gobble you up for sure. Keep it about the music. The Minge Dynasty will be released September 25th. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
Having A INTERVIEW: THE LAFONTAINES
BY MICHAEL EDWARDS
cottish music mavericks The LaFontaines are refreshingly hard to label, so when we got the opportunity to chat with bassist and vocalist John Gerard to find out more about their antics, we jumped at the chance. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND? We've never had an easy time describing the sound, it's the end result of five very different individual tastes. We throw in a little bit of everything, it would be a shame to limit ourselves to one defined sound. Music to party/ riot to. HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR BACKGROUND TO YOUR MUSIC? I'm actually the odd one out - the band have always been associated with Motherwell but I was born and raised in Clydebank! They're both just as rough as each other - you wouldn't feel safe walking your pet tiger through some of the schemes. The experiences we've had growing up in these places have definitely moulded us and influenced the music. DO YOU THINK THE MUSIC SCENE IN SCOTLAND IS CHANGING? I wouldn't say the music scene in Scotland is changing in terms of taste (any more than anywhere else in the UK is), however, it definitely feels like it's growing. There is a wealth of talent coming from every genre and a lot of names getting attention on an international scale.
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HOW IMPORTANT IS THE LIVE MUSIC SCENE TO YOU?
It's fundamental to our existence, anyone who has ever been on the fence or hesitant to get into our music has been won over after seeing us perform live. We're relatively new to the whole 'studio recording' thing, playing together for years has been just as influential to our sound as growing up in Motherwell (and Clydebank). WHAT'S THE WRITING/RECORDING PROCESS LIKE FOR YOU? We all do our own thing initially then bring them together in the rehearsal studio. Sometimes it all comes together within half an hour, other times songs will take weeks to take shape, but it's worth the wait. WE SAW YOU RAN INTO A BIT OF TROUBLE IN MOROCCO (THE BAND ENDED UP IN A MOROCCAN CELL FOR FOUR HOURS AFTER FILMING THEIR NEW VIDEO WITHOUT A PERMIT), CAN YOU TELL US THE STORY BEHIND YOUR VIDEO? Initially Kerr [lead vocalist] was going to be the only one in the video for ‘King’. However, once we heard how cheap the flights were we decided to take a holiday together! We just didn't think we'd end up getting chased by the authorities around Marrakech like some roasting hot episode of Scooby Doo. Still, all's well that ends well. The debut album, Class, is available now. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR FRESHERS’ WEEK BY SOPHIE MCNAUGHTON
tarting college or uni? Have a listen to our ultimate freshers’ playlist and you could be looking after the grandkids sixty years from now when ‘Uptown Funk’ comes on the radio and suddenly you’re transported back to that halls party where you lost an eyebrow and most of your dignity. ARRIVAL
Stumbling onto your new campus can be daunting. Whether you’re nervous or excited, you should embrace the chaos and pump yourself up for the busiest week of the student calendar.
Since pre-drinking usually occurs in your pal’s flat, you can get away with playing some golden oldies that even the Cheesy Pop room in The Garage steers clear of.
By this point you should be sufficiently half-cut after drinking vodka with lemonade out of a mug. Now it’s time to go out out.
PARIS JAY-Z FEAT. KANYE WEST
PUMP UP THE JAM TECHNOTRONIC
CASSY O GEORGE EZRA
WHAT IS LOVE? HADDAWAY
THRIFT SHOP MACKLEMORE FEAT. RYAN LEWIS
PARTY ALL THE TIME EDDIE MURPHY (Yup, that Eddie Murphy)
STEP ON HAPPY MONDAYS
A LITTLE RESPECT ERASURE
BORN SLIPPY UNDERWORLD ANACONDA NICKI MINAJ (Soz not soz) UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS LEAN ON MAJOR LAZER FEAT. DJ SNAKE
THE MORNING AFTER A.K.A. HANGXIETY It’s time to hug a pillow and feel sorry for yourself. But Hozier might be able to bring you back to life. TAKE ME TO CHURCH (to see if God can cure my hangover) HOZIER FOUR FIVE SECONDS RIHANNA/KANYE WEST/ PAUL MCCARTNEY HOLD BACK THE RIVER (of whitey) JAMES BAY DADDY'S GONE GLASVEGAS
Get listening to the playlist right now – our ‘Freshers Playlist’ is available to listen to on Spotify!
This Month We
LOVE. BY SHAUNA MCGREGOR
EMMA LOUISE CONNOLLY I first caught a glimpse of Emma Louise Connolly at Scotland:ReDesigned’s fashion show at SWG3 back in November. It was clear she had hit the beauty and body jackpot, proudly pouting alongside boyfriend Made In Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock. The fresh-faced, 5’7” Dunblane 23-year-old flaunts her physique on two Ann Summer’s campaigns and regularly models for online fashion store Pretty Little Thing. It’s no secret that the modelling industry requires a certain social media savvy and Emma undoubtedly has that Insta-flair. Between the lift-selfies and casting calls, Emma’s feed is flooding with PDA. Is it weird that I’m completely comfortable with it? Alongside countless lovey-dovey lazy morning duvet pics you’ll find the hot couple Dub Smash lip-syncing along to Dumb and Dumber scripts while off duty. I think it’s time we were best friends. It’s that youthful charm and silliness that really makes Emma-Lou a total stand-up style sista.
GROWING TRANSGENDER ACCEPTANCE Transgender has always amazed me. Ever since I watched Louis Theroux’s documentary about transgender kids in the States, I felt it harrowing to know kids can tell they were born in the wrong body, but can end up living a lie their whole lives. It’s very exciting that we now have an emerging subculture of feminists, artists, politicians and transgender pioneers encouraging us to embrace who we are. Last month, Vanity Fair released its history-making cover featuring 65-year-old Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner. Caitlyn later urged the wider community to respect transgender people in a vow to do whatever she can “to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated.” 22-year-old singer Miley Cyrus recently revealed her bisexuality and has jumped on the Instagram bandwagon, launching #InstaPride, a series of portraits aimed at spreading positive images of people from non-conforming genders. On top of all that, the Bangerz star sports new bangs, posing for MAC make-up AIDS Fund to help people with HIV and AIDS. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
t’s always difficult to decide what to wear when heading to lectures. You don’t want to look like you’re heading out to the union, but equally not like you’ve just rolled out of bed. With our capsule wardrobes ladies and gentlemen, you’ll look great throughout the year with just a few key items, meaning you won’t have to exhaust your overdraft by Christmas. LONG SLEEVE OXFORD SHIRT £30 TOPMAN
HYPE GREY ZIP HOODIE £40 TOPMAN
SLIM LEG JEANS £75 BEN SHERMAN
WHITE T-SHIRT £16 RIVER ISLAND
CONVERSE ALL STAR HI-TOPS £48 SCHUH
ADIDAS GREY KIEL TRAINERS £47 SCHUH
Wardrobe. BALLET FLATS £16 TOPSHOP STRAW FLOPPY PANAMA HAT £26 URBAN OUTFITTERS
'70S BELTED DUSTER COAT £79 TOPSHOP
OVERSIZED STRIPED T-SHIRT £10 BOOHOO.COM
DARK BLUE SKINNY JEANS £24.99 MANGO
CUT-OUT BOOTS £75 SCHUH
BUTTON THROUGH SKATER DRESS £15 BOOHOO.COM @SCOTCAMPUS
Charity Shop. BY CAROLYN PATERSON
e’ve all had that post-freshers' week feeling when we’ve opened our wardrobes to realise we have NOTHING. TO. WEAR. With our first student loan payments seeming a distant memory, the prospect of an empty wardrobe and even emptier bank balance can make just wearing your pyjamas all too tempting. If the High Street feels like an extravagance, it’s time to start checking out charity shops. More and more people are donating their unwanted garments, including this season’s must-have pieces and once-worn party dresses, meaning Cinderella can go to the £1 shots ball. Charity shops are also vintage goldmines where St Michaels and seventies crochet sit side by side. GLASGOW The best charity shops can be found in campus areas of student cities. Glasgow’s West End is charity shop heaven. Salvation Army on Dumbarton Road is famous for its mammoth shopfront yet low prices. If you’re feeling crafty, the Oxfam DIY store on Byres Road has a selection of eclectic clothing and a haberdashery section to customise both your new purchases and old wardrobe favourites. EDINBURGH Morningside and Stockbridge in Edinburgh are perfect places to hunt for designer second hand goods. The flagship Shelter store has received designer donations including Prada and Mulberry. Its annual January Launch Sale attracts massive queues and is worth investigating. Barnados on Nicholson Street contains retro fashion and accessories and is a regular student haunt.
DUNDEE Dundee residents should visit British Heart Foundation on Reform Street for its collection of high-quality High Street fashion. Another must-see is St Margaret’s Hospice, as smaller charity shops can be great places to find vintage or more eclectic pieces of clothing while supporting a local cause. ABERDEEN Aberdeen is blessed with the famous ‘Charity Shop Triangle’ between Rosemount Place, Back Wynd and Holburn Street. A must-visit is the CLAN store which regularly holds fashion shows and charity auctions of its best pieces. Keen bargain hunters should check out the Bargain Basement CLAN store which opens on Tuesdays. Why not consider donating your unwanted wardrobe? Not only will you be helping valuable causes, but you’ll also be freeing up space in your wardrobe to buy new clothes, which is never a bad thing.
Designer Of The Month:
Ruby Coyne. ILLUSTRATIONS: LAUREN MCNAB
e talk FASHION with Ruby Coyne, the Dundonian-born, pastel-hued brains behind Dreamland Clothing about the importance on interning, Saved By The Bell and how to make it big in the fashion bizz. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AT DREAMLAND HQ Our studio runs daily; I come in at 8:30am to get the emails out the way before the interns arrive. We work like clockwork in here. It sounds controlled but because of that, it’s easier to have fun and enjoy it. We always have an action plan and when you achieve goals, you can celebrate. It’s the best job in the world. Every time I come in here I have to pinch myself because I have created this. DO YOU THINK A DEGREE IS PIVOTAL TO LANDING YOUR DREAM FASHION JOB? Some people wonder if you need to go to University to find yourself, especially in the arts, and I totally did. Art school was so much fun, but far more intense than I had ever imagined. I went down to London and I interned with so many different people too whilst I studied. It was those little pieces that made up the Dreamland puzzle.
