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January 2015




TWINKLE TOES: Megan May Stammers and Evan Winter celebrate lifting the Strictly (amateur) Come Dancing trophy. The University of Liverpool students teamed up to take on other couples for a fun full story p7 evening raising funds for charity

AN ACTIVIST found himself under investigation from a terror watchdog when he was invited to speak to students on the Israel-Palestine dispute. Ben White, a journalist who has written extensively on the con�lict, was left looking for another venue after concerns were raised with the students’ guild at the University of Liverpool. He was checked by government anti-extremism agency Prevent, which aims ‘to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism’. It encompasses security services, police and local authorities. But even after he was assessed

Activist faces battle to be heard over Israel as low risk, the guild imposed ‘control measures’, including a ban on people who were not from the university. It also demanded the Q&A re�lect ‘a broad range of views’. The restrictions prompted organisers Friends Of Palestine to move the event from guild premises to the Quaker Meeting House. But Quaker staff then received an email recommending they bar White as he had been banned from the UoL campus ‘because he is inciting hatred towards Jews’.

On his blog, White called the episode ‘a microcosm of efforts to police the boundaries of dissent when it comes to Palestine and Israeli apartheid’. He revealed: ‘Local rabbi Dan Lieberman, a regional university chaplain, declared on Twitter: “Liverpool Jsoc gets drek Ben White banned from campus”. ‘Untrue, of course, but it was interesting to see who was taking credit for the pressure.’ He went

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Graduate takes on deaf school mission FREDRIKKE VON Z WONGRAVEN GRADUATE Hat Milsted has swapped the cosmopolitan city of Liverpool for the heart of Africa. The former international development student has been working with charity Project Riandu, in central Kenya, helping to build a school for deaf children. She said: ‘Disability is often seen as a curse in Kenya and deaf children are commonly kept at home and not sent to school, as shameful members of the family.’ Hat, who studied at the University of Liverpool, went to Riandu in August last year to work as a construction assistant on the project, which is being designed and managed by locals for the community. She is now communications manager for the UK core team and says the project’s success relies on local backing. ‘A project is unlikely to

have much effect on the local people if it’s designed and implemented by a foreign party,’ she said. ‘Imagine a group of foreign people coming to build a roof on the bombed church, painting it, smiling at you condescendingly, thinking they had helped your life improve and then leaving. The first phase of building the boarding school, a secondary that will take 200 children, should be completed this month, in time for the first term. There are expansion plans for a second part of the school, where the team hopes to raise enough support to build a kitchen and more dormitories. Project Riandu is still looking for both monetary and voluntary support. If you are interested in working alongside people from different cultures and gaining a range of skills, visit www.

Working together: Former University of Liverpool student Hat Milsted is helping to build a school, above, for deaf children in eastern Kenya, left PICTURES: HAT MILSTED/PROJECT RIANDU

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On track: Phase one, to build a light-maximising classroom, is almost complete

IF you don’t know how to use the loo by the time you get to university, you could be in serious trouble. It’s just as well someone has thought of everything and published ‘toilet etiquette’ signs. The posters have appeared in University of Liverpool buildings and show the correct way to sit on the toilet (not stand or squat), how to flush (with your hand, not a foot)

Sign: Bathroom etiquette and where to wash your hands (not your feet). It is believed the signs have been introduced to the campus to

encourage international students to recognise and adopt Western bathroom etiquette. Matt Welch, 21, a history student at UoL, said: ‘It’s not rocket science. I guess the fact that they have to put those signs up points to a much larger inability of the university or its partners to educate [international students] about very basic culture.’ Portia Fahey



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Complaint after freshers left in housing limbo LUCY KEHOE FRESHERS have demanded an apology and reduced rent after being left in the dark over accommodation. Nearly 100 students were moved into Dale Hall – which had been earmarked for demolition – after the University of Liverpool failed to place them in the new £50million Crown Place development or elsewhere. Following five weeks of uncertainty over when or where they would be re-housed, they descended on the accommodation office to find there were rooms available in Carnatic and Greenbank Halls. They were told to apply for

Home: Carnatic Halls the free rooms individually and have all now been placed. But they claim in a letter to pro-vice chancellor of student experience Prof Kelvin Everest that they have suffered

‘poor treatment and experiences’. Jenna Blackaby, one of those affected, said: ‘Most people had settled down into their new halls but this didn’t alleviate the experiences of the Dale Hall students over the semester, leading to the joint decision to send the letter of complaint.’ In the letter, freshers also demanded an apology from the accommodation office. And they have asked the university to waive the difference between reduced rents agreed in 15-week contracts earlier this semester and the price of their new housing. The university did not respond to TUP’s requests for comment.

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Untruths about me just futile from p1 on to criticise ‘the untruths, the personal attacks and smears, the use of ‘‘interfaith relations’’ blackmail’ but added: ‘In the end, all these various efforts proved futile.’ Eventually, the guild relented and the lecture took place at the original venue. More than 100 people – including non-students – attended and the event passed off without incident. Attendee Joseph Goulden called it an ‘eye-opening’ talk, adding White gave a ‘passionate presentation that didn’t seek to attack one side or place non-factual blame’.

January 2015

Human rights week focuses on FGM and forced marriage FEMALE genital mutilation was just one topic examined as part of a week-long series of discussions billed My Body, My Rights. The talks, organised by

UoL Amnesty International society, also covered child marriage and abortion. MA student and Amnesty member Ella Johnson, 22,

said: ‘We wanted to raise some awareness about how people are persecuted for making decisions to do with their own bodies.’ Speakers included Rose Theuri,

who fled her home in Kenya for fear of undergoing FGM, and Ilham Ali, an MBA graduate from the UoL, who has spent 15 years working in child protection. Hayfa Ali

Fees fight is reborn, says ‘face of protest’ KELLY TEEBOON A GRADUATE who became the face of protests over tuition fees has vowed to step up the fight for free education. Beth Redmond, 21, became a key figure in the November march on Parliament, where she was seen addressing a 10,000-strong crowd. She told The University Paper the demonstration was ‘the dramatic rebirth of the student movement’. The Liverpool John Moores graduate said: ‘Inspired by similar campaigns in Germany,

Cannibals at work in space IT SOUNDS like a plot of a Star Trek movie. Two giant galaxies have collided in a ‘galactic train wreck’ and are slowly pulling each other apart. Astrophysicists at LJMU, working with Nasa and the European Space Agency, have identified the space ‘cannibalism’ of Arp94, some 50million light years from Earth. It is giving scientists an insight into how galaxies have evolved. Bryony Holloway

Australia and other countries, 10,000 students travelled to London from as far as Aberdeen demanding a free, fair and democratic education system, funded by taxing the rich. ‘The pressure we’ve exerted has already changed the minds of the NUS leadership and we have successfully put free education back on the political agenda – but now we need to work on keeping it there.’ She added: ‘Occupy, strike, resist.’ The NUS executive controversially withdrew its support in the days leading up to the

march. The move saw dozens of student unions also pulling out, cancelling travel arrangements at the last minute. Some have accused NUS leaders of bowing to political pressure. Nonetheless, the demonstration – organised by a coalition of student groups, including The National Campaign Against Fees And Cuts, The Student Assembly Against Austerity and The Young Greens – went ahead. The march caused a wave of action across the country, with students occupying other universities, including Warwick.

LiBerTy 2014 AWArd Winners Face in the crowd: Beth Redmond, a LJMU graduate, addresses the marchers outside Parliament

Hunt for race abuse gang A TRAIN traveller claims transport police failed to apprehend a gang that racially abused his fellow passengers. UoL postgraduate Kwame Ibegbuna said he and other commuters identified the nine men at Lime Street station. But BTP said they identified the wrong people – a claim Kwame disputes. Virgin Trains said the matter was in the hands of police. Portia Fahey



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The Rock? He’s really boring GETTING your first taste of life behind the camera is one thing – but to work with screen legend John Hurt is something special. Liverpool John Moores University student Chris Rose was part of a team that spent four hectic days shooting a short film in the city. Break, starring Bafta and Golden Globe winner Hurt, tells the story of an elderly couple who befriend a young, struggling family. Chris said filming was ‘long and exhausting’ but added: ‘It was incredibly exciting to get an insight of the film industry and to be led by such a professional team, along with other student volunteers from the SAE Institute.’ The crew included director of photography Ed Moore

inBRIEF Edge Hill tops Times awards EDGE Hill has been named university of the year in the Times higher education awards. It came first for student satisfaction. Social care student Maria Meyer, 26, said: ‘I understand why the university has won. The simulation center here helps prepare you for the working world.’

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That’s a wrap: John Hurt (front centre) with the cast and crew of short film Break (Doctor Who) and director Nick Moss, who met 74-yearold Hurt while working on Dwayne Johnson blockbuster Hercules. When asked about

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through a Kickstarter appeal, is expected to be shown at various film festivals over the coming months. Peter Pospischill

THE University of Liverpool is into the quarter-finals of the BBC’s University Challenge after beating Glasgow. Despite being ticked off by host Jeremy Paxman for their lack of knowledge of World War I poetry, the team triumphed 170 to 105. ‘You’re going to have to sharpen your act a little bit,’ he said. Nat Parsons

We’re on top of the world after research ranking IAN LIGHT

MORE than eight in ten research projects undertaken at the University of Liverpool are world leading. The university was ranked 20th in the country for the standard and impact of its research, the latest figures from the Research Excellence Framework show. Vice-chancellor Prof Sir Howard Newby said: ‘These results reinforce Liverpool’s position as a world-leading research institution. ‘Our researchers are working at the highest international levels and the impact of their work is felt across the globe, from advances in medicine to the development of new materials.’ Ninety per cent of the university’s research was

JOHN MOORES n LJMU’s school of sport and exercise sciences is ‘world-leading’ and was ranked second in the nation for its research. Other areas of excellence included astrophysics, for the impact of the National Schools’ Observatory on supporting learning, and English, for the impact of writing in prisons. LJMU was ranked 61 of 128 universities.

judged ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ for its impact. Chemistry, computer science, general engineering, archaeology, agriculture, veterinary and food science, architecture and English all came in the British top ten.

LIVERPOOL HOPE n MORE than a third of research produced at Liverpool Hope University was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. English, music, theology, history and education all made significant gains in terms of international research, while eight of the 12 subjects submitted were judged to be world-leading. Vice-chancellor Prof Gerald Pillay said: ‘We are attracting the best researchers from around the world.’

