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If you surveyed a hundred students’ what they associated with Freshers’ week, you expected the words ‘fun’ and ‘exciting’ to be vying for the most popular response. Take the same survey and apply it to the students’ and staff who are directly involved with the daily running of the Union and you could add ‘stressful’ into the running for top spot. Because creating an environment where excitement can thrive takes some seriously hard work and anyone involved with this years Freshers’ Festival (p4) should feel proud of what they’ve achieved. It was the best I’ve seen in my three years at the University. What makes the achievement all the more remarkable, is that took place against a backdrop of some serious unrest amongst its member’s, following the announcement that the SU run bar and café will close in January. Whilst for some the debate will never reach a satisfactory conclusion, T’Hud has done its best to give a balanced account of events and hope you take the time to read up on what has to be the most controversial decision the Union has made in years. (p20) If you like what you read please come and find us online at: and if you want to get in contact, the send me an email: I hope you enjoy the issue.

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Editor - Kevin Lawson Deputy Editor - Jenessa Williams Design - Ste Bradshaw Contributors - Will Nixon, Coco Toma, Sam Johnson, Alex Humphries, Hannah Doidge, Charlotte Hanson, Aaron Ibanez, Tori Fenton, RAG, Laura Denman, Kate Pearson, Alex Nelson, PolSoc, Josh Elderfield, Steph Darlington, Matt Wheelton Advertising -
















s someone who is a lot nearer to graduation than I ever believed I’d be, I’m pretty jealous of you Freshers’. You are on the cusp of three (or more) years of studying something you love, meeting new people and discovering true independence for the first time. Surely plenty of reasons for a good old knees up right? However, memories of my own Freshers’ week 2011 are tinged with regret. I didn’t join any societies (apart from the lovely magazine crew!) and was cautious with my money (and hangover tendency) to the point that I only really attended one or two events. I might have made up for it in the rest of the year, but I missed out on some of that guilt-free fun time that is such a gift before the studying really kicks in.

Which is exactly why I, and indeed everyone at T’Hud, are so happy that you went out in force this year, making it a complete sell out. But why wouldn’t you? Freshers’ 2013 boasted the fullest schedule our SU has ever seen, a proper testament to the hard work of the Entertainment Team and their understanding of what you guys love. And word on the street is that you did yourselves proud too – SU Student Activities Exec Matt Wheelton confessed that you were by far and away the friendliest and liveliest bunch


of Freshers’ he has seen in years. With everything from magic to comedy to dancing robots rammed into just five days, Freshers’ 2013 had simply too much for little old me to take in. Instead, we sent down some of our staff from in and around the SU to give us the lowdown on a week our graduating class of 2016 will never forget. By Alex Humphries The Wednesday night of this years’ Freshers’ Week saw hundreds of students gather with their societies as part of the HudSocial event. As the traditional night out of the week, this was the first opportunity for sports clubs and societies to impress their members and it’s fair to say that everyone was raring to go. Rugby Union, Netball, Ultimate Frisbee and Radio Hud all turned out in great numbers to enjoy the music provided by the Radio Hud DJ’s. The night officially started at 7pm, when Aaron Snowdon & Will Nixon took to the stage, although it wasn’t until a little later that people turned up en masse. As we came towards 8pm, Dave Speed & Simeon Yianni started on the decks playing a little bit of everything, with the drinks flowing, the music loud, people really got into what was overall a brilliant night. The last DJ of the night was Seb Lehmann, who finished off the evening as the SU Bar began to empty out and everyone began to hit the likes of Camel Club and Tokyo. From then on, what happens at a society social STAYS on a society social. By Sam Johnson

Is there any better way of welcoming

(no doubt the anthem for this years’

new students to University life than a

Fresher’s Week) to people they’d never

pub crawl? Absolutely not! So, as night

met three hours previously. So, it’s fair

fell on the first day of Huddersfield

to say a good night was had by most.

Freshers Week 2013, 1200 new

There was a distinct lack of

students descended into town, for

drinking casualties which is a major

a good ol’ fashioned knees-up for

achievement and almost all Freshers


were pretty much well behaved and friendships to be made that may last

polite to the Yellow shirted stewards,

In their various ‘team’ colours of

for life or the realisation that one has

guiding them from venue to venue, as

Blue, Green, Orange and Red this

finally broken free of the shackles of

well as the general public too.

years’ Freshers drank their way

mum and dad, but let’s be honest, it

around the local establishments of

was about having a really good night

As an introduction to the town that

Warehouse, Varsity, Cotton Factory,


will be a home to many of 1200 who

Vodka Revolution and culminating with

attended Hudcrawl, this was night

what has become a first week right of

As the evening went on the drinking

that most may find hard to remember

passage; a drunken trip to Tokyo.

became more frequent, the dancing

completely, but that many will never

more outlandish and before too long

forget. By Will Nixon

Now, I could go on to say how this

people found themselves singing/

was an occasion that caused new

slurring along to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky


By Coco Toma Huddersfield Freshers’ Festival 2013 was a busy week, full of great day and night events, but for me the most astonishing and memorable night was Hud Magic. Lit up by local born Michael Jordan’s enigmatic magic act, High Jinx, the show beguiled the audience at Students’ Union bar. The show started with Jordan and his assistant wondering around choosing a few students to go on stage and assist them in two incredible tricks. The first was truly breath taking and silenced the room. Jordan swallowed seven needles without struggling or looking indisposed before also eating a thread. Minutes later, he pulled the needles out of his mouth, one by one, all attached to each other through the thread. The audience broke the hush with an ear splitting ovation that repaid


Jordan’s bravery and talent. More was to follow, as High Jinx Magic is not just about illusion, but it is also about Circus skills. For the second trick, Michael called two muscular boys on stage. The volunteers helped Michael with balancing as he sat atop a three-cycle (think a unicycle that balance three wheels on top of each other) whilst juggling three sharp knives. Despite my screams of fear from my hiding spot underneath the bar table, Jordan managed to keep his balance, not chop off his arms, drop any knifes and land on the stage without any support from his assistants. It was an astonishing end to a stunning act.


