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FASHION graduate Kamilla Jones has been named best young designer of the year at the Midlands Fashion Awards. The Coventry University grad’s selection of womenswear draws on the in�luence of Japanese martial arts out�its. Kamilla, below, in Milan and attended Coventry University’s Erasmus programme.

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‘PIAZZA CRAWL’ HAZING PROBED Video captures semi-naked students crawling in street CATH LYON

AN investigation into an alarming initiation ceremony has failed to identify the masked perpetrators nor the victims. A video posted online shows a group of 20 or more freshers lying face down on a wet pavement being taunted by half-adozen disguised tormentors. The Warwick University students are dressed in a variety of mankinis and saucy maid out�its as they are made to

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crawl to their left, belly down, on the pavement in the Piazza. The tormentors are disguised, some wearing surgical-style face masks, while others wear hi-vis yellow trousers. On the video, one can be clearly heard yelling at the hapless victims: ‘Stop looking up’, ‘don’t smile’ and ‘crawl, hurry up’. At least one fresher appears to be given something from a yellow plastic bag to swallow. The video was posted at the

end of October and prompted both the university and the students’ union to begin inquiries into those behind the public humiliation, which takes place at night, under street lights. However, none of the participants have come forward. Warwick spokesman, Peter Dunn, said: ‘The university and the students’ union are investigating and will take appropriate action at the end

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IT’S TOTAL PANTS

Where’s Felix: More than 300 students cram into these amazing underpants

HANNAH FROGGATT WHO needs to risk life and limb to get your name in the record books when all you really need is a large pair of pants? While it may not have the kudos of a land speed record, joining 300-plus others to cram yourself into a pair of giant kecks does still tick the box of world record. Some 314 students celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Warwick Jailbreak by claiming the record for the largest number of people in a pair of underpants. They beat the previous record of 304, set by the University of Birmingham. The pants record was just one of a number of stunts organised by the Jailbreak committee, raising almost £30,000 for Worldwide Cancer Research. In the main event, students try to travel as far from the university campus as possible without spending any money in the process. This year’s winners, Team

Underwear stunt is a world record

Mapped: Competitors were tracked as they crossed Europe SmashBros, managed to get to Tel Aviv, some 4,000km from the starting point. Tommy Collings, Jailbreak’s vice-president, said: ‘This year was the biggest Jailbreak Warwick has ever seen.’ He said it was great to break the pants record: ‘I

was at the University of Birmingham when they set the world record last year. We still had the pants so it was a bit of fun and to draw attention to the charity.’ Organisers say 380 people took part in the Jailbreak this year, another record.

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Politeness ‘left the door open’ for right-wingers CHRISTINE BRAGANZA OVERLY courteous students are unwittingly allowing racism into their midst. They were the victims of their own politeness after their campus was infiltrated by a group of activists from the far-right organisation National Action. Coventry University insists it is doing whatever it can to keep intruders out of the campus but admitted there was only so much which could be done. Senior communications manager, Jo Lumani said: ‘With the best will in the world, it’s not always possible to stop students exercis-

ing their good manners and holding the door open for someone. ‘We’re doing all we can to discourage students from allowing people to tail-gate them into buildings and it’s a message our protection service is actively promoting as they continue their excellent efforts to keep our grounds safe and secure.’ As TUP reported last month, National Action members infiltrated the university by apparently posing as an amateur film crew. Although they were eventually thrown off the campus, the incident prompted anger from some students who felt more should have been done to make people aware

of what was happening. But Ms Lumani said: ‘There’s a two-fold reason behind the university’s actions, one being they didn’t want to alarm students and another being they didn’t want to publicise the group involved.’ A Coventry University statement stressed security was being stepped up. It added: ‘Both the University and its students’ union are firmly opposed to the group’s views and to any form of discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnicity. ‘Our primary concern is the safety of our students and staff and we are committed to providing a secure environment in which they can work, study and socialise.’

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inBRIEF Students help tackle fraud U are not the one: Students give vent to their feelings at the unpredictable U1 bus service which they say is making their lives a misery

Bus chaos spells woe for stressed students HANNAH FROGGATT BUS timetable turmoil is seeing increasing numbers of students turning up late for lectures or missing them altogether. On-campus roadworks have severely disrupted running times, with many services late, cancelled or re-routed with a knock-on effect on Warwick University students. ‘I was supposed to be presenting in my seminar but I was half an hour late. I feel so bad about missing it,’ said one third-year from North Leamington. Journeys that should

Set out early to beat the queues 1) Don’t trust buses after 3.30pm. Services after this time are less frequent and, if a scheduled bus doesn’t arrive or is late, then the impact on your schedule is heavier

take 30 minutes are stretching to 90 minutes because of queues around the campus. Construction continues to encroach further into campus and now the areas around Milburn House, Scarman roundabout, the Cry�ield residences and other parts

2) Get to the bus stop with a minimum of one hour to spare before your appointment 3) Walk to stops farther up the route to increase your chances of getting a seat

of Gibbet Hill, parts of WBS and several playing �ields and car parks have all been swallowed by the building sites. ‘I decided I’d rather have my own car and pay for petrol and on campus parking, which costs me hundreds of pounds a year, than rely

on the U1 to get me home,’ said another third-year, from south Leamington. ‘It never comes on time and, when it does, its always over�lowing with people.’ Since more people are now driving to campus, campus parking is now over-

stretched. Construction traf�ic has taken over spots in a number of car parks, further reducing available space. In a statement, the university advised students to seek alternatives to commuting by road. Student Union president Cat Turhan has implemented a Campaign for Better Transport and has been in talks with the Centro, the bureau responsible for public transport in this area, to improve existing services. Construction across most of campus is scheduled to be completed between the Easter and summer of 2015.

STUDENTS from Coventry University have been helping Barclays Bank in its efforts to �ight fraud. Four undergraduates worked on a number of ‘live’ cases of fraud, from counterfeit cheque transactions to online scams and identity theft. It could lead to year-long placements in the future.

Hi-tech fight against cancer A NEW cancer research unit at the University of Warwick will put digital technology at the forefront of renewed efforts to beat the disease. Director Prof Nick James said: ‘We aim to develop more effective diagnostic tools and integrate digital technology to �ind new ways of treating cancer.’

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Fashion graduate wins with designs inspired by Japanese martial arts

Meet Kamilla, the new queen of the catwalk CHRISTINE BRAGANZA LOOK out Victoria Beckham, there’s a new name on the fashion scene aiming to steal your place on the catwalk. Coventry University graduate Kamilla Jones has been named best young designer of the year at the Midlands Fashion Awards and has set her sights on working in Europe. She won the judges over with her stylish women’s selection of designs that were influenced by traditional Japanese martial arts outfits. ‘Having recently graduated, I was delighted just to have

been shortlisted, so I’m ecstatic about having won the title,’ said Londoner Kamilla. ‘It’s given me a tremendous boost and motivated me to strive to achieve the highest standards in my work. ‘The collection was a lot of work, so it was almost like a relief. My collection was inspired by watching Japanese martial arts movies. ‘I find Japanese traditional dress really interesting. The style and technique is not your typical tailoring and I knew I wanted to learn more.’ She studied fashion at the prestigious NABA design academy in Milan and attended

Coventry University’s Erasmus programme. Since graduating, her designs have been featured on the website of fashion bible Vogue, as well as Glamour magazine. ‘Right now, I’m back in Croydon doing a lot of freelance design work,’ she said. ‘I want to work for a designer and be more international. When I was studying, I did a placement in Milan, I want to go back out again and find new inspiration.’ Ann Muirhead, head of fashion at Coventry University, said: ‘It is a fantastic achievement. She was up against some very talented opposition.’

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Warning over serial sex attacker STUDENTS have been warned to be on their guard following a string of sex attacks in Coventry. Three women and a child have been assaulted in the Earlsdon area of the city over a period of about four weeks. One student from

Coventry University commented: ‘This is not what a student from Coventry wants to hear. I go on a night out once a week and I feel I have to be a lot more cautious about where I go and what I do. I hope this man is caught soon.’

