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Inside Issue 01 WesternEye The Freshers’ Edition

Welcome

Politics

Film

Nightlife

SU President Charlie Roper welcomes you to UWE

UWE’s political societies share their views on current affairs and topics of interest

Have to see the latest release? Here are cinemas to suit your budget & taste

A selection of Bristol’s top clubs, pubs & music venues

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Keep calm and enjoy

Freshers

>Lauren > Dempsey helps you cope with the excitement and stresses of Freshers’ week and beyond When you think of Freshers’ week, often it brings to mind excitement, freedom and shots. WHilst it can be like that, moving to university and away from home for the first time can also bring up some anxieties that can feel difficult to talk about, especially when you’re meeting so many new people. As somebody who found themselves quite nervous approaching Freshers’ week, I’ll be discussing the issues and giving advice on how to deal with them. Moving in with my housemates was one of my biggest concerns. Living with five strangers can seem daunting, but it’s crucial to remember that everybody is in the same situation. People come from all different

backgrounds and you may not click with everyone. Even if your house-mates aren’t exactly your cup of tea, try not to isolate yourself. Being generally friendly with your house-mates makes all the difference a few months down the line when the novelty has worn off. If you’re feeling homesick, or stressed, or worried, try talking to them – chances are they’re feeling a similar way. Another social pressure some people feel approaching university is drinking and drugs. A key thing to remember is that a lot of people exaggerate. I personally encountered drugs only on a few brief occasions during my first year and as it wasn’t for me, that was the end of my experience with them, so it’s really not the big deal some people make it out to be. Drinking, on the other hand, is very prevalent throughout

Freshers’; however this doesn’t mean you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Don’t feel like you have to drink your house-mates under the table the very first night. If you aren’t used to drinking, ease yourself into it in a way that makes you comfortable. If you don’t want to drink at all, again, nobody will pressure you. At university, the majority of people will respect your decision. You’ll still meet people if you don’t drink or if you don’t enjoy going out clubbing! At the start of the year, your student loan coming in can wipe away any thoughts of money woes. However, budgeting a bit extra for the first month and keeping a budget can help immensely later in the year. Budget a bit extra, and spending during Freshers’ becomes a bit more guilt free! Even just a vague budget can give you some

Anxiety is common ground for everyone in Freshers’ week

guidelines to try to stick to and cause less stress. This also becomes a huge help when moving into private accommodation, as your bills might no longer be included and will require a bit more forethought. A rough budget also helps you to judge if a part time job should be something to consider. A lot of students seem to worry that they won’t be able to balance a job, a degree and a social life but, dependent on your course, it can be done. I personally found my part time job was a welcome break from my coursework and I met a lot of great people there. Your course itself can sometimes feel like the last thing to think about in the run up to Freshers’’ week! But it can throw up issues. Sometimes the workload feels like a huge increase from college or sixth form, or it can just feel overwhelming.

In some cases, you may realise that the course you’re on isn’t right for you. The best thing to do is discuss it with a member of the faculty such as your personal tutor. There may be options such as changing modules or timetable, or even course, but the deadlines for these can be fairly early, so don’t suffer in silence. Sometimes, all of these things can collide together and create a cloud of worry and stress over you. Don’t let it fester, try talking to your house-mates, parents, friends back home. Expressing your feelings might help put things into perspective. If you still find yourself struggling, UWE’s Wellbeing services are excellent and understanding and will do their best to help you into a frame of mind where you can enjoy university and do well. —­  LAUREN DEMPSEY comment@westerneye.net


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WesternEye — Meet the team

>Bringing > your newspaper straight to the heart of the student body

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Nicol Caplin Editorial Head

Kaytie McFadden Assistant Editor

Ginny Faulkner Head of Online

Oliver Hicks News Editor

Lauren Moore Comment Editor

Nicol is honoured to act as editor for the WesternEye. An experienced writer, she has featured in some key media organisations such as The Guardian and the BBC. She is currently studying EnviroScience, incorporating this into her vision of creating the most sustainable media publication the university has ever offered. Nicol’s aim is to widen audience participation and to promote equality and fairness throughout.

Kaytie has taken on the demanding role of Assistant Editor for this year. She works tremendously hard alongside Nicol to make sure deadlines are met, content is proof-read and contributing writers are correctly assigned. Kaytie will always fight for justice in the media and her articles reflect just that. She has recently been attending key debates such as the Amnesty International Student Media Summit 2013,

With her expert knowledge in journalism and social media Ginny is set to bring the WesternEye right into the present. Our online content has never been more exciting and attractive than it is right now. Visit our site to find fascinating blogs and regular features. Ginny will be covering live events straight from @WesternEye and would love you to get involved. You can also like us on Facebook!

With a keen interest in current affairs both nationally and internationally Oliver knows exactly how mainstream media news can become somewhat lost in the education bubble. He aims to handpick dynamic and interesting news items of upmost relevance to the UWE student body. This section will lead by bringing news on issues such as the fight over tuition fees and UWE’s expansion plans.

Lauren is studying Sociology with Psychology here at UWE and is fast becoming our most passionate comment writer yet. The comment section for this upcoming year is set to be active and engaging, with critique and coverage on a wide range of topics and political issues. Lauren’s vision ensures a platform for all students to have their voices heard and their perspectives shared.

Jill Alger Olivia Garner Arts & Fashion Editor Life & Style Editor A UWE alumni, Jill has taken on her role at WesternEye alongside her professional graduate career. Her vision is to really fine tune the articles, making them as relevant and accessible to students as possible. Jill hopes that by showcasing some of the excellent work at UWE it will inspire others to make the most of their time at uni and their creative freedom.

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Over the last few years Esther has been working across various organisations, particularly charities such as JKC in order to develop a better understanding for Graphic Design. Esther freely admits she is still learning and working towards a desired career path but at present she is thoroughly enjoying her time as a student and freelance designer

James Riley Christopher Fear Science & Tech Editor Music Editor James is currently pursuing a postgrad course in Science Communication bringing fresh talent and expertise to this new section. James aims to convey scientific and environmentally orientated ideas in a simplistic way covering a range of subjects such as; evolution, biotechnology, nutrition and health. His other interests include physics and science history.

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Bristol has an enormous music scene and is home to some amazing talent throughout performance artist history. Our music section will not only feature your favourite acts over a wide genre but cast a spotlight on up and coming bands local to Bristol complete with news and reviews by Christopher and his music team.

Matt is a typophile, fanatical about grammar, punctuation and otherwise insignificant detail he aims to bring a structure and order to this year’s WesternEye. He envisages a fresh and uncluttered approach to the newspaper’s brand new layout. Matt works predominantly in print operating letterpress and silk screen from his home studio.

George Beard Sports Editor George is a final year politics student who likes to kick back from the stresses of parliamentary discussions by regularly participating in cricket, football and golf. He is also a strong follower of athletics, tennis and rugby and will be sure to report to our readers on the latest developments in sport at UWE, both friendly and competitive.

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Meet your SU representatives

>Charlie > Roper welcomes you to UWE

Charlie Roper SU President How are you settling in to your new role?

I’m just about getting there! Summer is really busy in preparation for the year to begin, and with the team and I out on training, we’ve just about managed to all settle in and start working together.

it really worthwhile. As well as that, I want to identify and make sure the university absorb some of the costs that you pay on top of your degree. If these Hidden Course Costs are lessened, then you’ll have more money in your pockets to support your learning. I know this sounds really fun, but I am also working on and finalising a new three year strategy for the union to make sure we pioneer our way to the top in the future.

feedback through meeting structure.

the

union

How and why should students get involved with the Students’ Union?