HUDFEST Boasting Huddersfield’s best Freshers’ Festival lineup to date, this year’s HudFest was nothing short of a triumph. With the recent announcement of the SU’s imminent closure, HudFest had a lot riding on it. The students of Huddersfield University will be pleased to know the night filled with good times and positivity. A lot of the credit should go to the organisers of the event. Not a single detail was missed, with the entire Freshers’ tent and surrounding car park more akin to a carnival than anything else. Things like roulette, mini-golf and a bucking bronco added a necessary touch of fun to the festival’s proceedings. Before the headlining acts made their appearances, it was students from our own University who kept the entertainment ticking over. Up in the ‘Hud Rock Café’, students from RadioHud kept the excitement alive before Radio 1’s Ally McCrae showed up to DJ. McCrae is a rising star on Radio1, currently presenting the BBC Introducing show with Jen Long. After McCrae, band members of Pigeon Detectives rocked up for their very own DJ set, playing the best in indie-rock floor-fillers. The transformation the café made to become the ‘Hud Rock Café’ was fantastic. McCrae wasn’t the only DJ in from Radio 1 at HudFest. In the ‘Hud-Biza’ tent, the always charming Scott Mills headlined a remarkable silent disco. Dashing off from his daily afternoon show, Mills made it to the festival in time to play a mix of crowdpleasing dance and pop. It must be said that a couple hundred students sing-rapping the entirety of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’, with no music in the background, is hysterically funny. Combine that with the inflatable palm trees and copious amounts of alcohol, ‘Hud-

By Kevin Lawson

Biza’ was a smash. However, for those of us who like our music live, the SU was the place to be. The bill was packed with fresh, talented bands from around Huddersfield. Amongst them including Forever Cult, Feeds and the absolutely brilliant Byron Street Social. What an opportunity the festival was for these bands, especially since they can now brag about being on the same line-up as the main band of the night. This year Huddersfield University was able to snag indie-pop band The Hoosiers. It turns out they’re a very lively bunch indeed. The Hoosiers’ debut album The Trick To Life hit number one back in 2007, producing the massive hits ‘Worried About Ray’ and ‘Goodbye Mr A’. Their performance suited the student atmosphere perfectly warranting singalong’s to the aforementioned hits. The setlist also included their upcoming single ‘Somewhere In The Distance’ proving The Hoosiers still have a knack for writing upbeat, feel-good pop songs. They definitely got this message across to an absolutely packed SU.

OUR verdict With each event packed to the rafters, there is no doubt that this years Freshers’ week was a success. A bold step forward from the Freshers’ we’d seen before in terms of both quality and diversity, it’s proof that Huddersfield can show the bigger universities a good fight in the entertainment stakes.


As the first event of the week to sell-out, Hud Comedy was a pretty hot ticket during Freshers’ week.For those lucky enough to secure a seat in the dimly lit SU Bar, the evening started well with a scintillating set from relative unknown, Matt Ford. His carefully crafted jokes took aim at politicians; Eddie Izzards campaign to be Mayor of London and other aspects of pop culture, mocking them with intelligence and wit. A perfect start to the night. After the ranty improvisation of Ray Peacock and a short interval, BBC Three’s geezer Lee Nelson bounced onto stage. Starting with gusto, the headliner launched into a typical bait and switch routine that drew decent laughs by lampooning anyone brave enough to sit on the front row. However, as ‘the geezer’ went farther into the crowd in search of more victims his set devolved into the sort of lazy entertaining you find from 18-30s reps. Quick comebacks were replaced by an offensive undertone of homophobia and xenophobic sexism. The only reprieve came when a Polish staff member rightly threw her drink over him after he branded women from her country ‘prostitutes.’ Although he continued unabashed, on a night that was supposed to be ‘jokes,’ it’s a shame that Nelson didn’t tell any.




ith Freshers week behind us, it’s fair to say we’ve all successfully pulled some Mr Rights and Mrs Wrongs. Our bodies are slowly recovering from alcohol poisoning and the antibiotics we’re taking for the clap are starting to work.


However, some of us aren’t ready to settle into being a gruesome twosome just yet and just want to find out some more about the birds and the bees. A recent study from The Site, revealed that a third of us at Uni have someone we’re ‘Friends with Benefits’ with. Surprisingly its the girls that are happier to have a ‘No Strings Attached’ relationship, so lads, we know you love a good cuddle, and now we have the evidence to prove it. With all this in mind, here are some tips for realising when those Fuck Buddies are turning into something more…

1. A lack of boundaries If you’re both off doing the laundry together or meeting the parents when they come to visit, this can spell trouble. Sex is messy enough, without misunderstandings about whether you should cuddle or not after.

2. An ‘I won’t pull anyone else’ attitude No. Bad Booty Call. This relationship is


purely physical, make sure you keep that in mind when you feel guilty for playing the field.

3. SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME TOGETHER When it goes from sex twice a week to seeing each other every day, things are pulling towards the relationship end of the spectrum. Keep emotional attachment to a minimum to avoid getting your fragile heart broken.

4. PLANnING your night out around them Friends with benefits should be spontaneous, and if you’re prioritising them over living your own life, then they have most certainly got you by the balls.

5. TENDER LOVING CARE If they’re putting you to bed when you’re drunk rather than having sex with a plastered (yet still sexy) you, somethings wrong. You’re hammered, you think you’re a porn star, you’ll do anything, and instead they’re taking your make-up off with a baby wipe…Really? Danger sign!

6. They start SPOILING YOU If they’re buying you drinks when you’re out, or more generous than they would be to any other mate, or fuck buddy for that matter, take it as a sign they care about you. They shouldn’t, you’re basically a sex toy.

7. COCK BLOCKING When they cock block you. Or watch you from the other side of the room when you want to pull someone else. Not only is a creepy, it’s something a jealous boyfriend or girlfriend would do. Alarm bells should start ringing well before they start telling you your new bedding looks nice from the tree outside your window.


Outfit Two: Topshop Aztec print denim dress layered over a vintage white shirt. Dress: £3 Shirt: £1.50 Outfit total: £4.50

Outfit One: White embroidered shirt teamed with a floral pleated skirt and cinched in at the waist with a leather detail belt.


Shirt: £1.50 Skirt: £2 Belt: 50p Outfit total: £4

Shoes: £1 - The market has loads of £1 stalls, just make sure you rummage! Belt: 50p - Real leather and looks great with most outfits all for 50p!



e’ve all been there. Your student loan has just arrived in the bank and you get carried away, splurging on everything you’ve wanted from Topshop for the past month, taking advantage of the beauty that is student discount and leaving yourself short for the rest of term. Sound familiar? Well if you’re in need of a new outfit, don’t panic! I’ll let you into a little secret, Huddersfield Outdoor Market. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave filled with vintage treasures alongside brand new on-trend finds. You can liven up your wardrobe from as little as 50p and a whole outfit can cost less than £5. After a morning of bargain hunting (and a lot of rummaging!), I’ve put together two outfits that will leave you looking stylish for the price of the latest copy of Vogue. By Charlotte Hanson


THE DAIS Since 2010, Dais boutique has managed solidly in the Victorian surroundings of the Byram Arcade. Under the guidance of Kano Kane, the store has gradually affirmed itself as one of the leading independent clothing stores in Huddersfield. Given its status and modest location, Kano took a ‘run and jump’ with a strong belief that his store could perform in a more favourable environment. “I had set up Dais with big intentions and always knew that it was capable of bigger and better challenges” Driven and upbeat, Kano had sights set on a new plot for Dais one which could capitalise on passing trade. Over the summer Along with the help of friends he transformed the empty building into what one of his them described as a ship. With the stripped floorboards resembling decking and the mezzanine balcony resembling that of a ships top deck. The Dais as it is now known has taken on a new identity to what Kano describes as a ‘new breed of retail’. Dropping its ‘old fashioned’ boutique status, the store still upholds everything it aspired to from its beginnings. “It’s about giving more than you take. By offering a lifestyle and culture in the form of fashion, music and art, that’s our way of reinvesting back into the community local, national and globally. Creating not copying. Being as original as we can be. And just doing our own thing.” Given the fresh new facilities Dais has to offer to customers old and new, Kano now has a space in which Dais can endorse everything that defines it; fashion, music, art, culture and lifestyle. “We now have weekly DJ sets from the mezzanine/studio, which overlooks the entire shop. So the live music and DJs can play without interrupting the shop floor. We invite in DJs on the local scene as well as those more distant to the shop, play from 2pm till 7pm or later and record what we now call the Dais Mix Series* We also run film nights, using a 10ft screen and projector we project classic films, cult movies and documentaries every 2 weeks.” Continuing its cultural offerings, specially blended for the store, Dais has recently created a range of green and black teas served daily for just £1. Currently Dais is stocking Chocolate orange black tea, Orange Mint Black tea and unique sets of Japanese Tea ware. By Aaron Ibanez