DO YOU THINK INTERNING IS CRUCIAL TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN DESIGN? It is invaluable. People I know who are all in good roles have all undertook internships. You’ve got to work for free, pay stupid rent in London and work out where the next bit of money will come from, but I do believe that if you work hard you get back. You’ve got to be really intuitive and show them what you’ve got and get a great reference. Even though you don’t get paid a peanut, it is an invaluable experience. WHAT INSPIRED ‘WELCOME TO DREAMLAND’, YOUR FIRST COLLECTION? It’s kind of like Saved by the Bell meets the Rugrats. Ultimately it is shapes, vivid colours and simple silhouettes. Of course we have our deeper influences from the 1980s, to McDonald’s restaurants on the freeway. It has so much depth and we are already designing next season’s collection. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIG BREAK AT ASOS We took ‘Dreamland Vintage’ onto ASOS Marketplace with the goal to change it to ‘Dreamland Clothing’. It wasn’t like Dragons’ Den, they just wanted to see the collection as they were really excited about it. They respect WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
good brands that are quality, high end labels but they also champion the underdogs like me. At the time I didn’t have a penny to my name. I got on a £1 Megabus overnight to London to get there. Now, we are a multi label brand. WHAT ALLOWED YOU TO MAKE THE DECISION TO SELL AS A MULTI LABEL BRAND ON THE ASOS MARKETPLACE RATHER THAN GO STRAIGHT ONTO ASOS.COM? I was in two minds about going onto ASOS. com as opposed to the marketplace, as I was so overjoyed to be given the green light, but my collection was such a big deal to me. For one of the biggest fashion companies in the UK to give me a bit of a pat on the back was awesome. However, it was such an early thing for me and I wanted to enjoy it. It was my collection and I had worked so hard on it. It might have been a stupid decision at the time, but I wanted to keep it here in the studio and sell it organically. Luckily we will now be going back down to London in October to the ASOS Head Offices to show them our new season samples and put the next collection on ASOS.com. @SCOTCAMPUS
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT HAVING YOUR OWN BRAND? Sharing my experience, the label and my design work is the best feeling ever. That will always be the case with me. I always want to keep it real and I almost sit behind the brand. Like the guy in The Wizard of Oz. I would never want to be called a named brand like Ruby Coyne, that actually sends a cold sweat down my back. I love Dreamland and the fact that it’s my creation. HAVE YOU GOT ANY ADVICE FOR FASHION GRADS? You have to have your own vision and stick by it as you won’t make it without your own visualisation, determination and confidence in your design aesthetic and general outlook. I don’t believe everything happens for a reason but I do believe that you can create your own destiny. If you are willing to work hard, overcome many obstacles, learn not to take it too seriously and above all, enjoy what you have created – that’s what it’s all about.
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INSPIRED BY THE #SCOTSTREETSTYLE COMMUNITY ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIN KENNEDY: ERINKENNEDY.CO.UK
lthough the Scottish weather has made a bold choice this summer and decided to be, errr, winter – you’ve defied the weather gods by rolling out bold prints and vibrant colours anyway to show them who’s boss. This month, the ladies were sporting leggings and block colour tees for a winning combo, as well as statement jewellery, sunglasses (may as well pretend we’re in Hawaii) and bags to complete the look. Handing over to the gentlemen, you lot have been embracing the summer months in casual attire; wearing lighter style jackets and jeans paired with slick trainers. All that was left to do was let our dedicated photographer Erin loose on Glasgow’s street to capture this month’s stars.
David Organ dresses in neutral-coloured chinos and trainers paired with a light jacket and bright scarf to result in a perfect look for a non-existent Scottish summer.
Oh how we LOVE bold print leggings! The striking neckline of Rowan Paterson’s off-the-shoulder oversized top creates an effortlessly casual look. Check out that cute elephant pendant too! WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
Scott Renwick rocks denim with a difference with this fleece-collared jacket. A pair of go-to staple jeans and sturdy shoes means he’s ready for wind, rain or shine…or snow (you never know, right?) @SCOTCAMPUS
We really want to borrow Kirsten Cranskens’ eyecatching Aztec print leggings! They’re teamed perfectly with a green tee and statement necklace for an outfit that looks expertly put together.
Fraser Moran is the man in black with a simple tee and dark jeans. Just add a pair of classic converse and a peek of tartan for a nod to the Scottish surroundings and the combo’s a winner.
STRETCH SKINNY JEANS £45 TOPSHOP
MI-PAC CLASSIC SATCHEL £20 ASOS
OLDSEN BOMBER JACKET £88 ALL SAINTS LEATHER PASEOS £64.99 TOMS
Trend Spotting: Men's Fashion
nce you enter student life, you’re going to want to make sure your clothes last as long as possible to save the pennies. Some sturdy shoes will last the year (if they survive all the nights out) and relaxed jeans and a bomber jacket are an ideal combo for a 9am lecture. A satchel will take care of your books, freshers flyers and booze runs, avoiding those 5p carrier bags. ADIDAS SWEATSHIRT £55 URBAN OUTFITTERS
BOLD GINGHAM SHIRT £80 FRED PERRY
COTTON TRENCH COAT £79 TOPSHOP
FLEECE CROPPED SWEATSHIRT £34 AMERICAN APPAREL
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Trend Spotting: Women's Fashion
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Scotcampus Bookshelf. BY MICHAEL EDWARDS
s we get our brains in gear for the new academic year, we’re delving into a selection of edgy thrillers, pop science breakdowns and social commentary to test those last few brain cells that survived the summer.
CITIZEN, AN AMERICAN LYRIC CLAUDIA RANKINE
WATCH THE LADY ELIZABETH FREMANTLE
An extended lyric poem accompanied by distinctive images illustrating mounting racial tension, the text skilfully highlights seemingly innocuous words that are loaded with hidden meaning. It’s a text which deserves to be read and re-read until the issues are fully recognised, resolved and have become history as ancient as this age-old poetic format.
A drama set in the Elizabethan royal court, Watch the Lady follows a family’s fight to maintain the legacy of its house. It develops neatly from period drama to spy novel, and will satisfy those who still can’t let go of holiday fiction, as well as history buffs and fans of Fremantle’s other novels.
THE MEANING OF SCIENCE TIM LEWENS
DO LESS, GET MORE SHÁÁ WASMUND
THE GOOD GIRL FIONA NEILL
A funny, intellectually powerful and easily digestible introduction to the world of scientific philosophy, the book takes us on a journey through the fundamentals of scientific reason, and explains why they affect us all. Lewens discusses controversial topics without a hint of derision or condescension, proving that science can be entertaining and lively without sacrificing integrity.
The title makes it sound like a get rich quick guide, but Sháá Wasmund’s sage advice is all about cutting back on the things that don’t matter to focus on succeeding at the things you enjoy. Using all her prior experience as an author, Cosmopolitan writer and PR to make her writing punchy and succinct, Wasmund delivers inspiring and helpful advice for anyone who’s ‘just too busy’ to be happy and successful.
An unexpected death, a secret affair and a leaked sex tape are just some of the challenges facing the Field family when they try to leave the big city (and their problems) behind and move to the country. Entertaining and thought-provoking, this book is a gripping tale that addresses our obsession with the web and social media, and what can happen when it goes beyond our control.
VLOGGERATI. BY AMY ANDERSON
atching pandas sneeze instead of working towards that all-important deadline, or searching endlessly for beauty tips that will leave you looking as flawless as Beyoncé instead of actually getting ready for class, the website is undeniably distracting. Yet there’s also a lot of insightful content to be found on the web for those that are nervous about starting their studies or struggling to settle into student life. You've more than likely discovered an amazing rendition of your favourite song on YouTube by an unknown artist. And when the magic formula is hit and a video goes viral, the world witnesses a new musician propelled into overnight fame. Get your earphones at the ready as we hear from the vloggers who turned their music obsession into a global success story, as well as some of the up-and-comers you must tune in to.
JIM CHAPMAN He’s one of Britain’s most successful Youtubers (he is engaged to fellow internet sensation Tanya Burr and has forged out a successful career as a fashion model since he started uploading videos to the website in 2010) but Jim Chapman hasn’t forgotten what it was like to struggle with fitting in at university.
The University of East Anglia graduate uploaded a video entitled ‘Back to School/ College/University Advice’ in 2011 which is a great watch for anyone who’s feeling nervous about starting their course. The video is full of simple tips on how to make friends and deal with anxiety and acts as a great pep talk! WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
NIOMI SMART We all know that one of the best things about starting a new academic year is going out and filling a basket with lots of brand new stationary (let’s be honest – we’ll never outgrow getting excited over a new packet of gel pens!) but it’s not necessary to spend a fortune on things you won’t use. In her video, ‘Top Tips for Starting Uni’, Niomi Smart gives some great suggestions about items you should and shouldn’t invest in before starting your studies. One of her best tips is not to write notes in your study books as this will mean you’ll find it harder to sell them when you’re finished! STUDENT EATS One of the hardest things about becoming a student is learning how to fend for yourself in the kitchen. Luckily, being a student doesn’t have to mean you’re destined for a diet of Pot Noodles, beans on toast or microwavable chips. Student Eats upload new videos every week containing easyto-follow cooking tutorials, all made from affordable ingredients. Our favourites include the Paprika Chicken Salad, Pitta Pizzas and BBQ Bacon and Pineapple Burgers. Who needs Gordon Ramsey?! @SCOTCAMPUS
For Theatre Season. BY ESZTER JOKAY
f you think that theatre is all about sitting in the dark while someone’s reciting a play, you’re about to get a shock. From storytelling to silence, authentic venues to hidden courtyards, Scotland offers an amazing range of performances and there’s no reason not to dive in.
CREATIVE ELECTRIC (EDINBURGH)
NEW WAYS OF PERFORMING
HIDDEN DOOR (EDINBURGH)
TRAVERSE THEATRE: TRAVERSE BREAKFAST PLAYS (EDINBURGH)
Ever wondered what happens in an abandoned court yard? Well in Edinburgh, it’s magic: sitespecific performances, visual art, dance and cinema.
Six nationalities, six new plays, one topic accompanied by a cuppa and a breakfast roll. The recipe for an inspiring morning at Scotland’s largest new writing theatre. NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND: DRAGON (GLASGOW AND DUNDEE) 1st-17th October
An extraordinarily visual story told completely without words, featuring fast-moving physical theatre, puppetry and original music. SCOTTISH MENTAL HEALTH ARTS AND FILM FESTIVAL (GLASGOW)
In theatres, studios, art galleries, nightclubs, on trains, in fields or on rooftops, Creative Electric challenges our expectations. Young, contemporary and vibrant, what more would you want?
GETTING INVOLVED ART ON THE EXCHANGE (GLASGOW) August and November
Visual art demonstrations, street theatre and live music. Artists and performers show off their talent at Royal Exchange Square while also running various events and workshops with the aim to involve young people interested in the arts. CITIZENS: ALASDAIR GRAY IN CONVERSATION (GLASGOW)
The festival challenges preconceived ideas about mental health through a diverse series of cultural events, from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance and literature.
Ever thought about the great minds behind the scenes? Got questions? Find out more about the great Scottish writer and the upcoming performance of Lanark at the Citizens.
CUTTING EDGE THEATRE
TRAMWAY: VOLUNTEER AT THE HIDDEN GARDEN (GLASGOW)
COMMON WEALTH THEATRE (EDINBURGH)
Working with electronic sound, new writing, visual design and verbatim, Common Wealth presents its work at venues like a residential house or a boxing gym. Because theatre is for everyone!
A great way to get to know the arts community in a less mainstream but outstanding venue. Get those gloves and see your work flourish! For more information: Thehiddengardens.org.uk
Student Life vs. Reality.
BY ROSS MILLER
onstant partying & no studying…if only movies portrayed uni life as it is in reality. Right enough, we guess watching endless hours of students in the library and falling asleep on the couch wouldn’t be as compelling... Here are just a few times when Hollywood got a bit carried away portraying ‘typical’ student life. ACCOMMODATION Expectation: In movies, students arrive at their dorm to be presented with the biggest room in uni history, with plenty of space for a huge bed and all the creature comforts you could dream up. Reese Witherspoon’s massive pink room in Legally Blonde is just ridiculous! Reality: More than likely you’ll have to share your accommodation with roommates, so you’ll barely have room for yourself, never mind all your crap. And you probably won’t be able to keep your pet Chihuahua with you either…
Expectation: C’mon, obviously movies don’t actually show students attending classes. Yet students seem to sail past exams. In Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick’s spirited Beca is never shown in class, she’s too busy off singing or mixing music!
Expectation: Rarely do we see students in movies buried in books. In the classic college comedy Animal House, John Belushi, Tom Hulce, Kevin Bacon and the troupe are always just having toga parties. Naturally.