‘We are very proud of the calibre of our research – both in terms of the impact it has in its own right and the value it adds to the experience of our students studying around the world and online,’ Sir Newby added.

Strictly amateur, but star quality on show BETHANY ATKIN WHILE Caroline Flack was waltzing off with the coveted glitterball trophy, there was another intense Strictly Come Dancing competition taking place. It may not have attracted an audience of 10million – but the event, organised by the University of Liverpool dance club, did enough to fill the Mountford Hall. And with seven couples battling to become dance floor champions, the judging was just as strict, the standards just as exacting and the drama just as tense as the hit BBC show. The University Paper caught up with athletics union president Danny Harvey during rehearsals. Sporting a very glittery, open-chested number, he certainly looked the part. ‘Rehearsals have been a new experience,’ he said. ‘I’ve been dancing with British taekwondo champion Ellen Candeland, so she lets me know when I’ve stepped out of line.’ When asked about how he felt about performing, he added: ‘I’m nervous but excited. I look fabulous.’ The event was staged in aid of the AU’s official charity, Joining Jack, which supports people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Hosted by Natalie Ferrarri

Keeping in step: The Strictly Come Dancing couples celebrate at the end of the event and Lauren Oliver, it was judged by 18-time British ballroom champion Kyle Taylor, AU development officer Danielle Farrell, Joining Jack representative Amy Hilton and pre-amateur dancer Ste Myers. Each couple performed a different routine, including salsa, rumba, quickstep and waltz. The audience helped decide which pairs should progress through a text vote. All performed exceptionally, especially Ben Cosgrove

and Claire Taylor, who scored straight tens for their tango, while Megan May Stammers and Evan Winter got straight tens for their salsa. But only one couple could emerge victorious and it was Megan and Evan who took the title, with Annabel Haines and Matt Collier in second and Sophie Warburton and Ryan Pearce third. Of the winning performance, Myers said: ‘There was no difference between the professional and the amateur.’

Racy: Megan and Evan show us how to salsa; right, Ben and Claire do the tango

mathematical sciences presented their working model to a panel of judges representing key sponsors of the Technology Challenge. The judges felt LJMU’s approach and plan was ‘very robust’ and the presentation ‘gave the impression they

had worked as a real team’. Andy Laws, programme leader for IT and multimedia computing, said: ‘To win the event in the face of such strong competition from six other universities in the region was an outstanding achievement.’

IT’S challenging enough staging a production at one venue – so imagine trying to co-ordinate live shows from three different places. Using the latest technology, live dancers at LJMU were joined ‘on screen’ by performers from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with music streamed in from Edinburgh Napier University. All three performances were shown to audiences at the respective universities and broadcast to Corfu’s Ionian University. LJMU senior lecturer Pauline Brooks said: ‘All three institutions have been extremely brave to show the work live to audiences around the world.’

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Get angry... and change politics MICHAEL SONNE STUDENTS have every right to feel apathetic towards politics and politicians. But they also have the power to transform the polit­ ical landscape at the next general election. On the NUS website, presi­ dent Toni Pearce argues that, according to Census data, in more than a quarter of seats, students have the power to decide which party wins. She also points out that less than half of young people turned out to vote in the last elections. In 2010, the Liberal Demo­ crats targeted students and crafted a winning policy – opposing further rises in tui­ tion fees, helping them get into

the coalition government we now have. After getting into power the party famously lost its back­ bone and reversed their prom­ ise on tuition fees, causing mass demonstrations up and down the country. The reversal led to its demise as a legitimate party and now only five per cent of students say they will still vote for them – I assume they like paying £27,000 to educate themselves (I don’t get it, either). Yes, you and I are right to be disillusioned with politics but there is a risk of being shafted by our political masters because of our own apathy. I am not discrediting the not­ able political­based societies that are prevalent on campus: FemSoc, Young Greens, Labour,

Liverpool Friends Of Palestine, among others. However, activism appears to be lacking in comparison with the 2010 demonstrations. Therefore, I would ask more people to get angry and engaged. To the students who may not consider themselves politically affiliated or who lack knowl­ edge on such issues: go to these societies and see what fits your views. To the societies: please do your best to recruit as many people as possible. By this method of collectivism we can find common goals and form bonds; so, despite some of our differences, we can cam­ paign on issues that affect us all such as fees, privatisation and discrimination.

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talkingPOINTS WRONG IMAGE: How much of your food intake is dictated by how it makes your body look? How many desserts do you dismiss because they’ll only taste like guilt? How much of your time and energy is taken up thinking about how you look, what you look like and how you can change it? This attitude has become the infectious disease in our society that the NHS has yet to immunise against. It is the black plague of the 21st century Kathryn Thomson

JOIN THE FRAT PACK: Many of us have heard of frats and sororities through films such as American Pie. They have mad names such as kappa phi delta, throw toga parties, cause havoc across the campus and drink beer like it’s water. The bit the movies leave out is the good that fraternities do for their universities. Members have to do at least ten hours’ charity work, they need to get above-average grades and the fraternity is expected to compete in a sporting league. Fraternities are much more than just parties – they are a way to make great contacts and, once you are in, you are in for life Elliot DaCosta

FILL THE GAP: A gap year is worth taking. I lived in Shanghai, teaching English in a primary school and exploring the country. Not only did I learn to share apartments with individuals who exhibited poor personal hygiene, I also got a clearer idea about what I wanted to do with my life. Along the way my companions even met their significant others. These communication skills will also make any personal statement shine Jit Pal


MEDIA MYTHS: Being a media student is tough. It really is! There’s this stigma with being a media student because people think it’s a joke subject where we are ‘glorified camera operators’. It’s as if we all congregated together to do a media degree for lack of something better and that we probably wouldn’t be intelligent enough to be lawyers, doctors, teachers or physicists anyway Anna Landi

DASHED DREAMS: Every year the job market is flooded with graduates, fresh-faced and full of ideas about changing the world. ‘I want to be an environmental lawyer’ they cry; ‘I’m going to work with under-privileged kids,’ they shout. Check back three months later. Living back at home, their driving desire is just to find a job… any job. Sporting an ill-fitting Marks and Spencer suit they join the line of other graduate interviewees, beginning the process of becoming dead behind the eyes. They join the world of the depressed office worker, living for the increasingly s*** weekend in which cool uni friends have been replaced by bloated fortysomething colleagues promising a long and fruitful career in paperwork management Joe Evans

LACK OF RESOLVE: We’ve all done it. We’ve all had the thought: ‘This year I’m going to be different’. We will try to convince ourselves that we’ll change in the new year. Resolutions about being focused at university, making more effort with friends or changing our lifestyle are made, and broken, at the year’s end. Let’s be honest – we all stick to our resolutions for about as long as it takes for the new year fireworks to finish Kelly Smith You can read fuller versions of these pieces at Then, let us know what you think; email us at

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theINTERVIEW: Neil Amin-Smith Uni survivors: Clean Bandit members Neil Amin-Smith, far right, with Luke and Jack Patterson and Grace Chatto

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EIL AMIN-SMITH has to apologise for being late. It is the day after the night before, when Clean Bandit proved one of the highlights at the BBC Music Awards, winning another legion of fans with an orchestral version of Rather Be and breakthrough hit Mozart’s House. All is forgiven, though, as he laughs it off, explaining he was at an afterparty in Mayfair: ‘Sorry about that – I’m actually usually really good at getting up.’ We feel his pain. After all, he’s talking to students; we’ve all tried this little white lie when we’ve stumbled into a lecture an hour late smelling of the SU. Amin-Smith, 25, is still on a high after being nominated for song of the year, despite being pipped by Pharrell Williams’ ubiquitous

THEY are the breakthrough act of 2014, a year crowned with No.1 hit Rather Be. Clean Bandit’s fusion of classical and electronica has won them adoring fans worldwide and a nod at the BBC Music Awards. Violin player Neil Amin-Smith tells CAVELLE SIMPSON and JOSHUA EVANS about the slog to the top and surviving university ditty Happy. ‘It was amazing to be nominated,’ he says. ‘The list of songs and the list of artists to have been nominated are so huge.’ Since entering the spotlight with Mozart’s House, his band – Jack Patterson, 28, on beats, synths, and midi-saxophone; his little brother, Luke, 22, on drums; and Grace Chatto, 29, on cello – have been unstoppable. The story of the Cambridge undergrads who went from classical quartet to dance floor darlings is becoming familiar as they sweep up the accolades, including for their No.1 hit Rather

Be, featuring Jess Glynne. But how did the partnership come about? Amin-Smith says: ‘We actually had the whole song finished for a long time. It was just looking for the right vocals. Our label played us a track that Jess was on and we thought we’d give it a go with her because she was on our level.’ It proved a wise choice, hurling the four-piece to the top of the charts. But fame took time. ‘It was kind of a long slog,’ he adds. ‘The thing that really made a difference with us was when we started making music videos and posting them online.’ His group

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are known for drawing on genres from classical to deep house. ‘Jack listens to a lot of jazz,’ Amin-Smith goes on. ‘We all listen to different kinds of music, like garage. In terms of how we present ourselves live, people like Rudimental are influencing us a lot.’ They are also the ultimate university survivors, having formed at Jesus College, where Jack would record then-girlfriend Chatto’s recitals and remix them. Any advice on how to get through university? ‘Don’t see it as something you have to “get through”,’ Amin-Smith smiles. ‘It’s over far too quickly.’

Did they have their wild moments, like the rest of us? He pauses for a second, before chuckling: ‘Grace and Jack once got caught… um, together… in a cupboard at our college library.’ Most of us have our favourite uni party venues. Amin-Smith prefers a more intimate set-up: ‘I like small clubs. I’m not really into massive super-clubs.’ For Clean Bandit, life after uni has been pretty sweet – and they’re not slowing down. ‘We’ve come to the end of a really relentless touring period,’ Amin-Smith says. ‘In March, we’ve got our biggest-ever UK tour. We’re really looking forward to that.’