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Volunteers Wanted East African Playgrounds 2014 For More info contact:



his year Raising and Giving (RAG) is taking a small team of students from the University of Huddersfield to fly out to Uganda for four weeks to help build a children’s playground, set up games and art programs for a local school.


The team will be working closely with other universities, the Ugandan community and skilled project managers throughout the four weeks. East African Playgrounds (EAP) are a charity founded in 2009 by two students from Leeds university and helps to create job opportunities for young people within East Africa. Each programme is run by a trained local who takes on new apprentices each year, “EAP promotes education by providing high quality, fun and safe playgrounds as well as games and art programs.” Volunteer Jo Tripney, University of Manchester said: “I cannot put into words what it felt like to arrive at the school where we would be living and working for the month duration of our project, but it was

humbling to say the least. Children stopped the games they were playing, screamed and started jumping, running and shouting their way towards us,” “The willingness of the community and the children to help out and get involved with the build really made a difference to our project, as it showed just how much it means to them and gave us confidence that the playground will be cared for. Volunteering with EAP is an experience i will never forget.” On weekends volunteers can explore Uganda by taking part in sport activities such as: abseiling, safari, white water rafting and bungee jumping. Helping with EAP will make students stand out for future employers. The projects helps improve team building, develop new skills, meet life long friends and gives people the opportunity of a lifetime. “As a small charity every volunteer has a huge impact upon what we do, not only allowing us to build more playgrounds and provide more games and art programs, but giving the communities we work with a fantastic cultural exchange, helping our staff to gain friends across the world and helping you to grow with us as a charity,” said Carla Powell and Tom Gill, EAP founders and directors. Any questions please contact Tori Fenton via email:



P U g n i COOK

A Storm W Laura Denman

e all know the importance of food but how many of us know the importance of good food? Students are notorious for being below par in the kitchen but Charlotte Pike (interviewed p16) aims to change all that with The Hungry Student cookbooks. Here Charlotte tells us all about her journey from student cook to foodie entrepreneur. To encourage the start of your own cooking adventure we even have a competition for you. Simply make the dish detailed below and tweet a picture of your creation (with any personalisations) to @ MustBakeCakes for a chance to win a copy of The Hungry Student.


8 x 100% pork sausages 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and chopped finely 2 tsp fennel seeds 400g can chopped tomatoes 250ml red wine (optional) Salt and pepper 400g fresh or dried pappardelle Parmesan, finely grated, to serve (optional)



* Slit the sausage skins open with kitchen scissors and place the sausage meat into a large bowl. Discard the skins. * With your hands, crumble up the sausage meat so it looks like rough breadcumbs. * In a large frying pan, warm the oil on a medium heat * Add the onion and garlic to the sausage meat in the pan. Cook for a few minutes until they start to soften. * Add the fennel seeds, tomatoes and wine (if using). season with salt and pepper and leave to bubble away gently for at least 45 minutes, until the ragu is thick, rich and much darker in colour. * Shortly before you are ready to eat, boil the kettle and the largest saucepan you own with the boiling water. Place on a medium heat and bring back to the boil, then add a pinch of salt and the pappardelle. Cook for the time stated on the packet. Drain well in a colander and place back in the saucepan, making sure it is dry first. * Tip in the ragu, stir well to combine evenly with the pasta, and serve with a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan, if you like. The Competition closes at midnight on 6 November. The winner will be chosen based on the appeal of the dish and creativity.

sausage ragu with pappardelle this is a tasty alternative to traditional bolognese, made with sausage meat. the red wine is optional, but it makes the sauce really yummy if you do have an open bottle hanging around. The longer this sauce is cooked for, the better. (Serves 4)



What was the moment for you when you knew that you had learned to cook properly?


I used to cook a lot at home from a young age, but I think I really knew I could cook well was when I was at uni, as not only could I cook a nice meal for my friends, they absolutely loved it, too!

What advice you would give yourself if you had to learn to cook again? Follow the recipe! One of the mistakes I made was trying to make pizza dough. I didn’t allow the dough to prove for long enough, and I didn’t keep it in a warm place. Needless to say the pizza dough was dense and stodgy!

What was your biggest student cooking disaster and triumph? My biggest triumph was cooking dinner parties and baking cakes for afternoon tea for my friends. It was so great seeing them enjoy the food I cooked so much. The biggest disaster was microwaving a metal dish...we didn’t have a microwave at home, so I hadn’t realised I couldn’t microwave anything metallic...

What would your top five pieces of student equipment be? A good, sharp knife, a decent quality frying pan, a metal sieve (which can be used as a colander or steamer, too), a Microplane grater (perfect for cheese, chocolate, garlic or ginger), and a blender (a luxury, but amazing for making smoothies, soups and hummous!)

Could you tell us, from the heart, what your company ‘Go Free Foods’ means to you? I am very proud of my company, it was set up from a real need for allergy-friendly foods which tasted great for my boyfriend,


CHARLOTTE PIKE HUNGRY? The Hungry Student by Charlotte Pike is published by Quercus at £7.99 and is available from all good booksellers. There are three books in the series: The Hungry Student The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook and The Hungry Student Easy Baking.

who struggled for years to find foods he could enjoy. I am very proud of the integrity of our products and the provenance of the ingredients we use.

Do you have any advice for anyone with a desire to launch their own food company? Carefully research your market and refine your USP (Unique Selling Point). The food industry is very crowded, and it is very tough to succeed. You need to have a really good idea and execute it very well. For a full review of The Hungry Student visit now.

