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November 2017 - Edition 69

WHY WAS MY LECTURE CANCELLED? WHERE'S MY FEEDBACK? WHAT HAPPENED TO MY PLACEMENT? IF THESE QUESTIONS LOOK FAMILIAR, READ ON...

It Starts With You


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WHAT HAPPENED TO MY PLACEMENT?

This Edition:

IF THESE QUESTIONS LOOK FAMILIAR, READ ON...

It Starts With You Students' Union President, Ben Parmar and University ViceChancellor, Professor Rebecca Bunting explain to students why it’s important to give their feedback throughout the year: Pages 6-7.

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WHERE'S MY FEEDBACK?

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WHY WAS MY LECTURE CANCELLED?

Introduction.

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A Word from the Editor Editor of the Bucks Students, Olivia Jones, lists a few of the things she rates right now, as well as some of the things she really doesn't.

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Contributors Ben Parmar • Lauren O'Shea • Jimi Adeyinka • Mark Sweeney Lucy Ryan • Louise Harvey • Rebecca Hamer Chloe Whitelock • Lauren Paige • Richard Thomas Joshua Willey • Daisy Howells • Sarah Jackson • Julia Crooks Lauren Woodland • Rhona Noel • Claudia Waghorn

Sabbs' Update Your Sabbatical Officers recap Freshers' Fortnight and go through some of their plans for the year ahead.

Rhys Wakeford • Emily Dixie • Adam Potter • Katie Blackwell

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Abbie Reck • Kieran Thomas • Joshua Brace • Josh Peckham Marysia Krupa • Sian Lipscomb • Olivia Jones • Greg Pike Want to see your name in the list above? Want to have your writing or artwork on show to thousands of people? Get involved. Email editor@thebucksstudent.com

Advertising

Volunteering Activities Coordinator (Volunteering & Charity Fundraising), Rebecca Hamer discusses the importance of volunteering and how it can benefit you as well as others.

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For all advertising and media enquiries please contact the Students’ Union Communications and Marketing department. Simon McDowell - simon.mcdowell@bucks.ac.uk

#NeverOK

Articles in this newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of Bucks Students’ Union but are that of the specific author. View this edition online at bucksstudentsunion.org/communications.

Vice President Education & Welfare, Lauren O'Shea talks about this year's #NeverOK sexual harassment campaign.

© 2017 Bucks Students’ Union

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Meet the Band: Birthday Card Lauren Woodland chats with Ayelsbury based band, Birthday Card, ahead of their upcoming gig in the Venue.


4 November Issue

A word from the Editor.

By Olivia Jones

LIV RATES Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about positivity, because let’s be honest, if there’s one thing twenty-somethings are good at, it’s having a good old moan. Politics, sport, work, essays, family, friends, the weather… you name it, we’re probably going to have something negative to say about it. But I think we can get ourselves into a bit of a complaining rut. I like to think of myself as a pretty positive person (those who hear me complain about having cold hands and feet on a daily basis may disagree) but sometimes I think we’re all guilty of whining about a situation, with no real goal to make it better or get over it. So, naturally, I’ve started a list (I think with absolutely anything in life, a list is always a good place to start). Things that I rate this month: 1. Oranges. It’s autumn, which means oranges taste nice again. And I really do reckon a good orange is one of the best things. 2. Louis Theroux. He’s back with a new series of documentaries and they’re great - how can you not love Louis Theroux? 3. Nice nurses. I know it’s their job, but nurses are just the most understanding and nice people… and here at Bucks we make quite a lot of them - aren’t we lucky? 4. Dare I say it…. Dissertations*(?!?!). Just the part where you get to look really deeply into a subject, you get really interested in it and become a total expert on that specific area, which is quite nice.

I THINK WITH ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING IN LIFE, A LIST IS ALWAYS A GOOD PLACE TO START... Things that I really don’t rate, at all this month: 1. *Dissertations. They take up all your free time, and are really hard and confusing and annoying all at once. 2. Jeans. In particular, the ones that fit great when you stand in them, but don’t when you sit down. (Girls & Joni/Jamie jeans, you know the struggle). 3. Auto renewals that screw you over. Car insurance, Adobe, Apple Music, the gym… after a year when they all renew and the ‘first year only’ deal expires and they all double in price. 4. Complaining. (as explained)

It’s been really therapeutic to write something down every day for the last few weeks. It’s given me some perspective and has helped me realise how much complaining really affects our ability to have a good day; every day is actually pretty good, and there is no need to be surrounding yourself with negative thoughts. It sounds simple but a positive mindset genuinely makes you happier. I urge you to give this a go. You might come up with some interesting points out of it, and you kind of find yourself analysing things a little more, which is a critical analysis skill so must count as Uni work in some way I reckon. Enjoy the next few weeks, and remember, we're always looking for journalists to contribute to the Bucks Student. So make sure that if there’s anything you’re thinking about that could make for an interesting article for this paper, send me an email and get writing! editor@thebucksstudent.com Until next edition… Liv x


AN UPDATE FROM YOUR SABBS LAUREN O'SHEA BEN PARMAR VICE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT EDUCATION & WELFARE

JIMI ADEYINKA VICE PRESIDENT STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

My last couple of weeks here at the Union have been focussed on representation. Student Reps have been elected and are undertaking their training to be the student voice in meetings with their lecturers. Student Reps can help make the changes you wish to see within your course and have great responsibility in representing you. The Students’ Union Representation Team are launching the It Starts With You campaign, encouraging students to provide feedback about their course for us to then find ways we can tackle any issues.

I'm sure you are now settled into the student lifestyle (or at least getting there). I hope you are making time to get involved in the things we offer such as free sports and societies, as well all the free trips and certified courses to help improve your CV. First and second year students will probably have more free time than third years, so enjoy all our fantastic offers before you get to the third year and realise how much you've missed out on. The best experiences I had at university were when I was getting involved with the extra curricular activities through the Students' Union.

It’s been three weeks since I wrote my last Sabbatical update for the newspaper and time hasn’t seemed to slow down at all since then! Amongst countless other committees and meetings, I attended the University’s back-to-back Governance Committee and Council Meeting to see what they were planning for throughout the year and in the future. I started my own show on Rusty’s Radio station, where I talk through current topics in and around Bucks, which you can read more about and tune in on bucksstudentsunion.org/radio.

I've hosted two events kicking off the Peace of Mind mental health awareness campaign for World Mental Health Day 2017. The events were really successful, with I've also been doing the Wycombe Rye Parkrun every students chatting to our local Mind charities and support Saturday morning at 9am with more and more students joining me every week, which I’m hoping to expand and services from the University and the Union. develop throughout the coming year. I’ve been to various panel or committee meetings with members of University staff and the senior management It’s difficult to fit everything we’ve been up to in such a small word count but we’re working on lots of things team. The meetings cover a breadth of topics from Apprenticeship Approvals to Academic Planning. In these behind the scenes. Check bucksstudentsunion.org regularly to make sure you stay up-to-date with meetings it is my job to speak up as the student voice to make sure everything is focused around your needs! everything you need to know!