Reality: Aca-scuse me?! If you don’t learn the art of studying and turn up for those allimportant lectures, then you’re simply not going to get ahead. #EpicFail.
Reality: Say goodbye to the early nights before an exam or staying out partying; you’re going to read more books about Applied Psychology or Social Sciences than you ever thought possible. Hooray!
Expectation: The Social Network showed a brilliant mind in Mark Zuckerberg hidden among the student crowd, who would end up creating the biggest social media website in the world. Sure, he’s a genius coder, but it generally suggests that it was a piece of cake.
Expectation: College films often shown roommates as either angels or your worst nightmare. Worst case scenario: you’re unlucky enough to get a roommate like Leighton Meester in The Roommate, who develops a violent obsession with her fellow inhabitant.
Reality: We’re sorry to break it to you, but chances you are not going to create the next Facebook. Mark’s still got a bit of a monopoly on that one. Go on then - prove us wrong!
Reality: It’ll be somewhere in the middle. Your roommates will probably be just like you (unless you get particularly unlucky); sometimes messy and slightly lazy, but deep down an all-round good egg.
INTERVIEW: IAIN GLEN
BY MICHAEL EDWARDS
Teachers & Targaryens. H e’s endured tough times as the fiercely loyal Jorah Mormont in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, so it’s about time Iain Glen had some fun: and that’s exactly what the versatile Scottish actor does in ‘The Bad Education Movie’. With a little help from comedian Jack Whitehall, obvs. WHAT WE CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE? The students are about to go their separate ways, so Alfie [Jack Whitehall] takes them on holiday for one final attempt to try and bond the group. It bursts out of the school quite early on, which I think lends itself very readily to the big screen, into beautiful Cornwall where they get caught up in the Cornish liberation organisation, which I’m head of. So, typical to the series, Alfie has very good intentions but gets wrapped up in a very dangerous world that he knows very little about! YOU’RE NEW TO THE BAD EDUCATION TEAM, WAS THERE AN INITIATION OR WERE THEY VERY RESPECTFUL OF THE ELDER STATESMAN? Exactly [puts on a posh accent] the very, very elder statesman. [laughs] No, they were sweet. The only initiation I had was watching the TV series. I loved it and, this is probably deeply inappropriate, but my seven-year-old somehow started watching the DVDs when I left them lying around and got completely mad about it, fell in love with Jack and is desperate to come to the premiere. But I think it would look slightly inappropriate, me walking the red carpet with a seven year-old.
WAS IT A DELIBERATE CHOICE TO DO COMEDY AFTER AN INTENSE SPELL ON GAME OF THRONES? As much as I’d like to pretend that I’m always in control of what I do, to be honest, you take the best offers that are around. I’m in a very lucky period of my career and I’d been asked to do a few things, so in that way it was a choice, and it was definitely appealing because comedy is a very different world, and quite a closed one, certainly on film. So it was just great to have the opportunity of working with somebody like Jack. We come from very different backgrounds, but he’s really a very good actor. WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE LIKES OF GAME OF THRONES AND BAD EDUCATION, ARE WE IN A GOOD PERIOD FOR BRITISH MEDIA? It feels good. It feels very healthy… We’ve always had a drain of talent from the UK into the States, partly because they share our language, but also because people get frustrated about how difficult it is to get money behind projects, which the Americans do more readily. But I think it’s reversing a little bit now because we really do have the best technicians in the world. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
DO YOU THINK THAT MORE COULD BE HAPPENING IN SCOTLAND? I do, yes. I don’t pretend to know a great deal about the Scottish film industry, but I’ve been working for… God knows… far too long, and I’ve done not enough film in Scotland, and that’s not for want of trying. I’d love to do more work in Scotland but there just aren’t the scripts around. Good things come out, but not enough, and there’s no reason for that. Across the board in the UK I think we seem nervous of telling our own stories, of making things about ourselves, and I don’t know why. We should have more confidence that these things can be universal and can be internationally appealing. ARE YOU ALREADY FILMING THE NEXT SERIES OF G.O.T OR ARE YOU WAITING TO HEAR WHAT HAPPENS TO JORAH LIKE THE REST OF US? We’re about two and a half or three weeks into filming the new season, I’ve already shot, and we’re filming in Ireland, Spain and Iceland this year. It’s all unfolding now and it’s a real treat. I think the writers have an end game in view now. I think they would like to finish the series with people wanting more. It’s always had a
lovely momentum to it, and now you get that pleasure, after fifty or sixty hours of television, as all the worlds start to collide. Last season was a treat for me because one world that collided was my journey with Peter, with Tyrion, that broke out of my storyline up to that point: and that’s happening more and more. You have characters who have occupied very different worlds now coming together, so I think there’s certainly a sense, reading these scripts that we’re shooting, that we’re coming towards an end game. WHAT ABOUT AFTER GAME OF THRONES? YOU’VE DONE THEATRE, TV, FILM, WHAT’S NEXT? I’ve been so lucky in my career and I’d be very happy to maintain the trajectory that I’m on and see what unfolds. Game of Thrones is dominating the middle part of the year and then I’m doing… er... a big feature at the end of the year which I can’t really speak about, for reasons that I can’t explain! The Bad Education Movie is in cinemas on 21st August
I think the writers have an end game in view now. I think they would like to finish the series with people wanting more.
Revolori Revolution. INTERVIEW: TONY REVOLORI
BY CASSAM LOOCH
e’s only 19, but he’s already a darling of America’s indie film scene. After a standout performance in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tony Revolori has set the festival circuit alight with Dope – a film about a group of teens barely surviving life in a tough neighbourhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications and exams, until an underground party presents a dangerous opportunity. THE FILM HAS A STRONG MESSAGE, DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT FILMS LIKE THIS? Absolutely. It needs to be put out there more. It's one step at a time though. If we don't do it right the message won't get out in the right way. WHEN YOU READ THE SCRIPT, COULD YOU TELL RIGHT AWAY THAT IT WOULD WORK? I had a sense of how international it would be. After watching it at Sundance, people were saying it’s another Ferris Bueller or something like that. I kinda agree with them, because you can connect with these characters because they are so relatable. I think that’s why Dope has such international appeal; you can engage no matter where you're from.
DOPE’S ALSO MUCH MORE GRITTY AND REALISTIC, HOW DID YOU COPE WITH THAT PART OF THE SCRIPT? It was great to be playing a role like this, and to play a role as my actual race - most people think I'm Indian, which I'm not - but it’s also a fun role to play with great actors and great people behind it.
MICHAEL PENA RECENTLY SAID THAT LATINO ACTORS DESERVE MORE ROLES, PARTICULARLY A SUPERHERO ROLE, DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT? Absolutely. I think there is just a lot of old school mentality going about right now. I saw Emma Thompson saying Hollywood is still shitty for women and I completely agree. It's shitty for all of us. Mae Whitman, who was in Independence Day, wasn’t allowed to reprise her role in the sequel even though she is obviously the perfect age and still a very successful actress, just because they want someone fitted to the looks of Hollywood… It's tough, but I think it will slowly change. IS WRITING OR DIRECTING SOMETHING YOU ARE INTERESTED IN? YOU COULD CHANGE THINGS YOURSELF… One day. I do write my own things now and every now and then I'll direct a short. Right now though I'm focussing on the acting. Coming up I have 5th Wave, with Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber, then Table 19 opposite Anna Kendrick and Stephen Merchant. I'm also in Low Riders with Demian Bichir and Melissa Benoist. After that I'm working on a play in New York, so that's quite a few projects! [laughs] Dope is released in UK cinemas on the 4th September by Sony Pictures. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
EMPLOYER SHOWCASE: WEBHELP
ebhelp UK is one of the UK’s leading customer experience innovators, providing outsourced customer management services across a range of digital, social and voice channels. We need people with personality and who have what it takes to master the art of effective communication. If you want to work in a fun, vibrant workplace, with great rewards and progression, you’ll find plenty of opportunities here. DESCRIBE THE IDEAL EMPLOYEE IN THREE WORDS: Bursting. With. Energy. WHO CAN APPLY? Anyone who is passionate about delivering the highest level of customer experience and who is overflowing with energy and new ideas. We value the enthusiasm and commitment you will bring to our innovative, customer centric environment.
WHAT EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO NEW RECRUITS? As an outsourcer we work with a whole host of blue chip brands. This means if starting your career with us as an advisor you will have great conversations with customers on a wide range of topics across different channels. No two days will be the same as no two customers are the same!
WHAT’S THE PROCESS TO SECURE A POSITION?
ARE THERE JOBS FOR BOTH SCHOOL LEAVERS AND GRADUATES?
Simply send us your CV through our website Webhelpukcareers.com and we will have a chat about your skills and strengths in a bit more detail. If your application is successful you will then have the opportunity to come and have a look around our site before starting with us.
Whether you are a school leaver looking for your first step onto the career ladder or a graduate looking for a professional role we have a wealth of opportunities in our sites across the UK.
WHAT CAREER PATHS CAN PEOPLE TAKE AT WEBHELP?
WHAT LONG-TERM OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR NEW RECRUITS?
Wherever you strive for management, HR, training, recruitment, IT or finance there are opportunities at all levels throughout our organisation.
As a global organisation, we have opportunities available across the world. Whether it be South Africa, India or Portugal, our internal jobs board frequently features exciting international travel opportunities.
WHAT MAKES WEBHELP STAND OUT?
WHAT ARE THE PERKS OF WORKING AT WEBHELP?
We have our own Customer Experience Academy which provides further support and training to enable school leavers and those with absolutely no experience to secure a career with us. Many of our managers and senior leaders took their first steps as a customer advisor on the phone. WHAT’S THE OFFICE ATMOSPHERE LIKE? Wherever you join us, you’ll find an environment full of energy, creativity and fun. Whether it’s a beach themed competition or a festival themed incentive, there’s something for everyone, with regular prizes to be won ranging from an iPad mini to a Mini Cooper!
Countless: bonus programmes, shopping discounts, training opportunities, on-site gyms and shops. If joining a particular client campaign you join you can also enjoy some fabulous offers such as free Sky and half price mobile phone contracts. Each of our sites also has its own unique social scene and you can expect to be part of an environment where you can have as much fun outside working hours as you do during!
Company Profile: SIZE OF BUSINESS: LARGE LOCATION: UK WIDE EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES: PART TIME, FULL TIME, CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE ACADEMY, SCHOOL LEAVER OPPORTUNITIES, PROFESSIONAL INDUSTRY: OUTSOURCING AVERAGE STARTING SALARY: VARIOUS
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HOW I BAGGED MY DREAM JOB
atalie Halbert completed a sixmonth student placement at Scotland's largest social care charity Quarriers, and recently secured a Relief Support Worker post as a result. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS AND GRADUATES AT QUARRIERS? There are many opportunities available to students and graduates at Quarriers, including references for going into employment and paid employment with the company, whether relief or contracted. You can also continue with further education through full completion of SVQ units. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY?