Clean Bandit play 02 Academy, Birmingham, on March 9, 02 Academy, Glasgow, on March 10 and Apollo, Manchester, on March 11

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I predict a riot: Kaiser Chiefs will stop though town on their headline tour

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THEY are one of Britain’s biggest bands and they are here to educate your ears. Indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs are on tour following the release

of latest album Education, Education, Education & War. Catch them when they play the Echo Arena on January 31. Caitlin Bradley

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fri, jan 9

Pop Tartz, Pop World, standard fee; Thursday Night Project, Baa Bar, Fleet Street, free; And What &?, Ruby Sky, standard fee; Super Rad, Bumper, standard fee; Haze, Soho, free; Gossip, Garlands, £4 guest list; Love Vodka, Revolution, free

Trend Fridays, Camel Club, standard fee; Thank Baa Bar It’s Friday, Baa Bar, Fleet Street, free; Viva La Modo, Modo, free; The Friday Night Experience, Pan Am, standard fee; Famous Fridays, Ruby Sky, standard fee; Propaganda, East Village Arts Club, £3 guest list

fri, jan 16 Trend Fridays, Camel Club, standard fee; Thank Baa Bar It’s Friday, Baa Bar, Fleet Street, free; Viva La Modo, Modo, free; The Friday Night Experience, Pan Am, standard fee; Famous Fridays, Ruby Sky, standard fee; Propaganda, East Village Arts Club, £3 guest list

sat, jan 24 Garlands Bedlam, Garlands, standard fee; Pukka Up Ibiza Reunion, Aura, standard fee; Saturday Night Alive, Ruby Sky, standard fee; Saturday Nights In Aus, Walkabout, standard fee; Rage, The Krazyhouse, £5

sun, feb 1 Sunday nights In PopWorld, PopWorld, standard entrance fee

sat, jan 17 Garlands Bedlam, Garlands, standard fee; Pukka Up Ibiza Reunion, Aura, standard fee; Saturday Night Alive, Ruby Sky, standard fee; Saturday Nights In Aus, Walkabout, standard fee; Rage, The Krazyhouse, £5

sun, jan 25 Sunday nights In PopWorld, PopWorld, standard entrance fee

mon, feb 2 Cobble Wobble, Ruby Sky, free Monday Night At Aura, standard entrance fee Uni-Bar Mond£1ys, Revolution, Wood Street, standard entrance fee

sat, jan 10 Garlands Bedlam, Garlands, standard fee; Pukka Up Ibiza Reunion, Aura, standard fee; Saturday Night Alive, Ruby Sky, standard fee; Saturday Nights In Aus, Walkabout, standard fee; Rage, The Krazyhouse, £5

sun, jan 18 Sunday nights In PopWorld, PopWorld, standard entrance fee

mon, jan 26 Cobble Wobble, Ruby Sky, free Monday Night At Aura, standard entrance fee Uni-Bar Mond£1ys, Revolution, Wood Street, standard entrance fee

tue, feb 3 Dirty Antics, Bumper, £4 Glow, Soho, free In-Treb-A-Bull, Ruby Sky, free

sun, jan 11 Sunday nights In PopWorld, PopWorld, standard entrance fee

mon, jan 19 Cobble Wobble, Ruby Sky, free Monday Night At Aura, standard entrance fee Uni-Bar Mond£1ys, Revolution, Wood Street, standard entrance fee

tue, jan 27 Dirty Antics, Bumper, £4 Glow, Soho, free In-Treb-A-Bull, Ruby Sky, free

wed, feb 4 Med Wed, Medication, £5 Basement Junkie, Heebie Jeebies, standard entrance fee Love Wednesdays, Levels Nightclub, £4 guest list Pre-Level, Soho, free Wednesday nights, Black Rabbit, free

mon, jan 12 Cobble Wobble, Ruby Sky, free Monday Night At Aura, standard entrance fee Uni-Bar Mond£1ys, Revolution, Wood Street, standard entrance fee

tue, jan 20 Dirty Antics, Bumper, £4 Glow, Soho, free In-Treb-A-Bull, Ruby Sky, free

wed, jan 28

Med Wed, Medication, £5 Basement Junkie, Heebie Jeebies, standard entrance fee Love Wednesdays, Levels Nightclub, £4 guest list Pre-Level, Soho, free Wednesday nights, Black Rabbit, free

thurs, feb 5 Pop Tartz, Pop World, standard fee; Thursday Night Project, Baa Bar, Fleet Street, free; And What &?, Ruby Sky, standard fee; Super Rad, Bumper, standard fee; Haze, Soho, free; Gossip, Garlands, £4 guest list; Love Vodka, Revolution, free


January 2015

what’sON comedy Monday January 5: SCOUSE OF THE ANTARCTIC, Royal Court Theatre, tickets vary Tuesday January 6: SCOUSE OF THE ANTARCTIC, Royal Court Theatre, tickets vary Wednesday January 7: SCOUSE OF THE ANTARCTIC, Royal Court Theatre, tickets vary Thursday January 8: SCOUSE OF THE ANTARCTIC, Royal Court Theatre, tickets vary Friday January 9: BOILING POINT, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5 Friday January 9: SCOUSE OF THE ANTARCTIC, Royal Court Theatre, tickets vary Friday January 9: MARTIN MOR, The Slaughter House, £15 Saturday January 10: BOILING POINT, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5 Saturday January 10: SCOUSE OF THE ANTARCTIC, Royal Court Theatre, tickets vary Saturday January 10: JOHN FOTHERGILL,:The Slaughter House, £17.50 Sunday January 11: TESTING THE WATER:

HOT WATER COMEDY CLUB, The Holiday Inn, £1.50

Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5

Monday January 12: SCOUSE OF THE ANTARCTIC, Royal Court Theatre, tickets vary

Saturday January 24: KEN DODD, Pyramid and Parr Hall, tickets £20

Thursday January 15: CRAPBATTLES, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £3

Sunday January 25: TESTING THE WATER, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £1.50

Friday January 16: BOILING POINT, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5

Friday January 30: BOILING POINT, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5

Saturday January 17: BOILING POINT, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5

Friday January 30: IMRAN YUSUF, The Slaughter House, £15

Saturday January 17: STEVE SHANYASKI, The Slaughter House, £17.50

Friday January 30: ANDREW WATTS - FEMINISM FOR CHAPS, Lantern Theatre, £5.50

Sunday January 18: TESTING THE WATER, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £1.50

Saturday January 31: BOILING POINT, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5

Monday January 19: RUBBERBANDITS, Everyman Playhouse, £14-16 Wednesday January 21: THE ONLY WAY IS DOWNTON, Unity Theatre, £16 Friday January 23: BOILING POINT, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £5 Friday January 23: JO CAULFIELD, The Slaughter House, £15 Saturday January 24: BOILING POINT, Hot Water

Saturday January 31: SUSAN MURRAY, The Slaughter House, £17.50 Saturday January 31: BRENDON BURNS OUTSIDE THE BOX, Lantern Theatre, £19.30 Sunday February 1: TESTING THE WATER, Hot Water Comedy Club, The Holiday Inn, £1.50 Wednesday February 4: THE LAUGHTER FACTOR, The Slaughter House, £3

One for the culture vultures IF YOU want to branch out from the students’ union and take in the city’s cultural delights, try out DaDaFest 2014. The arts extravaganza aims to inspire, develop and celebrate talent and excellence in disability and deaf arts. Check out Art Of The Lived Experiment, an exhibition incorporating sculpture, film, installation, painting, prints and

performance works. On at The Bluecoat until January 11, it explores the continual change of both art and life – starting with alchemy and taking its transformative and experimental associations as a template for practices used by contemporary artists. Fancy getting out into the fresh air? Then The City Speaks, available from the ticket office in The

Bluecoat, may appeal to you more. Produced exclusively for DaDaFest by sound artist Chas de Swiet, this podcast guides you around key sites and locations in central Liverpool, all within reach of The Bluecoat. DaDaFest 2014 is open until January 11. For more information on any of the events and for tickets, visit the website at Sophie Sear


RUMPLESTILTSKIN, Unity Theatre, £8-£10 Thursday January 8: SEX AND THE THREE DAY WEEK, Everyman Playhouse, £12-25 Thursday January 8: NORTHERN WRITERS’ AWARDS ROADSHOW, The Bluecoat, free Friday January 9 to Saturday January 10: ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, Liverpool Empire, £20 Saturday January 10: SEX AND THE THREE DAY WEEK, Everyman Playhouse, £12-25


Monday January 5 to Saturday, January 17: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, Everyman Playhouse, £12-26 Monday January 5: SEX AND THE THREE DAY WEEK, Everyman Playhouse, £12-25 Monday January 5: FIRST CLASS ON THE TITANIC, Merseyside Maritime Museum, free Monday January 5 to Saturday January 10:

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Saturday January 10: RECORD FAIR, The Bluecoat, Free Sunday January 11: I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE, Liverpool Empire, £20-30 Thursday January 22: LIVERPOOL POETRY CAFE, The Bluecoat, £2-3 Tuesday January 27 to Saturday January 31: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, Liverpool Empire, £10-42

January 2015

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Janet: I want to be free of X Factor tag

Rising star: Janet Devlin meets TUP reporter Bradd Chambers

Saturday January 10: MACMANUS, Lantern Theatre, £7.50 Saturday January 10: THE CAVERN CLUB BEATLES, The Cavern Club, £17.50

IT HAS taken students, prison workers and refuse collectors on a journey to stardom – albeit sometimes briefly. But The X Factor can feel like a burden for those who have appeared on it. Janet Devlin, who found fame on the show three years ago, knows this as well as anyone. ‘There’s nothing more annoying than if you go on TV or radio and they say, “X Factor’s Janet Devlin”,’ said the Northern Irish singer. ‘I’m like, OK, I was on that show, that’s cool – but do you understand that I’ve made three EPs and two albums?’ The 20-year-old admits contestants have a limited period after their X Factor performances to release their material. She said: ‘Everyone’s pretty much like, “Your fame will only last this long”. ‘All my record deals said, “You can write your second album, you can write your own music in the end, but for the first

Saturday January 10: MESSIAH, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, prices vary Wednesday January 14: DAWN LANDES, Parr Street Studios, £6.60 Thursday January 15: PEACE, The Kazimier, £12.50 Friday January 16: PEACE, The Kazimier, £12.50 Friday January 16: AARON CARTER, Arts Club, £20 Friday January 16: THE DOORS ALIVE, The Cavern Club, £12 Friday January 16: ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS: LEE ‘MEMPHIS’ KING, Liverpool Empire, £27.40-75.40 Saturday January 17: SOUL LEGENDS, Liverpool Empire, £27.40-75.40 Saturday January 17: THE CAVERN CLUB BEATLES, The Cavern Club, £17.50 Thursday January 22: SLIPKNOT, Echo Arena, £46.50 Thursday January 22: THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLE, Unity Theatre, £8 Friday January 23: LIVEWIRE, Citadel Arts Centre, £15 Wednesday January 28: MOOSE BLOOD, Arts Club, £7 Wednesday January 28: HAYSEED DIXIE, O2 Academy, £15 Friday January 30: MAMA, The Cavern Club, £10 Friday January 30: THE