In October we celebrated Black history month with movie nights hosted by the African and Caribbean Society, as well as a trip to see Dream Girls in the theatre. In November I will be launching #BucksGirlsCan in collaboration with Sports England's #ThisGirlCan campaign. Starting on Monday 20 November, the goal of the campaign is to get woman of all shapes, sizes and abilities moving. Look out for it and tell your friends about it. For more information get in touch using the details below, or come into the office.

Get in touch: Ben: ben.parmar@bucks.ac.uk Lauren: lauren.oshea@bucks.ac.uk Jimi: jimi.adeyinka@bucks.ac.uk

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By Ben Parmar, Lauren O'Shea & Jimi Adeyinka

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Sabbatical Officers.


6 November Issue

It Starts With You.

By Mark Sweeney & Lucy Ryan

It Starts With You Have you ever sat in a class and wondered why your lecturer hasn’t turned up yet? Commuted into university to find your class has been cancelled last minute? Searched for your assignment brief on blackboard to no avail? Still waiting for your module handbook to be available? In times of frustration and staring into your latté wondering how you can make a difference and improve things for your course, The Representation Team at Bucks Students Union is running a campaign called It Starts With You from Monday 20 November. The campaign is all about encouraging students to be more forthcoming with their feedback about the course whilst highlighting the importance of students utilising their student rep throughout the academic year to raise any issues that they may have. Student reps are willing and waiting to make light of your issues and have the ability to instigate the changes you want to see within your course, whilst striving to make your student experience at Bucks the best it can be. Student reps attend regular meetings with your academics as well as the Students’ Union and have the platforms to raise these issues to those who have the potential to make the difference that is vital to you achieving the most out of your time at University. Programme Committee Meeting fortnight is taking place from Monday 4 - Friday 15 December, so make sure you give your Student Rep plenty of feedback to take forward when they touch base with you ahead of this meeting. It Starts With You is also an opportunity for students across the university to speak up and understand that their voice can make a difference. Without your feedback, issues can go unnoticed for too long and remain unchanged. No feedback is too small or unimportant – the smallest change could create a big difference for your year and the ones to come. However, we can’t ignore that there any many great features of the courses on offer at Bucks. Whether its guest speakers, placement opportunities, or the facilities on offer – there are many examples of good practice happening around the university that also need to be celebrated, and It Starts With You wants to highlight those as well. It’s important to be vocal about the aspects of your course you do enjoy, as that informs your lecturers what to continue for the upcoming years so you can continue to benefit from it! When delivering feedback to your student rep, remember to let them know what these things are so they can pass the message on. Following the launch of It Starts With You, we’ve developed a red and green card initiative that’s waiting to be completed with your feedback. Simply fill in the

red section to tell us one thing that could be improved about your university experience and then fill in the green section to tell us one thing that you enjoy about your university experience. These will be dotted around the University, available in this paper and from your student rep. Once you’re done just pop your card into one of the feedback boxes located on the concourse, in Beats, or the Students' Union foyer in High Wycombe, or in Pulse café in Uxbridge.

testimonials as to how the service has helped you, we

Your feedback really does create an impact. For example, Bucks’ 24-hour library service has been under threat of reducing its hours for the last few years, but with the help of your constant response and

campaign or an idea you think could improve the

are able to continue campaigning for students for this facility to remain open and accessible to all. So from Monday 20 November, look out for the cards around both campuses and speak to your student rep about getting involved with the campaign and filling in a feedback card! Additionally, if you have any further issues after the university or union head to bucksstudentsunion.org and visit either ‘Student Issues’ or ‘Student Ideas’ to ensure your voice always has a platform to be heard.


TALK TO THE TOP

UNION COUNCIL: Union Council, which meets on a monthly basis during term time, represents the voices of our students. The Council is a platform that informs students about the changes to policies within the Union, and provides the opportunity to vote on University-wide issues. This year’s Union Council student Chair is Julie Botwood and the next meeting will be held on Thursday 9 November at 5pm in room S3.04.

Students' Union President, Ben Parmar and University ViceChancellor, Professor Rebecca Bunting explain to students why it’s important to give their feedback throughout the year: Why is feedback so important? BP: “Sharing how things have gone well along with how things can be improved is important. If you don't speak up, how can the University know what’s important to you? Your feedback helps to ensure you are successful in your learning and that you go on to achieve your ambitions when you graduate. It will also leave your course better off than when you started for those that follow you.” RB: “The new campaign is great. We hope it encourages students to share their views throughout the year using the many channels available to make their voice heard. We want to know when we don’t get things right so we can make improvements. Remember too that feedback isn’t only about something being wrong. We learn as many lessons from what’s going well, which we can then share across the University to benefit students on all courses.” How can students make their voices heard? BP: “Please take the time to give your feedback on modules and to share your views with student representatives. It makes a real difference and helps the University to iron out any issues to make sure you get the most from your time at Bucks.” RB: “Innovation is really important in enhancing your learning. If a tutor tries something new, let them know how it went and how it felt for you. It’s so important that you feel confident to talk to your tutors to ask for further explanation, more support or to express any concerns. And you can always email the University directly with any feedback via speaktous@bucks.ac.uk.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Nick Braisby who joined the University in August will present to Union Council on Thursday 9 November. Nick will be on hand to answer questions and listen to your feedback so please take this opportunity to make your voice heard. All students are welcome to attend and participate in the meetings by raising any relevant issues. And there are always post-meeting refreshments in the form of free Domino’s! If you have any further questions regarding Union Council, please email surepresentation@bucks.ac.uk.

It Starts With You: write down your feedback on your course below, cut this box out and hand it in at the Students' Union reception desk. Course and year:............................................................................ .....................................................................................................

WHAT'S BEING DONE WELL?

HOW COULD IT BE IMPROVED?

How do the Students' Union and University work together? BP: “The Students' Union has made significant changes to the student representation system this year so there are even more routes for you share your views. We can work with the University more effectively on your behalf if you talk to us and tell us what you think.” RB: “Your elected sabbatical officers are involved in the development of University policy and have regular meetings with the senior management team. The Union is directly involved in how we get things done and we work together to give you the best student experience. A recent example of the University acting on what you’ve told us is the new skills workshops for first years which have been very successful and attracted lots of positive comments.” What happens with feedback? RB: “We’ll listen and do our best to act on what students tell us. And if we can’t make changes we’ll explain why so you understand the decision we’ve taken.” BP: “Not all suggestions are feasible but we’ll be clear with you and work with the University to close the feedback loop.”

To find out who your student rep is or any further information on the ‘It Starts With You’ campaign, email surepresentation@bucks.ac.uk or pop into the High Wycombe or Uxbridge Students’ Union office. You can also give feedback directly to the University by emailing: speaktous@bucks.ac.uk.

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By Louise Harvey

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It Starts With You.


8 November Issue

Volunteering.