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Welcome to Huddersfield University! Make sure you register to vote so that you can become fully involved in your new community. Did you know that students can register to vote at both their home and term time addresses? The law allows you to vote in respect of both areas at local elections (but not national elections). You have an interest in both areas, so it is only right that you should have your say in Kirklees Elections. Registering to vote is also important if you are applying for a bank account, loan, store card or mobile phone contract. This is because the electoral register is used to assess your credit rating. Make sure you register to vote so that you can have your say in your new community. For more information and to obtain an application form, contact Electoral Services – 01484 221650 Email: 18






ach year Kirklees Council updates the list of people who are registered to vote. Kirklees Council is the eleventh largest local authority in the country and there are over 314,000 names on the electoral register for the area. This year the process for updating the electoral register starts at the beginning of October. Kirklees Council sends a form to all residential properties – around 174,000 properties in total. The form requires the householder to check the details and to add any names of new residents, and to cross out the details of anyone who no longer lives there. The information included on the form is then used to update the new electoral register which this time will be published in February 2014. This register will then be used for elections which are held next year. Even if you are on the electoral register at your home address, you can still register in respect of the address where you live during term time when you are at the University. This is because the law allows you to vote in District Council Elections at both your home and term time address. However, you

can only vote once in a national election. You should have received a form at your Kirklees address around the first week in October. If you didn’t receive a form, you can contact Kirklees Council and ask them to send you a form. If you live in a privately rented property, make sure your landlord has included you on the form and returned it to the Council. The form is only relevant for people who live in the property; it is not about who owns the property. You are entitled to be included if you live at the address. Registering to vote allows you to be involved in your new community. You have a vested interest in both your home and term time address and so it is only right that you should have the opportunity to be involved in both, and to have your say in the running of both areas. What many people don’t realise is that if you are not on the electoral register, it can affect your credit rating. This is because the electoral register is used for credit checks – for example when you apply for credit, apply for a bank or building society account, loan or mortgage, get hire purchase, apply for a store card or catalogue or buy a mobile phone. If you don’t register to vote, you may have problems applying for any of these. So make sure you register to vote so that you can have your say in your new community. For more information and to obtain an application form, contact Electoral Services – 01484 221650 or by email:




To Close A

fter months of speculation the Students’ Union has finally confirmed that it will cease to operate a bar on campus.


The Union bar, which has incurred losses of over £100,000 each year since 2008, will finally close its doors in January as the SU moves its operations to the new £22.5 million Learning and Leisure Centre (LLC). The news broke across the University at a staff induction event in September, in which chief executive Matt Mills announced the closure that would make them jobless by the end of the year. Unsurprisingly, the decision was met with shock and anger, prompting an online petition to save the bar which gained over 700 signatures from students new and old in the space of its first weekend alone. In quotes given to the Huddersfield Examiner, Union president Nosheen Dad described the decision to close the bar as “complex” and the new facilities would represent an improvement for students.


CHANGE FOR THE BETTER? T’Hud takes a closer look at the reasons behind the recently-announced closures of the SU-run café and bar. What it means for the students who rely on it’s services and where we go from here. She said: “The Learning and Leisure Centre will include the Students’ Union and provide lots of space for students to meet, relax and host events. It represents a university investment of over £22.5m in improving the student experience. “We are aware that there are concerns about the changes but when the 20,000 plus University of Huddersfield students consider the full facts and indeed get access to the new LLC in January we are convinced the majority of students will consider it change for the better.”

GOING THROUGH CHANGES In the weeks that followed, the SU has continued to address the controversy, backing Ms Dad’s words with ‘Change for the Better,’ a campaign which champions the virtues of the relocation to the new LLC. Its main messages are hard to argue against. They position the move as a reaction to the changes in student life highlighted by recent Red Brick research, whose findings paint

YOUR SAY RICHARD SWALES “The Uni will lose potential students through this! I understand the SU sees it as dead end in terms of funds coming in, but students love the bar!! Why does the SU need to move? The building at the moment is just fine?!”

a bleak future for Union bars across the country.

a significant pot of money to be reinvested into improving student life.

It revealed that a growing number of students would rather ‘pre-load’ on cheap supermarket buys and drink in student focused chain pubs run by Scream or Varsity than at the Union bar, a trend which is exacerbated in Huddersfield due to its proximity to the town centre. The report also showed an increase in the number of students who do not drink at all, whether for reasons of faith or personal preference.

The campaign outlines the key areas that have been earmarked for investment. These include; increased staffing, support for societies, clubs and activities and a brand new student-led events post from January.

The Board of Trustees also felt that the new LLC was likely to become the epicentre of life on campus and that it had a duty to be an integral part of that change. The move allows for closer collaboration with the University on services like advice centres, which in theory should improve the overall quality of support for students. These improvements have been made possible by the savings offered by the move. The relocation will save the Union a further £150,000 in on-going rent, creating

NATALIE DAVIES “I’m upset how my views weren’t taken into account before changing my Students’ Union so now I don’t feel I have a voice in my university.”

unresolved questions

SAM JOHNSON “Every Uni should have a Bar. The fact our one is closing only reflects badly on the Uni. It felt like a real hub to the Uni as a whole.”

Whilst on paper this all makes sense, the manner in which the decision was taken and announced has raised questions amongst the student population about how the Students’ Union conducts its business.

EWELINA KROLICZEK “The ability to gather with friends to socialise or learn together without feeling that I’m a bother if I don’t buy something.”

As a democratic body, decisions of this magnitude should be put forward to its members via a referendum that would give the SU a mandate for change. Making such a significant decision without wider consultation suggests a lack of distrust in the students it serves. After all, if the reasons to move were as compelling as the current campaign suggests, then why not have the confidence in the student body to make the

DAVE SPEED “The venue was more than just a social space. I’m unhappy about the lack of student consultation and the non democratic processes in place for such a momentous decision.”



right decision? Because despite what the current campaign implies, sources within the University have confirmed that the Students’ Union were NOT pushed, but jumped of their own accord. Trust is a two way street and before its closest members can begin to advocate the SU’s new services, some bridges will need to be rebuilt. A good place to start would be to make sure that the students who have lost their jobs are redeployed in the LLC and to ask the membership which bars in town should benefit from SU affiliation. There is also a question of what the union is for. It’s easy to cease operations that are losing money, but fundamentally the SU is a charity and its yearly aim should be to break even. Just because a part of your operation loses money, doesn’t mean it should be cut altogether. The NHS costs tax payers a fortune but it’s benefits to society are numerous and there is little doubt that the Students’ Union will find engaging with some members more difficult without a bar.

What Next? In the same SU research, the services provided by the bar and cafe scored an impressive 73% in student satisfaction and their removal from the Students’ Union ecosystem is likely to have knock-on effects in other areas. There is often a complaint that SU services are too hidden away upstairs in the current building, but how likely is it that students will head upstairs from the food pods planned for the new buildings ground floor and into the new SU space if there is only a limited food and drink offering? Only time will tell. What is sure, is that the SU has a lot to prove over the coming years, if its decision to remove the bar and cafe is to be vindicated. We’ve already seen some of the savings at work in the best Freshers Festival the Union has ever organised, whose branding and communications output was exemplary. But it’s just the start and they need to keep the momentum going. Then need to risk more


THE FUTURE In the coming weeks, the Students’ Union will be looking to its members to provide them with opinions on which venues in they should partner with.

money on their events management team and trust them to create enough of a buzz so that students from Leeds and Manchester would consider a train trip in our direction. As Nosheen Dad said to the Huddersfield Examiner: “It is important to remember the Students’ Union is much more than a bar.” It’s up to the Union to prove it.