As I said before, you need more than just a piece of paper when you leave university. You can become involved in many ways: from attending AGM, being in a society, sport or network or even standing for election. You can check out how to get involved at www.uwesu.org

What, in your opinion, is the thing

What does the future hold for

about UWE which needs changing

the Students’ Union?

the most?

The future is bright! We are gearing up to receive a brand new building. This will be a new SU space with bars, coffee shops, a social learning space and more!

I think communications across the whole of the university could be improved, as well as using the SU as a source of feedback more frequently.

What made you stand for

What do you think sets UWE apart

How will you encourage

Students’ Union President?

from other Higher Education

interaction between the

I wanted to make change! I really enjoyed getting involved in the union before being President and I wanted to make sure we could all be proud of what the union does and can do in the future. I’m really proud to be a UWE student, so it made sense for me to get involved and help shape other’s experiences and develop pride in UWE and UWESU.

establishments?

different UWE campuses?

I think the move towards being more practice-led is really setting us apart. I think it’s really important to practice what you are learning so that your knowledge can be applied in a workplace setting.

This is the responsibility of the whole team! Each campus has a campus officer who feeds back directly to us. Through the offices at every campus, we will be having a SU presence. Interaction isn’t just physical. We are available via email, Twitter and Facebook! Get in touch! You can find me on Twitter @TheSUPresident, on Facebook /PresidentUWESU or email supresident@uwe.ac.uk. Tweet me your favourite part of Freshers?

Why is the Students’ Union so important?

You need to leave university with more than just a piece of paper. The Students’ Union offers a wide range of opportunities from skydiving to having your own radio show! You can develop skills which will aid your employability for when you leave UWE.

How will you communicate effectively with the student body, to ensure that you are genuinely representing their needs?

I will be using social media (details below), video; be out and about, and receiving regular

What events are you most excited about in the next year?

I’m excited for many events, but the best ones are those that students run themselves! You never know what may come up and be organised, and it’s really cool to get involved. What are your main goals for your term in office?

I really want to show the union’s worth to students and to the university. The union is what you make it and you make

Tom Renhard VP Community Welfare I’ll be working with Rachael, our Community and Welfare Officer, to support the diverse array of communities we have here at the university.

We will do this through lobbying and campaigning for change, as well as facilitating a variety of different activities and opportunities that anyone can get involved in including; Mental Health Awareness, Sexual Health and empowering students with greater knowledge on their rights and responsibilities as tenants. Your experience at university can be a journey of self-discovery, and we want to be part of that with you. We are extremely proud of our diverse communities here and can’t wait to meet you!”

Chris White VP Sports & Health My involvement with the SU started as I was a member of UWE Comets Cheer-leading and UWE Dance Squad. I progressed through UWE Comets from being Treasurer to the Club President and then I became a Student Coach. During my last two years at uni, I was

Megan Edmunds VP Education Hi all! I am your current Vice President of Education at UWE! With the university having so many students I feel it is extremely important for us to have a strong network of people, students and staff ensuring the best

Hannah Khan VP Socs. & Comms. You are holding in your hands a newspaper that has been inspired, written, edited, put together and lead entirely by students. For me, this defines exactly what your Students’ Union is about. That is why I am ecstatic to be your Vice President Societies

the competitive sports officer and had a large part to play in the Varsity Series. I have been blown away by the amazing accomplishments of athletes within our institution. This year will have a strong community focus, and a big focus on achieving competitive success. The Varsity series will be amazing and we are also looking to get our alumni back to help with our current students. There will be a focus on Sexual Health for students and healthy eating, plus looking at how exercise can improve your mental health. We will also be working with Bristol Union to promote “Out In Sport” to encourage LGBT involvement within sports teams. We are also launching #TeamUWE.

possible outcome for all UWE graduates. Along with our sports, networks and societies I am extremely proud (probably slightly biased) of our strong Student Rep system. With that said there is always room for improvement and we always welcome new faces to add and develop our current methods - after all they are there to help you through your university experience! As a team we have several new and exciting campaigns to share with you all, so keep an eye out throughout the year! If you ever want a chat or want to know more contact me by email or come up and see me in F block!

and Communications this year. Joining a society is your opportunity to develop your interests, ideas and talents, learn new skills and leave your mark on the community both inside and outside of your University. Whether you want to develop your society, start a new society or simply join in, I am here to support you in making your ideas happen through your Students’ Union. Your Students’ Union is what you make it, so it is my priority to keep the student community and the local community engaged and benefiting from all of the opportunities available for you to make the most of your time at UWE!

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Meet your part-time SU representatives Josie Alford & Samantha Benson St. Matt’s Campus Officers josie and samantha’s role

>> To represent and seek the views of the students based at St Matt’s campus >> To communicate and liaise with the Executive team

The UWE SU team

>> To support St Matt’s campus and inter-campus

>Welcome > to UWE from everyone at the SU team

based activities and events

Lauren Conen UWE Education Officer

Rachel Shine Community and Welfare Officer

Grace Maddox Hartpury Campus Officer

Oliver Rideout Glenside Campus Officer

Steph Hale-Allen & Josh Davis Frenchay Officers

Lauren’s role

rachel’s role

grace’s role

Oliver’s role

steph and josh’s role

>> To seek and represent

>> To support the VP Comm

>> To represent and seek

>> To represent and seek

>> To represent and seek

the views of students based on their educational experiences at UWE >> To support Megan Edmunds, VP Education >> To liaise and work with the UWESU rep team >> To communicate and liaise with the Executive Team

and Welfare >> To liaise and work with the UWESU Representation Team >> Provide written report to each Student Council and Community and Welfare Committee

the views of the students

the views of the students

the views of the students

based at Hartpury campus

based at Glenside campus

based at Frenchay

>> To communicate and liaise

>> To communicate and liaise

with the Executive team

with the Executive team

>> To support Hartpury

>> To support Glenside

campus >> To communicate and liaise with the Executive team >> To support Frenchay

campus and inter-campus

campus and inter-campus

based activities and

based activities and

campus and inter-campus

events

events

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UWE’s five campuses FRENCHAY CAMPUS – The main UWE site based at Frenchay are the

Faculties of FET and HLSS. Frenchay campus is the main campus of the university, and everything required by students can be found there. From Escape bar, to Red bar (which also has club nights), to Core 24 where you can get a proper meal. There is a NatWest bank, a fruit and vegetable stall, a monthly farmers market, a Doctor’s surgery and a huge library with more books than you could ever read! UWE is committed to providing first class campus facilities and recent developments at Frenchay include a multi-million pound Student Village, Centre for Sport, new cinema

facilities, University Health Centre, and the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre. UWE’s administrative hub is also located at Frenchay and includes the Information Point, Student Services, Accommodation Services, the Students’ Union, the main Library, IT Services and the Language Centre. UWE’s Research, Business and Innovation (RBI) centre is based in Wallscourt House, just across the road from the main campus. Other facilities on site include numerous food and drink outlets, Students’ Union bar and supermarket, Blackwells bookshop and NatWest bank. Frenchay is accessible by Wessex Red buses: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19; First buses: 70, 319, 18 and X18.