By Rebecca Hamer

VOLUNTEERING

WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED Volunteering is great way to make a difference. Here at Bucks we have so many different opportunities which will help enhance your CV and employability skills to make you a more well-rounded graduate. All our opportunities are designed to help you stand out from your peers, you will be graduating from a class with similar grades looking for similar jobs but volunteering can give you that extra boost on your CV and something unique to talk about in interviews. We are currently advertising over 100 opportunities for you to get involved with, these opportunities are categorised according to the time commitment you wish to put into your volunteering. Micro – one off: These opportunities are usually on campus either in High Wycombe or Uxbridge, these opportunities usually last a full day and are drop in sessions so you only need to commit to 20-30minutes of your day. We have recently held opportunities writing letters to terminally ill children or making bags to hold the tubes for children with Hickman lines.

all were here to make your time at Bucks the best it can be and prepare you for after graduation. To apply for any of the volunteering opportunities we have on offer have a look at the volunteering section of the website or email vounteering@bucks.ac.uk.

RAG Raise and Give (RAG) is the area of the Union that raises money for charity. Each year we focus on two local charities which our members pick. This year you picked Wycombe Rape Crisis and Wycombe Mind. Each year we organise many different events in order to raise money for both charities. We also raise money for other charities such as Breast Cancer Now, Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s UK and many more. If you want to get involved take a look on the RAG section of the website or pop into the Students' Union. We are open to new ideas and always looking for students to lead new projects. Up and coming events to get involved with: Poppy selling 30 October – 10 November

Short term – one day: These opportunities only require one day of commitment, they can be on campus but regularly off campus. Short term opportunities often include group volunteering, a great way to meet new people outside of your usual friendship group. In the past we have ran opportunities helping in a care home, a litter pick and also helping in a local woodland.

Movember Fun Run 7 November

Long term – placement: These opportunities require more commitment dependant on the opportunity, each placement styled volunteering opportunity is designed to link with the degrees we offer at here at Bucks. These opportunities are designed to give industry experience and help you develop the skills you’ll need to work as a graduate in a professional environment. Opportunities include managing social media accounts and developing websites, Administration support and special events intern.

Hampers for Homeless wrapping day 5 December

International volunteering: This year we are working with two third party organisations Challenges Abroad and East African Playgrounds who are offering trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Uganda. International volunteering gives you the opportunity to visit new countries, discover a new culture and help those overseas. All of our volunteering opportunities are designed around you! If we have nothing that takes your fancy or suits your interests and skills come down to the Students' Union and speak with me, I can help create or find an opportunity which is more suited to you, after

Netball 4 RAG 16 November Tesco Bag pack for RAG 17 November Hampers for Homeless 20 November – 11 December Tesco Charity bag pack 8 December

TO GET INVOLVED CONTACT: volunteering@bucks.ac.uk rebecca.hamer@bucks.ac.uk

OR VISIT: bucksstudentsunion.org/activities/rag bucksstudentsunion.org/activities/volunteering


Volunteering. This is something that is drummed into students as soon as they enter university. But is it actually worth it? In short, yes! Volunteering is such an important part of university life. Not only does it get you involved in the community and helping others, it’s invaluable to employers.

Time

Time can be difficult to spare at uni, especially if you're going into your third year. If you can’t commit to volunteering multiple times a week, consider giving up Bucks is perfectly located for a number of UK wide one day a fortnight, or one weekend a month. RAG is a charities; South Bucks Hospice, Epilepsy UK, Mind, Roald perfect opportunity to get involved in community projects Dahl’s marvellous children’s charity and Hearing Dogs and you can commit as often or as little as suits you! for Deaf People to name a few.

The big one…Employment! I am honoured beyond belief to be able to work for a charity that sits very close to my heart just a year It’s a known fact that employers LOVE volunteers. Don’t after graduating. However it wasn’t just my degree that got me to working in a place that I love. The stand out question for me at my interview was ‘so, what volunteering have you done?’ And I was relieved that I was able to list the different volunteer projects I’d been involved in. My degree helped me get to my interview, my volunteer history helped me get the job. Volunteers are at the heart of all the charities in the UK and are the reason so many continue to thrive every year. I myself work with over 200 volunteers in my role and it’s so rewarding to not only meet like minded people from all walks of life, but to be a small part in a big picture. If you want to get involved in volunteering, here are some things to consider!

Find your passion! Get involved with a charity or organisation that you care about or that matters to you.

Community Whether you volunteer for a charity, or play a role on a committee for a society, you’re part of a community. Volunteering broadens your horizons and allows you to meet people you might not otherwise. Everyone is there for a the same reason - to support something life changing.

get to the interview and realise that when you’re asked about your volunteering roles, you have nothing to say! Volunteering opens so many doors after University ends, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. I learnt so much from those I volunteered with and it was a definite feel good to know I was helping others. One hour of your time can make all the difference to someone else. Being part of a volunteering family is one of the best feelings in the world, and will change your life.

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By Chloe Whitelock

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Volunteering - a Bucks Alumna's view.


10 November Issue

Movember.

By Lauren Paige & Richard Thomas

We know it, we support it and we are here for men’s mental and physical health. We are Lauren and Richard, your 2017 Movember ambassadors. This year, we want to raise as much awareness into the uni and bring all the research we can find with us! We have a variety of activities planned, for all ages and abilities to get involved in and we are looking forward to seeing as many of you getting involved in supporting the charity as possible! The Movember Foundation is all about stopping men from dying too young. They tackle four of the biggest men’s health issues; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Did you know that three out of four suicides are men? In the UK, every 45 minutes a man dies of prostate cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men under 40. This is why it’s so important that we raise awareness through the uni. This is why we need you and your help this Movember! Boys, join Richard in growing your moustache from the 1st November. Girls, join Lauren in not shaving your legs throughout November. Then share what you’re doing with all your family and

friends and let’s get raising money! Our goal is £100, but with all your help, we can smash that! We also have a tight and bright fun run coming up! On the Tuesday 7 November, come and join us to do a mile fun run for just £2 entry, which goes straight to the Movember foundation. If you want to sign up just head to the Students Union and speak to Becky Hamer. See the What’s On page and the Facebook event. Grab as many of your friends as you can and bring them along! Something to look forward to for the end of November is the Women’s Football takeover. Lauren will be getting her legs waxed for £2 per strip so get down on the Friday 29 November at 8pm for that! As Men’s and Ladies hockey team hockey team, we are having a Movember social, so if anyone is interested in getting involved in that then give either Lauren or Richard a shout. If you attend the spin classes in the gym, then we are encouraging people to donate throughout November as part of the Movember Foundations campaign of Move. This involves running, cycling and swimming.

THREE OUT OF FOUR SUICIDES ARE MEN... We are encouraging just £1 and to record the distance that you’ve cycled. The one who cycles the most will get a prize! Another activity we are doing is a sponge the sabbs. This will take place in Uxbridge on Tuesday 14 November at 10am and in Wycombe on Wednesday 15 November at 10am. £1 for a sponge and you get to pick your sabb. If you have any questions or want to get involved then feel free to contact either Lauren or Richard via Facebook or our email address which are laurenpaige260698@gmail.com or rdthomas2903@outlook.com. Or you can pop in and see Becky Hamer in the Students Union or contact her at rebecca.hamer@bucks.ac.uk.