Make sure you follow them on social media and keep checking their website www.huddersfield. su/ for details. Alternatively head to w w w.t -h u d .c o .u k for the latest news and opinions.

“it is important to remember the STUDENTS’ UNION IS MUCH MORE than a bar” SU PRESIDENT NOSHEEN DAD


UNion issues apology T

he president of Huddersfield Students’ Union has apologised for the lack of consultation over the closures of the bar and café.

Despite not being in office at the time the decision was made, Nosheen Dad issued the apology in one of her regular blogs on the Students’ Union Website. She said: “We are fully aware that the news of the bar’s closure has left some students upset at the lack of formal consultation carried out by the Trustees at the time the decision was made, and as President of the Union, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise on their behalf.” The decision to move the services of the Union to the £22.5 million LLC development was originally made in March of 2011. At the time it was unclear that the move would facilitate the loss of bar service and even now the finer details of the building spec are still open to debate amongst the


interested parties within the University. Dad said: “I hope you can understand how complex this decision has been, especially as the University are ultimately in charge of the development.” “Due to the losses currently made by the bar and café, the move will give the Union another £150,000 to invest in our sports clubs, student societies, brand new volunteering projects, support for course reps and campaigners, a brand new post dedicated to organising events and trips throughout the year, not to mention the ability to launch our own student lettings service in January to start driving up the standard of housing in the town.” Ms Dad continued: ”We’ve been using the tagline ‘change for the better’ because we really are excited at the opportunities provided by the LLC, and we hope after finding out a bit more information, you are too.”

A UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield researcher has collaborated on a new film which could be an important tool for workers trying to reduce the levels of drug-related harm. Dr Stephen Parkin, who specialises in the use of photography and video to highlight the dangers of injecting in unsafe locations, has teamed up with an Irish drugs agency to produce the short film, entitled 7 Hits, 7 days a Week. UNDER CONTRACT by Network Rail, a team of engineers at the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR) has been developing solutions for the problematic interface between a Tram-Train vehicle and two very different railway infrastructures. The Tram-Train concept allows a railway vehicle to run in two operational modes; as an on-street tram serving city centres but also as a commuter train running on existing local rail network. This dual operation concept provides great flexibility and efficient use of railway infrastructure and connections.


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V. - The Act of Drinking alcohol before you go out to the club to minimize the amount of money required to ‘get drunk,’ often resulting in vomiting, a sigificant loss of money and waking up next to someone you’d rather not.

own it, down it, down it!’ The members of flat 5 chant as Sarah realises she has turned over the last king in the deck of cards spread across the table during a game of Ring of Fire. There is a drum roll followed by a cheer as she glugs down the dirty pint; a muddy cocktail made up of Fosters, vodka and rosé, topped up with a Bacardi Breezer.

young people which involves drinking large quantities of alcohol before going on a night out (like it really needed explaining). According to a study by the Daily Mail, almost 60% of young people pre-drink regularly and Huddersfield students, being the troopers that we are, can top this statistic as 7 in 10 said that they always pre-drank before heading into town.

It is 8pm on a Wednesday evening and flat 5 are gathered around the kitchen table for their usual pre-drinking ritual before heading into town. The music is blaring and the drinks are flowing; the group of six have already managed to get through numerous bottles of lager, pints of vodka redbull and a bottle of wine between them, and there is still plenty more for them to chug down. Shots are lined up for anyone who addresses a member of the group by their first name (a drinking rule that was enforced at the beginning of the pre-drinking session) and the game changes to ‘Never Have I Ever’ where Matt imposes the drink-while-you –think rule.


Sound familiar? Pre-drinking (or prinking as I like to call it) is a popular habit amongst



For Huddersfield students, the average predrinking session lasts between one and a half to two hours long where an average of 8 drinks are consumed during this amount of time and the most popular choice of drink is vodka (so hard-core). Hollie Underwood, English student said: “Pre-drinks is one of my favourite parts of the night out. It’s a lot more sociable than being in a bar or club because you can actually have proper conversations rather than screaming over the music. Playing drinking games is a great way to get to know each other, especially if you’re in first year. It also means that we don’t spend as much when we’re out



because we’re usually already drunk before we leave the house.” One of the main aims of pre-drinking is to save money. Over the last few years there has been an increasing gap in what bars and nightclubs are charging for alcohol compared to what is available in the supermarkets. On average Huddersfield students typically spend between £5-£10 on their pre-drinks, Richard Bell, an Events Management student said: “I can get eight cans of lager for about £7 in Asda whereas I’d have to spend about £2 a pint in a bar or pub and that’s even with student deals. Students are probably the most price conscious group of people in society so if booze is cheaper in shops then we’re obviously going to begin our night predrinking in our flats rather than in a pub or bar.” The theory behind the practise is that consuming alcohol that is bought cheaply from the supermarket will mean that fewer drinks are bought when out in the bars. But as students supposedly save money, others seem to be losing out. Ian Braund, manager of Five bar said: “The fact that so many students pre-drink has a massive effect on trade in Huddersfield town centre, a lot of bars miss out on business as students head straight from their houses or flats to a club rather than drinking in bars. Supermarkets do such good deals on alcohol these days, sometimes even better than suppliers. Students who drink before going out definitely spend less in licensed premises as a result of this as they are often intoxicated before leaving the house, some even come out and only buy one drink or don’t drink at all. It is no wonder that a lot of bars close within their first year of opening.”

Regret me not The pre-drinking phenomenon is undoubtedly changing the culture of towns and cities; pubs and bars don’t tend to get busier until late on in the evening and drunkenness is a lot more socially acceptable than it used to be. Mark Rodgers, security


Drink AWARE Promotes responsible drinking and finds innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcoholrelated harm. Professor Paul Wallace, chief medical advisor to Drinkaware said: “It’s worth knowing what the unit guidelines are in relation to your favourite drinks as this makes it easier to keep track of how much you’ve had. The guidelines for women are 2-3 units a day, equivalent to a medium 175ml glass of 13% wine.”

at Mavericks said: “It is not uncommon to see people staggering along the streets from bar to bar or vomiting in the gutter. Some students are even refused entry if they appear too intoxicated.” A study by the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University found that males were two and a half times more likely to get into a fight if they drank before going out and females who pre-drank were more than twice more likely to be sexually harassed than ‘sensible’ drinkers. Siobhan McCann, Head of Communications and Campaigns at alcohol education charity Drinkaware said: “Drinking excessively in a short period of time means that you are increasing the risk of becoming a victim of crime or making poor sexual decisions”. The term ‘beer goggles’ springs to mind38% of Huddersfield students say they wake up regretting something they did the night before. Quite shockingly, a massive 79% (pat on the back to the other 21%) of Huddersfield students said that the number of units they consume on a night out is not a concern to


them. We all know how easy it is to lose track of just exactly how much alcohol is consumed during a pre-drinking session, partly because self-pouring often results in extremely large measurements. Richard Bell said: “I’ve drunk that much during predrinks in the past that I’ve not even been in a fit state to leave the flat and had to be put to bed before 11pm.” The study by Liverpool John Moores reported that those who drank beforehand were four times more likely to consume over 20 units on a night out- which is equivalent to the maximum recommendation for women for a whole week. Sophie Lomax, who studies Law said: “I am aware that I probably drink more than I should but I never really think about the effects of drinking on my health. I will probably start to worry about it when I’m older but I think people can get away with it when they’re young.” Unfortunately, as much as we like to think we are, students are not indestructible. Pre-drinking is essentially intense binge drinking and can cause lasting damage; charity DrinkAware warn that liver disease, stomach ulcers, brain damage and heart disease are all long term effects of alcohol abuse. Yikes.