UWE Labour Party Democratic Socialism the

Bower Ashton campus

BOWER CAMPUS – Idyllic and rural bOWER-ASHTON campus, situated in the south-western outskirts of Bristol, is home to UWE’s Department of Creative Industries. The characteristic 60’s modernist build has been refurbished and extended in recent years and forms an exquisite shell inside of which lies the budding seeds of creativity. The site is divided into blocks for each of the various departments, from the cozy chaos of the Fashion studio outbuilding to the vast studio spaces for Drawing and Applied Arts in the more contemporary F Block, every corner hides a different dimension of specified disciplines. The corridors themselves, snaking through all of the departments, are littered with the work of past and present students, keeping what would be an otherwise empty space alive with ideas and aesthetics. Scattered throughout the

campus are resources and facilities that allow for the enrichment of project work and invites cross-discipline practices. The Library is tucked snugly away on the first floor and houses a diverse collection of study material, both in print and in the fantastic DVD suite featuring the very finest in world cinema. Of particular note is the Print Centre which is stocked with the means to explore and master many diverse methods of both traditional and contemporary printmaking. Despite the extensive array of tools and presses, what allows the Print Centre to be a particularly engaging work space is the natural light spilling in from immense windows, through which can be observed a vast panoramic view of the surrounding natural landscape, something which many other spaces on campus benefit from. The campus is situated amongst Ashton Court estate: 850 acres of woodland and open grass which accommodates a

large deer reservation and a beautiful 15th century Manor House. Through the campus windows, the estate delivers a breathtaking sight that calms and nurtures, providing the space to walk and think if the workload gets too heavy or perfect picnic spots to venture with friends. At the heart of the campus is the Student Union bar and café which offers a warm, laid back atmosphere and is the place to find plenty of comfortable sofas, good music, cheap hot and cold drinks and hearty snacks. Housing all of the various faucets of the creative industries together under one roof allows for cross pollination of ideas, and it is the branches of skills and processes, collisions of worlds, aesthetics and social lives that form the glistening gem that is UWE’s Bower Ashton campus. Bower Ashton is accessible by Wessex buses: 11 & 11a.

GLENSIDE CAMPUS – Fun & friendly is one of the Smallest Campus housing mainly nursing students but also other arty types who study on nearby St. Matts. The SU is a fun place to go and play a bit of pool and has a small gardened area at the back with picnic benches for those who find the inside a bit too bright on a one fifty pint night. There are quizzes on Tuesday and a variety of themed nights throughout the year. The accommodation is nicer than that of the Hollies or St. Matts but until you know your way around it is quite difficult to find where you are going! With the Hollies just across the road, and St. Matts a five minute walk there is plenty of people to befriend. It is a 20 minute bus journey out of town which means it has its own ‘studenty’, fun atmosphere.  Glenside is accessible by Wessex Bus 13. glenside

Frenchay campus

HARTPURY CAMPUS – Equestrian sports Hartpury college’s link with UWE started in 1997 when Hartpury College was awarded Associate Faculty of UWE status. If you are passionate about animal sciences, sport or equine, or if you are committed to agricultural or conservation, then Hartpury speaks your language.  With an established record of individual academic and sporting success Hartpury College offers exceptional facilities to help you achieve your full potential.  The Campus is set in 360 hectares of Gloucestershire

countryside and includes a farm, lake, top class sporting facilities, a world renowned equine centre, along with woodland and formal gardens. With the city of Gloucester just ten minutes away and Cheltenham twenty minutes away, Hartpury Campus is within easy reach of local amenities and frequent bus links are provided allowing Hartpury students to explore their picturesque surroundings. With an employability rate of 96.1%, Hartpury College graduates stand in good stead when they enter the world of work after completing their degree.

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exists to promote the aims of the Labour Party and movement across the university and beyond. As the Labour Party is a broad church, we also are, and at present our committee is much more left wing then that of the central leadership of the party. As such, we would also like to promote the potential for a more left wing Labour Party. We are a democratic socialist organisation, who hold debates, social events, invite guest speakers and meet as like-minded individuals to discuss the state

ST.MATT’S CAMPUS – UWE’s “Hogwarts” St. Matthias campus is one of the five campuses of The University of the West of England. The campus is focused around the ‘Arts’ so there will be anything from History and Drama to Film and Journalism students strolling around. The atmosphere is very light and happy without the hustle and bustle of Frenchay which is something that those who study/live there will agree is only a good thing.

The Student Union is always a buzz during term time and is a great place to grab a pint and a burger or shoot some pool between lectures. But apart from the feel of the place the look of the campus is stunning. As a gothic styled listed building with a beautiful sunken lawn it has, to some, adopted the nickname ‘Hogwarts’, which is very fitting seeing as your time studying and/or living here will be magical. St. Matt’s is accessible by Wessex buses: 13 & 13a —­  KATIE MCFADDEN assistanteditor@westerneye.net

benefits and the welfare state

The welfare state is a vital and amazing phenomenon. A product of post-war collaborative politics, it was set up to provide for the sick and needy. Vast numbers of people rely on the state to make ends meet, many of whom are on minimum wage jobs, and increasing numbers of which are on zero hours contracts. the middle east

The Middle East is politically very turbulent, and intervention

>UWE’s > political societies share their views on current affairs

student fees

UWE Labour Society believe that education is a right, not a privilege. Student fees obviously undermine this by forcing lower wealth families to make a choice between long term debt and higher education. We would like to see a return to free education for all. public sector cuts

St. Matts’s campus

Vast sections of our infrastructure and industry rely on immigrants, both the NHS and the London Underground being quick examples.

Passionate about politics? Or want to learn more? of Britain and the world. We also organise socials with other Labour groups around Bristol, such as the Bristol University Labour Students. Membership is £3, and we meet, on average, every 2 weeks.

By reducing the amount of tax paid by large numbers of people who are now out of work and putting them onto benefits, public sector cuts have in fact increased the deficit not reduced it. When the private sector fails and there is a recession, the government should step in to provide jobs and financial security to its people. immigration

Immigrants are a vital part of the economy and have been for centuries. Our society rejects the idea that immigrants take jobs from British people, and believe they are used as a scape-goat to distract from the real problem that there are no jobs for anyone to fill, not just British people.

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by the West has generally not had a positive effect on many of the countries involved, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran. We believe the recent vote in parliament against intervention in Syria was a good development, and although we are greatly sorrowed at the loss of life in Syria, and disgusted at the use of chemical weapons, we believe that the solution does not lie in military action. graduate jobs market

UWE Labour thinks that it is a sign of failing society when the best education the country can provide does not result in paid employment. Zero hour contracts and unpaid internships are terrible slave-like forms of employment that do nothing for the economy and subsidise large industries by providing free Labour at the expense of the state by increasing numbers of people relying on benefits. They are no solution to the employment crisis at all. the european union

The E.U has been fantastic for our economy and given us many benefits such as worker rights and general human rights. The EU development fund helps many of the worst-off parts of Britain, especially in Wales and Scotland. Being part of a larger and more powerful body than itself is important for the future

of Britain, and we are much better inside the EU than outside. The amount we pay into the Development fund is far less than that of the benefits of being inside.

UWE Conservative Future Party Conservative Future is the movement for under 30s, including all members of the Conservative Party of this age. Conservative Future is the largest youth political organisation in the UK. The organisation is all about involving young people in politics and addressing the issues that matter to them. Membership fees for the Conservative Future Society costs £5. Our society in five words; Welcoming, friendly, engaging, fun & active.

sector but again every member may have a differing view on how this should be done. graduate jobs

Everyone knows the graduate job market is suffering and each member has their own view, meaning there is not really a view which can represent the society.

UWE UKIP Independent State Here at UWE UK Independence

As with the EU, views will differ between members. However, the society does support the main party’s policy which is to have a cap on economic migration from outside of the EU, as of course we have no control on migration within the EU due to the freedom of movement.