The suspect is said to be Asian or Eastern European with short dark hair, a thick foreign accent and frequently wears a dark jacket with jogging trousers. Detectives have urged people with information on the matter to come forward.


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Marking boycott all set to bite

Rowers put their oar in to beat gay bullies ROWERS who posed naked for a charity calendar are hoping for another fundraising bonanza... and to strike a blow against discrimination in sport. Members of Warwick Rowing men’s team stripped off for the photos, which will raise money for their charity, Sport Allies. They have raised tens of thousands of pounds since the first calendars were produced in 2009; last month, the women’s team released their calendar. Rower Tristan Latarche, who appears in the men’s calendar, said: ‘The creative process behind the calendar is quite organic and basically results in a group of guys being silly down at the boathouse

Oarsome: Warwick rowers pose for one of the shots on their latest calendar for a whole day. Although having said that, carrying an 85kg rower on your shoulders for half-anhour isn’t exactly bliss. ‘The success of the calendar has transformed the club and enabled us to start making a contribution beyond our sport. It fast became clear

that the gay community were big supporters of the calendar and so in recent years we’ve decided to give something back. ‘Last year, we sold calendars to customers in 77 different countries, so the scale and reach the calendar has now is overwhelming and it’s

Delight as ‘sighing’ prof gets all-clear CATH LYON STAFF and students have expressed their delight at the reinstatement of ‘sighing’ professor Thomas Docherty. They urged bosses at the University of Warwick to learn lessons from the ninemonth saga, which had left many confused and upset. One of the English professor’s leading supporters, Dr Amanda Hopkins, said: ‘I’m delighted that Professor Docherty has been exonerated and hope that he manages to bounce back fully and quickly from what has undoubtedly been an ordeal. ‘As no little part of that ordeal has been due to the considerable length of time the situation has been

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Cleared: Prof Docherty allowed to drag on, it’s to be hoped that the university will examine and improve its procedures for dealing with cases of this nature in future, not least because of the adverse publicity it can bring to the institution. ‘The situation has certainly made many people feel uncomfortable and insecure because it has shown how

vulnerable even a top-ranking professor is within the system.’ Prof Docherty was accused of projecting ‘negative body language’ and ‘sighing’ to interviewees applying to become part of the English faculty and of undermining the head of the department, Catherine Bates, who has since stepped down. After a nine-month suspension, he was cleared this month by a university tribunal. In a Facebook posting, Prof Docherty said: ‘Throughout this past year, I have been deeply moved and touched by the level of support that I have received. I owe you all enormously. The only way I can think of beginning to repay that is through my teaching and writing.’

fantastic to see it being enjoyed by such a diverse audience.’ Apart from raising funds for the rowing club, proceeds go to Sport Allies which runs outreach projects to help those facing discrimination in sport. Said Thomas: ‘Having met members of the LGBT

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community at live events and via social media, it’s becoming clear that we are gradually starting to make a difference and that’s a massive inspiration to the team to keep on making calendars.’ To buy a copy visit www. warwickrowers.org Josh Payne

STUDENTS at the University of Warwick are likely to be hit by a nationwide marking boycott by lecturers. No essays or coursework will be marked, no further assignments set and no exams will take place. Warwick said it could not yet say how many staff would be taking part in the University and College Union action in a row about pensions. A spokesman added: ‘Our focus is on the students and how to minimise the impact of the boycott.’ Owen Hall, a second year English student, said he understood the anger of lecturers but added: ‘I’m paying a lot of money for this degree and the fact that my work may not be marked because of a row about pensions is frankly laughable.’ Members of the UCU at 69 universities are joining the boycott over the dispute.


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I can’t kick my stationery habit LUCY ROBINSON MY NAME is Lucy and I am addicted to stationery. I’m now in my third year at university and I’m realising that I have a strange obsession with stationary. I, like many journalism students, enjoy a good notebook, a sturdy folder, some vibrant highlighters, and some smooth pens to get me through a year of academic chaos. But every now and then, I have this unden­iable­urge­to­fill­my­giant­ bedside trunk with more pens and stacks of paper to last any student at least two lifetimes. Looking in this trunk on a semi-regular basis makes me realise how nobody really needs 150 black biros or three unopened sharpies even if they

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were on offer or come in handy for Bar Crawl T-shirts. I think it stems from somewhere down the line, I realised that a student can never have too many pens or highlighters (except for when you realise you have more highlighters than textbooks) and this stemmed back to the beginning

of it all – primary school. We all remember the glory days of bringing a new set of felt-tip pens into a new year in September, thrusting you into the height of popularity. Getting a new pencil case that could­ fit­ a­ rainbow­ of­ colouring pencils, a pen for every day of the week, a ruler, rubber and sharpener, was the most important thing to get during shopping trips. Personally, I don’t think there is a cure for this stationery addiction that I have – it’s unnecessary but something we’ve all gone through once. Especially when you return home from Wilkinsons or W H Smith with a familiar looking notepad, to realise the reason it is so familiar is because you already have four.

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talkingPOINTS BAD LADS: I am in my fourth year and I have seen and, unfortunately, been a part of, this lad culture that engulfs university life. I have witnessed the excessive drinking sports societies enforce on each other and the initiations which involve rituals such as drinking each other’s urine. I have seen my friends hold competitions to see how many women they can pull in one night, witnessing one of them grab girls as if they were items on a shelf Ross Darragh

ALWAYS THERE FOR ME: Despite ending ten years ago, Friends is something people can watch over and over again, reciting favourite lines and crying at the on-off romance of Ross and Rachel. How is it that a simple TV show can still bring such raw emotions out of you when everyone knows the ending anyway? This has to be the greatest skill a TV series has, to draw you into the characters’ lives and cause you to forget that you don’t know the group personally. You genuinely feel like they are your friends and you are theirs. It is simply known as one of the greatest shows of all time Daisy Vickers

AIM HIGH: A first – so unattainable that many students don’t even consider aiming for it. Instead, many have decided, a 2:1 will suffice. A 2.1 is a great achievement but that is no reason to stop yourself aiming higher. University comes with a hefty price tag. Why not make the most of your £9,000? One way of doing this is swapping the occasional back-to-back Friends marathon for an extra hour in the library. Boring... but necessary? Jessica Bott

POWER OFF, PLEASE: PowerPoint tends to trap lectures on a strict pathway. Lecturers will follow their dozens of slides, and rarely stray from them. They are stripped of their teaching freedom and resort to reading the information off the board, forgetting that their students can read perfectly. Should students just accept these lectures? Their investment of nine thousand pounds a year seems rather steep for just PowerPoint slides. Even going back to basics with a whiteboard and marker would give more learning satisfaction Claire Douthwaite

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LUNCHBOX STIGMA: You, as students, have total control over your dinner. You can eat whatever you want! You feel like jam and cornflake sandwiches? Sure! Have 20 of them! The lunchbox is your oyster. There is one problem, however, the social stigma. It is well known that making sandwiches at home, wrapping them and taking them to campus in a Tupperware container is cheaper than buying an overpriced meal deal at the local supermarket. It is healthier and gives you greater control over what goes into your body while you’re out of the house. Yet, there is still a certain sense of uncoolness about munching on homemade sandwiches! Benjamin Philpott

MO THANKS: Most guys in Movember look like they’ve acquired a new furry friend on their upper lip when they grow a moustache. If this is you, in all honesty, you probably shouldn’t grow one. If you do, it’s important to keep it under control; just because you can’t shave it, doesn’t mean you can’t trim it. You can take part without looking like you’ve been on a week-long drinking binge Kelly Smith

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theINTERVIEW: Example

Cashing in? Never, I’m setting an Example

Thinking of the future: Fatherto-be Example

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THINK every artist has the duty to use their talents and following to raise money for charities.’ Singer-songwriter Example is on a roll, once again taking aim at some of his moneygrabbing peers. ‘I was quite outspoken in an interview last year about artists who keep meet and greet money for themselves and how I didn’t think it was the right thing to do,’ he says. ‘I am always happy to sign memorabilia for a fan or have a photo taken when I am out and about touring the country. ‘Not everyone has to give their