HISTORICAL INSPIRATIONAL BLACK NURSES AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO US... As the United Kingdom celebrated Black History month across the country this October, with events scheduled in and around London, it is important to also reflect on the inspirational black Nurses that went above and beyond within their Nursing roles. Whilst recreating a Black History timeline within my University, I have been motivated to write this article remembering these transformational nurses. Like many of you, before this project I knew very little about these Nurses who undoubtedly changed the role of the Nurse that we know today.

Susie King Taylor was daring, in nursing soldiers from the American Civil war who were quarantined for small pox even though she was not permitted to do so. Many people will have heard of the name Mary Seacole, a Jamaican born nurse, who was selfless after funding her own trip to Crimea having been refused to serve as an army nurse, in order to tend wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Harriet Tubman, who not only tended to soldiers with small pox and dysentery, but was also responsible to leading over 300 slaves to freedom. There are so many more inspirational black Nurses to discuss; Adah Belle Samuel Thoms, Betty Smith Williams, Hazel W Johnson Brown and Estelle Massey Osbourne all of whom were instrumental in Black Nursing rights. However, many of these names are left relatively unknown by us nurses and student nurses.

These Nurses were transformational through their beliefs and actions. For example, Mary Eliza Mahoney being the first ever Black registered nurse within America which promoted Black equality. In a time where the NHS of today is needing transformational leadership to overcome contemporary nursing issues that are disengaging our young nurses, it is important to think of these Black nurses as role models of the nursing profession. The NHS, as a whole, is facing monumental pressures and the strain is beginning to show. With rising patient acuity and an aging population demand for the NHS has never been higher. However, juxtaposed to this is the 1% pay cap and a rising number of nurse vacancies, which is causing a loss of morale and disillusionment within our NHS and in particular the nursing role. With these growing issues, it is more important than ever to remember these nurses whose bravery and compassion attributed to giving their patients the best possible care. We must make a concentrated effort in remembering our nursing heritage and the obstacles the nursing profession has overcome. These brave nurses should give us all the confidence to propel the nursing profession forward over the contemporary issues we face today. I am personally in awe of these fantastic individuals who have inspired me to become a better nurse.

Mary Seacole

Susie King Taylor

Mary Eliza Mahoney

Harriet Tubman

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By Joshua Willey

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Black History Month and Nursing.


12 November Issue

Peace of Mind.

By Lauren O'Shea

#TimeTOTALK CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ARE PREVALENT IN THIS GENERATION... Growing up even just a decade ago, mental health issues were under scrutiny and there was a stigma surrounding the topic. The backbone of the Bucks Students’ Union’s mental health awareness campaign is to keep up the conversations, encouraging students and staff to support and listen to one another. A recent survey conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) found that 78% of students face mental health issues whilst at University. Encouraging people to talk about mental health can help prevent a more serious issue arising, top tips are to show your support, listen and ask what you can do to help. Mental health is more than illness, it is something that everyone has and we need to learn how to take care of it, just like looking after our physical health. Peace of Mind is in constant planning, finding

ways to promote and keep talking about mental health. The campaign for 2017/18 already has two successful events under its belt. During a busy lunchtime in Pulse, Uxbridge students saw the launch of the campaign, with Hillingdon Mind promoting their support services, along with the University Health and Wellbeing Stall and Bucks Students’ Unions Advice Centre. Students got involved in jewellery making and biscuit decorating whilst chatting over free tea and coffee. We celebrated World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October at our High Wycombe campus. The event was very exciting with local council members attending, along with one of our newly elected RAG charities Wycombe Mind and their volunteers. Our very own Acapella Society opened the event with a performance that gave many of us goosebumps and even brought

some people to tears. Later on we had a second powerful performance, this time from Performing Arts student Taylor who read her poem to the crowd, both performances showcased some of the incredible talent we have here at Bucks. The event received great feedback and a number of students and staff have since got in touch with more campaign ideas. Bucks Students’ Union is always on hand to facilitate students’ ideas and if there is an event or campaign you are passionate about there will always be a team ready to support you in making it a success. If you are interested in getting involved with the Peace of Mind campaign contact lauren.oshea@bucks.ac.uk. If you would like to talk to someone about how to look after your mental health contact suadvice@bucks.ac.uk to book an appointment.


Sexual Harassment is #NeverOk THE START OF TERM SAW THE RETURN OF THE #NEVEROK CAMPAIGN. The campaign raises awareness of matters from sexual harassment to consent. Last year the National Union of Students (NUS) released a report suggesting that one in five students experience a form of sexual harassment in their first week of term. We want Bucks to be a safe space for students and staff and for our members to acknowledge the importance of the campaign. We had a massive 1082 students and staff from High Wycombe to Uxbridge sign the pledge agreeing Sexual Harassment is #NeverOk. Our trusty Freshers’ Helpers were on hand to explain the premise of the campaign and question if people understood what they’re signing for. In the second week of Freshers’ we had a very special visit from Caravan Theatre who spent the day performing their show ‘Can’t Touch This’. The show received some really great feedback and sparked conversation between students and staff about what is and isn’t ok and how the show gave insight into situations that may seem ‘normal’ but in fact, shouldn’t be.

between University and Union staff. The #NeverOk project enables us to work together, whilst we’re making students aware of the issue, the University are working to write and implement the policy. The committee selected members of staff to train as Sexual Violence Liaison Officers who will be on hand if any cases were brought forward. The University have been working hard to find the best way to structure the policy that suits the institution. In the summer I was lucky enough to visit Keele University with some of the team to share best practice and find out how their project worked successfully. One of their team members was an ex-sabbatical officer who helped to establish their policy.

Whilst the University are writing the policy and setting everything in place, hopefully for a start in the next term there are things you can do to make sure you truly understand the matter. All students and staff have access to the online consent matters course, on completion you will receive a certificate (I’ve got mine up in my office)! There’s also a live brief that you can all get involved in where you can be in with a Towards the end of the last academic year the University received a fund from the chance of winning a cash prize for the work that you produce. All information about Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to put in measures to help prevent sexual harassment and violence on campus. Ben, Jimi and I sit on the Sexual the #NeverOk project is available to you on Blackboard. Alternatively if you want to get involved come and have a chat with one of the Sabbs in the Students’ Union offices! Violence Prevention Committee where the progress of the project is discussed

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By Lauren O'Shea

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#NeverOK.


14 November Issue

Bucks Students' Union Inclusion fund.

By Julia Crooks

BUCKS STUDENTS’ UNION INCLUSION FUND Here at Bucks Students’ Union, we are incredibly proud of the Big Deal which enables you all to take part in social, training, sports and a great range of other activities, completely free of charge.