Party, we welcome you all to come along to our meetings, whether it is to join our society or just for a chat. We listen to all opinions, have lively discussions and provide an open and friendly environment. We have selected the smallest charge possible of £3.00 for our joining fee, to encourage people to come along and contribute. We believe that Britain has the right to govern itself and create its own laws. Thus, UKIP believes that leaving the EU is of the utmost importance. The EU controls immigration as well as Business and Employment, Financial Services, Fishing, Farming, Law and Order, Energy and Trade and they plan to control our Foreign Affairs and Tax system. How can this be a good thing when we did not give our consent to being part of a European State? At UWE UK Independence Party we are proud of Britain’s reputation as the cradle of modern Democracy and Liberty. However, we feel that our great democracy is being eroded by the unelected officials in Brussels. Our society in five words; “Forever is composed of nows” — Emily Dickinson.

the middle east

immigration

Overall the society would support a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine where Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and harmony with one another.

The UK has been built on immigration which has brought many benefits to the country, however UKIP are against an unsustainable level of immigration during these tough times. While Government budgets are cut, the influx of immigrants’ places strains on services such as the NHS, education and housing.

the european union

I would say that the society believes there should be an EU referendum, however there may not be a consensus on whether we should leave. However the Conservative party’s view which members may share is that we should play a leading role within the EU but it does also need reform, and this includes a renegotiation of the UK’s place within the EU, including something called a referendum lock, if we remain within the EU after the planned referendum in 2017. immigration

benefits and the welfare state

The society does support the government’s welfare cap, although in other areas of the system there may be differing views. student fees

Members may have differing views but would support the idea of students and graduates putting something towards the cost of their study. public sector cuts

Overall the society would support some cuts to the public

the european union

Unlike the other disingenuous parties, we fully support a referendum on our EU membership. Officials in Brussels dictate 75% of our laws: we did not vote for these individuals and we cannot remove them, this is undemocratic and unacceptable. student fees

The UK Independence Party

would charge EU students the same amount as non EU students. This would bring in more money, which would be used to lower the cost to British students and invest in Universities as a whole. UKIP would abolish student loans, replacing them with grants. public sector cuts

We recognise cuts are essential during these times, but investment is critical to recovery and growth. While doing this, bureaucracy and red tape must be removed to ensure efficiency in public sector services such as the NHS and local government. UKIP would increase military expenditure, as the Armed Forces are under-equipped. benefits and the welfare state

The UK Independence Party would give people free dental checkups and eye care. We also believe that benefits should not be given to foreign nationals upon their arrival, this means creating a system that requires individuals to pay into, before receiving benefits. the middle east

The UK Independence Party’s policy on the Middle East differs from the mainstream parties, we want to avoid involvement in Syria. This is to prevent the UK from being forced into spending tax payers money on a foreign conflict and causing more instability in the region. graduate jobs market

To provide a brighter future for students we want to reduce red tape to create more growth and jobs in the economy, strengthening the private sector thus presenting more opportunities to graduates to find appropriate, long term employment.

UWE Fem. Society Fighting Oppression The UWE Feminist Society fight against the oppression of women and work towards the overthrowing of patriarchy. We campaign against various forms of systemic sexism on a national and international level. We meet up once a week for an hour to discuss various issues, followed by a consciousness raising group. There are many varying opinions based around the oppression of women and ways we can overthrow male domination, so anybody is welcome, including men. Check out our Facebook page. Everyone is welcome! —­  Western eye comment@westerneye.net


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whether you’re a fresher or an existing student, there is a wide variety of sports society’s people can join. Additionally, if you have played a sport before university and wanted to continue your development whilst studying, or if you just wanted to try a new sport, the sports societies at UWE are always looking to take new members on. It’s always good to have increased competition or a greater social dynamic within the society. There are currently 38 sport societies that you can join, with

all of them being represented at the Freshers’ Fayre 20th September at the ECC. Of course, more widely played sports such as football and rugby will be represented, but there will also be a chance to learn about other sports you may not have tried or even heard of before. The price to join each society/club can vary with costs dependent on the price of equipment, sportswear, transport as well as other costs for each particular sport. For those of a competitive nature, the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) are

held throughout the year, where the major sports are contested between different universities from across the UK. Therefore, if you’re good enough at your respective sport, you may have the opportunity to represent UWE. In addition, many sports are contested in the Varsity series. Varsity is where UWE and the University of Bristol compete against each other for bragging rights in the city. The rivalry can sometimes be evident off the pitch as well as on the pitch, especially during the sports events nightclubs hold every Wednesday after the match! Joining a society can be very easy. Once you have decided upon the sport you wish to pursue, there are just a few steps you need to complete. Firstly in order to take part in any club sport a ‘Sports Passport’ needs to be purchased. This

Here is a list of all the current sport societies/clubs you can join this year:

team outdoor

>> >> >> >> >> >>

UWE varsity Men’s Hockey 2013

individual outdoor

>> >> >> >> >>

Athletics Polo Riding Skydive Snowsports

American Football Cricket Men’s/Women’s Football Hockey Lacrosse Men’s/Women’s Rugby Union

individual indoor

>> Dance >> Squash >> Trampoline

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Sports societies

>Join > in, make friends and reveal your competitive edge costs approximately £20 (price yet to be finalised). The passport essentially covers your insurance, as well as contributing funds to your chosen club. Physiotherapy is also included within the passport scheme if you are struggling with a persistent injury. The maintenance and purchasing of new sports equipment will

further help to develop your progress within the sport. If by the off-chance there isn’t a society for your favourite sport, why don’t you start your own sport society by logging online to the UWESU website and clicking ’Sports’.

watersports

team indoor

outdoor pursuit

>> >> >> >> >> >> >>

>> >> >> >> >>

>> Climbing >> Gliding

Boat Canoe Sailing Surf Swimming & Waterpolo Windsurf & Kite Sub Aqua

racket

>> Badminton >> Tennis

Basketball Cheerleading Netball Ultimate Frisbee Vollyeyball

combat

>> >> >> >>

Boxing, Fencing Jiu Jitsu & Tae Kwon Do Kickboxing

—­ george beard sports@westerneye.net

Alternatively you can found your own sport society by logging online to the UWESU website and clicking ‘Sports’

Get involved at the Centre for Sport

>Because > apparently, exercise is a good hangover cure! About the UWE centre for sport uwe’s centre for sport is the central hub for sports and fitness on Frenchay Campus. There is an almost unlimited amount of sporting activities to take part in at UWE, with the Centre for Sport hosting many of the facilities. The quality of the centre can best be demonstrated through the recognition it received from the Kenyan Athletes, who used it as their base for the London 2012 Olympics. The facilities at the Centre include: astro-turf pitch, sports hall, squash courts, climbing

wall as well as a gym and fitness suite. Furthermore, you don’t have to be a member of a club to use the facilities as they can be hired out for recreational use too. There is also shop at the centre. The Centre for Sport can be found between the Mendip and Cotswold Courts towards the North entrance of the university. If you are living on campus this year, gym membership comes included with the cost of your rent. Otherwise, the cost for a student gym-only membership is just £180 for the year. However, to get the best value out of the Centre for Sports, students are recommended to buy the Active Card Membership.

This membership includes full use of the gym at the Centre for Sport, fitness classes, hire of badminton and squash courts, table tennis and the climbing wall. A 1 year pass costs £215 for students, but if you want to commit for the duration of a 3 year course, the cost is £430. Choosing the 3 year option therefore will become better value throughout your time at UWE. Obviously, if you join a sports club/society you will have the benefit of using the facilities at the centre, whether you are training hard at the gym or breaking sweat on the pitch! A variety of sports classes are also on hand to offer guidance

UWE’s Centre for Sport

and expertise. Fitness classes are available to suit all levels and abilities. Zumba, Pilates and Circuits are just a few that the Centre currently offers. The centre for sport can also be used as a great tool to enhance your all-important C.V. Coaching courses are run at the centre, giving you the chance to earn recognised qualifications for different aspects of sport. Different courses are available to suit everyone’s preference, such as the chance to earn the Community Sports Leader Award or a Sportability qualification, where ideas and strategies of how to include those who are disabled in sport are taught.