Rapper Example tells DANIEL ROBBINS why he doesn’t feel bad charging some people to meet him, how acting could be the next step in his career and what makes Plymouth so special... money away from paid meet and greets and it is not for me to tell them what to do. I just think the whole idea of charging someone to meet you is ridiculous.’ Currently on tour celebrating his �ifth album, the 32-year-old – real name Elliot Gleave – is using his meet and greets to bene�it the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity where he has been an ambassador for many years. ‘I will always endeavour to meet fans outside the venue

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but if others want to pay for the ‘‘privilege’’ of meeting me then my perogative is to give that money to charity,’ he says. ‘It is half-an-hour out of my day and if I pass the money on, then it is going to a good cause, with this tour alone set to raise £40,000.’ He is in the middle of one of his biggest British tours - while his wife, Aussie model Erin McNaught, is on the other side of the world, pregnant with their �irst child. But the gigs are keeping

him focused. ‘Stoke was amazing to start the tour on the �irst night, Leeds followed up on that but Plymouth has probably been one of the best gigs for a long time,’ says the Londoner. ‘Some gigs take three or four songs to get going, or it might not even be until the last song of the set. In Plymouth, they were massively up for it from the start.’ With a baby on the way, a sixth album in the pipeline, a tour to �inish, you would expect Example to barely have time to breathe. Yet, he has already begun to think about what could lie beyond music. ‘Someone backed me into a

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corner last year and I mentioned I wouldn’t mind directing or even acting in a few movies,’ he reveals. ‘I studied �ilm at Royal Holloway when I was at university. ‘My �irst acting role came in a recent independent �ilm and could be something I go on to do. As for whether I do ten albums or whether it is just a couple more, I don’t know at the moment.’ So what of his immediate plans with the baby on the way? ‘I will head back Down Under for four months to spend time with the family before heading out on tour there in March,’ he says. ‘We can’t wait to start a family.’

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November 23: JOHN SMITH, Warwick Arts Centre, £12 November 25: UNPLUCKED, Dirty Duck Warwick, FREE November 26: UB40, The Assembly Leamington, £27.50 November 27: ELKIE BROOKS, Royal Spa Centre, £22 November 27: LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY, Warwick University SU, £17 November 27: FOCUS, Zephyr Lounge, £19.75 November 28: SNOWBLIND, Arches Venue Coventry, £6 November 28: ABSOLUTE KINKS, Zephyr Lounge, £16.50

Trotter says: ‘We couldn’t try and sound like other guys, it would just seem contrived.’ Their unique sound in an overloaded rock scene was recognised by the people at Radio 1 who gave them the Live Lounge slot. ‘You don’t want to think about how many millions of people are listening but we like doing quirky covers as well, so the Live Lounge suited us,’ says Trotter. The Days War was released in September, to widespread critical acclaim. It came on the back of a successful summer on The Big Cheese Tour, with fellow band Marmozets. ‘We had so much fun,’ says Trotter. ‘The tour was just too short, we

November 28: ZEMLINSKY STRING QUARTET, Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, £12.50 November 29: HELLS BELLS AC/DC, Arches Venue Coventry, £6 November 30, University of Warwick’s Symphony Orchestra, Warwick Arts Centre, £6.50 December 2: UNPLUCKED, Dirty Duck Warwick, FREE

Never alone: Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave are pushing their new album, The Days War, hard were just getting into the swing of things.’ Trotter played all the guitar parts on the album, so taking it on tour presented a challenge

to bounce ideas off .’ The now five-piece are beginning a tour with Deaf Havana, which will come to Kasbah, Coventry next month.

‘We are very busy with the new album and starting writing again,’ he adds. ‘We have lots of gigs lined up and lots more festivals.’ Cath Lyon

December 7: GO PRIMITIVE + A PROMISE TO FORGET + OFFSHORE + STORM GORST AND THE LIGHTNING BOLTS, Zephyr Lounge, £5 December 8: EMBRACE, Kasbah, £19.50 December 9: UNPLUCKED, Dirty Duck Warwick, FREE December 10: FOXES, Kasbah, £14

December 3: KELLY’S FT. THE RUSHMORE, Zephyr Lounge, £5

December 11: RICHIE RAMONE + THE IDOL DEAD, Zephyr Lounge, £14

December 5: THE ZZ TOPS, Arches Venue Coventry, £6

December 16: UNPLUCKED, Dirty Duck Warwick, FREE

December 6: SNAKES & SINNERS, Arches Venue Coventry, £6

December 18: LIFESIGNS + TIN SPIRITS, Zephyr Lounge, £14

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Still going strong: UB40 will uncork some classics

- they had to bring in another person to help out. ‘Ross is an amazing guitar player,’ says Trotter. ‘It’s also great to have someone around

BIRMINGHAM’S most successful reggae band, UB40, will be performing at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on November 26. The veteran band, best known for their cover of Red, Red Wine, are on the second leg of their UK tour following a sell-out first half earlier this year. The gig will start at 7pm and tickets are £28.50. Tickets are available to buy online now from the Leamington Assembly website. Josh Payne

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A NEW album, a summer of touring and an appearance on Radio 1’s Live Lounge – things couldn’t be going any better for Lonely The Brave right now. The Cambridge rockers have come a long way in a very short space of time since having to ‘beg, borrow and steal every penny’ to put their album, The Days War, together. Guitarist Mark Trotter takes up the story: ‘We were sleeping in the studio or in the back of people’s vans. We had to go to the local pool for a shower. It was intense but I wouldn’t change it for the world.’ Reviewers have hailed Lonely The Brave for being able to tap into their own influences and put them successfully on the album.

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what’sON comedy November 24: AN EVENING WITH NOEL FIELDING, Warwick Arts Centre, £26 November 27: ROBIN INCE IS (IN AND) OUT OF HIS MIND, Warwick Arts Centre, £14 November 28: PAUL FOOT- HOVERCRAFT SYMPHONY IN GAMMON #MAJOR, Warwick Arts Centre, £13.50 December 3: DAWN FRENCH- 30 MILLION

MINUTES TOUR, Warwick Arts Centre, Students, £36

December 12: COMEDY AND CURRY, Windmill Village Hotel, £10 December 14: COMEDY AT THE CLARENDON, Clarendon Arms, £10 December 16: JOHN CLEESE - SO, Anyway Book Tour 2014, Warwick Arts Centre, £33.60

Death of a young emperor on display

ONE of the most important works of art by renowned French impressionist painter Eduoard Manet forms the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre. The Execution of Maximilian depicts the fatal moment when the young Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, abandoned by the French colonial forces that had installed him there three years earlier, was shot alongside two of his generals, in June 1867.

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December 6: KATHERINE RYAN- GLAM ROLE MODEL, Warwick Arts Centre, £11

The canvas was cut up after Manet’s death in 1883 and eventually to be reassembled by Edgar Degas. The painting has been part of the National Gallery Collection since 1918. It is the pivotal work of the exhibition entitled Unreliable Evidence, which is part of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour. This Mead Gallery exhibition is free and available to all ages from noon to 9pm until December 6. Josh Payne

art November 25: READING BY CARMEN BOULLOSA, Mead Gallery, FREE Until December 6: UNRELIABLE EVIDENCE, Mead Gallery, FREE Until January 11: PEOPLE OF INDIA, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, FREE Until February 1, The Great War: Coventry’s Story HERBERT ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM, FREE Until December 14: ART FROM AMMUNITION: Trench Art from the First World War COMPTON VERNEY ART GALLERY, FREE Until December 21: JOHN DEVANE – ECHOES LANCHESTER GALLERY, FREE

Hat-trick: Noel Fielding has a live date in Warwick

NOEL Fielding, star of multi-award winning comedy duo The Mighty Boosh, is coming to Warwick Arts Centre as he embarks on his first solo live tour in five years. An Evening With Noel Fielding will include his usual unique style of stand-up comedy, live animation, music and some of his best known TV characters, such as The Moon and Fantasy Man. Noel will be supported by a couple of his TV co-stars, Mike Fielding (Naboo and Smooth) and Tom Meeten (The Mighty Boosh/ Oram And Meeten). The show will take place on November 24, at 8pm and tickets are £26. Josh Payne