The Inclusion Fund is an extension of our financial support to members who might still be prevented from participating in Big Deal activities due to personal or home circumstances. For example, students who have child care needs and cannot afford to stay on after lectures for a yoga class because they need to get home to collect their children or a student who might be caring for an elderly parent and would have to pay for someone to care for them whilst they attend a Sign Language Course. The Students’ Union Inclusion Fund is a discretionary fund designed to be as flexible as possible so that we can help you with all sorts of issues, if those issues are preventing you from taking part. You can apply for help to attend a series of activities or to attend a one off event.

Here are some of the ways in which the Inclusion Fund can help:

2. Travel costs: Travel costs may be included as part of the Big Deal but if your circumstances/disability mean that you cannot use the free transport on offer, 1. Child care/caring costs: We can provide help with the costs of child care/carers for those who are attending or there is no free transport we will consider funding any of the activities offered by The Big Deal as well as: transport under the Inclusion Fund to attend any Students’ Union event or activity as above. course representative meetings

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campaigning for sabbatical and other Students’ Union posts meetings which you are required to attend in your capacity as a committee member of a Students' Union club/society.

Students would be expected to have claimed for child care costs under their student funding as far as possible and full receipts will be required for any extra child care/carer costs from a registered child care provider or registered carer.

Students must be registered with the University’s Disability Service and upon application, we will ask your permission to verify this with the Disability Service.

3. Other non-specified costs: We understand that you may have individual circumstances which do not fall into the above categories - email us at suinclusion@bucks.ac.uk and we will consider your request. Receipts for any costs applied for will be required before any funds are paid out. The fund is also limited to £100 per applicant per year. For more information about the fund and how to apply go to: bucksstudentsunion.org/inclusionfund. This is a discretionary fund so we cannot guarantee every application will be successful. You can always pop into the Students' Union Advice Centre at either High Wycombe or Uxbridge if you have any questions about the Inclusion Fund, or email suinclusion@bucks.ac.uk with your enquiry.

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The venue is open seven days a week and sometimes it is difficult to decide which nights to go to - you may end up missing out on something amazing! Here are my recommendations for the next few weeks for those of you who like to experience something a bit different!

Every year, we like to highlight our amazing sports teams and societies’ fun sides, as they entertain you in the hope to raise some funds to continue and expand; we call these ‘Takeovers’, and it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Using the venue for one night only, our societies and sports teams create their very

The first Takeover of the year is brought to you by our Rugby Team, kicking off

own event for part of, or all of, an existing event we host at Bucks. Traditionally

at 8pm on Wednesday 8 November, so book yourself and your team a table to

taking place on Wednesdays before Frat House, Takeovers can now take place on

ensure you get the most out of the night – you can do this by searching ‘Frat

any night of the week, so those societies that want to change it up a bit can have the

House Rugby Takeover’ on Facebook, and posting on the page! Including the

chance to do just that – our very own Cosplay and Convention Society, for example,

classic ‘Topless Waiter Auction’, and a host of interactive, on stage Gameshows,

are hosting the first Globetrotters Takeover on Tuesday 28 November.

where you can win everything from a drinks voucher, to the ‘mystery prize’ during

With a big emphasis on inclusion and crowd interaction, in the past we’ve had

their edition of The Price Is Right!

everything from Gameshows to Sabb Roasting, Performing arts to full on meals, and

So be sure to pop down to one of our Takeovers this year, support your pals, and

everything in between. Not one for crowd interaction? You can get as involved as

experience something a little different at your venue.

you feel like, there are many other ways you can enjoy the night, while helping the societies raise money, from buying drinks, to entering the raffle. Not part of one of our societies or sports teams yet? No problem! Takeovers are not only an opportunity for our teams to raise some money for their funding accounts, but also for them to show off just what they’re about, and importantly give you a taster of just what it’s like to be part of the Bucks family – anyone that’s seen the witnessed the famed Bucks FC choir can back that up – and also a chance for you to try out some of the society goodies available at Bucks. If you’re already part of one of our sports or societies teams and you haven’t thought about hosting a Takeover, pop into see the Events Team in the Students’ Union offices (ground floor of North Wing); if you’ve got a great idea to raise money for your society, we’re all ears!

Oh, any by the way… fancy dress is strongly encouraged!

TAKEOVERS COMING UP THIS TERM Rugby: Wednesday 8 November Swans Cheer Team: Wednesday 22 November Cosplay & Convention Society: Tuesday 28 November Women’s Football: Wednesday 29 November Dance: Wednesday 6 December


20 November Issue

Student Activities.

By Sarah Jackson, Daisy Howells & Rhona Noel

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and here at Bucks Students' Union we have loads of festive fun across both campuses to get you ready for the most wonderful time of the year! We’re kicking off Tuesday 5 December with a selection of Christmas treats and masterpieces for you to build and decorate in the lounge. We’ll have biscuits, gingerbread trees and houses for you to get creative with. Alongside this we’ll be wrapping your Christmas homeless hampers and playing some festive jingles too, this is an afternoon not to be missed! If that sounds like the activity for you then that’s not all we have in store! Our Christmas Crafternoon will be taking place on Thursday 7 December in Beats and we have a choice of decorations for you to design and create. So whether you’re looking to make a gift for someone special, design a bauble for your tree or you just want to try your hand at something new, make sure you don’t miss out on these events! Everyone has a favourite Christmas film! If yours is Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf or Home Alone then make sure you get down to the lounge on Thursday 7 December at 6pm for our seasonal movie night. There will be popcorn, treats and seats, you’ll even be able to vote for your favourite film on the lead up to the event. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a traditional pantomime! If you’d like to get your hands on some tickets then make sure you sign up to Jack and the Beanstalk at the Swan theatre, this will be taking place on Tuesday 12 December and you can reserve your place online now! This year the show will star Blue singer Simon Webbe, Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler, television presenter Chris Jarvis and entertainer Nigel Ellacott.

Want to head further afield this December? We have two trips to Hyde Parks Winter Wonderland! There is plenty to keep you busy and entertained at this festive favourite; sing-a-long with the bands, indulge in some traditional winter foods and get dizzy on the fairground rides! Winter Wonderland is your red nose to your reindeer, your mistletoe to your wine, your Santa to your slay and your tinsel to your tree. If you’d like to enjoy a live event at Winter Wonderland we have a limited number of tickets to Cirque Berserk available for you. Cirque Berserk is a fastpaced thrilling circus show of extreme, exciting, off-thescale stunts. This year’s ‘Rebellion’ event will showcase daredevil acts from around the world. These places will book up fast, so visit our website to avoid disappointment! Tuesday 5 December Gingerbread decorating, homeless hampers and Christmas tunes Thursday 7 December Christmas Crafternoon Thursday 7 December Christmas Movie Night Tuesday 12 December Jack and the Beanstalk Thursday 14 December Winter Wonderland Friday 15 December Cirque Berserk

You can sign up to all our events online and they are completely FREE to all members courtesy of the Big Deal. To check out the evens and reserve your place visit: bucksstudentsunion.org/whatson. If you have any questions or would like to sign up to our newsletter please contact surecactivities@bucks.ac.uk.