Volunteering is also an opportunity that the Centre for Sport is keen to offer. The EDGE Sports Volunteering Programme offers a host of sports related volunteering opportunities for students and staff to get involved in. So there is little excuse for anyone not to take advantage of this tremendous facility. Competitive prices, quality sports equipment and the chance to learn and build relationships with other people make the Centre for Sport a very attractive option to use. —­ george beard sports@westerneye.net

Western Eye 09.13  –  Issue 01 joining societies at UWE is a fantastic way to meet people with the same interests, get more out on university, and learn new skills and most importantly having a good time! UWE Students Union is the home to some of the most active and largest student societies in the country. Some Societies may differ in terms of its price of membership and the commitment of its members but most societies will require regular meetings of its members once a week. 1 in 3 students participate annually in activities here at UWE and the Passports are your gateway to joining one of the many Sports and Societies we have on offer. The passports provides comprehensive insurance through our BUCS Platinum Police, therefore you must purchase a society passport in order to trial your chosen society. All of the Societies will prepare promotion stands and displays and will take names of new students wishing to join at the Freshers’ Fair. There are a huge amount of choices when it comes to societies from course and academic societies to music, media and technology to political and campaigning to special interest societies, however if you would UWE Students Union offers a wide range of different ways for students to get involved with the UWE student community – one excellent method in particular is through our student networks. Student Networks are groups of like-minded students who share similar identities, cultures and beliefs through a fun and inclusive social environment. There are currently 23 different student Networks for new students to get involved with to elevate your UWE student experience! There are many different types of student Networks, however if there is no Network that caters for you Culture, Belief or Identity you are able to create your own Network through the UWE SU website. cultural and social networks

Student Culture Networks are hugely popular with our international student community and being the category with the most amount of Networks and free to join, the Students Union can cater for its diverse population. With students from all over the world there are networks that provide a home from home to foster their identity and culture. For example the Somali students Network does just this and acts as a forum to bring Somalis together to co-ordinate social

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the fr esher s’ editio n like to create your own society you may do so by applying via the UWE Students Union website. academic societies

Many courses and faculties will have an academic Society which will provide a place for students to get together and debate and discuss topics related to their studies and to give advice to younger years as well as organise social events and networking opportunities. For example the History society this academic year will be organising an end of year trip which will take 40 of its members to the City of Prague! Throughout the year the Society will be hosting a variety of course related activities such lectures held at the UWE Regional History Centre at the Mshed. Another example of a forward thinking academic society is the

UWE Trading and Investment Society which encourages its members to gain a greater understanding of the financial world through the introduction of a virtual money fund, run entirely by its student and encourages its members to use the theory taught in the classroom and put it into practice to consolidate their learning. music, media and tech societies

Music, Media and Technology societies are for any students regardless of which course they are on, and regardless of any musical or technological ability. This type of society includes Live Music, Hub Radio, Film, Online Gaming and UWE Tube. Again, regardless of your ability the Live Music Society welcomes all students whether they can play any musical instrument or just appreciates music.

Winners of the Most Improved Society Award 2013 this society can offer a place for students to meet up with like-minded people to further their skills and interests, also offering the opportunities to go to gigs, open mic nights and socials in town. Whether you are a novice radio DJ or simply interested in radio broadcast, Hub Radio is the place to be! The station has many things to offer, from presenting your own show to getting involved with running Hub Radio events and promoting the station. You don’t have to present your own show in this society, you can co-present on an existing show or help out in marketing, events interviews, the technical aspects, and so on. SPECIAL INTEREST SOCIETIES

Special

interest

societies

Join a society…

are for everything else that does not come under any of the above categories. These societies consist of some of the most alternative such as the UWE Bar School, which teaches its members everything there is to know about alcoholic drink and get involved in some Bar Flairthe manipulation of ingredients and equipment in the art of making drinks. They’ll also show its members the best places to eat and drink around Bristol and head into Europe for the society annual trip. Other Special interest societies consists the likes of the UWE Paintball Society for student who are looking for something different, whether it be at tournament level or beginners. New members will get the opportunity to use high quality professional equipment training sessions to get a more adrenaline fueled experience. The society also holds regular socials in the city centre for its members to relax and have fun especially after big deadlines! If any students are unable to attend the Freshers’ Fair, you will be able to join any society via the UWE Students Union web page and contact the Society president if you have any questions. —­  OLLIE HICKS news@westerneye.net

Network which is open for all students, staff and members of the community within Bristol. UWE Nigerian Network

religious networks

Or a network

>The > best way to meet people who share similar interests activity and promote opportunities to its members through working with the university to help new students adapt and integrate into university like and in the UK in general. Similarly the Hong Kong students Network ensure that students from Hong Kong get the most out of their university life through organising a wide range of activities during the academic year and have access to discounts on selected restaurants and shops in Bristol. Especially for new students this is a great way to get to meet other members, and the Network will be able to provide help if its students have any problems with settling into life in Bristol.

equality, social and support

platform for students to network Equality, Social and Support and signpost services available Networks are in place in order through Disability Services where to raise awareness of poten- students can access opportunitial university based issues and ties such as additional funding, provide support for students note-takers, mentoring and study regardless of Gender, Sexual skills support. Other supportive Orientation, Disability, Race and student Networks include UWE’s Age. These types of Networks in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and particular the Disabled Students Trans) Network, OutUWE, which Campaign focus on reaching promotes equality and diversity developmental steps to meet across the board while working requirements such as flexi- closely with contacts both within ble and equal education to all, the university and outside. The Network deals with awareness to disabled students` campaigns, exam support and issues that affect LGBT students the development of sporting directly and indirectly as well activities that the university and generally raising awareness through Bristol Pride and events needs to cater for its students. The Disabled Students` such as LGBT History Month. OutUWE is a highly active Campaign itself also offers a

The University holds students from many diverse backgrounds and Religious Networks are put in place by students for students, that are a part of a particular faith, in order to create a home away from home. There are many faiths at UWE of which there is an opportunity for students to create a Network which creates a voice to the Students Union for that religion, or for students to join one of many existing religious networks already in place. Many of these Networks will take part in raising awareness of their respective Networks and raise funds for charities. The Hindu Network raised funds last year for its network by giving Henna tattoos to students for a small donation. Additionally they holds prayers every week in the Octagon where they aim to promote Hinduism in a fun and student friendly way through quizzes, debates, social events and much more. All new students will be able join at the UWE Fresher’s fair in the ECC on the 20th September 2013 and online via the UWE Student’s Union website.


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Western Eye 09.13  –  Issue 01

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Freshers’ Week EVENTS — Coming to university is an exhilarating adventure and it really kicks off with the Students’ Union’s Freshers’ Week. It’s packed with awesome activities and entertainment aimed to help you meet new people, try out new interests and give you some unforgettable memories

Main e ve n t s Fr i d a y

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Sunda

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Monda

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International Students’ Welcome Fair 11am – 3pm Red Bar

* UWE Welcome Party 8pm – 3am Frenchay Campus [Freshers’ 2013 takes over Frenchay Campus + Radio 1 special guest]

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Other

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White T-shirt Party 8pm – 11pm Glenside Student Centre

St. Matt’s goes to Glenside Why not visit your neighbours?

Glenside Welcome Party 8pm – 11pm Glenside Student Centre

St. Matt’s Welcome Party 8pm – 11pm St. Matt’s bar

* Jungly Party 10pm – 3am at The Bunker £5 Tickets [Get ready for a wild night!]