My typical work day involves following specific routines and guidelines, in order to ensure that I can provide the best support possible to our clients, in a way which also suits them. DID YOU STUDY AT UNIVERSITY? IF SO, WHAT DID YOU STUDY? I studied HNC Social Care at Ayrshire College. WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACED IN YOUR ROLE AS A SUPPORT WORKER? As a support worker, it is important to get to know your clients and be aware of the things which may upset them. As long as you take the time to do this, you can avoid difficult behaviour, which can be one of the biggest challenges of the role. AND WHAT ABOUT THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHTS? The highlight for me has been gaining experience and feeling more comfortable with all the guidelines and standards. The knowledge that you are doing a good job, and that you can make a positive difference to someone’s day is really rewarding. @SCOTCAMPUS
THE INTERVIEW STAGE CAN BE THE MOST DAUNTING ASPECT OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS. DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPERT ADVICE ON HOW TO APPROACH THE SITUATION, OR ANY DOS AND DON’TS? For the interview, I would say to be relaxed is the most important thing. It isn't as scary as you would expect and my interview was quite chilled out and based on my work placement. I definitely wouldn't get too worked up about it, although that’s easier said than done. You can find out more about career opportunities available at Quarriers: Visit: Quarriers.org.uk/get-involved/jobs Call: 0870 118 7935 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: AMANDA DAVIES HONEY POP KISSES
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BLOG Honey Pop Kisses is mainly a fashion and lifestyle blog but I do delve into crueltyfree beauty and travel. I’ve been blogging sporadically for three years but it’s only in the last year or so I think I have really found my voice. YOU’RE ALSO HEAD OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AT ABANDON SHIP APPAREL. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO JUGGLE BOTH? My background is in fashion, I studied Garment Technology & Fashion Design and went onto work for a designer in London, all the while working in retail. I then managed a couple of stores before moving to Next as an Assistant Buyer. The transition to Abandon Ship was completely organic, I obviously knew a lot about the company and it fit with my personality. I think both fit into my schedule easily, I take a Friday to write and edit blog posts and shoot whenever I can so it’s not forced. WHERE DID YOUR BLOG NAME COME FROM? My other half used to call me pops and the name just grew from there! WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT? Getting the inspiration for posts, sometimes you will have all the ideas and have so much to say but sometimes you run dry, it is hard not to compare yourself to massive bloggers who seem to write a blog post everyday with ease, but you need to remember that they most likely plan posts for months and it will be their only job.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST EXCITING ABOUT BLOGGING? Meeting new people, finding new independent designers and generally the whole community. YOU’VE ATTENDED COUNTLESS EVENTS, WORKED WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND MET LOTS OF YOUR FOLLOWERS. WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD SO FAR? I think being taken to London to shoot a Halloween tutorial for Illamasqua was the weirdest experience, but also one of the most fun! Luckily it was right in the middle of fashion week so I got to go to some shows and hang out with some of the bloggers I love. ARE THERE ANY OTHER BLOGGERS THAT YOU ADMIRE? There are tonnes of bloggers I love, from my best girls to international super stars! Here are my top 10 including my fav Scottish Bloggers obviously: Beewaits.com, Foreveryoursbetty. com, Thankfifi.com, Misswestendgirl.com, Zoelondon.me, Kingdomofstyle.typepad. co.uk, Helenanderz.com, Galadarling. com, Lazykat.fr, Keikolynn.com DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPERT TIPS FOR ASPIRING BLOGGERS? I know it sounds corny but be yourself. It’s hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers who are getting flown all over the world by brands, but remember that you can’t be someone else, you can only be you, just be the best version of yourself. <3 Honeypopkisses.com WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
Forget The Haters Study What You Love. BY FLORAIDH CLEMENT
ver been on the receiving end of “degree subject snobbery"? You’re not alone.
To a certain extent, every university student will endure some jip for the subject they choose. Whether your field is within the school of arts, the social sciences, humanities or languages, there’s a comment to be made. Literature student? You’d better write the next Harry Potter, or what was the point? Music – you must be releasing your debut album soon, right? And are the social sciences even really all that… sciencey? In my experience, snobbery with what’s considered a “good subject” can be determined by the reaction you receive from ancient relatives when you announce what you’re studying. If you answer correctly, you’ll get a pat on the back for choosing a reliable route in life. If you answer wrongly; “But where are the mathematicians? The engineers? All that money you’re spending on being there…well, good luck getting a job with that!” Unfortunately, this attitude is just as rife on campus. For some, it begins even before university; Saffy is about to embark on a Fashion Marketing degree at the London College of Fashion. “They normally then go on to say how I'm wasting four years of my time/money on a pointless
subject and one person told me that I may as well go read a magazine as I'll learn more from that” she complains. There’s definitely a tone of frustration concerning the assumption that
One person told me that I may as well go read a magazine as I'll learn more from that. some degrees are essentially a stepping stone for a career in teaching, too. “It’s teaching or nothing in a lot of people’s eyes” says Lauren, a History and German student, while Jenna, an English Lit student adds that being asked if she want to teach is usually the first question. Plus, as English Lit student Tara rightfully points out, “it devalues the opportunities that are available but also really devalues the work of teachers”. Although it is more common for arts students to experience criticism, science students aren’t totally exempt either. “I witnessed my pal being slated for her physics degree, “what will you do with that? You’re getting off council tax to play with lasers?!’’” said Chiara, a Literature and Language student. Yet, an optimistic outlook on their degree subject remains for many, despite the cynicism. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
“I think it's strange for some people to come across other people who are doing something because it's their passion, not to live comfortably” says Sean, a dance student at LABAN. “I'd much rather dance and struggle than have money and be bored for my whole life.” He isn’t alone, with Lauren, a sociology student adding “The job prospects aren't the best, but I know that! I'm doing it because I enjoy it and would rather leave uni with a degree I love rather than walk into a job I hate” But why do these prejudices exist? Perhaps it’s a response to an environment that often creates
I'm doing it because I enjoy it and would rather leave uni with a degree I love rather than walk into a job I hate. scope from insecurity – getting the highest grades, in the most employable subjects, from the top universities; so you get the best paid job at the end of it all. But one thing is evident: doing what you love can outweigh doing what will get you the biggest pay cheque. I’m entering sociology honours, which isn’t exactly known for securing that big pay cheque. While sociology isn’t among the “traditional”
canon of subjects, it has opened my eyes to inequalities within society that I previously never recognised nor questioned – even concerning my other passions like, ahem, reality television. For example, I realise that Kim Kardashian’s constant stream of selfies could be interpreted as a form of political resistance against patriarchal ideas of female sexuality. To some, this is an inconceivable stance but that’s the point; sociology has made me a more thoughtful individual, willing to interpret social issues in alternative ways. Studying what you truly enjoy will encourage you to attend all your lectures, inspire you to work hard and motivate you to keep going, even when it’s day three in the library. You may not feel so inclined to do the same for a subject you dislike but what your mum thought was “the sensible option”. Ignoring the unfair perceptions and throwing yourself into your passion is more likely to get you the degree grade you want. Following news that maintenance grants are set to be cut, university is about to become increasingly expensive, creating added stress and a genuine need for their degree to be “worth it”. If this is the case, why spend four years on a subject you resent getting out of bed in the morning for? Even with the stresses that come with it, choosing to study the subject I love has impassioned me on both an academic and personal level; which is exactly how it should be, whichever academic path you’re on. What on earth is there to look down on about that?
How To Earn Cash ...And Still Get A Degree. BY LUCY JARMAN
ou know that old saying, “Work hard…erm, work hard?” Sometimes, student life leaves little time for ‘play’. That is, if you want to survive on more than bargain price pot noodles. So, is there a way to juggle your academic studies with a part-time job? Can you achieve great results and earn enough to afford a posh coffee every now and then and buy toilet paper that’s not made out of sandpaper? Well, yes! Here’s how: RAISE THE BAR
KEEP IT LOCAL
Student by day, server by night. It’s no secret that hitting the club scene is a major part of uni life; otherwise Freshers’ Week would have taken place in the library with a cup of tea and a hobnob. It may seem ideal to combine going out with earning cash in a bar or club, however be aware that working ‘til dawn will require a lot of catch up sleep, leaving little time for revision.
While working on campus may not prove as lucrative as the high street, it will allow you to fit work in-between lectures leaving your evening and weekends free to study, study, study! Hooray?
THE APPRENTICE As the eleventh hour of revision creeps up, your procrastinating mind begins to wonder how much you could have earned if studying was a paid occupation. You can transform this daydream into reality by becoming a tutor for younger students. Not only are you in charge of your wage and working hours but it gives me chance to throw in the favourite academic catchphrase; It looks great on your CV! Why remain the student when you can become the master? @SCOTCAMPUS
LIVE A LATTÉ With short, regular shifts, early finishes and unlimited free coffee, working as a barista is an ideal way to earn some extra pennies alongside your heavy workload. SHOPPING 9 'TIL 5 A weekend job in retail means that not only will you bypass working during the week, but the generous staff discounts will keep your bank account looking healthy. Picking the right shop is crucial; choosing your favourite store could result in you spending your hard earned wages before your payslip has even been processed. Apply for your local bookshop or supermarket to reduce the cost of your booklist, groceries and those well-deserved pre-drinks!
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ou’ve packed your bags, bright-eyed and with a spring in your step, ready to move to a far-off land to begin your studies. Alternatively, you already live just around the corner. But whatever shape your first year takes, it’s important to discover the places that will broaden your uni memories far outside of the campus walls. No, we’re not talking about your typical cookiecutter style student hangouts - we’re swapping the predictable for the newest, the weirdest and the classiest. This is your guide to Scotland’s cities, but with a little more pizzazz (we love that word). Bonus: we’ve explored all those wee winding streets and unassuming nooks for you. Oh, and those crannies. We wouldn’t dream of forgetting about the crannies. Go on, throw that clichéd “Student Survival Guide” that you picked up at freshers’ fair out the window. That you got rid of it? Good. Now you can go forth and discover your new city outside of the conventional.
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FOOD & DRINK
MEETING NEW PEOPLE
Making new friends at the start of the term can be tricky. ChatZooMe makes it easy. With three taps of the screen you can strike up real conversation with other ChatZooMe users checked into venues nearby. Itâ€™s perfect for meeting new people in the Union, bars, cafes or even the library between classes. Even if you are shy, the app has a list of opening lines to choose from, to make it as simple and quick as possible to get talking to like-minded students.
Download ChatZooMe now and youâ€™ll be meeting new people and making friends in no time.
here the Dee and Don river meet the North Sea, Aberdeen hosts a booming oil industry, an international population and a thriving student community. Get ready to experience FABerdeen (see what we did there?) as we uncover what's hot and cool in the city.
ABERDEEN BY LAURA BLACKHURST
THE LEMON TREE WEST NORTH STREET, AB24 5AT Eclectic performances at their finest. The live performance venue boasts a 550 person capacity, studio theatre and two bars. Its programme aims to celebrate the new, experimental and alternative in music, theatre, dance, performance art, comedy, spoken word and creative learning. Don’t miss ‘A Play, A Pie and A Pint’ night - three awesome things in life, right? Aberdeenperformingarts.com/venues/the-lemon-tree
CAFÉ DRUMMOND 1 BELMONT STREET GRAMPIAN, AB10 1JR
CAFÉ 52 52 THE GREEN, AB11 6PE
THE CLOSET JOPPS LANE GRAMPIAN, AB25 1BX
Aberdeen's best loved independent music venue, Cafe Drummond is the bastion of the alt. music scene. The bar plays host to some of the best local talent as well as up-and-coming and major touring bands, not to mention regular open mic nights. A laid-back bar by day and the ultimate rock’n’roll hangout by night. So who knows, maybe you’ll be appearing on the stage soon?
This long-established trendy restaurant guarantees tasty treats and kindness to your wallet. Lunchtime promises particularly good value; for less than £6 you can choose from a superb selection of eats including sarnies, soups and burgers. With regularly changing art exhibits, it’s a great place for aspiring artists, and for that half a day of annual sunshine – make the most of the outdoor dining area too!