PAPERHEAD, The Shipping Forecast, £7.15 Saturday January 31: KAISER CHIEFS, Echo Arena, £30.25-38.50 Saturday January 31: THE SECURITY PROJECT, The Epstein Theatre, £19 Saturday January 31: ANNIE EVE, Liverpool Central Library, £7.70 Sunday February 1: THE OVERTONES, Liverpool Philharmonic, £21.50-38.30 Sunday February 1: RAE MORRIS, The Kazimier,

£8.99-19.49 Wednesday February 4: SETH LAKEMAN, The Philharmonic Hall, £19.50-25.50 Thursday February 5: JULIAN COPE, Epstein Theatre, £25.30 Thursday February 5: STU LARSEN, Parr Street Studios, £9.35 Friday February 6: MAGNUM, East Village Club, £22.50 Friday February 6: SAM BAILEY, Liverpool Empire, £31-79

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album you need to get this album out”. I mean, there’s a lot of money on the table.’ But she says the industry’s reliance on covers is insulting. ‘I’ve been writing since I was a child – how dare they say that I have to sing someone else’s stuff?’ she said. ‘I could have taken the other hill and been really successful – but, you know, I used The X Factor as a platform to meet people in the industry and I got what I wanted.’ Since her stint on the talent show, Devlin has released two albums – Hide & Seek and Running With Scissors – as well as several EPs. She is currently halfway through a UK and Ireland tour, which stopped off at the East Village Arts Club last month. During the show, she praised Liverpool for helping launch her career. ‘The Echo Arena is where I did my X Factor audition,’ she said. ‘That’s where it all started. I like Liverpool – I think it’s great.’ Bradd Chambers

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OST people were �irst introduced to Rae Morris as the ethereal voice on Bombay Bicycle Club’s single Luna last year. But her loyal fans have been appreciating her music since she set out on the road to stardom three years ago. The 22-year-old’s debut album, Unguarded, will be released later this month before she heads out on tour. TUP caught up with her to �ind out more. Is there a different process when producing an album, as opposed to working on EPs and singles? Mentally, I knew I had to create a whole body of work. So, I was quite nervous at �irst, but the producer just said: ‘Look, don’t be scared – because what’s the

worst thing you can do?’ Would you say your hometown of Blackpool has been a positive place for you as an emerging artist? Absolutely. I think the good thing about Blackpool is that because it’s so small, it makes you stand out a little more. I realised at the time that if I was in London coming on to the scene and playing open mic nights, it’s musically so vast and such a big city that it’s easy to get lost. Does the media compare you to your contemporaries and do you �ind that a problem? I’ve never really had a problem with being compared to the people I’m in a peer group with. I’m a massive Kate Bush fan,

so often people say about my music, ‘that sounds a bit like Kate Bush’. And obviously that’s not true. I am inspired by her – but I don’t sound like her. What would be your advice to young artists struggling to get their music heard? Take the opportunities. I don’t mean be desperate or sell yourself or anything like that – I just mean never say no to anything just because it doesn’t sound great. I took a lot of gigs where I was like, ‘Oh, gosh, I’m not sure – I don’t think it’s going to be a good one’. And then you get there and it happens to be the best gig you ever played. Mollie Carberry

theBEAT Star in the making: Rae Morris has her first album out this month

tourDATES Catch Rae on tour: February 1, Kazimier, Liverpool; February 3, King Tut’s, Glasgow; February 4, The Wardrobe, Leeds; February 5, The Institute, Birmingham; February 6, Gorilla, Manchester; February 14, The Thekla, Bristol; February 15, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham


January 2015


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Inspired by dad’s wisdom I

T’S a mantra we would all do well to follow: Always do what will make you happy. For rising star Billy Lockett, the words of his late father, John Luce, have underpinned his determination to forge a career in music. And, so far, it is paying off. Lockett, 22, is climbing to the top despite having yet to sign a record deal. He has supported the likes of Lana Del Rey, Birdy and KT Turnstall, most recently touring with Scottish songstress – and Ed Sheeran protégé – Nina Nesbitt. In March, he embarks on his own four-date headline tour, while his latest single, Old Man, is a beautiful tribute to his father, who died earlier this year from prostate cancer at the age of 62. ‘I sort of hated him sometimes,’ says Lockett. ‘We had a lot of fights but a lot of laughs. Overall, it was great to have someone that cared

How rising star Billy was urged to follow his dream so much about me and about what I do.’ His father, a well-known artist in his home town of Northampton, was constantly pushing Lockett to follow his dream and his words have stuck: ‘Make sure that whatever you’re doing you’re enjoying. Make sure you’re constantly doing something that makes you happy.’ It’s hard to pinpoint Lockett’s musical style, as each song varies from soothing melodies to more upbeat rhythms, all intertwined with charming piano and guitar. Raw emotion can be heard in his soulful, expressive voice as he reminisces on his life. So it’s odd to hear his love of music grew from a childhood

obsession with Eminem. He says: ‘I love his lyrics and everything about him really. I wouldn’t really say he inspires me, because he’s nothing like me, but he was one of the first people that really got me into music.’ Lockett knows he has yet to crack the music business. ‘It’s great knowing that everyone’s there to see you when they’ve bought tickets for your gig,’ he says. ‘But I also love trying to win people over as a supporting artist.’ And despite admitting that ‘things could be easier’, he declares: ‘I don’t want to do anything that’s going to make me depressed in the long run.’ Clearly, he’s been listening to his dad. Eloise Vanstone


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Boys find a fresh voice... with a little help from their friends THANK heavens! The Bastille boys are back and they’re mixing with some of the best in the business. The indie four-piece have returned with their second album and have invited the likes of Haim, GRADES and Rag ’N’ Bone Man to join them. Although Dan Smith’s haunting vocals still




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dominate, the band explore new genres and styles, finding fresh inspiration while playing around with their old sound. It’s the perfect mixtape for the walk to lectures or revision – a chilled offering you’ll find yourself singing along to

without even realising your lips are moving. If you’re going to spend your student loan on one CD this month, make sure it’s this one. Trust me – you won’t regret not having spent that tenner on vodka trebles for this. Henrietta Painter

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January 2015

hiTECH The latest in everything gadgets and gaming

It’s war but not as we know it


XAMS are over and you’re looking to treat yourself to a �irst-person shooter, packed with cinematic explosions and futuristic weapons. Look no further than the latest offering from the Call Of Duty series. Advanced Warfare is set in the battle�ields of the future, providing combat in an age of robotic exoskeletons and private military contractors. The setting has had more

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

than just a super�icial lick of paint, with both weaponry and mechanics getting an overhaul. Double jumping, lasers from space, arm-mounted grenade launchers – they’re all here. The campaign mode has all the �lair you’ve come to expect of a high-budget �irstperson shooter. And with its

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Hollywood explosions and Kevin Spacey taking on the role of lead protagonist, the game’s storyline is grand in scale. Advanced Warfare is the most signi�icantly changed Call Of Duty since Black Ops 2 – it represents a genuine departure from the morose battle�ields of the past, bringing something a little

fresher and more exciting to the table. Like other titles in the series, you’ll be �ighting in locations around the world, such as Argentina and Antarctica – but the real draw is the multiplayer mode, and that you’ll �ind as thrilling as ever. Developer Sledgehammer Games has tweaked the winning formula – but don’t worry, you can still

build up your player and unlock new kit. The only issue comes to the fore over long periods of game play, with online play stuttering on occasion for little discernible reason. Even so, Advanced Warfare is heaps of fun and comes highly recommended for anyone with some downtime and the desire to score a few headshots with friends. Michael O’Connell-Davidson

out soon Dying Light HORDES of flesh-eating zombies are everywhere and it’s down to you to stop them. During the day, you traverse the virtual world, helping survivors and picking up supplies. By night, as the infected grow stronger, you change from hunter to prey. New enemies, such as the Predators, will only appear at sundown – meaning you must find safety. The game’s RPG element allows you to build your own style of playing. But will you go for silent killing or all guns blazing? James Williams Rugby 15 WITH the World Cup just months away, a rugby-based video game was inevitable. However, such games are notoriously difficult to produce because of rugby’s intricate rules. HB Studios’ attempt allows you to play in the world’s top leagues or for your country – but the game looks similar to any other, except for a new rucking feature that adds a real-life element. With average graphics and game play, you’d be better off stepping back in time and getting EA’s Rugby 08. Matt Bullin Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

Pass it on: Play friends as though you’re in the same room

Share a journey back to the ’90s FOR twentysomething gamers, childhood evokes memories of basking in the warm glow of a TV at a friend’s house, rejoicing in the multiplayer nirvana of GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. It was an era when split-screen reigned supreme. But the popularity of the ‘couch multiplayer’ dwindled with the advent of online gaming. Now, with Sony’s latest system software update on the PlayStation 4, the couch is back. Introducing Share Play – the ability to play games online with a friend as though you were back on that patterned ’90s

couch once more. Share Play lets you effectively ‘pass’ your friend your controller, allowing them to take control of your game as you see it on your screen. Alternatively, you can pass them a second controller and play local multiplayer online. Buzzwords such as ‘game-changing’ and ‘revolutionary’ are industry prerequisites for marketing campaigns nowadays – but this really is the next level for gaming. With all the releases January has to offer, Share Play is the console exclusive worth having. All hail the couch! Graham Wardle

PICTURE this: you’re president of the US and aliens invade, intent on enslaving humanity. What do you do? Well, in Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, you go out and kick some ass. The game is a revamp of the excellent Saints Row IV for the new generation of consoles. If you find Grand Theft Auto too stuffy, you’ll enjoy the unique humour of this series. In GTA, you can break the law; in Saints Row IV, you can break the laws of physics. If you’ve got an appetite for the ridiculous, it’s a no-brainer. Michael O’Connell-Davidson

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January 2015



Love a good night at the movies? Or perhaps you need a quiet night in front of the TV? Read on to �ind out what’s on...