Acoustic Chill 8pm – 1am Red Bar

Glenside Quiz Night 8pm – 10.30pm Glenside Student Centre

St. Matt’s Live Music 8pm – 10.30pm St. Matt’s bar

* Epik 10pm – 3am at Pryzm £6 Tickets [A new venue, a new nightclub, EPIK]

Devon Shores 9pm – 3am Red Bar £3 Tickets

Beach Party 8pm – 11pm Glenside Student Centre

School Disco 8pm – 11pm St. Matt’s Campus

Welcome Hog Roast 11.30am – 2.30pm Bower Ashton

y 17 t h Sept

* Where’s Wally vs. Smurfs 10pm – 3am at 02 Academy £6 Tickets [The year’s biggest clash of the cartoons]

The Lock-In 9pm – 3am Red Bar & Escape

Anything But Clothes 8pm – 11pm Glenside Campus

St. Matt’s Karaoke Night 8pm – 11pm St. Matt’s Campus

Bad Milk 10pm — 3am Thekla £5 Ticket

s d ay 1 8th Se pt

Extra Time 10pm – 3am Mbargo Lounge £4 Tickets

* Club Noche Ibiza Beach Party

Pyjama Pub Crawl 6pm – late Glenside to City Centre

St. Matt’s Quiz Night 8pm – 11pm St. Matt’s Campus

Reload 10pm — 3am Basement45 £5 Ticket

* Pyjama Party 10pm – 3am at Syndicate £6 Tickets [Pyjama & onesie fashion parade!]

Comedy Night 8pm – 11pm Frenchay Campus £5 Ticket

Glenside Karaoke Night 8pm – 11pm Glenside Campus

St. Matt’s Open Mic Night 8pm – 11pm St. Matt’s Campus

Bower Thirsty Thursday 4pm – 8pm Bower Ashton bar

* Delight 10pm – 3am at Bunker £5 Tickets [DJs throw down an awesome dance set]

One Fifty Friday — Foam Party 10pm – 3am [£1.50 entry & £1.50 drinks]

One Fifty Friday — Open Mic Night 8pm – 11pm Glenside Campus

Casino Royale 8pm – 11pm St. Matt’s Campus

y 16th Sept

Tu e s d a

We d n e

* White T-Shirt Party 8pm – 3am Frenchay Campus bars [pick up a free t-shirt & bring a pen]

Fr e n c h

ay 1 9 t h Sept

20th S ept

ay 21 s t Sept

10pm – 3am Red Bar £5 Tickets [Beach vibes & Ibiza dance DJs]

UWE Freshers’ Closing Party 2013 Frenchay Campus [Advanced tickets; £19 or PINK & YELLOW wristbands]

Main events are marked with an asterisk [*] For more information on all our Freshers’ events visit: uwesu.org/freshers


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Th e f res h ers ’ ed i tio n

Where to go in Bristol

>Bristol > is a vibrant and thriving city with so much to offer, here are some of the best places to visit whilst you’re here

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Culture The Arnolfini

WITH five exhibition spaces, The Arnolfini homes a range of different forms of contemporary art and exhibitions; from visual pieces and instalments to showcases of experimental dance, there is always something interesting going on. Positioned on the waterfront it’s easy to get to and they often put on workshops to rouse your creative inspiration, so keep your eyes peeled! >> Entrance—Free museum and art gallery

With 19 galleries spread over three floors, featuring everything from ancient artefacts, including Britain’s best-preserved dinosaurs, to a beautiful glass gallery, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is a haven for all things historic and cultural. Whether you’re a fine art fanatic or just fancy a change of scenery from the four walls of your flat, this place makes for a fascinating and affordable day out. >> Entrance—Free

The Arnolfini in Bristol City Centre: heikoworld

M Shed

If galleries and museums

aren’t usually your kind of thing then the M Shed could be the cultural alternative you’re looking for. With cutting edge exhibitions focused around anything from Banksy to vintage fashion, this isn’t your regular museum, but rather a sanctuary of memories and stories revealing the history and background of Bristol. Located on the dockside and baring the original features of the former 1950s transit shed the M Shed is difficult to miss and is well worth a visit while you’re here. >> Entrance—Free

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Zaza Bazaar Bristol: sparklesandcrumbs

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery: staticflickr

Restaurants

Atomic Burger

Zaza bazaar

The SpyGlass

Pie minister

Going out for a meal needn’t be a rigid, formal affair, which is why Atomic Burger have pushed the boundaries of boring dining with their bright and dynamic restaurant that resembles stepping into a comic book. With superheroes plastered across the walls, toys dangling from the ceiling and burgers filled with anything from Frazzles crisps to red onion marmalade, this will be an experience you’ll never forget. And if you’re feeling brave enough, why not attempt their ‘Fallout Challenge’, consisting of a triple burger stack and fries smothered in an XXX hot sauce! >> Burgers from £6.75 >> Mains from £7

If you’ve got a rumbling tummy then Za Za Bazaar is the place to be. From burgers, to pizzas, to curries, to noodles, to fajitas, to sushi, to salads, to cakes, you name it—they’ve got it! With nearly 30 different stands to help yourself from and almost every cuisine from nationalities around the world there is something to suit every taste, no matter how fussy you are. This bustling and visually exciting restaurant can seat up to 1,000 hungry guests per sitting, so book your place and join in with the fun! >> All you can eat from £8.99

Don’t forget to check out this fun and cheerful boat restaurant on the Welsh Back while the sun is still around. Menu includes delicious steaks, fresh grilled fish and appetising salads, all in a very non-pretentious cosy setting complete with blankets and cushions should the evening turn cool. In the day, enjoy homemade ice-cream in a variety of flavours on the outside terrace whilst looking out onto the beautiful harbour. In the evenings, fairy lights are switched on to give the whole restaurant a charming feel. >> Mains from £7

Despite now being a national chain, Bristol is the birth town of pie paradise, Pie Minister, so if you’ve never tried one then get yourself down to their Stokes Croft shop and revel in their hearty glory. With a wide range of flavours and trimmings to pick from and fresh, locally sourced ingredients you certainly won’t be disappointed with these award winning beauties. >> Pies from £3.50 >> All you can eat from £8.99

The M Shed: bristolgov

Entertainment

Bristol Zoo Gardens: wikimedia

the lane

laser fusion

bristol zoo gardens

This is a great night out if you want something a bit different to the usual student club nights around Bristol. Each Saturday (except for the last of every month) The Lanes transforms from a bowling alley to a vintage rock & roll night of indie anthems and ‘60s garage beats. Each night starts off with a live band or two followed by hours of great music until 3am. Guaranteed fun. >> Entry from £4

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a bit of laser quest. Running through a dark maze, pumped with adrenaline, wearing a target pack and shooting your mates with a laser gun— what could be better? This arena is located in the heart of the city centre and is open till late every night, so it makes for a great alternative option for birthdays/ special occasions. Game on! >> Games from £5.95

Enjoy the great outdoors by heading down to Bristol Zoo Gardens in Clifton. There are over 18 enclosures homing every shape and size of animal, all surrounded by the picturesque gardens and exotic displays. Meet the monkeys, be entertained by the penguins and even feed the Lorikeets; if you’re after a fun day out then look no further. >> Entrance from £12.27 —­  Jill Alger and Milenka Stevens artsandfashion@westerneye.net


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Th e f res h ers ’ ed i tio n

What’s on in Bristol

>There’s > always something going on in Bristol, you definitely won’t be bored this semester. Here are a few events for your diary that are not to be missed! Student lock-in, brought to you by total student