B I R T H D AY C A R D

Meet melancholic pop band Birthday Card, consisting of members Josh, Conor, Les and Tom. They all met through school, mutual friends and an underlying love for Wham! You are quite an aesthetically pleasing band, was this a conscious effort or did it just happen? I think the name Birthday Card already prompts a certain aesthetic. In some aspects, such as our debut music video - ‘Heartstops’ - we very much knew how we wanted it to look with the pastel colours and nostalgic feel. However in other areas it just came naturally. It’s an important part of Birthday Card but it’s certainly an evolving thing I would say. What artists do you look up to? Would you say anyone influences your music? Ahhh, we look up to so many different artists. I guess the bands we look up to most currently would be Blossoms, James Blake, Sean Nicholas Savage, a lot of the bands signed to Dirty Hit and Australian artists such as Alex Cameron and Kirin J Callinan. Are your lyrics based on your own personal experiences or purely fictional? They’re a mixture of both to be completely honest. If I'm writing fictionally then it tends to be an over exaggeration of a personal experience, something I've seen but may not necessarily have happened to me or just subject matter I find amusing or interesting. Your previous singles have quite a ‘melancholic pop’ feel to them, you are about to release your much anticipated third single, can we expect the same vibe or something a bit different?

We’ve been playing as a band for less than a year and I think our sound is still evolving every time we work on new material. Whilst having a distinguishable sound is important to us we don’t want to get stuck in one genre. The next release will still be Birthday Card but perhaps with a bit of a twist… that's all I can say at the moment. You're a band from Buckinghamshire, would you say that you find it harder to emerge here rather than in a musical hotspot such as London/ Brighton/ Manchester? Well we've actually recently relocated to Brighton, partially for that reason. The support we've had through the local scene has been phenomenal however there’s certainly more doors to be knocked on and avenues to be pursued somewhere like Brighton. That said, we’re not ashamed of where we’re from and we’ll certainly be back for some shows. It feels right kicking off our tour here in High Wycombe. If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why? If we could collaborate with anyone… whether it’s as a musician or producer, I think Tyler the Creator would be cool. His influences and genres on his records change all the time. There’s the obvious hip hop references but he also has this jazz thing going on, dreamy guitars, really ambient stuff. It seems like he never puts himself into one box and I think that’s a mentality we share. Can someone send a copy of this to America?

You are going to be playing at Bucks Students’ Union on Thursday 30 November. What can people expect from your live show? We’ve been working on some new demos so you might get to hear some new tracks. There’s always good vibes at our gigs, bit of a party atmosphere. It’s the closest we’ve played to home since August and our hometown crowd was pretty electric last time out. Bring your dancing shoes. What is the last record you got excited about? As a band, I’d probably say Flyte’s debut album ‘The Loved Ones’. It’s just one of those albums that has the vibe of an instant classic - a lot of the songs on there have this very quintessentially English songwriting to them, but it feels really modern at the same time. The lyricism and harmonies are pretty unreal. We went to see them at Patterns in Brighton a while back and their live show blew our little minds. We chatted to them afterwards and they are the humblest guys going. A New View Promotions bring Birthday Card to Bucks Students’ Union on Thursday 30 November. In the meantime you can hear their debut single ‘Heartstops’ and their latest single ‘Love Affair’ on all major streaming platforms. Visit birthdaycardband.co.uk for video, tour dates and more.

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By Lauren Woodland

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An interview with: Birthday Card.


22 November Issue

Student profile.

By Claudia Waghorn & Rhys Wakeford

STUDENT PROFILE:

Name: Rhys Wakeford Course: BA (Hons) Film and Television Production Year: 2 Intesting fact: Chairman of Gaming Society What made you choose Bucks and your course?

What is your aim for the future?

I was torn between here and Portsmouth, but I heard people say quite good things about Bucks and I was impressed by the open day.

Script writer. I’m doing scripts now but I’m just trying to get them seen. I wouldn’t mind being a writer for Doctor Who. I am trying to get a two-part story written up and sent off to BBC. But if that doesn’t work out, I wouldn’t mind being a fight choreographer.

Are you happy with the facilities that Bucks has for film students? Fantastic! They’ve got very good technology here; sound equipment, cameras and lighting especially. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the option to take the creative writing aspect into second year. Now some students have to do something that they aren’t keen on. In terms of filming, what have you been involved in? I want to do things outside of the Uni but, because I like script writing, I prefer to write things I film rather than film something I don’t know the basis of, like directing someone else’s piece. I do have ideas of stuff to film, but not yet. What advice would you give other students? Be prepared for any hitches that could come your way because there will be problems (including actors!). We had an external actor who was very unprofessional. The technology will be temperamental. Just get ahead of everything because there’s a lot of work. What do you enjoy about the Course and University? The writing aspect is good. I enjoyed my fiction script from first year, which was an action drama. I was very proud of that because I got a first. The Students' Union is good, the societies are fantastic! I made so many friends in Gaming Society last year. Bucks Blades Society was also interesting. You meet some very good people here. What inspires you in your industry? Music. When I listen to something I always think of different scenes that I could film with it. Rock music for example, I could write some choreography for fight scenes. Also, I love writing stories that are quite intriguing, dramatic and action-packed, but I would like to experiment in comedy.

Tell me about the film based on your life. I think my life would be a sitcom. People say I’m quite a goofy character, but there is a little drama and darkness behind it. I think Michael Cera would play me, if he put on a bit of weight. How are you finding the chairman role of the gaming society? The idea of power is quite enjoyable [laughs]. I like it because I can make the changes that I want to make. Some people tend to leave because of the repetition. I’m finding it a challenge, but I like that. We’re going to try and get a sketch comedy type promotional video done for the Society, which I hope will stand out.

I MADE SO MANY FRIENDS IN GAMING SOCIETY LAST YEAR... YOU MEET SOME VERY GOOD PEOPLE HERE.


By Emily Dixie

DANCE AND PERFORMANCE As everyone knows this year has been a difficult year for the University and each department have lost a few lecturers. This is the same for the Dance department. Despite this, the Dance & Performance course is still going as strong as ever, especially after a few course changes for the better at the end of last year.

new refurbished Dance and Performance course. Obviously, we chose to try out the new structure, resulting in more contact hours and learning more relevant course material to the industry now. So now here we are, six weeks in and I am loving every second of it!

In first year I had barely any contact hours and was I’ve loved having so much more Jazz technique, feeling quite demotivated, I guess I felt as though I had conditioning and ballet classes as well as so many nothing to strive for. other things. Because of the up in contact time I am Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the course and we had a more motivated than ever and defiantly feel on a level broad range of people coming in to teach us different playing field with other institutions now. Even the 9am starts every day and sometimes having long days are styles each week for our masterclasses, but I felt out worth it as I am gaining so much new knowledge. of league with other institutions who were striving towards the same industry as me. We now have a few new lecturers who work in the industry, this includes a lecturer who has been Thankfully, at the end of last year my course got to teaching us our technique class who is in the musical, vote to decide if we would keep the same course Shrek and another lecturer we have has worked in structure exactly as it had been or try out the

Cats on the West End. We’ve also had a Workshop with a lead Movement Director in the Industry, this was open to all years with limited spaces and those who attended gained so much knowledge about how the industry works.