The Closet is an established, go-to destination vintage boutique nestled away in a quiet little street. The vintage heaven is bursting open with gorgeous dresses, shoes, quirky furniture, kitchenware and even wedding dresses! Needless to say you’ll have your new pad furnished in no time, and you’ll be rocking up to your lectures in striking pieces (maybe don’t wear the wedding dress though).
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THE BOOZY COW 24 NETHERKIRKGATE, AB10 1AU If fancy burgers are your thing, you can’t do much better than The Boozy Cow. Real big eaters should try the Chilli Challenge: munch a chilli cheese burger, a chilli dog, a portion of chilli cheese fries and an Oreo milkshake in 15 minutes and it’s all free. Fail, and your weekly food budget’s blown. Boozycow.com/aberdeen
ABERDEEN ANTIQUES CENTRE THE ARCHES 24 SOUTH COLLEGE STREET, AB11 6JX NOX NIGHTCLUB 2 JUSTICE MILL LANE AB11 6EQ
BREAKOUT GAMES ARCH 2 PALMERSON ROAD AB11 5RE
Aberdeen’s swankiest nightclub isn’t one for the light of wallet, but its classy clientele know how to party. If you fancy getting glammed up to the max, flirting with an oil man (or woman), or splashing out to celebrate a uni milestone then this is the place to be.
Test your skills under pressure in this real life escape game. You and a group of mates will be locked in a room filled with puzzles, riddles and clues, and have 60 minutes to solve them. It’s unique, it’s fun, and beats your bog standard weekend fare.
If you like rummaging for hidden treasure, head along to this quirky space under the arches of a railway bridge. The location isn’t swanky, but the stalls inside contain genuine antique goodies including jewellery, plus some bona fide vintage clothes. You’ll need your haggling hat on to negotiate fair prices, but if you don’t have a haggling hat - you can probably pick one up here too.
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BOTTLE CAP BAR & BREWERY 10 LITTLEJOHN STREET AB10 1FF It’s packed into a crowded area where it’s competing with the likes of the mighty BrewDog, but don’t be fooled, this local rival is nobody’s bitch. It boasts local craft beer, bargainous cocktails and food offers too, give it a try. You won’t regret it. Facebook.com/bottlecapbarandbrewery
PEACOCK VISUAL ARTS 21 CASTLE STREET AB11 5BQ
THAIKUN UNION SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE GUILD ST, AB11 5RG
You might be forgiven for overlooking this unassuming pub en route to a shinier venue, but if you do you’ll be missing out on a great range of beers, a jazz club with regular (and damn impressive) live music, plus the occasional comedy night tae boot.
This contemporary visual arts space is a superb creative hub offering exhibitions, classes, group activities, open access workshops and talks by the great and the good of the Scottish art world. They also have a cool print shop if you’re feeling flush and want fancy décor for your dorm.
This Thai Street food restaurant chain has quickly become a firm favourite in the student towns of Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester. Aberdeen landed Scotland’s first outlet this summer, and now it’s time for returning students to discover the authentic, delicious delicacies.
THE BLUE LAMP 121 GALLOWGATE AB25 1BU
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undee is one of the best student cities in Scotland, with the University coming top in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey and ranking in the top ten in the UK for social life. They should just go ahead and rename the city ‘Fundee’ already.
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DCA CINEMA 152 NETHERGATE, DD1 4DY Dundee Contemporary Arts regularly hosts a variety of interesting exhibitions and activities. You can even have a go at artistic papermaking and printing. Upcoming September activities include book binding and woodblock printing. It’s the cinema, however, which is the main attraction. With good prices and the most comfy cinema seats you’ll ever sit in, going to see a film at the DCA is a must. Dca.org.uk
CLARKS BAKERY 3 ANNFIELD ROAD ANGUS, DD1 5JH
SOUTH TAY SUPERSTORE 10 TAY SQUARE, DD1 1PB
Also known as the ‘24 hour bakery’, Clarks is a rite of passage for students. Situated in a small industrial park behind the university campus, it provides all night access to a wide variety of hot and cold food. After a night out there’s nothing better than going to Clarks and stuffing your face with chips, a burger AND a pie.
Despite the name, the South Tay Superstore is not a supermarket. It’s one if newest bars in Dundee and is already a classic in its own right, with amazing cocktails and lovely food. Fulfil three separate food vices with the Espresso Martini containing coffee, vodka and sugar. You’ll be wired before you can even say ‘caffeine’.
THE READING ROOMS 57 BLACKSCROFT EASTPORT, DD4 6AT This old Library was reincarnated as one of the best music venues. The Reading Rooms is a hotspot for the underground music scene and has hosted many popular bands including: Biffy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand and Babyshambles. Readingroomsdundee.com
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CASTLEHILL RESTAURANT 22 EXCHANGE STREET, DD1 3DL Probably the best restaurant in the city. It’s home to the ‘Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year’ Adam Newth and it’s even won two AA rosettes. To experience the seafood expertise, try the Loch Etive Trout cooked with garlic, quinoa and shrimp butter. If you want to splash out and have a classy experience, this is the place to go. Castlehillrestaurant.co.uk
YU SPA 1 WEST VICTORIA DOCK ROAD, DD1 3JP
AUCHTERHOUSE AUCHTERHOUSE COUNTRY SPORTS BURNHEAD FARM DD3 0QN
GROSVENOR CASINO 142 WEST MARKETGAIT DD1 1NJ
Relaxation is the name of the game at this Japanese themed spa. Based in the Apex hotel on the quay, Yu Spa can provide a range of treatments from massages to manicures. If you get bored of being pampered, go and take a swim in the pool or relax in a hot tub.
If outdoor pursuits are more your style, Auchterhouse provides a wide range of activities. Try your hand shooting some clay pigeons or traversing the countryside on a quadbike. Once you’ve expended all your energy, you can wind down in the onsite restaurant.
Situated near popular Dundee clubs Liquid and Fat Sams, the Grosvenor Casino is in an ideal location for a night out. Gamble well into the night with card games and slot machines galore (it’s open 24 hours a day), although have your wits about you - you seriously don’t want to wake up on the first day of uni and realise you’ve spent your entire student loan.
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J A BRAITHWAITE 6 CASTLE ST, DD1 3AF Caffeine junkies assemble: opening in 1886 at The Pillars in City Sqaure, Dundee's oldest tea and coffee shop should be your first pit stop. You won't find any Tetley behind the counter; instead you'll be greeted by shelf after shelf of vintage tins filled with exotic sounding and smelling teas and coffees. With over 100 teas and 30 coffees in store, get there early for your morning brew - the queues can be out the door! Call 01382 322693 for more information.
KLOZET 73 - 75 SEAGATE DD1 2EH
T ANN CAKE 27 EXCHANGE STREET DD1 3DJ
CAMPERDOWN WILDLIFE CENTRE CAMPERDOWN COUNTRY PARK, COUPAR ANGUS ROAD, DD2 4TF
Gay bar Klozet is simply one of the best venues in Dundee. Welcoming to everyone, in 2014 it won an award for the best independent bar in the whole of Scotland. Ideal for a fun night out, Klozet is the place to be.
Homemade food is the order of the day here. Almost every item at this café is made on the premises. The restaurant changes what it serves daily. This means that the experience (and the food) will never be stale.
You may be surprised to hear that there are wolves, wildcats and even a bear in Dundee. The rather unassuming name means that people often don’t realise that Dundee has its own little zoo. It won’t occupy a whole day, but it’s worth a quick visit even just to see the European Brown Bear.
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h Edinburgh. Home to the world's biggest comedy festival, masses of kilted pipers and a big ass castle. Now that's a capital with a capital 'C'. Year on year the city unveils more wonderful venues and activities to explore. Here are just a few to get you started.
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THE SOUTHERN 22-26 SOUTH CLERK STREET, EH8 9PR As if the extensive selection of craft beers wasn’t enough to get punters clamouring through the doors, The Southern also serves everything from hot dogs to salads for only £5. A little-known fact about the unassuming pub is that Nirvana played a secret acoustic show there back in 1991 when they were in town for a sold-out gig at Calton Studios. Thesouthern.co.uk
THE EDINBURGH DUNGEON 31 MARKET STREET EH1 1DF THE HIVE 15 – 17 NIDDRY STREET EH3 9EU The Hive is open seven days a week and is one of the only places in Edinburgh you can spend the night dancing away all your troubles to S Club 7 in one room and Metallica in another. Drinks start from just £1 and the club even hosts foam parties and silent discos throughout the year. Clubhive.co.uk
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There’s no denying that Edinburgh has a murky past, and what better way to get to know the city than to spend a day exploring it at The Edinburgh Dungeon?The popular attraction combines live actors and special effects with underground rides to bring the city’s history to life in a fun and (slighty) scary way. Thedungeons.com/ edinburgh/en
THE POTTER TRAIL CANDLEMAKER ROW EH1 2QE Edinburgh is synonymous with Harry Potter and if you’re a fan of JK Rowling’s magical books then you should definitely consider checking out the Harry Potter Trail. The free guided tours, which leave from outside Greyfriars Bobby Pub and don’t need to be booked in advance, have been specifically designed to give muggles a real insight into the local places that inspired the moneyspinning series. Pottertrail.com WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
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THE DOMINION 18 NEWBATTLE TERRACE, EH10 4RT The Dominion in Morningside brings oldfashioned glamour back to a night out at the cinema. The four-screen venue, which first opened in 1938 and remains independent, features comfortable leather sofas, staff wearing tuxedos and even a fully-stocked bar. It’s pricier than its competitors but is 100% worth splashing out on! Dominioncinemas.net
PANDA & SONS 79 QUEEN STREET EH2 4NF
RESTAURANT MARTIN WISHART 54 THE SHORE, EH6 6RA
THE JAZZ BAR 1A CHAMBERS STREET EH1 1HR
Panda & Sons is a modern rendition of a Prohibitionera speakeasy. It might look like a vintage barbershop from the outside (and is easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for!) but inside it’s a classy, retro bar that offers an impressive selection of unique cocktails.
After opening in 1999, Restaurant Martin Wishart was first awarded a Michelin star in 2001 and has managed to reclaim that accolade every year since. With a diverse menu featuring modern French cuisine made from fresh, local produce, this comes as no surprise, making it the perfect choice for a lavish, celebratory meal.
Despite its name, The Jazz Bar on Chambers Street actually presents a wide range a live music every day of the week. Whether it’s jazz, swing, funk, soul or anything else you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed to find it in an intimate setting here. Open ‘til 3am, the entry price varies according to which musician is playing.
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HOOT THE REDEEMER 7 HANOVER STREET Bars don’t come much quirkier than Hoot the Redeemer, a 1950s funfair-themed outlet complete with amusement arcades, a fortune teller that helps you create a custommade drink and an alcoholic ice cream vendor. Fun at its finest. Facebook.com/hootredeemer
MAISON DE MOGGY 17-19 WEST PORT EH1 2JA MARY’S MILK BAR 19 GRASSMARKET EH1 2HS
MIDLOTHIAN SNOWSPORTS CENTRE BIGGAR ROAD, EH10 7DX
Nestled on the cobbled streets of the Grassmarket is Mary’s Milk Bar, home to some of most indulgent sweet treats in Edinburgh. Everything sold is handmade and, with different flavours of gelato appearing on the menu every day, you’re bound to discover something new every time you visit!