FALSE ECONOMY? The question is, does pre-drinking actually end up saving us money? We like to think that we’re being cost effective and economical (86% of Huddersfield students believed that they saved money) but in actual fact we probably drink just as much while out as we would if we hadn’t pre-drank. The Liverpool John Moores study shows that those who pre-drink are 75% more likely to drink more over the course of the night. Kind of defeats the object doesn’t it. Self-control is reduced and it suddenly becomes a fantastic idea to get a round of Jagers for everybody and pay on card. The plan to buy less alcohol when out is sometimes forgotten or ignored until the morning, when your raging hangover kindly reminds you of just how much you consumed. By the by, whether pre-drinking saves us

ADVICE If you are drinking spirits then use the cap to measure the quantity so you’re not unintentionally giving yourself quadruples Drink out of a small glass rather than one the size of a bucket Carb it up before you start drinking. Ignore that ‘eating is cheating’ tripe and get a good meal down you to line your stomach

money or not, most of us will still continue to partake in the ceremonial as it allows us to have a giggle with our pals and get a bit squiffy before venturing out into town. Earlier this year, the government had a stab at trying to reduce the amount young people drank before they went out by proposing plans to instil a minimum price of 40p per alcohol unit. The Home Secretary believed that this would kerb ‘pre-loading’, as she called it, at home before going out into town. Well, sorry to disappoint, Theresa, but this would have failed. Miserably. Even if they had been successful in raising the cost of supermarket alcohol, it wouldn’t stop students buying bottles of Frosty Jacks or Tesco value vodka because it would still be a whole lot cheaper than paying bar prices to reach our desired level of intoxication. The key is damage limitation. It’s down to the individual to make sure pre-drinking doesn’t go too far, no one wants to be the guy that doesn’t even make it to town or gets everyone thrown out for projectile vomiting over the bartender.

Drink at your own pace, avoid doing rounds as you will probably end up drinking faster than usual Set yourself a budget and only take as much cash out as you want to spend. That also means leave your card at home Drink a pint of water before bed, you’ll feel better for it in the morning! Avoid coffee and tea. They don’t sober you up on the night, and while caffeine may give you a quick lift the next day, it also dehydrates and irritates your bowel. This can lead to loose stools and add to feelings of nausea and your woolly head – all of which will make your hangover seem worse.

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ell here we are, in the prime of our lives, living the student dream. Most of us have moved out and are fending for ourselves, and it’s great. Do we have to eat all our vegetables? Hell no we don’t! Can we leave our washing up lying around for days at a time? Of course! (But don’t – it’s annoying). Is anyone questioning where it all went wrong when we fall through the front door at 5am? I think not! The majority of us are in our 20’s and loving adult life. The government is even giving us money to lie around and watch How I met your mother for 12 hours straight (just don’t think about the possible £50,411 we have to repay at the end, according to some charming research from Santander). But is our new found freedom and independence all smoke and mirrors? We may think that we have branched out on our own, but apparently 90% of students are still financially dependent on their parents, and don’t become completely independent until nearly 30. That still sounds a little bit teenage to me…



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Social life and entertainment


Personal grooming, health and fitness


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Credit card repayments


University club fees/excursions


Personal loans (excluding student loan)


Don’t get me wrong; I am part of the 90% who rely on their parents for cash. I have a part time job in a bar which pays for my day to day needs and the bills at the beginning of each month, but I definitely wouldn’t be able to make rent without my mum and dad. It’s an interesting two sides to the story, because although parents are still supporting their darling children through out their student days, making sure they are able to get their five a day and a good, hearty meal each evening, the students are actually living off beans on toast and spending the cash on drugs, nights out, and “t-shirts and shit”. So is it a good thing that parents keep supporting their little angels all the way through young adulthood? I asked around how much people get a week from their parents and what for, and then what they actually end up spending it on. The results did not shock me, for we are students, in England, and this is the norm. Lewis, a second year English student at Huddersfield claims he gets £150 a month from his lovely ma and pa, which works out

to £40 a week, £15 of which goes on food (he once made 6 sausages last him ten days, bless him) and £25 a week on alcohol. Ollie, a third year student at Manchester Met Uni gets a cushy £50 a week from his ‘rents, which is for food and the odd coffee etc. As well as food (he is a growing boy), clothing, alcohol, MDMA, warehouse project tickets and some sweet Mary Jane are purchased, with some help from his student loan. Guess his mother is in the 38% of parents (according to Santander) who believe their kids are cautious spenders… poor Barbara. However, when asking my various friends how much dosh they get shelled out to them each month, I was surprised at the amount of people who actually didn’t receive anything. George, also a fellow second year English student, claims he receives nothing from his parents, but they will help him out if he ever asks for it. When I asked my friend Olivia if she receives any help, she laughed and stated in her very thick Yorkshire accent that she hasn’t received any money from her

‘rents since she was 16, which is why she has two jobs and a student loan. Knowing that financial support is there if we need it is always a reassuring thing. If we were really in deep shit with our money the majority of our parents will pull through for us and help us out. But depending on each person individually, and their responsibility with money, it might be better if we are left to fend for ourselves. Help is always necessary, but sometimes so is having a job. That way we don’t end up being 35 and asking our parents to pay for our own children’s nursery fees, or money for the weekly Sainsbury’s shop. At some point, real life is going to hit and we wont be able to rely on our parents or student loans anymore… then what? *All research conducted by YouthSight, 29th April – 1st May, amongst a UK representative sample of 1,000 full time undergraduate students.

SAVING MONEY In an attempt to save money, a quarter (26 per cent) of students say they sell items on eBay and 25 per cent shop in charity shops or use reuse/recycling sites like Freecycle or MySkip. A third (33 per cent) of students are regular users of cashback deals or group discount websites like Groupon and Student Beans and a quarter (26 per cent) say they stack coupons, which involves using multiple discount vouchers to reduce the price of a single item. Buying reduced price food at the supermarket appears to be standard practice with 78 per cent of students doing so regularly.







reshers’ week at Uni. For many their first proper time away from home and a chance to let their hair down and party like nobody’s watching. For others, a deluge of drunken students wobbling through the streets laughing in the face of binge culture before ordering another round is a nightmarish proposition. Our personal highlight promoting this hedonistic culture was Tokyo’s “F*ck Me I’m A Fresher”. Even the usually loquacious Rhubarb stooped this year, dubbing their mid-week night “W-anchored On Wednesdays.” Wow, shame on you Rhubarb. We expected better! But what about us who ask something a little different of our student experience? Here’s what T’Hud were up to; not a bar crawl or ‘strategic chunder’ in sight…

The evening’s entertainment came with The Parish’s infamous pub quiz, featuring questions as irreverent as the prizes and an all round sense of cheekiness.