Round up, round up, for this October Bristol will see the return of the UK’s BIGGEST student shopping event! For one night only Cabot Circus will be taken over by students, and with many brands offering one-off discounts, giveaways and competitions, all set amongst a buzzing atmosphere of live music, bars, games and entertainment, this is an event that’s sure to bring the crowds in. Last year 17,500 students turned up to the event at Cabot Circus and 150,000 students attended the Lock-in events at 21 university cities UK wide, so this year is set to be BIG. To take advantage of the amazing offers available, make sure you pre-register for

this event online at www.studentlockin.com, and don’t forget to take your confirmation email and student card with you! >> When: 14 October, 6-9pm >> Where: Cabot Circus >> Entry: Free

accessories and jewellery! Enjoy a selection of cakes at the

from vintage experts and have your garments altered to fit you perfectly. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is the WINNER of BEST VINTAGE FAIR IN THE UK—we’ll be there, will you? >> When: 21 September, 11-5pm >> Where: The Passenger Shed (next to Temple Meads train station). >> Entry: £2

Studentlockin

Lou Lou’s bristol vintage fair

Step back in time and come and join in with the frivolities at the UK’s largest roaming vintage fair; exhibiting six decades of men’s and women’s clothing,

vintage tea party or get a fabulous vintage makeover at the hair & beauty salon. It’s not all shopping though, as the day will then be followed by performances of fantastic live music. There’s also a handy onsite stylist & alteration station so you can get tips

Brisfest: WesternEye

The brisfest

Returning for the seventh year

running, this not-for-profit festival in Ashton Court is looking to be another memorable weekend! With a strong social mission of raising money to support local artists and struggling members of the community, this festival has a large fan base and an extremely welcoming vibe. Although the line-up isn’t quite on par with Glasto, tickets aren’t expensive and there are over 15 stages, fairground rides, street art and lots of yummy food stalls to get stuck into so you’ll still be guaranteed a fun and colourful weekend. >> When: 21–22 September >> Where: Ashton Court >> Entry: £35 Advance Weekend —­  Jill Alger and Milenka Stevens artsandfashion@westerneye.net

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The guide to Bristol’s cinema

>Have > to see the latest release? Here are cinemas to suit your budget and taste Cinema is by no means a small part of Bristol Such a prevalent art-form

has always had a place, and played its part, within one of the country’s most historical and cultural cities. There are several places to go in the city if you feel yourself fancying some cinematic entertainment or are in need of therapeutic cure for a freshers’ hangover. Or perhaps, like me, you are an absolute cinephile and wish to experience films in as many different settings as you can. There are gigantic multiplexes here, as well as tiny independent film houses; some are very old, while others are sparkly new. If you’re new to the city, Bristol can be a daunting place to navigate at first, so here is a handy guide to its cinemas, one by one; where they are, how much they cost, what makes them individual (or not), and why you should visit them. Happy film-watching! The watershed

Friday 20th September

The ECC, UWE Frenchay Campus

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Why go? The Watershed is Bristol’s go-to cinema for independent, art-house and world cinema releases. It does far more than simply screen films however, as it plays host to a smorgasbord of multi-media, creative and cultural events. As well as featuring a café/bar area that acts as a social hub to some of the city’s creative minds, it has strong ties with UWE, and for the past several years it has kindly allowed UWE’s film and media students to showcase their creative outputs on the big screen. Where? Bristol Harbourside, near Za Za Bazaar, down the hill from Park Street. How much? £5.50 for adult tickets before 4pm and £8.00 after. No 3D facilities available. How big? 3 screens with roughly 200 seats each. Parking? There are two parking lots within a comfortable walking distance. A cheap multi-storey on Trenchard

Street and a slightly closer but really expensive one near the Aquarium. Student Discount? Yes, valid NUS or UWE student card will get you roughly a 20% discount. Showing in September: What Maisie Knew, Plein Soleil, Lovelace, Upstream Colour, more TBC

Watershed: Crack Magazine

The cube microplex

Why go? If you can manage to find it, The Cube offers a very cosy and welcoming atmosphere that couldn’t be much further from the glossy sheen of Showcase or high commercialism of Vue. As an independent cinema (it doesn’t even own the building it’s in), it doesn’t feature the standard programming, but plays almost whatever its many volunteer staff members feel like playing. Expect old classics, cult treats, themed nights, and occasionally the new release. It has also become the spiritual home of UWE’s very own Bristol Radical film festival, which has staged its closing weekend there for the past two years. Where? Just off Dove Street in Stokes Croft. The Cinema is hidden away behind a pub. How Much? Possibly the cheapest cinema in the city— standard tickets are £5.00 and rarely vary. However due to its anarchist outlook, some exceptions are met for those who can’t afford a ticket: the homeless, asylum seekers, donors, or potential volunteers. All of whom will be given a discounted or even a free ticket if they want one. How big? 1 screen with less

The Arnolfini cinema: heikoworld

than 200 seats. Parking? Nearby parking in the street is sometimes available. Student Discount? Yes, any form of student ID or NUS card will get you a small discount. Showing in September: The World’s End, WADJDA, Dredd, Frances HA, more TBC.

Barry Sykes: ‘It must be told.’, Edwin Burdis: The Fruit Machine (a painting & an opera), Open Dialogues: NOTA, Forest Fringe: Paper Stages, 4 Days: Curtain Call.

The Arnolfini

The orpheus

Why go? Only showing the odd film now and then, and usually only obscure or independent art-house films, The Arnolfini could be considered a part-time cinema. However it is a full time beating cultural heart of the city, functioning as a cultural hub, heritage centre, art museum and exhibition centre. Like The Watershed it has close ties with UWE, and some of its lecturers can regularly be spotted there. Don’t let its prestigious grandeur daunt you, the entry is free and its staff are extremely friendly. Where? On the harbour side, just off of Prince Street. How much? Even though it counts as a cinema, films aren’t The Arnolfini’s main focus and it only occasionally shows them. Prices vary—some are free, but are on average £5 before any discounts. General access to the building is always free. No 3D facilities available. How big? While it only has one cinema screen (that doubles as a theatre), the Arnolfini is still quite big, housing five exhibition spaces, an auditorium, reading room and more! Parking? There are some spaces for disabled visitors outside the building, but other than that the closest parking is the newly built parking lot behind the M Shed. Student Discount? Yes, most forms of student I.D will get you a small discount of 10%-15% on film screenings. However The Arnolfini’s connection with UWE means it sometimes hosts screenings curated by its lecturers, for which a UWE student I.D card will get you in for free. Showing in September: Yorgos Sapountzis: The Protagonists, Ian Hamilton Finlay Weekend,