My body might not used to all the dancing after the summer and all I want to do is sleep most of the time, but I’ve really enjoyed this year so far and by the time I graduate it would have been worth it. This just goes to show how even though the course struggled the first year, perseverance and communication with our course leaders has led to a successful start to second year. Despite some lectures leaving over summer, the ones who are left have really pushed to get us to the best we need to be in order to make it in the industry and expand our cultural habitus.

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WHAT’S YOUR PASSION? The Bucks Student newspaper is looking for current students to write articles - if you’re passionate about a subject, we’d love to hear from you. Can’t think of what to write? No problem! Join us at a Newsgroup meeting and we’ll give you a topic to write about. Our next meetings are in the Study Lounge (near Beats, opposite the Dance Studio) on Monday 16 October and Monday 6 November. Not only will you get your views and opinions out there, but being able to say your work has been published will look fantastic on your CV. For more information email the student editor, Liv, on editor@thebucksstudent.com.


More than 30 years since Ridley Scott’s cult classic Blade Runner, we finally get a sequel and it is not only a new story with few elements from the first movie developed further in a new, fresh storyline but we also get a sequel that is a powerful piece of cinematic art all on its own from the very first frame to the very end. 2049 does revisit and further explore certain characters and themes from the first Blade Runner but there is only former Blade Runner Deckard (Harrison Ford, looking, sounding and acting even more jaded and tired than he did in The Force Awakens), and one or two characters with even less screentime. Everything else here is its own thing, while paying homage and keeping in continuity with the futuristic Los Angeles now 30 years on. Ryan Gosling (La La Land) portrays “K”, a Blade Runner who's hunting down rogue Replicants, one of them a big, muscular Replicant who seems to be living a quiet, peaceful life when K pays him an unannounced visit. From that point, K finds something that leads him on a trail to a secret involving Deckard himself. That is all I will say, but this is one of the most visually and thematically powerful movies I have seen this year. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) directs this sequel like a vivid tribute to Blade Runner and a unique standalone powerhouse of art, with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins by his side to craft profoundly beautiful images from landscapes to less epic camera shots, all is as

in-camera as possible which is a surprise and rare in today’s cinema. Until Harrison Ford appears, I swear I felt like I was watching something new, different and unique and then when Ford did show up it felt like a dream to find myself gradually revisiting the character of Deckard along with these new characters. Jared Leto (Suicde Squad) is slightly creepy as new corporate Replicant designer Niander Wallace but honestly his voice here brings to mind Jeffrey Combs (Dr. Herbert West from Re-Animator) but Ana de Armas (Knock Knock) is the main cast member truly deserving of mention as K’s holographic lover Joi; funny, sexy, soulful and “more human than human”. One of my favourite scenes in this film involves the Joi character and all I’ll say is that I was blown away, wondering how the filmmakers did such a scene. The CGI work is stellar! The music? Amazing, as beautiful but much more eerie than the original Vangelis score from the first film. Blade Runner 2049 further examines the themes of identity, memories and individuality that were in the first movie only here two out of those three are hauntingly subverted and twisted in a painfully poignant fashion. If ever they make a third Blade Runner movie, I hope that it is as thematically and visually rich as this one because until now I never thought a Blade Runner sequel would ever fly... How wrong was I?

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By Adam Potter

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S O C I E T Y   BNU Musical Theatre is an opportunity for anybody interested in singing, dancing, acting and performing, no matter what your ability or experience, to get involved in our new and exciting society. We are excited to share the start of Bucks first ever Musical Theatre Society! Our sessions run every Monday 7:30-9:00 in E1.01. Each week we focus on different aspects of musical theatre and which are suitable for all levels. Our sessions include a variety of activities such as choral singing, acting workshops, dance routines, script work and exciting one-off industry-focused workshops. Whether you're looking to try something completely new, or improve on a certain area of musical theatre, we are to give you an opportunity to display your talents, and give you guidance and support in a fun and friendly environment.

Our first project is an internal showcase, showing off our best Idina Menzel cover or our best dance tricks. Following on from this, we will be doing several small performances at local care homes singing everyone’s favourite Christmas songs to spread the festive cheer. In 2018, we are eager to raise enough money to put on our first large scale musical! Our first fundraiser will go towards RAG as well as our end of year musical, which will be a takeover at the Students' Union. Look out for our, A Night in New York’ adverts nearer the time. All we are going to say is get your leather and pink jackets at the ready! Save the date – Wednesday 31 January. Second year students Abbie Reck and Katie Blackwell who specialise in dancing, acting and singing proudly created Bucks Musical Theatre Society. Katie is the society’s chair and leads the singing and acting workshops. Katie studies performing arts and is the Station Manager of Rusty’s Radio. She has been keen to get stuck in and to be working with the committee and society members. Abbie is the committee's Captain, Choreographer and will be the Creative Director for the end of year show. Abbie has directed NODA award winning productions for several years and is thrilled to be directing our exciting performances. The committee is completed with Secretary: Eloise Ross (second year Musical Theatre Student), Treasurer: Jade Collis (second year Dance and Performance) and Cerys Roscow (Social Sec). Plans are also underway for our first ever social! Our Social Secretary, Cerys, will lead this. These will take place once or twice a month and all the information will all be on our closed Facebook group – Bucks Musical Theatre Group. Socials will take place on Wednesdays and there will be lots of fancy dress opportunities! Feel free to turn up to our sessions at any point throughout the year – it's never too late to join us! All updates and information are located on our social media pages. Our sessions differ each week and our focus for each session are on these platforms. Be sure to stay up to date by joining/following our accounts. Find us on:  Twitter – @bucksMTsociety  Instagram - @bucksmt  Facebook – Bucks Musical Theatre Society (Public) Bucks Musical Theatre Society Group (Closed)

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By Katie Blackwell & Abbie Reck

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Musical Theatre Society.


28 November Issue

Student kitchen.

By Olivia Jones

HOT STUFF It’s officially autumn and the heating is on. Perfect for food that both fills and warms you up. There’s totally a time and place for Super Noodles, but actual, homemade food is not only good for you - which in turn makes you feel good, but also cheap and delicious! Chicken and Rainbow Roasted Veg: This recipe serves one, so multiply by the number of people you’re cooking for.

What you need to have:

What you need to do:

−−1 pepper

Heat up the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 6.

−−1 Red onion

Chop up all of the veg, and whack it on a baking

−−½ Courgette −−1 Carrot −−A handful of cherry tomato’s −−2 cloves of garlic −−1 potato −−1 Chicken breast or thigh −−Any herbs and spices you can find in your, (or your housemate's) cupboard!

try with some olive oil. Pop the chicken into the middle of the veg, cover all with herbs and spices and give it a little stir around. (If you have any left-over pesto in the fridge chuck it on the chicken for extra flavour). Pop it in the oven for 25 minutes or until the chicken isn’t pink in the middle. Enjoy!