How they saved our Saul Return of Breaking Bad rogue


Flying high: Channing Tatum with heir to the Earth Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending

out soon Wild (Jan 16) AFTER a series of tragic events, Cheryl Strayed embarks on a gruelling quest — hiking 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Based on a true story, Wild sees Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) come to terms with the death of her mother, using heroin and getting divorced. The film is adapted from Strayed’s autobiography by screenwriter/novelist Nick Hornby and director Jean-Marc Callée, who mixes scenes from the lead character’s turbulent past with challenges from her journey. Emily Lewis Kingsman: The Secret Service (Jan 29) SMALL-TIME crook Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton) is taken under the wing of gentleman spy Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Unwin’s tough first assignment is to deal with global threat and mad techterrorist Valentine (Samuel L Jackson). Armed with innovative weaponry, such as Oxford Blades and the Gunbrella, can the pair save the day? Kate Johnson

ENT lawyer Saul Goodman reached cult status in hit show Breaking Bad. Now, the lovable rogue is back in the muchanticipated spin-off from creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Better Call Saul sees Bob Odenkirk reprise the role of Saul, real name Jimmy McGill, as he struggles to make his name as a lawyer six years before the events of Breaking Bad. However, rumour has it the prequel will also deal with events during and after. Although RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr in Breaking Bad, has said the new series

Spin-off: Bob Odenkirk is back as bent lawyer Saul Goodman has ‘nothing to do’ with the Emmy award-winning show, its success should guarantee Better Call Saul a global audience. Despite funnyman Saul taking the lead, the show is set to be just as gritty as its big brother, with Odenkirk insisting it will be ‘85 per cent

drama, 15 per cent comedy’. With Jonathan Banks also returning as ice-cool hitman Mike Ehrmantraut, Breaking Bad fans will be able to sate those withdrawal symptoms. The show is to premiere in the US on February 8 and will hit UK Net�lix shortly after. Josh Mcloughlin

New look: Spy Colin Firth. Below, Reese Witherspoon Inherent Vice (Jan 30) PRIVATE detective Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s (Katherine Waterson) new lover, Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts). This drama-comedy, also starring Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon, is adapted from the Thomas Pychon novel of the same name by writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson. Rebecca Cattell Mordecai (Jan 23) ENGLISH gent, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) wants to get his hands on Nazi gold. Standing in his way is an international terrorist, the MI5, angry Russians and

almost everyone else. The film’s trailer offers cheap laughs, poor English accents and the same post-Jack Sparrow Depp that lost its charm a long time ago. Gwyneth Paltrow plays beautiful wife Johanna Mortdecai and Ewan McGregor, investigates as Inspector Martland. Morgan Hinton


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Jupiter Ascending (Feb 6) AN ALIEN life force plans to wipe the planet clean, keeping only the humans it deems worthy. Enter down-on-her-luck earthling Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who also happens to be a potential heir to the Earth. Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered interplanetary warrior, is sent to tell Jones she is royalty and protect her from the bounty put on her head by evil alien Balem. Daisy Edwards


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January 2015

Fashioning their future with words

Lauren Kelly


Julia Ward

Four student fashion bloggers give ELLA ROSE POYZER advice on how to dress with style for lectures and reveal how blogging has changed their university experiences


HAT is your go-to outfit to wear for lectures? Lauren Kelly: Skinny jeans for comfort and I always have a blazer on to smarten everything up. If anything is scruffy, it’s my hair – never my outfit. You can’t tie that up in a bun with it still looking presentable. Julia Ward: I like to dress smart-casual. A pair of highwaisted jeans with a cami-top

and a kimono or cardigan is just the right amount of smart and comfy. Eleanor Danks: I tend to stick to jeans, a top and my trusty leather jacket. Aisling McGarrigle: Always some sort of jersey skirt and a casual top or jumper, some tights and usually brogues. For a typical university night out, what kind of outfit is always your first choice?

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Eleanor Danks Eleanor: My disco pants or velvet leggings, a bralet or crop top and heeled boots. I prefer boots to heels – heels hurt so bad! When on a budget, what shops are your favourites? Lauren: H&M for basics,

Aisling McGarrigle New Look for jewellery and pumps. Both give easy ways to make a simple or recycled outfit look new – and without breaking the bank. Julia: One of my favourites has to be Primark. I can guarantee I will find

something I love in there every time I go – and, of course, it’s great on the purse strings. I also love Matalan. You’d be pleasantly surprised at the number of great quality pieces and accessories you can find in there. Do you feel as though blogging has enhanced your university experience? Julia: Life at university isn’t all about getting your degree. Granted, that is important – but it’s also important to have something extra that makes you stand out from the rest. For me, that something extra is blogging. It’s the perfect escape from university work and something I look forward to doing after a long week. Aisling: I studied zoology, which is a far cry from make-up and beauty, so I feel like my blog has opened doors for me that wouldn’t have been an option normally. I recently got a job in The Body Shop and I feel my blog had so much to do

with it, as it was clear I was passionate about the brand and products. What advice can you give for any student thinking of starting a blog? Julia: I’d say to just go for it. My blog is for me, not to impress anyone. It’s a way of expressing my passion. If people read it and love it, then that’s an added bonus. Eleanor: Have a good think about what your blog content will focus on – start planning and scheduling your posts, research the best photo editing software and look at other blogs for inspiration. Don’t forget to network – it’s a great way to build connections and friendships with other bloggers to increase your readership. Aisling: Plan your time and posts effectively. When I started, I was just posting whenever I felt like it – but I wasn’t happy with my posts. Now I have more structure, I feel my blog is much better and is well put together.

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News and views from the world of fashion... all with a student budget in mind

Reem: Towie’s Joey Essex takes time out for a snap, right. Above and left, faux fur and flowing skirts steal the show at CSL

Dozy Joey heads fashion followers at annual style fest

Glitz with a ditz


HEY gave us neon and New York; they had the greats and not-so-greats of the fashion world; they even had Joey Essex. Now in its 26th year, Clothes Show Live arrived at Birmingham’s NEC with all the hoopla and celebrity endorsements you might expect of an event that launched the modelling careers of Erin O’Connor, Holly Willoughby and Nina Porter. It attracted about 100,000 visitors between December

A star-struck SHANICE ABBOTT sneaks a peek behind the scenes as Clothes Show Live rolls into town for its 26th year

5 and 9, with the 500,000 sq ft-plus of the NEC transformed by 400 stalls, each plying every kind of clothing from cheap and chic to vintage. There were complaints this year about the lack of bigname stars – but Amy Childs, Joey Essex, Millie Mackintosh, Lauren Goodger, Peter Andre, Henry Holland and more were in attendance. Cheeky Towie star Joey Essex,

who was there to meet fans and sign his 2015 calendar, said: ‘I’m looking forward to meeting the models.’ Flashing his famed Rolex, the fashion fan said that, while he loves his bling, he remained unable to tell the time. As though to prove his point, ever-ditzy Joey finished the conversation by asking what day it was. When informed it was Friday, he laughed: ‘Oh, my

watch says Tuesday – I don’t know where I am in the world.’ Fellow reality star Amy Childs could be spotted selling her stunning women’s clothing collection, while Peter Andre was there to sign bottles of his latest perfume, Scarlet. House Of Holland founder Henry Holland presented a heavily choreographed catwalk show, with themes including neon, winter and New York. And headliners Neon Jungle kept the crowd entertained as celebrities mingled with fans.

Chelsea boy: Spencer Matthews of Made In Chelsea fame shares a hug with our reporter, middle. Left and right, bold prints dominated the catwalk at this year’s CSL




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mealBREAK Our fantastic selected recipes are tried-and-tested favourites among students who want to eat well on a budget but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. So, get cooking and enjoy

Top chocs: These iced treats are great to share with friends

Chicken arrabiata

Ingredients: Chicken breast, sliced; three rashers of bacon; tin of chopped tomatoes; half a pepper; whole chilli; two tbsp tomato purée; chilli powder; garlic powder; mixed herbs; salt and pepper; low-calorie spray Method: 1. Spray a pan with low-calorie spray and wait for it to heat. Add the sliced chicken and cook on a high heat until golden 2. When the chicken is almost cooked, add the bacon 3. Meanwhile, chop the peppers and chilli, adding to the cooked chicken and bacon 4. Stir in the tinned tomatoes and tomato purée 5. Add the chilli powder, garlic powder, mixed herbs, and salt and pepper 6. Simmer on a low heat for ten minutes 7. During this time,

breadcrumbs, garlic, lemon zest and herbs and season well. Pour in the butter and mix with a fork or your �ingers, until combined 3. Cover the �illets with the crumbs, pressing down on each 4. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the crust is golden Aramide Pearce Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing

cook the pasta 8. Once cooked, combine the pasta and sauce 9. Add grated cheese to the top to enhance the �lavour Tip: If you’re feeling brave, try adding two chillis to the sauce Shannon Barrett

Herb-crusted fish

Ingredients: Two �ish �illets; two garlic cloves, crushed; 10g butter, softened; one tbsp fresh basil, chopped (dried is �ine, too); lemon zest, grated (juice is �ine, too); breadcrumbs (made

by grating two slices of toast); salt and pepper Method: 1. Heat oven to 200C. Place the �ish on a large greased baking tray and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper 2. Combine the

Ingredients: For the cupcakes: 100g unsalted butter; 100g sugar; 100g �lour; two medium eggs; one tsp vanilla extract For the chocolate icing: 100g unsalted butter; 260g icing sugar; 40g cocoa powder; four squares of baking chocolate; three tbsp double cream Method for the cupcakes: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with cupcake cases of your choice 2. Cream together the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl until light and �luffy 3. Crack both eggs into the bowl and add two tbsp of �lour, plus the vanilla extract

4. Fold in the remaining �lour until combined. Do not over-work the mixture as you will extract all the air and the cupcakes will not rise 5. Divide the mixture evenly between the cake cases 6. Bake for 15 minutes – they should be golden on top and spring back into place when you press down on them. Wait until the cupcakes are cool before you attempt to ice them Method for the chocolate icing: 1. Beat the butter until light and �luffy; it should turn a very pale colour, which is key to getting the perfect icing 2. Add the icing sugar, 100g at a time 3. Add the �inal 60g of icing sugar along with the 40g of cocoa powder 4. Melt the four squares of baking chocolate and add to the mixture 5. Next, add the double cream until the icing is light and �luffy 6. Place the icing mixture into a piping bag and ice the cupcakes 7. Sprinkle with decorations of your choice and share with friends Shannon Barrett