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November 26: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

November 28: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 2: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75 December 3: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75 December 3: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12 December 4: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 5: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 17: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 11: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12

December 18: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 12: THE LADY KILLERS, Criterion Theatre, £12

December 6: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75 December 6: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12 December 8: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 13: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 9: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 13: THE LADY KILLERS, Criterion Theatre, £12

December 10: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 13: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12

December 19: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75 December 19: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75 December 20: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75 December 20: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75 December21: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75 December 22: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75 December 22: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

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December 6: THE LADY KILLERS, Criterion Theatre, £12

December 11: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 13: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 9: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12

December 16: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75 December 17: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

Hokey dokey: Hoke’s Bluff uses high school storylines, locker room speeches and a dollop of sentimentality to tell the story of an underdog who finds out what it’s like to be a winner December 8: THE LADY KILLERS, Criterion Theatre, £12 December 8: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12 December 9: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75 The Lady Killers, Criterion Theatre, £12

December 16: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 11: THE LADY KILLERS, Criterion Theatre, £12

December 12: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 4: HOKE’S BLUFF, Warwick Arts Centre,£10

December 6: HOKE’S BLUFF, Warwick Arts Centre,£10

December 14: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

December 12: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18.75

December 4: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12

December 6: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 10: THE LADY KILLERS, Criterion Theatre, £12

December 11: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

November 29: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 5: HOKE’S BLUFF, Warwick Arts Centre, £10

December 14: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 10: OH NO IT ISN’T!, Belgrade Theatre, £13.75

November 27: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre, £18:75

December 5: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12

December 10: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Loft Theatre, £12

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HETTO has grown up, lost the ‘o’ and left London. The grime star, now going by the stage name Ghetts, may have settled in Surrey and into the pre-school run but is not showing any signs of slowing down. Last month, he was nominated for three Mobos including best male act. He made his breakthrough appearance at the awards at the age of 21, when Grime MC Kano invited him on stage to perform in 2005. Now invited back to perform material from his

debut album, Rebel With A Cause, he said: ‘The Mobos were a milestone in my career. To be given a chance to perform on prime time? That was good. I watched that �irst performance the day before going on and I was laughing because I could see I am very different. It is funny to see how far not giving up has got me.’ Ghetts has been on the scene and working hard for ten years. ‘I am always doing work,’ he said. ‘Every time I am in the studio it feels like I couldn’t live without it, I wouldn’t be

able to give up. I am just meant to be doing this no matter how long it takes me or how hard it is.’ His journey started in East London, Plaistow, with a �ist �ight that resulted in him being stabbed. ‘The stabbing shaped my life,’ he said. ‘I was mischievous but I was a good kid before that. I was 12 going on 13, �irst year of secondary school, I wasn’t aware of gun culture or knife culture. I was a scrapper like any young boy, but when I got stabbed, I changed. I never wanted to

Settling down: Ghetts’ next single, Fire Burning, featuring KOF, is out on November 30 on Disrupt

be a victim again, I wouldn’t open up to anyone and I was always on edge.’ That attitude saw Ghetts spend time in youth offenders’ institutions between the ages of 16 and 19 but being inside was

where he found his voice. Thanks to a music course he began to rap. The rapper, who turned 30 last month, has returned with a bang after taking some time out to look after his two-year-old daughter.

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They’re ready for the big time

Deep house duo Gorgon City talk student DJs, chart success and a new album with MORGAN HINTON

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ORMED just two years ago and cutting their teeth on the University of Bristol student DJ circuit, North London duo Gorgon City have been the crossover success of 2014. Signed to independent London-based Black Butter Records – the same label which gave us Clean Bandit, Bipolar Sunshine and Kidnap Kid – Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott have enjoyed a meteoric rise, providing support for the likes of Chase and Status and labelmates Rudimental, as well as remixes for Basement Jaxx. But the boys have tasted success in their own right, with their smash hit Ready For Your Love, released back in January of this

with it �inally out there it feels like people are feeling it. The new record features loads of collaborations; who were you most excited about working with? Maverick Sabre was a big one for us. We’re both massive fans of his. Everyone on there from Yasmin to the American artists like Tish Hyman and Erik Hassle have been amazing. What experiences as a fan listening to music in�luenced the way you approach your live sets? Growing up in and around London, going to drum and bass and garage raves de�initely in�luenced our music and the beats we make. Being young DJs in the UK interested in

year, peaking at No.4 in the singles chart. Following the release of their debut album, Sirens, we caught up with Robson-Scott, to take a look back at this year – and to see what’s next. With so much energy surrounding you right now, how will Sirens maintain the group’s momentum? It feels like people are connecting with it quite well. It’s been a long time coming for us. We started writing this album about a year-and-a-half ago, it’s been a long process and

underground dance music has massively in�luenced how we DJ, how we play live and how we produce our music. How does your approach to producing change from your approach to mixing? Which do you enjoy the most? We really enjoy both as we’ve both been doing it for quite a while now. Although we love DJing in clubs there’s nothing better than getting in the studio, producing a cool tune then playing it out on the weekend to 2,000 people. I couldn’t really choose

There’s nothing better than getting in the studio, producing a cool tune then playing it out on the weekend to 2,000 people

Breakthrough act: Gorgon City enjoyed chart success this year with their song Ready For Your Love either-or, they both kind of go hand in hand. How does your creative relationship with Kye affect the music? We both grew up listening to drum and bass, jungle and garage. That’s the thing we really have in common, a love for that UK underground sound. We’re both really into the energy you get from that type of music. When it comes the house tunes we play out now, I think we’ve both just got a common love for that kind of music. When writing Ready For Your Love did you have a feeling that it would gain the success it did or did it come as a surprise? Once it was �inished, it de�initely felt like something special. We were quite excited about getting it out there. Although we didn’t think it would get as big as it did and get as much love on radio or the charts, it really was a great surprise. You’re just wrapping up your UK tour but will you do anything differently to prepare for your US dates? We did a mini tour this summer. It’s cool; the audiences are really up for it and they’re really into the UK sounds at the moment. It’s such a good time for British music in the States right now, we can’t wait to get back out there.

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IF there’s one thing Nintendo does well, it’s multiplayer fun. In this battle beatem-up you can play as a host of Nintendo’s most famous gaming heroes and villains, including Mario, Link and Donkey Kong, as well as a few icons from outside the universe such as Sonic The Hedgehog and PacMan. Eight players can now do battle at the same time and, as with previous instalments, beginners can button bash their way to victory, while more committed gamers can learn to devastate their rivals with combos. This will be a great party game or one for nights in with housemates. PH

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VERY once in a while a game comes along that either changes the gaming landscape or rede�ines a genre. Alien: Isolation is one of those games; survival horror titles were getting a bit predictable but not this. Set in the world of the Xenomorph monster between Ridley Scott’s 1979 �ilm and James Cameron’s 1986 all-action sequel Aliens, you play Amanda Ripley on a mission to �ind out what happened to your mother, Ellen, 15 years after the events of the Alien �ilm. It’s a rare delight when a game can totally immerse you in its world. Alien: Isolation does that. The

attention to the details from the cult sci-�i classic are staggering. There have been lots of Alien games but this is the �irst title that truly captures the essence of the ‘perfect organism’ that is the alien and the terror conveyed in the �irst �ilm. You can’t �ight it, all you can do is hide and if it spots you, then your only option is to run. It will kill you. There are genuine frights, at times unbearable tension and shocks all woven within a movie-quality plot. It’s a de�inite contender for game of the year. Be warned, if you buy it your social life and coursework will suffer. Phil Hamilton

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Ideal for a night out Polaroid Cube £89 Rating 4/5

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Bilbo back for last battle The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies - out December 12

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ILBO Baggins and his company of dwarves return to Middle Earth for the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy next month. The dwarves might have reclaimed the treasure of Erebor but now they must face Smaug and the Dark Lord. Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson has revealed that the movie, based on the 1937 novel by J R R Tolkien, will culminate in a 45-minute battle scene. And if the spectacular CGI send off wasn’t enough to keep Tolkienists on the edge of their seats, Lord Of The Rings star Billy Boyd will also make a guest appearance for the closing song, The Last Goodbye. The world premiere for the film, starring Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom, will be held in Leicester Square on December 1. Laura Raphael Small role: Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins for the final instalment of the Hobbit trilogy, out later this month