If you’re a keen skier but student life has left you unable to jet off to the French Alps then fear not – you’ll find Britain’s longest dry ski slope in Edinburgh! More than £1million has been invested in the centre after 27,000 people backed an internet campaign to save it from closure in 2011.
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If pets are banned from your student flat then fear not: you can still get your furry fixation with a visit to Maison de Moggy, Scotland’s first ever cat café. Based on the popular Japanese concept, Maison de Moggy gives guests the opportunity to mingle with ten resident cats whilst enjoying cake, coffee and cups of tea. This themed café is incredibly popular so booking in advance is recommended. Maisondemoggy.com WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
ecause the weather is rarely smiling down on Glasgow, the locals have found ways of generating joy indoors. Join us for great-tasting grub, incredible shopping and laughs like no other – all weatherproof, of course. And get those dancing shoes looked out – you’re in Glesga Toon!
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KETCHUP 44 ASHTON LANE, HILLHEAD, G12 8SJ Located within the security of Ashton Lane, one of the quaintest and most widely enjoyed student hubs in Glasgow, you’ll find that the sweet tang of this grill’s original recipe tomato sauce will heighten your senses long after it’s wet your lips. Enjoy burgers and homemade fries in style in the students’ answer to retro dining. And yes, that is a ceiling of fairy lights above your head outside. Ketchupwest.co.uk
THE BOTANICAL GARDENS 730 GREAT WESTERN ROAD, G12 0UE Retreat to the serene soils of Glasgow’s Botanical Gardens to finish off some core reading before bed. You’ll find that being amongst nature can be very calming after a rough weekend. And, when it’s free entry, there really is no better place for the Glasgow student to unwind than beneath the glass dome of the city’s most admired gardens. Glasgowbotanicgardens.com
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OXFAM MUSIC SHOP 171 BYRES ROAD G12 8TS Whether you’re looking for some vinyls to decorate your new flat or for something to impress your roommates with on guitar, Oxfam Music Shop is packed full of affordable music. Instruments, cassettes, sheet music – you name it, they’ve got it. Plus, it all goes to charity. Got a night off during the week? Why not volunteer here? Oxfam.org.uk/shop/localshops/oxfam-music-shops
FLAT 0/1 162 BATH STREET G2 4TB Prepare to banish all your mates’ excuses of wanting a “wee night in”. Drag those indoors-y recluses to Bath Street, dump your stuff on one of the living room couches and stroll into the kitchen for a drink. Bring the house to the party here in this very public student pad – complete with baths for seats, shelves of VCRs and shabby-chic sofas. The resident DJs will be sure to keep the party going till the morning light. Flat-1.co.uk WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
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GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE 50 PACIFIC QUAY, G51 1EA Many a Glaswegian local will be able to tell you of their adventures to the Science Centre in school – an exciting, interactive learning portal accessible for all ages. Fortunately for us, the Science Centre has grown at a similar rate to we have and now offers a number of entertaining explorations for young adults, such as a fully equipped planetarium, an IMAX theatre and a gift shop to rival House of Fraser. It’s a full-day adventure that gets you off your phone and back into the classroom – you won’t forget it.. Glasgowsciencecentre.org
THE KING’S THEATRE 297 BATH ST, G2 4JN A fan of theatre? Look no further than The King’s – your one stop shop for professional and amateur dramatic productions. It’s been offering extremely enjoyable musical experiences, including the likes of Wicked and The Bodyguard, since 1929 and is one of the most acoustically commended theatres in the country. Tip: wear a tie for this one. Atgtickets.com/venues/ kings-theatre @SCOTCAMPUS
ROLLERSTOP 139 MIDDLESEX STREET G41 1EE
OCTOBER PRINCES SQUARE 48 BUCHANAN ST G1 3JN
Ditch your Docs in favour of some skates on your next night out and you could be rolling into your best clubbing experience in years. With nights dedicated to just adultskating, the simple wonder of wheeled boots is proving to be a great way to get young people off the streets in Glasgow. Think iceskating in George Square but without the sharp blades or humiliation of a near-death experience.
So, you’ve landed a date during Fresher’s week. And while Burger King might hold the heavy price tag of a decent restaurant, you can prepare to wave goodbye to date two. Take them to Princes Square instead, Glasgow’s elite dining and shopping quarter. Offering a vast range of restaurants across four floors, October is one of our favourites. We look forward to receiving our wedding invitation!
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SLOANS 108 ARGYLE STREET, G2 8BG Hidden between some of consumerism’s biggest culprits, Sloans bar is good ol’ taste of Glasgow that you’ll want to keep coming back for. As well as serving food and drink from dusk 'til dawn, each Monday Sloans has an EAT-FILM event that showcases everything from Mean Girls to Lord of the Rings. There’s also a public ceilidh every Friday night! So, throw in some folk music sessions, extremely hard pub quizzes and a few evenings dedicated to gourmet Mac and Cheese – and there are your night times sorted. Sloansglasgow.com/events
TEMPO | TEA BAR 83 QUEEN STREET G1 3DA Juicing is becoming a favourable option for those of us constantly on the go, and so swinging into Tempo Tea Bar on your way to uni is the perfect way to make sure you’re getting a couple of your five-aday. This tearoom is home to the infamous Bubble Tea – a shot of small, spherical bubbles that’s added to your drink. They pop to release deliciously potent syrups in all kinds of flavours. Tempoteabar.com
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THE OLD FRUITMARKET CANDLERIGGS, G1 1NQ Find yourself in one of Glasgow’s outstanding venues this semester. This concert hall gets its name from past encounters. Looking around, prepare to be enchanted by original signage and delightful, rainbow fairy lights at every corner. As home of the RSNO (Royal Scottish National Orchestra), you can attend one of many musical performances here for a fraction of the price by flashing that glossy student card of yours. Glasgowconcerthalls. com/old-fruitmarket
MEGABYTES CAFÉ 73 - 75 SEAGATE 169 HOWARD STREET G1 4HF As a spokesperson for the Netflix generation, I can safely conclude that the best way to get students out of their onesies is to bring us a taste of home when we’re not at home. Hence why MEGAbytes has opened its doors to, potentially, the greatest bar ever! Offering Mario Kart tournaments, Nintendo 64s and PS2s, MEGAbytes has it nailed. Oh, and it’s a bar – did I mention that? Facebook.com/ MEGAbytesglasgow WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
et to know this deeply historic city, where battles were fought and royalty reigned (although you've only experienced shameful nights in the Fubar). With new, swanky and student-friendly venues lining the city, Stirling is a suberb location to explore outside of the campus.
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DUSK 64 BAKER ST, FK8 1DB It's widely known as an epicentre for all things student, hosting freshers’ events that vary from the quirky to the quite sensationally mad: neon-clad pub golf anyone? Dusk will probably be both your best friend and darkest enemy, with the lure of cheap drinks seducing you away from your assignments and early morning lectures. Embrace your complicated relationship with the place, take a mirrored toilet selfie and get down on the dance floor to some club classics. Duskstirling.co.uk
EUROPA 10 FRIARS STREET FK8 1HA
MONTEREY JACKS KING ST, FK8 1AX
Many an hour have I spent in Europa, leafing through treasure troves of vinyl. It's like a magic cave of joy for the music lover, and the staff are always cool, relaxed, laid-back and helpful. And most importantly, nonjudgemental when you hand over that Donny Osmond vinyl you just have to have.
Stirling really, really needed a burger joint, and I was delighted when one opened. And guess what? It’s superbly tasty AND value for money, regularly offering 2 for 1 burgers along with pizzas, nachos, and yummy cocktails. Relaxed and chilled, you can plod along hungover in your trackies and no one will bat an eye, but it's always just enough kitsch to be cool. Monterey Jacks is fast becoming one of my favourite places.
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STIRLING CASTLE CASTLE ESPLANADE, FK8 1EJ If you aren't a resident of the sleepy medieval town, it's a must. Steeped in history, the castle dates back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and will induce Scottish pride that you haven't felt since the first time you saw Braveheart. Pay extra for a guided tour around the stunning focal point, and try not to giggle as a theatrical kilted actor with a dodgy accent sweeps you around the likes of the Chapel Royal and the Royal Palace. The restoration of certain parts of the castle are meticulously done, so much so, youâ€™ll be transported back in time. Watch out for the ghost of the Green Lady! Stirlingcastle.gov.uk
COLESSIO 33 SPITTAL ST, FK8 1DX
THE REGENT 30 UPPER CRAIGS, FK8 2DG
Previously a listed NHS office building, the resplendent four pillars at 'the top of the town' has been recently transformed into a fine establishment worthy of its proud five stars. While it may be a bit intimidating for a first date, it's a true pleasure to relax in the modern surroundings of the Grill Room, where you can expect a steak cooked to perfection and very attentive service. On a Friday or Saturday night, feel free to get yourself dolled up and go mingle in the bar with the girls sipping on their very expensive (but worth it) cocktails. Also, incidentally a great place to take your Nan for afternoon tea for her birthday.
The best Chinese food you will ever have. The Regent has won multiple awards for its top quality Cantonese cuisine. It looks unassuming from the outside, and even inside itâ€™s dark and moody, but the food always triumphantly prevails. The service is beautifully polite and somewhat oldfashioned. It's a family tradition for lots of Stirling-ites, and if you mention it in passing, expect fervent nods and appreciative sighs as people reminisce over the king prawns in a white wine sauce. The chicken in black bean is good too. In fact it's all good. Order everything. Then get your Dad to pay.
Get in touch on 01786 472513
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MAMMA MIA 52 SPITTAL ST, FK8 1DU Tucked away up the top of the town, Mamma Mia is a tiny restaurant with enormous heart. The service is impeccable, the food outstanding, and the prices inherently reasonable. The staff make you feel like long lost friends, and you will definitely leave with a slight (albeit dodgy) Italian accent and a spring in your step. A place I always feel doesn't receive the attention it deserves, Mamma Mia is the definition of a hidden gem. Get in touch on 01786 446124
THE OLD TOWN JAIL ST JOHN ST, FK8 1EA
THE CROOKED ARM ALLANVALE RD BRIDGE OF ALLAN FK9 4NU
Much cheaper than the Castle which is adjacent to it, the Jail has a wealth of talented staff working there, including actors and historians committed to making your visit as authentic and fun as possible. A great Sunday afternoon trip, suitable for big groups, and there’s free parking. Also, like its neighbour, Stirling Castle, the Jail offers amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding town, and on a clear day you can see all the way to The Trossachs.
Stashed away in the narrow cobbles of Bridge of Allan, the Crooked Arm, known locally as ‘The Crook’, could be easily overlooked in terms of location and size. This low-ceilinged, wooden-beamed public house boasts reasonably-priced drinks, frequent live music as well as darts, football on the big telly, and a banging jukebox. Run by local legend, the leather-jacket clad and Gallagher-brother lookalike ‘Boycie’, the patter is rampant, and you just can't not have a good time.
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"AWRITE HEN?" I Scottish Patter
earning a new language is a challenge wherever you go, especially when you arrive in Scotland for the first time and are greeted with, “Awrite hen, hou's it gaun?”. So whether you’re new to this land or are just from doon the road, you might want to brush up on your Scottish phrases for the academic year ahead. And if you hunger for more, just watch every episode ever of Still Game and you’ll be dandy.
“AWA’ AN BILE YER HEID”
“HAUD YER WHEESHT”
This has got nothing to do with crabs, although it may because they’re always snapping at things. This is used to describe someone who is bad tempered or grumpy.