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We’ve all got to eat. So whether you fancy preparing something at home or popping out for dinner, we have the recipe for a great meal

Go global with your grub Y

Finish off with fudge

LET’S face it – running to the shops and satisfying your sweet tooth is easier than cooking yourself. However, nothing beats homemade treats. Check out this easy, inexpensive chocolate fudge recipe that will sate those cravings. Ingredients: 450g caster sugar; 50g unsalted butter, diced into small cubes; 170g can of evaporated milk; 150ml milk; 150g plain chocolate Method: 1. Grease a square tin, roughly 18cm by 18cm, with margarine 2. Gently heat the butter, sugar, evaporated milk and milk, until the sugar has dissolved 3. Bring it to the boil

Fine finish: Satisfy your sweet tooth and stir for 30 minutes 4. Remove from the heat 5. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave


6. Stir the chocolate and fudge mixture together, and pour into a tin 8. Leave to set overnight Clare Horrigan

OU’RE on a budget, you can’t afford to travel. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting a taste of the exotic straight from your very own kitchen. Why not invite your friends over and treat them to the �inest cuisines from Guadalajara to London via Barcelona? Mexico: Tacos Pockets of happiness you can �ill with anything. Popular �illings include fried meats, cheese and sour cream – but why not try something more unconventional? Raid the cupboards and give whatever you �ind a try. For drinks, you are spoilt for choice — margaritas, mojitos, Sol or even tequila! Sombreros are optional. Italy: Pasta There are endless choices. Tomato Neapolitan sauce, creamy carbonara or,

Get a taste of the world without leaving home of course, spag bol. To save cash, make loads and keep some in the fridge. There’s a bonus, too: it may be the only legitimate time to consume gallons of wine while staying in theme. Spain: Tapas The ultimate sharing food – little plates of nibbles, be they hot or cold, that you can throw out in large quantities safely knowing there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Excellent for get-togethers and nights in with the television. Drink whatever you fancy – but sangria is always a start. Thailand: Green curry Subtler than its Indian cousin, this still goes in the comforting, cheap

and easy-to-make category. All you need is some chicken, green beans and a jar of paste. Pour in some coconut milk and lime juice and you’re almost in Bangkok. Feeling adventurous? Then make your own paste; it’s only ground up garlic, chilli, spices and soy sauce, after all. Eat with rice and sink with Singha beer England: Casserole Leave the meat and veg to cook in wine and stock at a low heat in the oven. It will �ill you up for ages and leave you with a warm glow like proper comfort food should do. Drink tea and listen to the gasps of joy that echo all around. Lauren Bailey

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an you match the quote to the well-known person?

A: ‘I have this weird thing that, if I sleep with someone, they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.’

B: ‘First, my mother was Spanish. Then, she became a Jehovah’s Witness.’

C: ‘I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.’

D: ‘I just want one day off when I can go swimming and eat ice cream and look at rainbows.’

E: ‘I created punk for this day and age. Do you see Britney walking around wearing ties and singing punk? Hell no. That’s what I do. I’m like a Sid Vicious for a new generation.’

Take a break and put your grey cells to work with our selection of puzzles

Who said what? 1 Paris Hilton, 2 Mariah Carey, 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, 4 Geri Halliwell, 5 Chris Brown, 6 David Beckham, 7 Avril Lavigne, 8 Ashton Kutcher, 9 R Kelly, 10 Lady Gaga

F: ‘I think every decade has an iconic blonde, like Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana and, right now, I’m that icon.’

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January 2015


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January 2015

Horoscope 

What’s written in the stars for you this month

ARIES: MARCH 21APRIL 19 January is not a time to sit still, Aries. The new year will bring exaltation and energy but don’t get too carried away. Pay particular attention to �inances and relationships TAURUS: APRIL 20MAY 20 Luck will be on your side this month,Taurus. The world is your oyster this year and it will feel as though you have just hit the jackpot. Just remember to trust your intuition GEMINI: MAY 21JUNE 20 The new year is an exciting time for you, Gemini. It will

be as though a veil has been lifted and for the �irst time you are seeing everything from an entirely new perspective CANCER: JUNE 21JULY 22 Have you been thinking of changing something up for a long time, Cancer? Now is the time to do it. Currently, you have everything you need so what are you waiting for LEO: JULY 23AUGUST 22 Time to focus on yourself, Leo. The new year will enable you to discover talents you didn’t even know you possessed. And, you know what they

say, practice really does make perfect

VIRGO: AUGUST 23SEPTEMBER 22 The new year brings positivity for you, Virgo; however, an unthinking step could land you in trouble, so stay in control and you will make great changes

LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23OCTOBER 22 Don’t jump the gun, Libra. Stay a few steps ahead and consider all possibilities. Complicated situations will arise but stay in control and they can be solved with ease SCORPIO: OCTOBER 23NOVEMBER 21 You are going to have to

take responsibility for the actions of others this month, Scorpio. Even if you are not in the driving seat, be ready to accept the consequences SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 21 Those around you may be shrouded in negativity, Sagittarius, but don’t let this throw you off. Don’t be afraid to �ight back as it is best to trust your intuition right now CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22JANUARY 19 There is no time like the present, Capricorn. A goal you have been working towards for a

long time is beginning to manifest and you will have luck on your side like you never have before

AQUARIUS: JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 18 You are about to enter a very content phase, Aquarius. You have been working very hard of late and everything is about to fall into place, so why challenge fate for more? PISCES: FEBRUARY 19MARCH 20 You are responsible for every aspect of your life, Pisces, so if you are unhappy with certain aspects now is the time to make change. Don’t doubt your inner strength

Rock it... but ditch the booze In his latest column on LGBT issues, masters student FILIP BIGOS argues you don’t need to drink or take drugs just to conform to a hard-partying stereotype

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VERYBODY likes a good party. The music, the rush, the heat… When the beat drops, alcohol starts pouring and we get going. Especially the gays. Everyone knows gay clubs are the best – we know how to rock it. Fun, alcohol and drugs is pretty much what the gay community is all about. Or, at least, seems to be. Wherever we go, whatever we do, people always drink. And with age (and depending on how rich their sugar daddy is) they move on to drugs. To switch off. To loosen up. There is an awful lot of pressure on us to drink,


and very often to do chems and slam. Yet owners of gay venues don’t tend to think about alternatives for people who don’t want to get wasted every day. I apologise for targeting gay men but they are the group most guilty of this. It damages our reputation and shames our community. It is possible to party without alcohol. I am a 22-year-old gay man – I don’t drink, yet I still date and have a great time. Most importantly I will remember it from start to �inish. This requires a real pair, because although I am gay, I am still a man and I am myself.

Little and often: Short bursts will help you focus

Festive fun is �inished, now get revising

CHRISTMAS is over and the exam period is back with a vengeance. Before you start panicking, take a deep breath and check out these �ive revision tips. 1. Write it all down: It may be a pain but it is guaranteed to help you remember all those facts and get them imprinted into your brain 2. Start with the tricky bits: It’s only natural to go for the stuff that we �ind the easiest but consider how stressfree the last few days of revision would be if you were working on the stuff you already understood the most 3. Try short, sharp bursts: Two to three hours of revision each day should do the trick. Accumulated over January (and hopefully some of December, too), that’s a lot of study time 4. Colour-code your notes: Research shows that a splash of colour can make all the difference 5. Reward yourself: Whether it is your favourite chocolate or a night out with friends once you’ve �inished a topic, you deserve a treat. Ellie Connell and Kelly Smith

January 2015


Relationship trouble? Sex worries? Feeling low? We’ve got wise words to set you right

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getting on with life – and so are your family and friends – but they will always be there for you. That much will never change.


Y STUDENT loan didn’t come in on time so I took out a payday loan. I thought I wouldn’t have to admit it to anyone – but I’m still waiting on student finance and now I owe double the amount I borrowed in the first place. Josh, Bristol


Y BOYFRIEND dumped me on New Year’s Eve... over champagne, no less. If that wasn’t bad enough, I tried so hard to make him happy. I often put him before studying. Now, exams are just weeks away and I feel like I’m drowning. I’m starting to wonder whether I should continue with my course. Rebecca, Liverpool

Exams are exactly what you need right now, Rebecca – hear me out. Throw yourself into revising, not re-reading every text you ever sent each other. Break-ups take time to heal. Nothing can beat a night in with the girls right now – but you also need a distraction. Before you know it, you’ll be back on your feet. Besides, let’s be honest – a guy who breaks up with you on New Year’s Eve isn’t worth your time. Your course, however, is.

Lovers’ tiff: But revision can provide the perfect distraction


OME isn’t home anymore. When I went back for Christmas, my parents showed me to the guest room – which was, in fact, my bedroom until four months ago. But the biggest

shock is my friends. I don’t feel like I’m part of their lives any more. I spent so much of the first term feeling homesick – and now it’s as though I don’t even have a home. Tom, Birmingham

Club drugs... why the song and dance? T

HE drugs market is changing fast. Traditional substances, such as heroin, are in decline, while newer, synthetic chemicals are flooding the market. Last year, 81 new psychoactive drugs were detected on the European market – the highest number on record. Many of these substances are virtually unheard of. What’s more, many are entirely legal and can be bought via the internet. Probably the best-known legal high is mephedrone, or ‘meow meow’. Many others are known by their brand names, or simply as ‘research chemicals’. But are they safe? It’s a difficult question to answer.