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 – out November 20

ONE of the most anticipated films of the year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, is finally out this month. Katniss Everdeen once again takes up the fight to save the oppressed peoples of Panem. Everdeen - fresh from shattering the Games at the end of the second film, Catching Fire - finds herself in the long-forgotten District 13 as the figurehead of the rebellion, her mockingjay emblem its symbol. Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must

also find a way to rescue her captive love, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Lawrence’s portrayal of everyone’s favourite bowwielding heroine from caring sister to national hero is one of the film’s main strengths. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman also stars in his last full-length film. With returning director Francis Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will surely live up to the hype. Aaron Lembo

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Marco Polo – out December 12 ONLINE streaming giant Netflix has blown a reported £55million on producing its next original series, Marco Polo. The hotly tipped tenepisode drama, which premieres next month, follows famed explorer Polo through his adventures in 13th century China. Co-produced by Game Of Thrones director Daniel Minahan and starring Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy, the series promises sex, drugs and medieval gore.

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Coq au vin

Ingredients: One tbsp butter; two tbsp olive oil; four chicken pieces; four pieces of smoked bacon, cut into strips; two onions; two carrots, diced; four mushrooms halved; two cups red wine; tbsp tomato paste; cup of chicken stock made using two chicken stock cubes; two tbsp plain flour; salt and pepper Method: 1. In a Ziploc bag put flour, thyme, salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces and leave for five to ten minutes 2. Brown the chicken pieces in olive oil for three minutes on each side 3. Take the chicken pieces out and put them into a plate. Cut four pieces of bacon into squares and fry 4. While the bacon is frying

Banana bread

French fancy: Red wine and bacon make a classic combo chop up onions and carrots 5. Add the chopped onions and carrots to the bacon 6. Once the onions, carrots and bacon are fried add in a cup of red wine 7. Once the wine has been added add in a tbsp of tomato paste 8. Add the remaining red wine and create your chicken stock (made by adding boiling water to two stock cubes)

10. Once you have added the chicken stock put the chicken pieces into the pot and leave for ten minutes 11. Put the dish in the oven for one hour on 350C 12. Fry the chopped mushrooms and add to the top of the cooked dish. 13. Mix two tsp flour and butter together and add to the coq au vin 14. Add some salt, pepper and serve Aramide Pearce

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Help is at hand for the bullied

MOVING into university halls is a big change for many young people; it brings them into a bustling community with people from all backgrounds. However, not all students’ first taste of life away from home is a positive experience. Anyone subject to bullying at university may feel extremely isolated... but help is at hand. The University of Liverpool, for example, has bullying and harassment advisers who can suggest strategies for dealing with problems. Its counselling and student support services, as well as hall tutors, are also on hand. Diversity and equality officer for the University of Liverpool Darren Mooney says: ‘Students should seek to informally resolve any complaint or grievance with the alleged perpetrator. If an informal resolution cannot be found, a student can make a formal complaint.’ Chelsea Dytham

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Aries: March 21-April 19 There will be many hurdles to overcome in the first two weeks of December, Aries. However, don’t give up as your luck will change come December 17. Your career and finances will begin to flourish as well as your relationships. Now is the time to travel and broaden your horizons but be aware those around you will need some convincing of your new direction Taurus: April 20May 20 Energy levels will be exceptionally high this month, Taurus; however there is no need to turn into a bull in a china shop. Be humble and down to earth and on December 17

you will enter a period of positivity and possibility. You will see marked changes in career in particular as new avenues arise

Gemini: May 21-June 20 Confrontation with relatives will be rife until December 17 but don’t let this get to you, Gemini. Be creative and find ways of spending time with those near and dear to you that will not end in conflict. It is not all doom and gloom. Your social circles will increase this month and your career will directly benefit as a result

Cancer: June 21-July 22 Have you be feeling a certain amount of haughtiness of late? Be

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warned this will only create controversy Cancer. You are bound to be feeling a lot more in tune with those around you come December 17th, when you will gain support from your superiors through your dynamism and resourcefulness

Leo: July 23-August 22 There will be tension among your siblings this month, Leo, and you are more than likely to be at the centre of it. As long as you don’t let your ego take over, a little competition can do no harm. It may even give you that extra push to undertake a big project that will carry on into the new year

Virgo: August 23September 22 You could be plagued by health problems at the beginning of this month, Virgo, so make sure not to over do it. However come December 17 you will be fighting fit and back on form. Your energy levels will be high and despite a slow start to December new avenues that will arise will take you pleasantly into the new year Libra: September 23October 22 You need to keep your wits about you this month, Libra. Your personal and professional relationships will be tested to the max. However, the added stress and strain could give way to greater wisdom of how to deal with others. As long as you are flexible redeeming opportunities will come your way and not all will be lost

Scorpio: October 23November 21 You need to make yourself crystal clear this month, Scorpio, otherwise you will be left feeling exasperated. Your expectations are not too high, it is simply how you go about executing them. The beginning of the month will be a test of character but don’t lose faith. Stick to your guns and,

come December 17, your luck will be on the up

Sagittarius: November 22-December 21 Play your cards right and you will prosper this month, Sagittarius. A period of positivity means that your confidence will be at an all-time high and you are centre stage. Those around you will be instrumental in your growth so be careful to not to let the limelight go to straight to your head. Your hard work is beginning to pay off but you still have a long way to go Capricorn: December 22-January 19 A dip in confidence at the beginning of the month could leave your energy levels somewhat lacking, Capricorn. Don’t let this leave you down in the dumps; take the time to meet up with friends who you have not been that attentive to of late. You should soon be feeling back to your old self in no time and there may just be a surprise around the corner

Aquarius: January 20February 18 Nothing is stopping you this month, Aquarius, your diary is full and so is your bank account, it appears. Although it may seem like the perfect time to indulge, if you take this even a little too far you could be reaping the repercussions come December 17. Avoid speculating and undertaking major projects. You can still charge ahead but keep your cards close to your chest Pisces: February 19-March 20 This month is all about focus for you, Pisces. If you feel as though you have been drifting for some time, now is the time to grab hold of the reins. However, it is not all hard work and no play, as your focus will pay off financially as well as socially. But be aware this could lead to issues arising with those close to you

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REBEKAH WILSON asks whether the universal craze for swiping left or right based on a possible six photos and 499 characters is really healthy for us WHEN we get lonely on a Tuesday night, watching Celebrity Juice and late re-runs of Family Guy accompanied by Ben and Jerry, we have a natural desire to be needed. Then our smartphone sneaks out of our jeans pocket egging us on. Go on to Tinder, you’ve only got 300 matches with five of them actually speaking to you, let’s get swiping. Without a moment’s thought there we are, using every thumb muscle we have, having a Tinder fit. Shockingly, two years after its release, our generation is starting to take Tinder seriously. Going into a restaurant we are guaranteed to find at least two Tinder dates awkwardly working out a ‘how we first met’ story. Are there just too many people so the only way to find someone and speak to them is via the most frivolous and fanciful dating app yet? What will become of our generation? A pack of wild, sex-driven vultures or could Tinder actually become the fastest and most efficient way to date? Either way, Tinder is here to stay…well, until a newer version with video chat and picture messaging. Then, God help us!


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O far in the first term of university I’ve gained plenty of friends, not to mention memories to last a lifetime, but I have also gained plenty of pounds. It has got to the point where I can’t face going home for Christmas but, with term ending in a matter of weeks, what can I do? Louise, Swansea Louise, I’m about to tell you something more horrific than any hangover. A bottle of wine is the equivalent to three Mars bars, a Big Mac with medium fries or six jam doughnuts. Even if you don’t drink you can fall foul of the lack of routine that comes with university and the cheap stodge on offer at the supermarket. Gym memberships can be expensive so head out to your local park. And, as for Christmas, everyone back home will be too excited to see you to care about a couple of pounds.