Tuesday Tuesday was the Celebration of Culture. Each year the University of Huddersfield welcomes news students from over 120 countries on to campus, and today was an opportunity to celebrate these varied cultures through a visit to the SU bar.

WEDNESDAY We spent much of Wednesday at the SU’s Activities Live event, coercing as many new writers as possible into contributing to T’Hud. We were pretty successful, but if you missed us and would like to contribute, then head over to and fill out the form. We’ll be in touch!

Monday’s Food & Community Day brought with it the discovery of Oakie’s Poutinerie.

Today also saw our first gig of the new year! It happened to be the first Street Spirit of the new year too – our favourite alternative student night – reminding us all why its musical melting pot is such a must see for Huddersfield’s music lovers.

Poutine is a Canadian dish of fries, gravy and cheese. It’s just as fun to eat as it is to say, and is hands down the best thing you’ll ever insert into your mouth. Oakie’s (opposite the uni) offer a wide range of

Moose Hotel opened the night with a genre blending slot. They lacked tightness to begin with but soon settled in and were knocking out blues-rock stompers so heavy you’d need steel toe caps to handle it



mouth watering toppings, and their pulled pork is unbelievable. They even offer an upgrade for the bearded among us (our bum fluff didn’t cut it), and we can just imagine chowing down on a portion after a hard day’s logging in the Canadian mountains.



safely. Every song from No Trays Or Foxes reached for the sky with a sense of ambition, but aside from a dubstep infused track which lurched from beat to beat at half-speed and the noisy closing breakdown, there wasn’t much in tonight’s second slot to enthuse. ilovecolour packed the stage with musicians, and the resulting noise explosion nearly ripped our ears from our head as sombre chord sequences with delicate lyrics exploded into all out stop-start noise assaults. The variety of Street Spirit last year was astounding, and this year promises the same. One week you may come away unimpressed, but turn up the next week and you might stumble across your new favourite band. This lucky dip nature keeps Street Spirit’s devoted fan base coming back, and if you only go to one Street Spirit this year, you’ll be doing yourself a favour!

THURSDAY Thursday saw the debut another indie showcase with Re-Wired at The Warehouse.


Here we caught Kamara’s skinny jeaned and Conversed indie, which while highly unoriginal and about six years late, was performed with a tightness and professionalism reserved for bands with years of experience. Headliners The Mexanines were as boring as a band peddling Editors-meets-Keane middle-of-the-road indie-durge to people who don’t know any better can be. With live music club nights it’s hard to judge the event on the bands playing alone. Though tonight’s line-up may not have been much to shout about, next week’s could see something entirely different. Re-Wired may end up rivalling Street Spirit, but only time will tell…



This something a little different for

us. Taking a break from music, we took advantage of the SU’s brand new partnership with Huddersfield Football Club that offers student rates on all home games. We caught Huddersfield v Blackpool in a thrilling 1-1 draw complete with red cards, penalty claims and a stunning strike from golden boy James Vaughn. Not bad for £12! While that may sound a lot, lower profile games can be as cheap as a fiver, so it’s worth checking out the iZone regularly for the latest deals. Support your new team!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY While it may not appear so at first, there’s a whole world outside of Huddersfield. Saturday saw our first trip to Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, for a gig as memorable for the venue’s working men’s club charm as it was for Gang Of Four’s tragic performance. The angular rockers are now the “Gang Of One”, with only one original member remaining and attempting to squeeze every last bit of cash from the proverbial post-punk cow. Totally at odds with the band’s socio-politico comment of their early 80s heyday, the band rattled through half-speed versions of usually caustic classics like ‘Damaged Goods’ and ‘Ether’.Sunday was more of a chill day for us, after a busy first week. We did manage to make it back to the Brudenell for a bit, checking out some of the best of what the all day event MONO had to offer. We caught Hookworms, Gnod and many more doing their best to rearrange our minds with their psyche-noise sounds. Huddersfield truly is surrounded by a musical hotbed, so do yourself a favour: eschew the usual nights at Camel in favour of some live music. Explore your town and look out for the off-kilter events that you don’t get every other week. You won’t regret it.






s the news filtered across campus that the Students’ Union was closing the bar, naturally those who felt closest to the charity were mortified at the prospect of being one of the only Universities in the country without a bar of their own and initially tempers flared. As the days passed and we received more information, the picture became a little less black and white and the complexity of the choice put to the Students’ Union became clear. This month’s debate puts forward both sides of the argument, we hope that you find them informative and that you form an opinion of your own.

REASONS TO MOVE By Josh Elderfield First of all, I’d like to express that I could easily argue either for or against the relocation of the SU but as a former student, I’m sad to see the bar in particular go. However I can see the bigger picture, which shows that by not having control or ownership of a bar and cafe in the new building, the Students’ Union will be saving hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Money, which can be used on other services to benefit students, such as new volunteering projects, campaigning resources and support, and not least the potential for the Students’ Union to have a larger budget for sports clubs and societies. And sports clubs and societies for example could be affected if the move wasn’t to take place. On average since 2008, the bar, catering, and entertainment have returned losses of £122,000 each year – if this trend were to continue, the Union’s resources to support volunteering projects, student representation and the like would all suffer – and we wouldn’t want to lose any of those would we? Not only will the Union save money from the ceasing of the commercial services mentioned, but also from the lease which the Students’ Union will have with the university in the new building. It will be cheaper for the Union to lease space in the LLC than what it is costing them in the current Students’ Union building, meaning the Students’ Union will have roughly £150,000 a year extra to spend on making students’ lives better.

T’HUD COMMENT Another point worth mentioning is the greater footfall of students, which is almost certain to happen because of the Union’s new location.


Our space in the LLC will be at the heart of campus, adjacent to the Central Services building, where the library is, where the International Office is, where the Careers Service is – the main hub where students study, spend their free time, and generally use the most whilst on campus.

The Students’ Union will occupy Level 5 of the Student Centre and also run the retail operation on the ground floor. The Students’ Union will contribute in two ways. Firstly,

So the footfall will be fantastic! Students could be finishing group work in the library, and could just head next door and be in the Students’ Union within seconds! Gone will be the days of having to trek across campus in the torrential rain after a 7-hour stint on your dissertation – no more will it be a trek, in the new LLC, it will be just a mere skip! So with more students having the need to use the Central Services building, the likelihood of them either accidentally finding themselves in the union or more inclined to go to the union because it’s next door is far, far greater! Now that can’t be a bad thing if more students use the Students’ Union and benefit from it, can it? So with our services in a healthier condition, the extra investment available to strengthen those services, and the greater student footfall, these reasons alone underline why the move, is the right move.