We’ve all been there, Tom. As much as everyone loves living in halls, it isn’t home. But, as you said – go home and you feel like a teenager again, having to tiptoe around. Do you know what, though? You are

DR OWEN BOWDEN-JONES founded the Club Drug Clinic, a London NHS service aimed to inform young people about the effects and dangers of new substances Because they have been manufactured to mimic the effects of drugs such as cocaine and cannabis, these new substances can be stimulants, sedatives or hallucinogens. There is no doubt that some of them are extremely powerful and, when substituted for drugs such as MDMA (ecstasy), the effects can surprise the user and even lead to overdose. In the long term, some legal highs cause similar problems to more traditional drugs – dependence, psychosis and depression have all been seen in users. So, despite being cheap and legal, there

is no doubt that at least some are really harmful. If you do decide to take a chance on a research chemical, take care of yourself by starting small and telling your friends what you are using. If you run into trouble, they can tell the ambulance crew. Don’t mix – this includes alcohol. The more types of drug you take at the same time, the bigger the risk. Stay hydrated by taking regular, small sips of water. Don’t drink more than one pint in an hour, otherwise you might over-hydrate. For more information, visit

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Don’t sit on this any longer, Josh. Head straight to your university and talk to someone in student services or the students’ union. There will be a support fund for people experiencing financial difficulty. The amount awarded will depend on your assessed needs and you will not have to pay it back. In future, steer clear of payday loans – the interest rates alone will leave you in much worse position than you were in before. Struggling with your studies, wrestling with a relationship or is your social life at a standstill? Contact our agony aunt on

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Worth it: Faye Saville worked more than 70 hours a week, juggling a job with her studies

My 13-hour days for an MA IF GETTING a masters wasn’t hard enough, imagine having a fulltime job on top. But that’s exactly what recent graduate Faye Saville did to avoid exorbitant debts. Juggling a PR role with 30 hours of weekly study towards her MA in strategic communication at the University of

Central Lancashire, Faye found herself working up to 13 hours a day. ‘It’s a mental test,’ the 28-year-old said. ‘You have to push yourself to the limit – but you do amaze yourself with how mentally strong you are.’ Her friends, family and employer backed her over the three years it

took to complete the course – and she said she would do it that way again, rather than take on the proposed loan. ‘Of course, there are always times when you think, “Can I really do this?”’ she added. ‘It was hard. I didn’t go out much and socialise – but I got there in the end.’

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 An eye for a bargain: Your bank balance may have taken a hit over Christmas but that doesn’t mean living like a hermit in January. Offering discounts at retailers such as H&M, Pizza Express and Tesco, VoucherCodes

uses GPS to find the best deals closest to you

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OR many masters students, their degree has been a battle of survival. They have had to �ind ingenious ways to fund their extra year or two of studies. Some borrow money from their families, while others take on a part- or, even, fulltime job while keeping on top of their course. Now they have an alternative after the government announced a funding scheme that will allow those aged under 30 and studying towards a masters degree to get a loan of up to £10,000. The plan, which is planned to come into force in the 2016/17 academic year, will replicate the undergraduate model, where students only start paying back their loans once their earnings reach above a certain level. James Coe, vice-president of University of Liverpool’s students’ union, said: ‘I am

Loans ‘will help more than 40,000 students’ pleased the students’ movement won this. We must continue to �ight for these loans to be extended for students over 30 and an education system that does not force such high levels of personal debt on to our student members. ‘Postgraduate loans are an important step in widening access to this type of study.’ The government predicts the loans will help more than 40,000 students and enable about 10,000 more individuals to undertake postgraduate study each year. Sam Smith, a third year at the University of Liverpool, praised the proposal, despite masters degrees being funded on his

course. ‘To become a chartered engineer, a masters degree is needed,’ he added. ‘In the long run, the loan will be bene�icial to others, as it allows people to get further in their job.’ However, students could leave university with debts of more than £60,000, while undergraduate and postgraduate loans will be paid off at the same time. Luke Stevenson, a Liverpool John Moores University English graduate, said: ‘It’s a trap – a pathetic token measure by the Tories to attract gullible students. ‘Forget loans – we want no tuition fees. Education is for everyone, not just the elites.’ Charlotte Seddon

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January 2015


Strike a balance between study and job

MANAGING deadlines can be hard enough without having to work as well. For some students, though, money can be tight and a parttime job is required. Unfortunately, there can be a down side to having a job while studying – trying to balance everything. Here are some useful tips on how to keep on top. 1. Planning: When it comes to writing an essay or preparing a presentation, knowing where you are going to start saves lots of time. Try writing ideas in your phone, so you can add to it on the move 2. Plan your diary: When deadlines are approaching, it is great to know when you have free time. For example, if you work nights and have a couple of spare hours before a shift, you could spend that time researching your masterpiece 3. Release that stress: Juggling everything can take its toll, both physically and mentally, so take time to relax. Find what works best for you and incorporate it into your time 4. Remember: A parttime job is only for now. Make university work your priority. After all, that’s what you’re there for Jasmine Martin

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Rising star: YouTuber Alice Taylor discusses her life

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MAGINE sitting in front of a camera and filming yourself taking on stupid challenges or capturing everything you do throughout the day, from what you eat at lunch to what you watch on TV. Now controversy last month after imagine getting paid for it. admitting her book (which It sounds too good to was the fastest-selling debut be true, but that is exactly novel ever) was ghostwritten. what vlogging is all about. Looking to recreate her With audiences of between 2 and 6million, the best vlogs get thousands of views each day. Perhaps the most famous vlogger is fashion and beauty adviser Zoella, Go for it: You could earn cash from vlogs who caused

success is 18-year-old Alice Taylor, an up-andcoming YouTuber who creates comedic videos about her day-to-day life. Speaking to TUP, the former student, who now works in TV and film, said: ‘If you are lucky enough, then vlogging can compete with conventional careers. ‘Digital content is becoming more prominent, so there’ll be jobs popping up all over for it.’ With its rise in popularity, vlogging has become a job

for many of these big-name content creators. Top brands are approaching YouTube stars to reach younger audiences and are offering large sums of money for an advertising opportunity within their videos. With a sizeable income (let’s just say enough to cover the rent… and then some), these internet sensations can afford a luxury lifestyle without a nine-to-five job. However, Alice added: ‘YouTube can be seen as both a hobby and a job – but

Spot the spelling errors and count the cash

PROOFREADING is a necessity of university life. We have all had to do it for stressed-out flatmates or ourselves. But proofreading is also big business. There are a number of online proofreading agencies – and most will pay students to work for them. Such agencies look for neat handwriting for hard


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copies, methodical readthroughs and, of course, excellent English. It is

also advantageous to be a graduate or undergraduate in any discipline, as a

technical knowledge of a specific subject can help. The benefit of proofreading professionally is that the work is freelance, so you can work from home and choose your hours. With different payment methods and variable salaries, it is best to find a legitimate, well-established website to work for. Charlotte Pick

if my channel ever got to a level that it supported me, I still probably wouldn’t quit my current job.’ So, does the rise of vlogging mean we should we all quit our degrees, rush out to buy cameras and start filming our beans-on-toast dinners? Fraser Green, an Australian YouTuber with more than 4,000 subscribers, said: ‘YouTube is a new creative platform that the majority of society still doesn’t understand, mainly due to ignorance.’ The point is, do your research, build a following and, maybe, one day, you can make your money by sitting at home, eating food in front of the computer. Ryan Lynch Eagle-eyed: The only tools you need are an eye for detail and a pen


January 2015

How I survived the Falkland war


WAS a late acceptance at Liverpool John Moores University, which left me with the panic of finding accommodation. An opening at the swanky new Falkland House was an offer I couldn’t turn down. At the time, it was labelled as the new and exclusive accommodation for students. It cost £115 a week but was modern and easy to reach from the university, situated in the heart of New Islington – an area undergoing extensive rebuilding. It was going to be a memorable year. You can say that again. On arrival, in September 2013, I was surprised at the supposedly revitalised New Islington. It had the air of a


New Islington was billed as the up-and-coming area for students but when REBEKAH WILSON arrived in 2013 all she found was a run-down town and prostitutes run-down town that couldn’t say no to the conglomerates. I let it pass. Maybe I wasn’t looking at it from the right perspective. The halls were set directly opposite a 24/7 garage run by the most courteous Indonesian men. They offered me a job as well as a free loaf of bread – I started to love the area. The halls weren’t complete, so I made more friends – the builders, who were great, apart from a habit of walking in when I was in the shower. Then I met some of our

neighbours – the famous Devon Road prostitutes. Watching chief prostitute Mary teach her protégé Nicola how to bring in the boys was an extrordinary experience. I saw buyers cruising around in their sleek coupés while others opted for a black cab, sneaking Nicola into the back of the car and driving to the nearest car park. This all came to a head one night on January last year. Our laundry room was situated outside the main building and access was

Incomplete: Even though students were moving in, Falklands House was not finished in September 2013 PICTURE: REBEKAH WILSON and reminded me that I ‘was living in a bad place’. prostitute Mary grabbed only possible by entering a I appreciated that. the chance to ply her trade security code. As for Falkland House, I without a gear stick poking However, if a forgetful hope now they have had time into her back. She snuck in student failed to close the to finish the work they realise with a paying customer and... door behind them then all that prostitutes using needles well, I’m sure you can guess. were free to enter. on the street outside does not Mary was always friendly Spotting the door ajar, chief make for ideal living.




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Finding the right place to live, choosing the right people to live with and keeping your place right

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OU’RE graduating in a few months. Your parents and lecturers go on about you finding a job. But, first things first, where are you going to live? Moving back home is the obvious choice after university – but after three years of freedom, it will be difficult to take orders from your parents again. You might begin to wonder what all that maturing and independence at university was for. Of course, moving back isn’t the end of the world; it’ll only be a year or two and you’ll be able to save up, find the right place and get the best job. The classic five-year plan. But that’s not the only option. University has taught you the basics about renting and the costs, so why not do it for real? If, for you, it’s about employment, then let the job lead you – apply everywhere and be prepared to begin an

In it together: Living with other people makes life fun – and cheaper

It should have been done in December but there is never enough time to clean the fridge. Now, the dire consequences face the house. Mouldy carrots left from Christmas dinner and grease on the oven tray that may never be the same again Rebecca Solomon

ALPHA housemates are the organisers who everyone listens to and everyone aspires to be. They’re the kings and queens of halls. So how do you go about usurping them? With sabotage, naturally Hannah Froggatt

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Wise steps that will help you buy WE LEAVE university with tens of thousands of pounds of debt so, to most of us, buying a first home seems like an impossible dream. With house prices spiralling and banks refusing mortgages and restricting the amount you can borrow, it is easy to feel condemned to years of living at home or in shared rented living. But there are ways in which graduates can make themselves more attractive to lenders. First, show lenders that you are ‘stable’. Let them know you have held down a steady job and that you have regular income. Try to limit your student finance. The thought of

having £7,000 put into your bank account every year sounds great – but added to the £9,000 tuition fee, you could end up saddled with £48,000 of debt. Make an effort to clear your student overdraft and credit card debts. If lenders see that you have too much credit available that you do not use, this could affect your credit rating. Finally, and most crucially, start saving for a deposit. Even without student debt, lenders will still expect you to pay a percentage of the house costs. That may mean working through uni, saving your student loan or moving back in with your parents for a few more years. Nakita Capp