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’VE moved half way up the country to Edinburgh but my mum is still checking in on me daily. So much so, stalking my Facebook has become her new part-time job. To make matters

worse, I was tagged in a picture having a cheeky cigarette recently. She is now threatening to come stay with me in halls to keep a closer eye on me. Alice, Edinburgh

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In our monthly look at LGBT issues, masters student FILIP BIGOS discusses why he dislikes being known by a label

even I have some labels but what is the point of them? There is a big discussion going on at the moment as to what the non-straight part of the population should be called and which umbrella term we should be using. Some people don’t like the good old LGBT (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans for the uninitiated) because it is not inclusive of queer people, intersex people, polysexuals, asexuals… The list goes on. To accommodate this we add +s and *s and Qs the end of the acronym. But why

settings on Facebook, What you and your friends find funny might not go down a storm with parents. And remember, believe it or not, your mother is only looking out for you.

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exactly do we feel the need to label everything? I am a non-binary gay man because I have to have a label. People expect me to have one. People who fit into the ‘standard’ expectations of society as far as sex, sexual and gender identities are concerned need labels to put on others to help them understand the concept of difference So I please them. To help the cause. But, ultimately, I want to live in a society where people are accepted and taken at face value and one where we won’t have to explain ourselves.

n Young people all too often suffer at the hands of bullies. This is particularly true for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. NUS research found one fifth of LGBT students have experienced bullying or harassment on campus. For trans students, this figure was one in three. During Anti-Bullying Week this year many young people told us they felt isolated and alone when facing bullying. Stonewall’s NoBystanders campaign asks people to take a pledge and stand up for any  time they witness any form of bullying. Learn more at nobystanders.org.uk

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There are no two ways about it, first year is hard. Some might cover it up better than others but you will all be feeling it. However, it is not all doom and gloom; there is life after freshers and societies are a great place to start. Try to cut down on going home, too, otherwise you’ll miss out and your friends back home will still be there when you go back at Christmas. Struggling with your studies, wrestling with a relationship or is your social life at a standstill? Contact our agony aunt on alice@unipaper.co.uk


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AST your mind back to the carefree days of 2012 when graduates left university with a measly £26,100 of debt instead of the estimated £53,400 they rack up nowadays. In those days, fresh-faced university applicants pricked up their ears and listened when teachers and parents told them ‘study a subject you enjoy!’ Sadly, for many young people ‘enjoyment’ doesn’t always have a lot to do with their choice of degree. Since tuition fees have reached an all-time high, it makes sense to investigate the most rewarding subjects – so which degrees lead to the highest salaries? So, first a few important details: these numbers come from HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, which we think should stand for Hardly Ever Simple Answer. HESA sends surveys to graduates six months and

three-and-a-half years after graduation, and this is the information collected in 2012 from 2009 graduates. Most subjects in the top ten probably won’t surprise you much; it’s well known that doctors, dentists and vets earn a comfortable salary. But the £25,000 a year paid to architects earn is surprising, especially as they have to train for a whopping seven years. Of course, the uni you choose can be a factor, too. The survey showed that graduates from Russell Group universities earn the highest salaries, with a mean of £27,500 compared with the next highest, the 1994 Group of unis, which has now disbanded but included Birkbeck and UEA, at £26,500. It can be hard enough to motivate yourself to work and, if you hate the subject your studying, it’s fair to say you’ll hate the job at the end of it, too. But, if you’re happy

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to pursue a subject you dislike for lots of dosh, fair play to you. If not, revive that carefree spirit and study what you love. Bethany Miall, from Go Think Bigger, a digital hub giving young people career advice and work experience opportunities

Just flick that switch and watch the savings pile up THE definition of a student: finding any way possible to save money. When someone else paid who cared about leaving that bathroom light on in the middle of the night? Or turning the heating up during winter so you can stay in your shorts and T-shirt? I know students who refuse to turn lights on or wash their clothes because they live in constant fear of those numbers on that bit of paper at the end of the month. Perhaps it would be better to consider some less drastic measures than stinking clothes, to keep the bills down? First and foremost: shop around! nGet those deals. Some

Bright idea: Turn lights off electricity companies offer cheaper prices if you use your electricity at off peak times nSpeaking of washing machines, on average you can save around £9 a year if you wash your clothes at 30° instead of 40° nThe morning cuppas – don’t fill the kettle to the top just boil the amount you need nRemember to shut the fridge and freezer doors! Don’t put hot food in

the fridge – it ruins it but also requires more energy to cool the food nUnplug your chargers after use. To charge a phone for eight hours costs only a penny but when we disconnect our phones and leave the plug in it still uses energy nLaptops use 85 per cent less energy than the typical PC nUnplug the TV and other devices by the wall instead of leaving them on standby You will be surprised by the difference each of these things can make leaving you extra money for that new pairs of shoes or a cheeky night out in the week. Rebecca Kiff


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Avanti Communications Group plc – Graduate Engineer Are you expecting a 2:1 or higher in a computer related subject? Are you interested in working in a fast paced environment with the latest technologies in a truly global footprint? Yes? That’s a great start, but beyond that? Avanti seeks your inspiration, your energy and your enthusiasm.

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J.P. Morgan – Technology Graduate Programme There’s not a single part of our business that isn’t empowered and enhanced by the creative thinking of J.P. Morgan technologists. In an industry this competitive, being the best means deploying high-speed software and infrastructure alongside leading engineering and application development. Location London, Bournemouth, Glasgow

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Opus Energy – Graduate Analyst Opus Energy, a dynamic and fast growing organisation, is recruiting to expand its analytical support. Analysts with Opus Energy carry out a wide range of analytical tasks designed to help keep the company on track. Location Oxford, Oxfordshire Salary £23,000 - £25,000 DOE + £1,000 welcome bonus + £1,000 at end of year 1 & 2 Closes 03 Dec 2014

Rothschild – Private Equity Long Term Internship – Merchant Banking This London based 4-6 month internship is an exciting opportunity to intern with Rothschild’s flagship private equity fund, Five Arrows Principal Investments – a €600 million fund focused on mid-market companies in Western Europe. Location London Salary Competitive Closes 31 Dec 2015


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Job in Tesco? Travelling? Lucy hits the catwalks of Paris instead

I put degree on hold to be a model

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OR most 18-year-olds, the dream of roaming the runways of Paris Fashion Week, wearing exclusive Givenchy designs is exactly that – a dream. Lucy Zoe Evans decided to put her studies on hold and pursue that dream and has been rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous . Recently returned, fresh from Paris Fashion Week, Lucy took part in the Givenchy show, directed by critically acclaimed Riccardo Tisci. She shared the limelight with leading models such as Cara Delevigne and Kendall Jenner and appeared in front of celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. She saud: ‘I’d have to say the highlight of my career so far is walking in my first ever runway show for Givenchy.’ Lucy, from Stoke-on-Trent follows in the footsteps of her older cousin, Sarah. ‘As a child, I remember talking to Sarah about her eight year modelling career and ever since it’s always been a dream of mine, so when I was spotted out shopping at The Clothes Show in 2009, I was more than happy to jump at the opportunity.’ Although she has only been a professional model for two

Think gap year and you think of backpacking adventures across the world or endless hours of tedious work experience; but for one teenager her gap year has become a world of couture and Kardashian. CHARLES WORRALL talks to model Lucy Zoe Evans months, Lucy kick-started her career with an ad campaign for Republic at the age of 13. She said: ‘During my school years, I was granted a licence allowing me to take time out of school but I kept castings and jobs to a minimum to enable me to concentrate on my compulsory education. My gap year has allowed me to model full time before heading back into education.’ But the path to a successful career in modelling is paved with disappointment and criticism. She said: ‘The reason for the excessive castings and meetings with clients are so they can judge if you’re the right model for them. Not being chosen for a job can at first seem offensive and disheartening but over time you come to realise that being told “no” is part of being a model.’ Sticking to a diet remains another major challenge but Lucy shrugs off criticism of the fashion industry over its use of stick-thin models. She said: ‘The utmost initial shock that came at the beginning of my career

was having to be as strict as possible when it comes down to my diet. I try my best to work out every day, even if it’s a quick ten minute run. ‘Just like being a ballerina or an athlete, you have to be a certain size and shape. ‘Part of my job is to be toned and healthy. ‘Since starting modelling full time, I’ve seen such a difference in my body, skin, energy and mood.’ She has deferred her degree in business and textiles at Brighton University until next autumn but it still seems borderline insanity to imagine balancing education alongside an international modelling schedule, especially when your average student struggles to attend a 9am lecture. ‘I’m intending on travelling, achieving almost all of my aspirations for my gap year and gain as much experience in the fashion industry as possible,’ said Lucy. ‘Working with Givenchy again and, just like every other girl my age, being a Victoria’s Secret model is something I dream of doing.’