JUST SHOCKINg! By Steph Darlington The University of Huddersfield is undoubtedly a lively and thriving campus with the bar at the Students’ Union often being seen as the heartbeat of university campus life from the very beginning. The






£250,000 of reserves has been allocated to support relocation costs and the final fit out of the space, and secondly, the Students’ Union will pay an annual rent for the space to the University. The reduced level of rent and the ceasing loss making operations means in the long run the Students’ Union will be £150-200,000 per year better off – all of which should go towards making student life better. The Student Centre will provide an extended range of campus catering through a number of food pods, all run by the University. So in summary, whilst the Students’ Union won’t be running and managing the services on a day to day basis, the services will be there. To give your feedback on the changes go to: feedback

comfortable, affordable, union run meeting place. Not just for the day to day student troubling over the next assignment, but for societies and fundraising nights too – some days I have to ask what us students would do without the SU’s pizza deals and filter coffee?! With the announcement that the new leisure facilities hope to be open by January 2014, our treasured bar will indeed disappear, along with the cafe and nearly 50% of the current student staff members! What’s worse is that the current facilities are to be replaced by University led providers, which means they are under no obligation to keep prices affordable and may further hurt the pockets of those students who are no longer guaranteed a job with the SU after New Year’s Eve! Like the almost 1,000 of you who signed the petition against the bar closure, I find this complete abandonment of a traditional Students’ Union Bar a little shocking. Not only will we be letting go of a long loved aspect of university life but the usually boasted commitment to student employment by the SU will be letting go of almost 50% of the current employees. We can all relate as to how difficult it is to get job after university, let alone during, and the closure of the bar is not only a huge loss to a vital social aspect of university life but damaging to students who could once celebrate the security and flexibility of a well-paid campus job. Whilst it is possible to see the financial arguments behind the closure of the current SU facilities, the Students’ Union remains to be a non-for-profit organisation and I think the financial impact to individual students should way far more heavily. External prices and external employees can no doubt bring a different price range for products that students are used to and quite honestly, I personally, cannot not imagine a university without its own bar...








Ignoring the fact that there are almost zero jobs in that industry and that they all pay next to nothing. What was I thinking? As the months slipped by, I felt accepted and alienated all at the same time. Were these people really my friends? Or just humouring me? I was so unsure. This amazing group of people were over a decade younger than me and I’d often fall into the trap of over compensating by drinking far too much, flirting too often and trying to buy affection with my savings.

here’s something’s thats been causing my insides to burn. No, it’s not an STI or the effects from an ill judged curry, it runs far deeper than that. It’s a confession. Because whilst I may not act like it or, according to the cashiers who ID me in Sainsbury’s, look like it, I am in fact an old bastard.


There were other pitfalls too. I’d often catch myself talking down to them just because I was older. Not out of disrespect, or anything malicious, but there are some things that you do learn as truths as you grow up. I was often frustrated because they didn’t understand my view point or that I was just trying to help. I’d forgotten that some things can only be learnt through trial and error.

Whisper it quietly but, despite all evidence to the contrary, I’m in my early thirties and whilst it’s never been big deal to any of my friends at Uni, before I started at Huddersfield I worried myself sick about being accepted. For sure the problem was exacerbated by my incessant over worrying, but its one that I’m not ashamed to admit. during those first few months I’d never felt so unsure about if I’d made the right choice.

And that is the lesson for any mature student looking to integrate with a group significantly younger than them. Much like growing up, it’s a case of finding out what works amongst your own classmates. So be sure to not feel too bad if it takes time for some people to warm to you. You’re at different stages in life. so finding ways in which your worlds reconcile takes time and no little effort. So make sure you give both in plentiful supply, it’ll be worth it.

At the time I had just given up a comfortable career in telecoms, where money was on tap and the solace of my old social was like a warm blanket. But I’ve never been one to settle for easy and decided that it was time to retrain to become a Music Journalist.

Two years later, whilst I can’t say that all my worries were unfounded, I have without doubt made some lifelong friends at University and don’t regret one thing about my choice. Which is more than I can say about most of my life decisions.


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or this month’s University sport exposé, I sat down with UHTAF President Josh Elderfield to see why the students of Huddersfield are going mad for track and field.


why should people join? For a start it’s a great way to keep fit- both physically and mentally. Everything we do is fun and enjoyable. With loads of members it’s also a great way to make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. Finally it’s great for your personal development.

In What way? We have 6 committee members responsible for the day-to-day running of the club. They organise training, manage events, chair meetings and look after the club accounts. This experience provides transferable skills which make you more employable. Basic members develop too. Mixing with different types of people is great for a student’s confidence.

for those who don’t know- what is UHTAF?

what’s your discipline?

UHTAF stands for ‘University of Huddersfield track and field’. We train twice a week at Leeds road athletics track from 6pm till 7.30. We depart as a group from the SU at .At training we cater for all disciplines and abilities: whether you’re a novice or an elite athlete, sprinter or distance runner, jumper or thrower.

I’m a long distance runner, either 5 or 10km. My personal best for a 10k is 34 minutes, something I’m quite proud of.

We also have a group focusing on general fitness which is incredibly popular for those who want to look and feel good. The idea being that anyone can get involved, regardless of how fit or competitive they are. We compete in three BUCS competitions: the indoor championships, the outdoor championships and cross country against the best student athletes in the country. We also compete with other institutions in interuniversity competitions organised by the host university. There is also a huge social element to what we do. We have weekly


socials around town, where members enjoy the benefits of deals and freebies with various sponsors. The best bit for me is the free pizza at revolution!

and who’s your sporting hero? Mo Farah! His performance at London 2012 was sensational. What impresses me more is how much he improved off the back of his performance in Beijing- it just goes to show how hard work pays off.

that’s too easy, what about oustide of athletics ? David Beckham. I’m a football fan and he’s one of the best of his generation. He’s also a positive role model for young people and a good ambassador for sport in general. He has matured through his career into a national treasure.

how did the team do last year? Really well on all fronts. One athlete- Karl Fitzgerald- got through to the BUCS discus final, competing against the cream of British university athletics. Training and socials were really well attended too.

Any Other Stars? Laura Kirk competed at the Olympic stadium at the BUCS outdoors 2 years ago, in our inaugural season. She actually won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres against the likes of Loughborough, Birmingham and Leeds met. Laura studies Podiatry and also ran for England.

what would the perfect year for UHTAF involve? For as many of our members to come to BUCS competitions as physically possible, whether they are competing or spectating/ supporting. I want everyone to feel a part of something. I’d love it if training and socials continue to be well attended too. Ultimately, I just want everyone to feel like they’ve had value for money and that joining UHTAF is one of the best things they’ve done since coming to Huddersfield.


finally- what’s your most memorable UHTAF moment to date? That’s a tough one. We have so much going on. I’d have to say the relay team running at the BUCS championships in front of 40,000 people. The atmosphere was incredible. It felt great that our newly formed club was part of something so spectacular. More information on UHTAF (as well as all our other sports teams and societies) can be found at As Josh said they can transform your University experience.


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T'Hud Magazine #10  

The University of Huddersfield's Student Magazine - The first and last word on student life in the town.