Up sticks instead of heading for home adventure into the unknown. You’ve moved to a new city before; you can do it all again. Another fresh start can be scary but your new workmates will be able to recommend places to live and perhaps introduce you to your new city. When you get round to looking at your new rented home, remember the basics. Do you need a parking space? Can you make it a home? Can you afford the rent? Have you got the best deal with your bills? Remember, too, you’ll have to pay council tax. It may also be time to find some new housemates. You’ve had your first taste of community living in halls and in your shared student home,

so why not carry on? We need company. Humans are not the kind to sit alone doing our own individual things. As students, it is the reason we get so little work done when we need to. Companionships and friendships are what we strive for, so why neglect our natural instincts when we move away from the safe haven of the university campus? Besides, rent is cheaper when the cost is spread out – as are utility bills, food shopping and the TV licence. They say university opens doors; this may be literally true when you leave and start looking for your first home. Lucy Robinson and Megan Haddaway




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Finding the right place to live, choosing the right people to live with and keeping your place right

Choice is hall yours ... but pick who you live with carefully


HAT time of year is upon us again – househunting season. No matter how long you’ve been at university, choosing next year’s accommodation is a big decision and one that tends to weigh people down for a few weeks every year. Many students look back on their �irst year in halls – the glory days when heating and electricity bills were still a problem only for grown-ups – fondly, while others love the independence and maturity that comes with their freezing cold eight-bedroom house, complete with mould spreading across the walls. University-owned accommodation is, in the main, fantastic. Most �lats come with


en-suite bathrooms and cosy bedrooms. The tightly packed layout of halls means that there’s always a buzzing atmosphere at home and you never feel lonely – something you may suffer when treading the numerous narrow corridors of student housing. However, the relatively peaceful atmosphere of a suburban neighbourhood triumphs every time over the constant loud noises from surrounding �lats in halls. University accommodation is usually far more hygienic and attractive, while private

HALLS v houses: Liverpool students offer their views to SOPHIE CORCORAN Emma Jones, 19, has stayed in halls for her second year. She said: ‘It is a lovely place and is nice and secure with friendly staff. The flat is really nice and I am sharing with lovely people.’ Emma Keeley, 19, lives in a rented student house. She said: ‘I love the house we live in but halls were better. Ours was homely and we socialised with neighbours a lot more. It felt safer and it also meant we didn’t have to spend a fortune on taxis.’

Best of both: Halls are cosy, a house can be peaceful accommodation can �it the grimy, dingy student housing stereotype. Whichever option you choose, remember that

a great group of friends can compensate for those stained curtains and cracked windows. Don’t rush, and

choose your housemates wisely – �inding a place to live will seem easy after that. Harriet Stevens

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David McLaughlin, who also lives in a student house, said: ‘As much as I loved halls last year, I turn 21 in April and next year will be my last studying at university. Halls were a really good way to meet people and have fun – but the workload wasn’t as high as it is now.’

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Advice for a healthy lifestyle and staying in shape

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F THERE’S a time of year when you’re most likely to join a gym, it’s January. After eating, drinking and making merry for most of December, you might be ready to ful�il that new year resolution to get �it. There are some great deals for joining gyms – but, if your budget won’t stretch to a membership, then here’s our guide to keeping �it for free… High-intensity interval training: A great way to burn fat, especially if you’re short on time. HIIT focuses on short bursts of intense exercise, with a less intense rest period. Head to the park with a mate and sprint

– make it into a race. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, try running up and down the stairs. Circuits: You don’t need a lot of space to set up a minicircuit in your living room. Use a chair to do arm dips, lean on a wall to support yourself in a handstand

position and clear a space for burpees and planking. Weights: If you want to use weights but can’t afford any, make the most of what you already have. If you have a particularly large book from your course, use it as a weight to hold to your chest when squatting. Use tins of

baked beans for bicep curls and hold your full laundry basket while lunging. Run: It may seem obvious, but go for a run. If you’re feeling the pressure of coursework deadlines, getting outdoors can relieve stress and help restore your focus. Samantha Coles

How to stay focused 1. Be realistic: If running for the bus leaves you gasping for breath, it’s probably not a good idea to sign up for a marathon. Set yourself reasonable goals 2. Fuel: Unfortunately, going for a five-minute jog doesn’t give you an excuse to have two pizzas for dinner. You can’t out-train a bad diet 3. Mix it up: Never do the same workout. Increase your speed, weights or reps each time you train to challenge yourself 4. Rest: It can be tempting to go hell-for-leather in the first two weeks. Don’t push yourself too hard to begin with, as this can result in injury 5. Stay positive: Bad training sessions happen. Don’t let them get you

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down – acknowledge that you know you can do better next time 6. Moral support: It’s natural to feel selfconscious about exercising alone. Why not get a running club together with your housemates? Having a training buddy can help you push harder 7. All the gear: It’s important to have good training shoes. Any new kit can boost your confidence 8. Remember why you started: When you’re tired and it’s freezing, staying indoors in your onesie is often more appealing than training. Remember why you started – visualise your goals and think how much better you’ll feel afterwards SC


January 2015


Leopards land first first game IAN LIGHT ICE hockey newcomers LMJU Leopards produced a battling performance to claim a varsity title... in their first-ever competitive match. The team, formed this season, twice came from behind to beat Manchester Metros Ice Hockey Club 3-2 in front of hundreds of fans at Silver Blades Ice Rink in Widnes. Goals from French star Guillaume Martin and Lee Pollitt

brought them level, before Kieran Strangeway fired in the winner. It saw the mixed-sex side win the north-west varsity title, which in previous years has been played between two uni sides from Manchester. Skipper Ben Brown, 22, said: ‘We turned up not knowing what Manchester were going to bring. They were all twice as big as us. ‘But it came together well on the night. We only began

Hitting the spot: The triumphant LMJU Leopards celebrate winning their first varsity game in September and we’ve been training once a week.’ The LMJU sports physiotherapy student added: ‘Most

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of us have played before and Guillaume played national league in France. Andy Sheffield hadn’t played for five

years before he came to university but picked it up again pretty quickly.’ The Leopards, made up of


LJMU students with a handful of University of Liverpool players, will embark on their league campaign in April.

Ultimate? It’s not just a walk in the park... THROWING a frisbee around a park used to be considered little more than a relaxing past-time. Now there is a competitive edge to everything – and frisbee is no different. Ultimate frisbee is a team sport with the aim of trying to get the disc from one end of a pitch to the other without it being dropped or intercepted. Sounds easy – but, as anyone who’s seen the Inbetweeners episode where Will’s wild throw sees him hit a wheelchair user inthe face knows, control is vital. The University of Liverpool team has come on leaps and bounds, this term reaching sixth in the Men’s Indoor Nationals – their highest

So close: Ultimate frisbee is fast fun place in over seven years. To capitalise on such good form, the team will play several tournaments throughout the year, including the BUCS Outdoor Regionals and the Christie Cup. Club president Luke


Retout said: ‘We are delighted to have finished sixth. Knowing the hard work we have put into training and working together as a team has paid off is fantastic.’ Bryony Holloway

Super League stars lend a hand MEMBERS of the LJMU rugby league team have been getting expert coaching from professionals. Kevin Brown, captain of Super League outfit the Widnes Vikings, and fellow star Danny Tickle have been giving

students 60-minute training sessions. The initiative comes thanks to PhD student James Morehen, appointed as the Vikings’ sports nutritionist as part of their partnership with the school of sport and exercise sciences.

January 2015



Howzat for starters? Smith leads side to indoor glory BEN LYNCH IT MAY feel like the depths of winter outside – but there’s victory on the cricket field to be toasted. Liverpool University cricket club’s first team have set themselves up for a successful summer by winning the BUCS northern indoor cricket league. The team beat off the challenge of seven sides, including local rivals University of Central Lancashire I, Liverpool John Moores I and Manchester Met I. Following their win at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, they are now through to the regional cup finals in March. Points accumulatedduring the tournament also boosted their BUCS top 30 rankings,

where they currently sit at 26th. Over the course of the league, captain Rob Smith led from the front with the best batting average, while Jamie Wilmshurst had the best bowling performance. Scores capping over 130 against Manchester Met and UCLan reflected the strength throughout the team and the quality of their batting. Rob said: ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to be competing against the other BUCS northern league winners in March – and, hopefully, a sign of things to come for our outdoor teams in the summer.’ In the future, LUCC have plans for an indoor tournament to raise funds for mental health charity CALM via the Opening Up project. They have also set their

It’s up for grabs now... FANCY yourself as the next Alan Green or Jonathan Pearce in the sports commentary box? Or perhaps you could add expert analysis to rival Mark Lawrenson or Jamie Carragher? Dom Williams, head of sport at LSRadio, is looking to bring radio commentary to campus. He said: ‘Our aim is to begin covering as many games as we can, live from Wyncote Playing Fields. ‘We’ll be broadcasting every Wednesday from 2pm, live on our website, alongside our normal stream of shows.’ He added: ‘We are currently looking for more people to get involved in time for when the new term starts, especially with the Christie cup happening in Liverpool this year as well as Varsity, so it will be a fun time to be in our commentary team.’ The

station has already covered a match between University of Liverpool women’s rugby union and Manchester Metropolitan University – and now bosses are confident it can be repeated next term, and cover a range of sports. The aim is to have multiple correspondents present for as many games as possible, so scores can be relayed live to the broadcasting commentary team and provide unique access to sport across UoL and Liverpool John Moores University.

Standing tall: LUCC players landed the BUCS northern indoor cricket league


sights on competing seriously in the upcoming outdoor league.

Sports are still winning us over SPORTS continue to be a big draw among UoL students. Almost 3,700 people signed up to a society this year. Traditional favourites, such as football, rugby and netball, continue to attract large numbers – but lesser-known sports, including handball and Gaelic football have also seen membership rise. Archery has proved very popular, reaching its maximum number of 150 members early in the year. Other clubs to hit the 100-member mark included lacrosse, hockey, mountaineering and badminton.

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