The literal translation is “hold your breath”, but it tends to be used when you’re telling someone to be quiet. So basically, shut your trap. “PEELY WALLY” If you’re from sunnier horizons, then you may have noticed that most Scots have a wonderfully pale complexion, also known as “peely wally”. This is also commonly said to people when they look like they might be ill e.g. “Are you feeling okay? ‘Cause you look a bit peely wally”. “GIE ME THE BOAK” If you’re living in halls then there’s a chance that you’ll probably hear this the morning after a heavy night of drinking. For example: “I’m so hungover, the smell of cooking is gie’n me the boak”. “MESSAGES” It means messages or perhaps letters, right? Nope, it means grocery shopping. For no apparent reason.
If you’ve never heard of this one, yet managed to translate it, then we take our wee Jimmy hats off to you. This is phrase is used when the person you’re talking to appears to be talking a lot of rubbish. Think along the lines of “cool story, bro”. “CRABBIT”
“AH DINNAE KEN” This hasn’t got anything to do with anyone called Ken and translates simply as “I don’t know”. So now you ken! “HELL SLAP IT IN TAE YE!” You’ll be hearing this if you’ve been doing something you shouldn’t. Basically, you totally deserved what you got. “A NODS AS GUID AS A WINK TAE A BLIND HORSE” You’re unlikely to meet a blind horse wondering round the campus but this means that you’ve not explained yourself very well and you need to make your point clearer. “GONNAE NO’ DAE THAT!” Stop whatever you are doing! WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
Tourist To Local (In 5 Easy Steps). BY SARA MCQUEEN
ongratulations! You’ve arrived in Scotland armed with winter coats, a guide to the patter and more freshers leaflets than you can shake a stick at, but be sure to get off the tourist routes and discover all the quirky days out on offer. Getting out of the bubble of international students can be a daunting prospect, but it’s sure to pay off with some great memories of studying abroad. Here are some tips to get you started:
Go to the train station, get on the first train and get off at the next stop, with your fingers crossed that it isn’t the cross country service to London, as you won’t make it back for dinner. The more obscure the stop, the better. The worst that can happen is you find a place with absolutely nothing to do, thus learning the valuable lesson of the importance of carrying a good book with you at all times.
Scots have a reputation for friendliness (if you can decipher that famous accent) so don’t be afraid to ask where the secret gems are. Staff in museums and galleries are often a font of information and are sure to know of a great wee spot which deserves to be a part of your Scottish experience. MEET THE LOCALS Check out notice boards in uni buildings for language tandem nights, as locals learning your language are sure to swap a conversation practice for their top tips of where the best, budget-friendly nights out are. If you’re coming from an English-speaking background, I can think of two reasons to attend the French tandem nights even if your language skills are slightly rusty: cheese and wine, anyone?
Whether writing, photography or vlogging, a blog can be excellent motivation to go exploring and connect with people with similar interests. Instagram is arguably the authority on the current must-see locations in your area, and if you think a fellow blogger’s post is great then there’s no harm in letting them know - blogging is an inclusive community and nowadays, some of the greatest friendships start in the comments section on Wordpress. TRY TRAIN STATION POT LUCK
GETTING OUT OF THE CITY Scotland's beautiful countryside is not to be missed, and lack of a car is no excuse. From bus to train, ferry to bike, getting creative with your transport options can reward you with some fabulous scenery. Many of the websites for Scotland’s national parks have information about bus services from major cities, and tourist information offices will help get you on the right track, so a little research will get you into the mountains in no time. Go forth and explore: Nessie awaits! WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
Recipe For Success. BY KYM BALLANTYNE
fell in love with cooking the same way I fell in love with my other half: reluctantly, then all at once.
I've never minded cooking; I’ve always being capable of making a pot of soup or some pasta when my mum was late home from work, but as I moved deeper into dissertation wasteland and the dreaded overdraft, cooking became a way of life, as well as a lovely distraction from what I should have actually been doing. On one particular week-before-payday, in which cheese toasties were the only thing on the menu for lunch breakfast and dinner - we decided enough was enough. Now, we shop frugally, and hit as many shops for the best deals as we can. Cheap does NOT mean rubbish, so ditch your Kraft cheesy pasta and Pot Noodles and embrace the world of fresh and - on a flush week - organic produce. Yes, I am aware I sound exactly like my mother.
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Basmati rice (roughly one cup per person) 2 eggs Sesame oil Soy sauce Chicken breasts (one per person) Any veggies you have (I use green beans, peas, red and yellow peppers and mushrooms)
Pop your rice on to boil. Roughly cut up your chicken breasts and season well with salt and pepper. Fire in the wok with a teaspoon of sesame oil and stir fry for ten minutes or until you are confident it has cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan with a slotted spoon and set to one side on some kitchen paper. Beat your eggs together and then pour into the wok, swirl and let set as you would an omelette. Flip your little omelette and then with a side of your fish slice, press into ribbons. Add any frozen veg you are using at this point. Drain rice and add to the wok along with cooked chicken. Fire in any other veggies and stir fry together. Add soy sauce to taste along with a little more sesame oil.
Bang on the table with a bag of prawn crackers from the Chinese restaurant on the corner, let everybody help themselves, and enjoy! WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
A HAMPER OF VEGAN
eeping vegan life varied can be pretty challenging when it comes juggling in a hectic schedule, tight budget and lack of energy. Remember that time you just flung some salad leaves in a wrap and called it ‘dinner’?
TheVeganKind is the UK’s first ever monthly subscription service to dish up tasty vegan goodness straight to your doorstep. For just £10 a month, you’ll receive a tasty hamper of five to eight vegan products from the range of 100% ethical goods including: food and drink items, beauty products and eco-friendly household goods. Now that’s thinking outside of the hamper. Thanks to the lovely folks over at TheVeganKind HQ, we have five food and drink mystery boxes up for grabs! Whether you’re a practicing vegan or just fancy dipping your toe in the lifestyle, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some all-natural treats. Previous snacks include Sour Cream and Chive Quinoa Chips, Mallow Choc Dips and Creative Nature Tropical Treat bars – you totally owe it to your taste buds.
Just visit the competition section Scotcampus.com to be in with a chance of winning. Oh, and don’t worry if you miss out this time, there are only winners here; you can make the most of a whopping 50% discount on your first Monthly Lifestyle Box for all readers using this magical code:
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Healthy Wallet, Healthy Mind. BY MICHAEL EDWARDS
f we had a pound for every time we were told the secret to saving money is budgeting, our overdraft would’ve been dead and buried years ago. Not that we’re saying all the well-meaning (if slightly smug) advice is totally wrong, it’s not, but we’ve worked out a few less impossible tips.
AUTOMATIC BUDGETING SOFTWARE
If you’re a first year there’s a good chance you have no idea what’s going to be the biggest drain on your cash, and keeping track of your spending can be tough. So get budgeting software to do it for you.
If you’re cooking for yourself, it’s all too easy to go for convenience and comfort, when a little more effort will save you cash and maybe even help you discover new things. BBC Good Food, Tesco Meal Planner and EatingOnABudget. co.uk are all great sources of cheap and tasty recipes. Explore, experiment and save.
Free online tools like Money Dashboard and OnTrees connect with your bank account to read and display your spending in simple, easy-to-use formats. They’re secure, read-only software, so there’s no more risk of identity theft than with online shopping. DISCOUNT SITES Impulse buying is your enemy. Make sure you’ve exhausted every opportunity to save cash before you buy anything. The likes of Student Beans, Save the Student and our own Scotcampus website are full of student discounts and offers, sites like Quidco and Top Cashback pay you to shop and sometimes for just walking into a store, and sites like mySupermarket exist to compare prices. Premium discount cards like the 16-25 Railcard, NUS Extra or annual club memberships can be life savers, but make sure they deliver savings you’ll actually use before you cough up for them this freshers’ week.
NIGHTS IN FOMO (fear of missing out) is one of the most stressful things about the first year of uni. Avoid the pain by identifying like-minded friends who don’t want to dig themselves into debt in the first six months and make a pact to share several fun nights in each week. It doesn’t matter if it’s a movie night, board games or dinners: if you can cut out the clubbing costs, your wallet will be grateful. DEBT ADVISORS Nobody expects you to know everything. If you’re worried about money and need advice, your university will have advisors who can help you find a solution. The Money Advice Service also has links to debt advice charities near you, and, if things get really bad, your parents will be much more understanding than you think. Trust us, we’ve been there. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
FOMO Ahead! BY MICHAEL EDWARDS
f you’re just starting out on your university career, you’ll encounter swathes of advice and suggestions to help you get the most out of your time there. It’s all good, but one thing trumps all else: Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is real, and it’s a pain in the arse.
Social media doesn’t help. Sure it helps you connect with new (and old) friends, but it’s also everyone’s personal showreel of awesomeness that can leave you shaking with jealous rage every time there’s a party and you’re not invited. Don’t give in. Activate your FOMO filter and don’t join in the war of one-upmanship.
Freshers’ Week used to be a hard-fought journey of discovery in which you sought out social soulmates, hunted down haunts you could sink into like a comfy old armchair and stumbled into dens of iniquity that leave the kind of scars you tell stories about for years. Today it’s different.
Avoiding the hungry black hole of FOMO also helps you focus and get what you came for, a degree. You might even leave uni without crippling debt hanging around your neck. There are so many discounts, freebies and offers around that you can get by without overspending.
Every venue and service within five miles of your uni is hunting you. You’ll need a riot shield to hold back the tide of leaflets, adverts, invites and advocates offering fun and freebies. As well as being a little intimidating, these tactics can infect you with a nasty case of FOMO, and if you’re not careful it can take over your university life. It starts as a niggling sense that others are having a better time than you. Maybe your roommate saw the guy from Prides at a boat party, or got free pizza for showing up to an event promoting some stationary shop, but really, so what? Uni is going to be full of amazing stuff, and you’re not going to enjoy it if you’re always worrying about what everyone else is doing.
The same can be said for friends. You don’t need to buy a round for 17 randoms to be popular, you’re much better off being you in conversation or a beast on the dance floor than a big spender at the bar. And if you need a night in to save your cash or get some sleep, you won’t be alone. Let others know, make a night (in) of it, and you’ll find a surprising number of people feel the same. What we’re really saying is relax, take your time, and enjoy the ride. You’re young, free and embarking on the journey of a lifetime, don’t waste time worrying about what you missed, or chasing the perfect experience, just keep your brain engaged and your eyes and heart wide open and you’ll get the experience you deserve. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
ne week. One chance. One list. Here are the fundamental tips and tasks to keep your Freshers’ Week fabulous and fiasco free.
Go all out! This is your one chance to try out what each student night has to offer before lectures commence so make the most of those long lie ins and party each night away.
Lather up! No Fresher’s week is complete without a boogie inside a giant bubble bath. After all those hot and sweaty clubs, a foam party will be just what you need to freshen up. Go foam or go home!
Fresh and fancy. Whether it’s tutus or togas it’s essential to embrace the wacky dress codes. Flatmates? Check. Camera? Check. Outfit created from your spare pillowcase? Check! Get lost! The best routes to and from campus and town are usually found by aimlessly exploring your surroundings once you’ve managed to peel yourself away from the comfort of your hangover cocoon. One thing’s for certain; in any university city you will never be far from a Costa or Starbucks for that all important caffeine hit and free Wi-Fi. Aim for the top! To avoid a carelessly closed milk carton contaminating your food, claim your shelves in the fridge early. It’s every man for him-shelf!
BY LUCY JARMAN
Make a house a home. A quick and affordable trip to Primark will provide you with fluffy pillows and throws to cover those overused and stained sofas and help to ‘cushion’ the blow of leaving your home comforts.