If you love to cook and want to write for this section, please email editor@thebucksstudent.com.


West Ham United Confident Premier League 2 can provide the next big thing. West Ham United’s poor start to the season has understandably placed Slaven Bilic’s position under pressure. With the first team currently hit with an injury crisis, Bilic could now look to youth as West Ham are confident that the PL2 is currently playing host to many potential superstars.

in the EFL in an attempt to boost English football. These plans were rejected and instead Premier League U23 teams were introduced into the Checkatrade Trophy.

Introducing youth has many benefits – These players are typically hungry to both play regular football and make a name for themselves, therefore you then have a squad of players who want to play for the club. Stark contrast to the pampered alternative currently donning the jersey.

West Ham’s under-23 manager Terry Westley said: ‘’If these games are on a Saturday afternoon and all your games have to be at the stadium and our best players are playing against Man United’s very best young players I think you’d have a proper Premier League 2.’’

The second benefit is the financial return these players can create if they are successful. The Hammers have a rich history of finding, nurturing and then selling young talent – the likes of Rio Ferdinand (Sold for £23m) Joe Cole (Sold for £8m) and Frank Lampard (Sold for £14m) quickly come to mind. PL2 was set up by the Premier League back in 2016 to replace the Under-21 system which failed to produce a competitive environment and piled great stress onto players who didn’t make the grade by the time they had reached 21-years-old. The system is now in its second season and has been described by the Premier League as a competition that has placed greater focus on technicality, intensity and physicality with the aim of preparing players for first team Football. Despite the success of PL2 so far, back in 2016 there were strong plans to include Premier League B teams

The decision to add these teams were far from popular with the majority of fans, and as a result of this several games experienced severely low attendance.

One of the most promising young players at West Ham is Toni Martinez who recently became the first player to score a hat-trick at the London stadium during a 4-2 victory over Manchester United will be hoping to break into the first team sooner rather than later and with Andy Carroll currently sidelined with injury he could soon be handed his chance. Even without Martinez there are still the likes of Reece Oxford, Reece Burke, Josh Cullen, Declan Rice, Nathan Trott and Domingos Quina all developing into great footballers. But the question that needs to be asked is when will these players get opportunities with the first team? Westley Said: ‘’you’ve always got to get them into the team, we’ve already got (Reece) Oxford, (Reece) Burke and (Josh) Cullen out on loan at good levels and learning from them experiences.’’ Decisions must be made on these young players futures before they lose their appetite.

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By Kieran Thomas

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Men's Hockey.

By Joshua Brace

WHY DO I ENJOY HOCKEY SO MUCH?

It was a cool, dark evening last September when I went to my first Hockey training session. With limited experience playing the sport in Year 10 (way back in 2010), I threw myself in the deep end and struggled to tell the difference between my ass and my elbow other than hitting a ball with a funny shaped stick. By the end of the night I was cold and knackered and it had shown that I had a lot to learn, but I enjoyed every second of it. From that point onward I went to almost every training session and participated in all but two matches in the 2016/17 season, played at Varsity and found a real hobby that I could commit to. Each training session taught

Playing Hockey, or any team sport for that matter, looks great on your CV because it helps make you a more well-rounded person.

me something new whilst each match offered its own memorable event. But what is its attraction? Why did I get satisfaction from simply just hitting a ball with a wooden stick? For starters, the exercise itself. Hockey involves plenty of running. It is no secret that exercise is good for you. It allowed me vent frustration accumulated from work and studies, get fitter, and feel cheerier (thanks to the endorphins). The second reason was because I enjoyed the camaraderie with the team and the ensuing savage banter which gave every situation a humorous edge, handing me a great opportunity to make some good friends. Plus the socials every Wednesday for Frat Night took my social life to the next level. The third reason was because I was learning new skills ranging from how to play the sport to effective communication to better teamwork. This felt great since the sports I played growing up, such as swimming and Tae-Kwon-Do, were very much solo focused.

And finally, I loved the travelling for the matches; whether it was to the team’s home ground at Bisham Abbey or to other campuses, seeing new places, and having a good laugh with the players of the opposing team. Playing Hockey, or any team sport for that matter, looks great on your CV because it helps make you a more well-rounded person. It teaches you discipline and perseverance and develops your leadership skills. This is not a false perception; I can safely say that I feel like a better-rounded person for the reasons mentioned previously. Being a member of something larger than myself, the thrilling and amusing experiences I’ve gained and the triumph I felt from playing a newly found hobby gave me more gratification than I had previously imagined it could. If you have any interest in playing the sport then don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of the team members, you won’t regret it. And if you’re ‘umming and ahhing’ about it, then just give it a go and try it for yourself.


Bonjour my fellow sleep-deprived and stressed humans, if you are reading this article via the University’s newspaper then this means you have decided to look up from you technology infused world and have realised that there is a whole universe beyond that magical tiny screen. If you are one of these strangelings, don’t panic! You’re not ill, it just means that you are in search for something more… active, fun and maybe a bit sporty (don’t let that word scare you off). There are numerous places you can find all of that, football, tennis, hockey, but I say to you, why do that, when you can do something, different. Something that you didn't think you would ever get to-do. Something like Sabre:Lite, a recently new Sport for Fun activity provided by British Fencing and delivered to you especially by Bucks Students' Union. Sabre:Lite is, for want of a better word, a lighter version of Sabre fencing. There are fewer target areas and a slightly different point system. It's an activity intended to urge people to enjoy themselves as they explore the wonderful world of fencing. Most members are first-timers. Students with a slightly more experienced hand at fencing are also welcome to the group, as they can share their experiences and techniques. That doesn’t mean that ALL members of the group aren’t obliged to help each other, especially to encourage beginners. Even members in their second session, they will welcome new people to the group and help those new appearances enjoy the game. Here at Sabre:Lite we don’t just spread into groups and his each other, although that can be fun, we start from the beginning, teaching you health and safety like how to use the equipment safely, we get you warmed up and explain how the footwork performs, then we get you suited up and showing you how to attack with the three basic hits and defend against them, the most import one being… how to run away!

Now, if you’re sitting there, drinking your mint Latte thinking, “hhmmmmmm.. I don’t know, mumma always told me not to play with weapons, I could hurt!” DON’T threat, the equipment we use is indeed very safe, it comes with professional fencing masks, padded jackets and gloves. All you have to-do is turn up in something comfy and reasonably stretchy and your ready go.

We also play numerous games with the equipment, all of them teaching you how to better your techniques and make you a better swordsman whilst having fun and at the end of every session we have a professional fight, where all of of you get to have a go a being the fighter, judge, referee and score keeper.

so when you have some free time come on down to S2.06 every Wednesday from 6-7 and get all padded up and ready to vent your Uni frustration. In the meantime, email boyonthemove@hotmail.co.uk for any questions you have or any queries at all.

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By Josh Peckham

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