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Places you should visit before leaving for your gap year SO, you may not have a gap year as an international model lined up... but you may be thinking about taking a year out and travelling. Before you head off, you will want to sit and plan how and where you want to go. Here is a quick guide to some great websites to help you plan your adventure.

Rough Guides: If you are unsure of where to head for your gap year, these are the best place to start. Full of great information on all the best destinations including accommodation, when to go, itineraries, travel essentials and cultural etiquette so you won’t get yourself in to trouble while away. You can also book hostels through the site

and it has a great community you can interact with and get first hand information from. www.roughguides.com Gap Year: This site that is packed full of information to help you get the most out of your travels. From booking your accommodation to researching places to visit and stay, Gap Year has all this and much

more. It also includes sections on jobs and volunteering to help you develop skills that will be transferable to your chosen career and even has a place you can plan your whole trip. The perfect one stop site. www.gapyear.com Real Gap: If you are worried about the cost of your gap year, Real Gap has a great section on

how to travel for less and still get the most out of your travels. It also has many of the features the previous sites has, including information on destinations, jobs, volunteering and has some last minute deals available too. www.realgap.co.uk So, when you’ve read all this, the only question left is what’s stopping you? Kizzy Bass


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Turn your room into your home

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ou’ve been at university for a few weeks now and if it doesn’t quite feel like home then here are some inexpensive quick-�ixes. Most importantly, you need a bedroom that re�lects your style. Find some cheap bedding in high street shops – cheap and cheerful is key. Then, why not spruce it up with funky blankets and throws. For this, turn into a true hipster and try the charity shops. You may have to have a bit of rummage but, if you’re lucky, you’ll �ind some really decent, well-

made stuff for a price that doesn’t bury you into your interest-free overdraft. Every living room or bedroom needs cushions … many, many cushions. If you’re feeling crafty and need to procrastinate from writing that essay you could even have a go at making your own! If you’re not the next Great British Sewing Bee just pimp up plain cushions by sewing brightly coloured buttons and ribbons to them. Nothing makes a room more homely than pictures and posters that mean

Invaders you need to repel

Finishing touches: A few cushions and fairy lights can make all the difference something to you. That way, when the inevitable homesickness threatens, you are always surrounded by friendly faces. Get creative with noticeboards and cover them in a collage of your favourite photos. Just remember to hide the many drunken ones from Granny when she comes to visit! If you’re looking for a bit of

ambience then mood lighting is your new best friend. From creating the princess room you’ve always wished for to dimming the lights for late-night guests, fairy lights and lamps will give your room the edge. Go green and buy some cheap plants for your humble abode. Flowers are always good for adding a bit of colour

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and life to a room... just make sure you water them! Lastly, an easy way to guarantee that you feel at home is to be comfortable. You may have invested in all the cushions and plants in the world but that’s no good if you can’t relax in cosy pyjamas, slippers and a dressing gown. Jessica Bott

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IT’S the news we all dread. One of your housemates is having an old friend to stay. Here are the guests you don’t want... The Alien Thief: Spends the entire weekend communicating in in-jokes with your flatmate. Steals them for the weekend and shows how little you know them The Bodily Incompetent: Drops a nuclear bomb every time they use the communal facilities and projectile-vomits in the kitchen The Better Housemate: Painfully delightful. You connect in a way you have never before with another human being, only highlighting the inferiority of your current housemate Jack Meggitt-Phillips


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yourSPACE The best time for house hunting is November, any later and you’re not left with much choice. Make sure that you question, question, question. Is the heating on a meter? Can you see mould growing anywhere? Is the roof about the cave in? Lucy Robinson

How to �ind the right place to live, the right people to live with and how to keep your place right

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OVING into a house can be stressful at the best of times. There are bills to sort out, new housemates with bad hygiene to deal with and an ever-pervasive knowledge that your hot water is likely to cut off at any moment. When these issues do rear their heads, is it better to have your signi�icant other around or will it just make things far, far worse? This may depend on your type of relationship but there are certain unavoidable truths. If you have been together for just a month then maybe living in the same house is a little over-ambitious. Getting to know someone far quicker than expected can kick the honeymoon period out the window before you can even mutter ‘date night’. You don’t want to discover to soon that your partner has far more negative traits than

The infamous flat party is an obvious first step to consecrate your new pad. Make sure you invite a strong, largish friend. Anyone with a vaguely intimidating presence so that kid who got too drunk can be asked to leave without too much hassle Blythe Lewis

No matter where I go, the oven never works. A ten-minute pizza takes closer to 30. Our landlord sent someone to fix ours. When we came home, there was a new temperature dial but no numbers on it. Cooking for the rest of the year involved a lot of guesswork Bryony Plumb

Happy ever after? It can’t all be romantic Gruesome gum stuck on your clothes? Put the garment in the freezer for a few hours. Once the gum is frozen scrape it off with a blunt knife. Squirt on a little washing up liquid and salt. Rub against the thread of the fabric and the rest should come off Eva Coutts

Moving to Preston and living in England for the first time was a peculiar experience, to say the least. People would waltz around with multi-coloured hair and they call what I used to think was lunch, their dinner Mane Grigoryan

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How to survive living together SO, you’ve decided to take the plunge and live with your partner during your university years? Here’s how you might make it work... Lead your own life: Since you’re probably both studying, a busy schedule is to be expected. Talk through your plans and that way miscommunication will be avoided. This will also allow you to plan that romantic weekly date night Pull your weight: Boys, don’t leave the dishes for the women. And girls, invest in a screwdriver so you can at least dabble in the handiwork Spread your wings: There’s nothing worse than a

couple who never spend time with their other friends. Friends you make at university are friends for life. So do not push them away! Accept it won’t be sexy and romantic all the time: You might think that living together is going to be similar to just being partners but this actually means you’ll see the best AND the worst of your signi�icant other. Remember, no one is perfect, lower your expectations, take each day as it comes and breathe. You’re still young! If you’ve thought about all of this and still want to move in with the love of your life, then good luck. Fredrikke von Z Wongraven

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you �irst thought. There is also the chance of an awkward break-up. You need to be sure that this is unlikely. It is dif�icult enough being around someone you’ve got history with, let alone having to read the gas meter with them. If you are sure you know

your partner well enough for it not to end unceremoniously over the corn�lakes, then the answer to whether you should live together lies in your relationship type. If you’re that couple that loves to spend long afternoons staring intensely into each other’s eyes without speaking then go for it. If you have friends that you would like to spend time with independently of each other and other interests then perhaps �ind houses in the same area but with several streets’ separation. Alternatively, make the sane decision and move in after Alex Green university.