Home bird. Make sure to check in with your parents early on in the week. Not only will you ease their worried minds but the suggestion of topping up your bank account will be far better received if you’ve checked in first.
Find the University Hub on arrival. Here you’ll likely be provided with discount wristbands and voucher to all the major clubs, takeaways and restaurants as well as the crucial campus map and timetable.
Double check the date and time of your first lecture. If possible, find the lecture theatres location in advance so even if you’re running late after a wild night out, you’ll be running in the right direction.
10. GET INVOLVED! You only get to do this once so make the most of everything this week has to offer. You’ll be the belle of the ball. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
Life Skills BY STEPHANIE HUNTER
Not Taught At Uni.
act: You will not learn everything you need to know in university. Do not be tricked into thinking you will. University will not teach you how to pull, get into clubs for free or be on top of your mental game. These are the skills that will save your bank balance and stop your soul from being crushed by the everyday challenges.
LESSON 3: BUMPING UGLIES
LESSON 1: BOUNCERS
LESSON 4: BOUNCING BACK
They may be intimidating and sometimes downright rude, but they are standing at the entrance of a club so you don’t need to deal with some mwi cretin pouring their drink down your back as you dance. Smile and say thank you. I haven’t paid into a club for months since realising security are freezing, bored and game for a bit of banter. LESSON 2: BILLS Pay yo’ bills. Pay yo’ bills on time. Being on top of your finances is key to getting your service providers on your side. If you ever get your keys jammed in a lock, flaunt your reliable nature until the situation is lubricated. People help people they know aren’t taking the mick. @SCOTCAMPUS
A lighter is not just for cigarettes and pyromaniacs. It is for love. You’ve gone to the smoking area for air. A beautiful creature steps out the door while you are fiddling with your phone. They are asking around for a lighter. This is your chance. Go.
How do you expect to bounce back into a hectic lifestyle after a tough time if you don’t look after your physical being? I’m not saying you should join a gym and give up carbs, but you should take the time to consider what you put your body through everyday. Give up using lifts and take the stairs. Drink an extra glass of water a day. Not only will your mood benefit from a little more exercise, you’ll end up sleeping better at night. Small life style changes can make all the difference. Go forth with this newfound wisdom and impart your knowledge. You’ve got this one nailed.
INTERVIEW: LUCA CONRENO
Scotland's Best Italian Restaurant
Worth Every Penne. O
pening in 1970, Glasgow’s renowned Italian restaurant, La Lanterna, boasts a long history of serving much-loved food. Situated at the foot of Hope Street, Head Chef Luca Conreno and General Manager Christopher Martinolli have been running the restaurant since 1998 and continue to cook Glasgow up a storm today, winning ‘Best Italian in Scotland’ in 2014. Lucky for us, we were invited round to the cosy venue to chat to Luca about Italian culture, becoming a chef and cooking simply sumptuous food.
HOW HAS LA LANTERNA CHANGED OVER A WHOPPING 45 YEARS? It’s changed a lot, but it’s kept the old traditions, like the Italian people and the authentic food. Over the years we’ve kept this classic Italian feeling, but have had to move with the times too, such as we’ve done with our recent refurbishment earlier this year. I think that the biggest change has been because of the way the media has changed. Before, it was much more closed - you were really only exposed through media like print and TV. Now you’re so visible when it comes to online media. IS A STRONG ONLINE PRESENCE SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT? Definitely. And I think all this change is a good thing, even although I still like the traditional. Like when I go back to Italy, even although I see things changing, like the places and the interiors, the food still has its own solid, classic foundation, but with a new touch, slightly
updated. You must have this foundation though, such as the recipes that never change – like carbonara, Bolognese, arrabiata - that have been the same for 100 years, you cannot get rid of them. HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THAT YOU LOVED COOKING? It was a family tradition. Back in Italy my grandfather owned a small place that would sell wine during the war, and once a week they would make meals. When the place got bigger and started to cook more, it evolved into a trattoria in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and served more food. But in fact my Dad was a jeweller and I wanted to become a gemologist; studying the stones and making jewellery - the creation of it all. But then I discovered my passion for cooking - I think there’s something to do with creating jewellery that’s similar to creating a dish. Both require mixing, combining and adding different elements together. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
LA LANTERNA HAS WON PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR BOTH ITS FOOD AND ITS STAFF. WHAT’S BEEN THE SECRET TO THIS SUCCESS? I think it’s the constant attention to our customers, the food and the service. We don’t just focus on getting people through the door. It’s said that Glasgow has the highest concentration of restaurants in Europe, so that’s a lot of competition. There’s definitely a buzz about food in Glasgow, so the attention has to be constant. You can’t just be good once, for one day, it needs to be constant every day, and that’s what we try to do. HAVE THERE BEEN ANY MAJOR CHALLENGES OVER THE YEARS? Not really, because I love what I do. Perhaps being entered into awards and competitions can be a kind of challenge. It’s hard because you don’t win all the time. Luckily, we’ve won in a few (including ‘Scotland’s Best Team’, ‘Best Chef’ and ‘Best Restaurant’ three years in a row). It’s nice to get that official recognition. HOW DO YOU THINK LA LANTERNA IS DIFFERENT TO OTHER ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN SCOTLAND? Because of me! [laughs] No, really simply it’s because the food is consistently good. People don’t realise how hard it is in the kitchen too. Not just in terms of cooking, but to actually handle a kitchen; the heat is high, the pressure is high. All the while people in the restaurant want good service, great tasting food, they don’t want to wait, they want it fast. And when there’s three, four or five people in the kitchen that can be hard.
HOW DO YOU KEEP SO CALM? I have my moments where I’m not! But I’m calm because I like it. I think maybe because of the TV (Luca regularly appears on STV’s The Riverside Show) and the pressure of that. But I don’t think about the TV, I just think about the food. The last time I was cooking on the show I didn’t have much time, but I just tried to focus on the food and enjoy it. I like the pressure. WHAT ELSE IN ON THE CARDS FOR LA LANTERNA THIS YEAR? We have the awards season in September again, but really the biggest thing this year is the refurbishment. The restaurant hasn't changed in decades, so that’s the first big transformation the restaurant has had in its long history. SO IF YOU HAD TO EAT ONE DISH FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? My favourite is spaghetti alla pescatora. I love seafood. But also our ravioli, as it’s freshly made. BEFORE I LET YOU ESCAPE BACK TO THE KITCHEN, DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO SHARE WITH ASPIRING CHEFS? You really need to have a passion. Remember when everyone else is at home, at parties and out celebrating, this is when you’re going to be working more than anyone else. At weekends and at Christmas, so be prepared for sacrifice. The advantages? You can create things, you can travel the world, you can work anywhere, as long as you’re passionate.
5 Best...City Guide Apps. BY ESZTER JOKAY
oving to a new city can be a very daunting experience. Thankfully, having your phone with you ensures that you’ll never miss out on great deals or get lost. Download these apps, put on your walking shoes and explore your new home!
STUDENT RECOMMENDED (SR)
If you’ve ever been lost in an unfamiliar place, you know that it’s not the most pleasant feeling in the world. Fortunately, this amazing app can help you with understanding the Scottish transport system. It allows you to plan your journey, be it by bus, coach, subway, tram, rail or even ferry. For more adventurous types, it also shows the best cycling routes with live traffic updates.
SR provides countless offers tailored to students and to your specific location. Download this essential student guide to get deals on food, drinks, gigs, shopping, cinema, accommodation and sport. The app also includes a map, pinpointing all the events and venues nearby, making sure you’ll never get bored of student life.
Platforms: Android, iOS Price: Free
Platforms: Android, iOS Price: Free VISITSCOTLAND EXPLORE VisitScotland equips you with a comprehensive guide to the main sights, a journey planner and a map showing the main attractions. Don’t worry if you can’t get signal, it allows you to save places and events for future reference. The world (or at least Scotland) awaits you! Platforms: Android, iOS Price: Free
5PM.CO.UK Prepare yourself for the flood of amazing deals, ranging from afternoon tea to dinner to spa offers and gift vouchers. This app offers limited time deals with at least 50% off many great activities. Perfect if you’re new to the city and willing to discover its hidden gems at a great price. Platforms: iOS Price: Free WEATHER FORECAST: UK
Weather Forecast: UK
Never trust the Scottish weather. Sunny in the morning? Leave your sandals at home - it’s probably going to snow in a few hours. If you want to survive all four seasons in a day, this app gives you a detailed account of predicted rainfall, temperature and cloud cover, with updates every hour. Platforms: Android, iOS Price: Free
What's Happening On
Scotcampus.com WE’RE BEING ABSOLUTE PIES
WE KNOW HOW TO GET YOUR CAREER STARTED
WE’RE PALS WITH THE A-LISTERS
We’ve been eating our way around Scotland like a really ravenous bunch of Pac-Men. We did it for you guys though. Honestly. Add to your culinary repertoire with our cheap and hassle-free recipes, and if the kitchen’s totally off-limits, get stuck into our city guide to discover moreish venues to fill your plate. Enough talking, we’re off to go make something delicious and covered in cheese.
If you have a career in mind but you don’t have the foggiest on how to get there, our brand new Careers Annual is your go-to source for getting the real personality behind the business, with none of the corporate waffle. The folks behind Scotland’s leading companies will also let you in on the skills you need to make your dream career happen. Read the first edition online in our Careers section and tell us what you want to be when you grow up! We still don’t know…
We’ve been rubbing shoulders with a whole bunch of A-list, well, shoulders, from this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as discovering the world’s biggest rising stars. Read all about our new celeb pals in our juicy interviews. Don’t worry, we promise we won’t forget you when Leonardo finally invites us to go off into the sunset on one of his yachts.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT SPIELBERG If you thrive on shooting video, we want to see and share your work! Our in-house team can even help with creative oversight and feedback. It doesn’t matter if you’re filming on your phone or your uber fancy camera, as long as you’re passionate, we want to hear from you. To find out more, get in touch via email@example.com. FRESHERS' FEST IS BACK We’re bringing Scotland’s biggest student festival back to Glasgow’s SECC, on the 23rd-34th Sep! We couldn’t pick just one highlight from Freshers Festival 2014, but the mountains of free pizza was up there. This year will be crammed full of giveaways and beyond from clubs, bars, restaurants, retail, employment, gaming and music. So get ready to fill your boots with goodies, and sign up for your free VIP tickets on Freshersfestival.com.
What We Learned Online
THE END OF SUMMER STRUGGLE IS REAL
WE’VE BEEN MAKING INTERNET DISCOVERIES LIKE IT’S GOING OUT OF FASHION…
You partied/ate/holidayed throughout the summer and now you have a lifetime of happy memories as a result. It’s just a shame that you can’t remember what money even looks like now. Night out? No bother, just book us in for next March.
Luhu is a tabby cat from China. Her drooping brow means she has a permanently sad face. We have never wanted to hug a cat so much.
Never being able to find Irn Bru abroad. Being made to say ‘Curly Wurly’ 200 times when you leave the country. Autocorrect changing ‘aye’ to ‘ate’. It’s a hard life north of the border.
THE AWKWARD LIVES OF ANIMALS
Simpson’s illustrator Liz Climo imagines the problems the animal kingdom might have if they knew what the Internet, fast food and selfies were. The results are hilarious and super cute. See Lizclimo.tumblr.com for more. WWW.SCOTCAMPUS.COM
This issue Scotcampus features interviews with: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Iain Glen, The LaFontaines, Lucy Rose PLUS our guide to Freshers...