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How to �ind the right place to live, the right people to live with and how to keep your place right

Picking perfect �latmates Avoid the messy but embrace the mother

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HE group of mates you met during freshers’ week, won’t be around for long. If they are you’ve been lucky! But for most, those friendships tend to fade away and you start to hang out with a different crowd. Soon, the dreaded period of choosing housing for next year creeps up. Before you start getting too excited and pick your new BFFs, here are a few tips on how to choose the best housemates. 1. Seek the studious: It is honestly good to have this person around to keep you on track. This housemate brings positive peer pressure which has amazing bene�its: assignments �inished before the deadline and still time to

party. Also, a perfect buddy to have study sessions with. 2. Avoid the messy: You will spot this person very quickly. They are always untidy and unkempt. It’s funny from a distance but do you really want to be cleaning up after them or be straining the friendship by asking them to stop leaving the dishes for a month in the basin? 3. Embrace the father/ mother �igure: Everyone wants the sense of freedom that comes with moving away from home. The father/mother �igure is going to take care of you when you fall sick and worry when you come home late. It is nice to know someone is looking out for you. 4. Think thrifty: Be on the

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Crowded house: This bunch looks friendly... but would you want to live with them? same page about money matters. Money is such a sticky matter but if handled properly everyone can have a great year together. Get to know your

friends’ money habits. Stingy ones are dif�icult ones. 5. Choose happy: Everyone has his or her ups and downs but there’s bound to be that

one cheerful, chirpy person who will keep the spirits up no matter what. It will help to maintain the house’s sanity. Benazir Parween

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STUDENTS all over the country are being forced to double up after universities ran out of rooms. Here’s our tips to help you get by No secret hobbies: Forget goofy dancing or weird singing to the mirror Buy some PJs: Not everyone wants to see you naked Learn to clean: You can’t litter the floor with all kinds of mess Talk to them: Sharing space is easier if you’re less of a stranger and more of a friend!

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We couldn’t ignore it as it’s less than a month away... but not all our students are in the Christmas spirit

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They’re killing the magic Too much, too soon at Christmas

theGRINCHES IT’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…but, wait, it’s just been Hallowe’en. Christmas is weeks and weeks away but it doesn’t look like that on the high street. Every store you dander by is jammed with everything from decorations, to loofas, to every shaped chocolate imaginable. But is this right? Is Christmas an overly commercialised holiday, bullying other holidays Rebekah Heath out of existence?

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T’S Christmas! Or so some people seem to think judging by the amount of Christmas trees you see nicely lit up in living room windows and the festivethemed shop displays. Hallowe’en has only just passed by but the scary thingis the plague of sparkly lights and candy canes. I love Christmas decorations as much as the next guy, but you know… at Christmas. In Newcastle, for example, Fenwick on Northumberland Street their autumn display has gone up, which is fine of course - it is autumn. But then you go up the escalators on to the second floor and

A bad case of tinselitis?: Christmas decorations were up early Edinburgh PICTURE: ANGUS DUNCAN suddenly you’re confronted by Christmas lights and decorations and blinded by the festive colours of green and red. I find myself thinking: ‘Did I take the

time-travelling escalator and emerge two months later?’ Seriously, the clue is in the name: Christmas decorations. There should be a law against decorations before

mid-November. Christmas is good because you have to wait all year for it. If you just start whenever you feel like it, it defeats the magic of it. Edward Jones

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THE idea of Christmas invades every spare surface like the looming ebola pandemic. The thought of Christmas is so far from my mind it’s unreal; the space up there is occupied by technology project ideas, dissertation research, photography projects, endless presentations to prepare for and Harvard Referencing; not whether my boyfriend would prefer Hugo Boss or Armani after shave Anna Landi

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Footballers push it to the maxim JOSH PAYNE THE men’s football club at Coventry University is on course to achieve the ambitions in its motto, judging by its earlyseason form. The first team is third in the Midlands 1A Division – and one point off the top position – after two wins out of three. The seconds and thirds have

also got off to flying starts, lying in first and second spots respectively in 4C Division. And the fourths have won their three opening fixtures, sending the team to the top of their league. It means the club looks set to live up to its motto: ‘Maintain a high level of professionalism and commitment on and off the pitch, while striving to become

results round-up

Netball: Nottingham Trent IV 29, Warwick II 38; Coventry University Women’s I 45, Oxford Brookes University Women’s 3rd 30 Fencing: Warwick Men’s I 111, Oxford Men’s II 106 Squash: Oxford Brookes University

Full of cheer: Izzy Coomer has achieved great success at national events

the best sports club within the Students’ Union and consequently Coventry University.’ Forthcoming fixtures should indicate the fate of the firsts, as they play high-profile games against Oxford and Bedford – both above them in the table. Home games are usually on Westwood Heath Playing Fields. Visit the BUCS website for further details.

Women’s I 2, University of Warwick Women’s I 2 Football: Birmingham City University II 2; Coventry University Men’s I 2, University of Birmingham Men’s I 1 Lacrosse: University of Warwick Women’s I 10, University of Birmingham Women’s II 5 Rugby League: Coventry University Men’s I 34, University of Birmingham Men’s 1st 8

Devils’ advocate Izzy has all the right moves

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IN this month’s Q&a we meet Izzy Coomer, a member of the Warwick Devils cheerleaders and one of the Devils’ ten-strong hip-hop squad. Last year, the squad came first and third in national university cheerleading competitions. Izzy is also involved with the large stunt squad and the level three/four co-ed small stunt squad. You can see Izzy and the squad in two competitions open to spectators. They also hope to perform for One World Week, a development education charity, while some of the dance squads will be in Pizazz, Warwick University’s dance spectacular. They also hope to dance at the Regency 10km Run in Leamington as supporters of British Blind Sport.

q&a Favourite book? Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have five copies Favourite film? Back To The Future Favourite food? Cheese Desert island disc? Black Holes And Revelations by Muse Most sought-after gadget? When the iPod Touch first came out, I spent a year saving my £20-a-month pocket money for it Worst item of clothing in your wardrobe? JLS hoodie Your signature dance move? The ‘arms behind my back and sway’. You have to see it to understand A story from freshers’ week in ten words?

Drunken shenanigans, fell asleep in corridor, missed two fire alarms Favourite local night out? Kasbah Favourite proverb? Hakuna matata Marmite? Hate it McDonald’s or KFC? KFC X Factor or Strictly? Not watching either but more inclined to say Strictly Sporting hero? Kelly Holmes is amazing – a double Olympic gold medallist after years of struggle in her personal life and sporting career, now working as a sports ambassador Noah or the Whale? The whale Lord Of The Rings or Star Wars? Lord Of The Rings Night in or night out? In Scrabble or Monopoly? Monopoly


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Tide is high for surfers in Europe’s biggest contest MASSIVE waves and strong winds greeted a record number of competitors at the BUCS 2014 Surf Championships on Fistral beach, Newquay. A total of 408 students, including 40 from Warwick University’s Surf club, took part in the competition – the biggest of its kind in Europe. Conor Devine, president of Warwick Surf, and Julian Regan breezed through the first two heats, impressing the judges with their strength, style and dancing. Conditions became too dangerous for the first women’s heat, which was postponed for a day. The extra night helped the women, with strong performances from Helen Jones, Kate Mant, Rachael Bartlett and Verity Armstrong. Helen sailed through her heat unfazed by the waves, which were twice her height. However, the women were knocked out in the third round, when the huge waves did them no favours. Conor struggled with

Winds of change: Members of Warwick Surf on the beach at Newquay

the surf in his third round and failed to reach the quarter-finals, while Julian made it through

but couldn’t catch decent waves in his final heat – and bowed out in style. Dolly Allday

Battle lines drawn for oldest rivals OWEN HALL MUCH is made of the fierce rivalry between Warwick and Coventry universities. It often manifests itself on the sports field, as both sets of students have little to do with one another other than in the Kasbah on Fridays. The rivalry is seen mostly at the annual Varsity competition, in which Warwick has enjoyed dominance. Warwick won the event last year and is undefeated since the competition began. Daniel Tenby, a Warwick fresher, said: ‘I’m not particularly sporty but I’m proud

results so far

Netball: Warwick Women III 32, Coventry Women III 17; Warwick Women I 56, Coventry Women II 21 Rugby union: Coventry Women I 5, Warwick Women I 17 Hockey: Warwick Men I 18, Coventry Men II 0 Tennis: Coventry Men I 0, Warwick Men I 12 Water polo: Warwick Men I 25, Coventry Men I 1

to be a student here, and any opportunity to brag about that is welcome.’ Naomi Kendall, a second year at Coventry, said she relishes the opportunity ‘to take Warwick students down a peg or two’. With BUCS fixtures swing-

ing into full action, Coventry will have its work cut out if it is to turn things around. So far, Warwick has won every match between the pair this season, including an 18-0 hockey drubbing and Coventry failing to land a rubber in the tennis.

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