Why go? Possibly Bristol’s least known cinema, The Orpheus is part of the ‘Scott Cinemas’ national chain, so is sometimes known as Scott Cinemas Bristol. One downside that must be mentioned is that its numerous internal and external staircases make it inaccessible for wheelchair users. But those willing to reach this out-of-the-way cinema will find one of the cheapest places to watch newly released films in the city. Where? Northumbria Drive, Westbury Park. How much? Adult tickets are £3.30 on Mondays and £5 every other day. 3D films are £4.80 on Mondays and £6.50 every other day. 3D glasses are free. How big? 3 screens with roughly 100 seats each. Parking? The Orpheus has no car park of its own, but free parking is available in the nearby Waitrose car park after 7pm. Before then parking can usually be found in the numerous nearby streets. Be warned that parking in Waitrose before 7pm as an Orpheus customer may incur a fine. Student Discount? Yes, a valid NUS card with an expiry date will get you a huge 30% discount. Showing in September: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, About Time, Diana, We’re the Millers, Elysium. Showcase Cabot de Lux/Avonmeads

from. Avonmeads is long established (and looks it too), housing the largest number of screens of any cinema in the city. While the two Showcases offer a similar film-going environment, the younger ‘de Lux’ has its older version trumped on comfort and sheer grandeur... if that’s your kind of thing. Where is it? The ‘de Lux’ is on the third floor of Cabot Circus right in the city’s centre. The other one is in Avonmeads near Brislington, located near a bowling alley and an all-night take-take out Krispy Kreme. How much is it? At £7.50 £8.80 for an adult ticket for a 2D film depending on what time of day you go and £9.60 - £10.90 for a 3D film - with an added £1 for a pair of 3D glasses if you don’t have any – Showcase isn’t cheap. In the de Lux, a special, super luxurious ‘directors lounge’ screen is available for use for an extra £5 per ticket. How big is it? Cabot Circus de Lux has 13 screens across two floors. Avonmeads has 14 screens all on one floor. Is there parking? Cabot Circus is connected to a large multilevel parking lot via a bridge that charges roughly £1.50 an hour. Avonmeads has hundreds of on-location spaces that are free. Student Discount? Yes, a valid NUS card with an expiry date (Showcase staff are quite hot on this) will you get you roughly a 15% —­ cole underwood comment@westerneye.net

showcase

Why go? Showcase Avonmeads, one of the city’s oldest multiplex cinemas, was until recently the only Showcase. But the creation of Showcase de Lux – now the city’s newest – means there are two to choose

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Bristol nightlife

Western Eye 09.13  –  Issue 01

Freshers’ flu? Get to the doctors!

>A > selection of Bristol’s top clubs, pubs and music venues

Freshers’ week is here and I’m sure there are many more things on your mind than joining the doctors However true this may be, it’s vital you stop for two seconds and register if you plan on making it out of university alive. No but really, it’s worth registering pretty quickly, as without registration you will not be seen unless in a case of emergency. As a student at UWE there are helpful services right on your doorstep! The University Health Centre is situated on Frenchay Campus at number 23, Carroll Court. It works in conjunction with The Old School Surgery over on Manor Road in Fishponds, which is right next to St Matts’ Campus. All UWE students can register with both services, and once you are registered with the Old School Surgery you are

Oceana Bristol: Localworld

Thekla: 24/7 Mag

So you’ve got your grades and secured your university place the perils and the pitfalls of dealing with student finance and you’ve moved into your digs for the next year, already striking up a friendship with a flat of complete strangers. Now it’s time to acquaint yourself with the city that you’re going to call home for the next three years. What better way to do that than by exploring what it has to offer in terms of nightlife, culture and fun. Bristol is possibly one of the UK’s most vibrantly diverse cities when it comes to music. With a infamous reputation for its 90‘s ‘Trip-Hop’ scene that spawned the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead, Bristol is still at the forefront of electronic music, with a blossoming live scene as well. In a 2012 survey by the Performing Right Society, Bristol was voted the most musical city in the UK, based on its you’ve

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automatically registered with the Health Centre which is handy. For directions to the health centre visit the link below. This article will also provide you with the link to an online registration form, and once you are registered all your records will be moved from your doctors’ surgery at home to UWE’s health services. If you want to be able to visit your home doctors surgery when at home you will be able to register as a temporary patient. All the more reason to register here in Bristol, believe me; there’s nothing worse than being ill in halls. Alternatively you can do what I did in my first year and register with a local GP in Bristol. There

are services all over which the NHS direct website will help you find- simply enter your postcode. This is ideal if you are based in the city centre and have no contact with Frenchay Campus or St Matthias. The University services are pretty flexible; you only need to book a routine appointment up to 5 days ahead. UWE’s health services also offer urgent appointments, promising that if there are no appointments available a clinician will call you back and endeavor to arrange one. Alongside the normal opening hours (see below), the services offer a night doctor on call in the case of emergency. For other situations that may occur outside of opening hours visit the “Urgent Medical Care” page (see below). Alongside the health centre and the surgery, UWE offer other

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health and wellbeing services that are of great use to many existing students. The Wellbeing Service offers counselling and mental health support which is incredibly important in the course of personal development as a student. The Octagon offers the relaxation of a social lounge, Quiet Room, Reflection room and Muslim Prayer rooms. For sexual health the link below will provide you with information on the services the health centre provides, and will link you towards your local sexual health clinic. Lastly, the UWE website provides information on staying healthy at university, and a link to the NHS direct website. Whichever services you

choose, make sure they will meet your needs as a student at UWE, whether you’re living away from home or commuting to lectures. Don’t forget to sign up, you’ll enjoy freshers’ even more knowing you’re covered if you get ill. For more information, advice and links to relevant websites or registration visit this link: www.uwe.ac.uk/ students/healthandwellbeing/ universityhealthcentre.aspx

Rehab: Bristolnightclub

population size, with more musicians here than anywhere else in the country and Bristol’s healthy live music circuit is a welcome reminder of this. No matter what your taste in music, you’re sure to find a venue in Bristol that reflects it. If you’re a dedicated follower of new music or a budding musician looking to get involved in the Bristol music industry, venues like The Louisiana, Exchange and the Fleece are for you. The Louisiana is the best place to watch the latest, breaking acts when they reach Bristol. In it’s lifetime, it’s hosted some illustrious names; including The Libertines, Bloc Party and Arctic Monkeys, all before they’ve hit the mainstream and gone on to achieve wider success. In short, it’s the perfect place to find the cult bands of tomorrow. The Fleece is likewise a great place to watch more established touring bands when they hit Bristol and the Exchange (sister venue to the recently deceased Croft, R.I.P) is one of the best venues to catch a mixture of local bands

and breaking, touring bands. If conventional venues aren’t your thing, then check out the Thekla or Start the Bus. Possibly Bristol’s most famous venue, Thekla is a boat and a floating club. It’s home to a genuine Banksy on it’s side, and during the day it plays host to a range of touring bands, at night becoming one of the greatest nightclubs in Bristol. Thekla seems to embody Bristol’s grimy, post-nautical spirit. Similarly, Start the Bus is also a great venue to try if you aren’t a fan of standing on a sticky floor in a cramped, hot gig venue. In the centre of the city, Start the Bus is a restaurant and bar during the day and a venue and club come nighttime. Host to the latest touring indie and electronica, the music at Start the Bus is decidedly modern and hip. It’s a great place to catch new bands in an intimate setting. If you’d rather explore Bristol’s thriving club scene, then you’ve got a similarly diverse range of choice. If you’re a diehard fan of dub, DnB, and electronica then Motion or Lakota is the

club for you. If you prefer a more mainstream music chart and a generally cheaper night out, then Syndicate or Oceana (soon to become ‘Pryzm’) are your best options. If you’re looking for a happy medium, then head to somewhere like Bunker, Timbuk2 or Rehab (yes, there’s actually a club called that). All host a range of different nights catered to students across the week. Bristol also has a vibrant gay scene. Clubs like OMG and Bent host student nights on Wednesdays with a range of drinks deals and the Exchange regularly hosts the famed EastLondon night, ‘Sink the Pink’; replete with eye-searingly dazzling cross-dressing and indie-disco. If you can think of it, there’s a good chance Bristol has it. If nights out don’t really appeal to, then why not explore the amazingly varied pubs that Bristol’s home to? Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road have a great collection of independent pubs like The Gallimaufry and Golden Lion with cheapish drinks

for students, and in the centre there’s a bewilderingly massive array of drinking establishments to immerse yourself in; far too many to try and list here. Whatever sort of nightlife you’re into, I can assure you that you’ll probably be able to find it somewhere in Bristol. Get out there and start exploring; that’s what the first year is for.

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—­ chris fear music@westerneye.net

Jobshop is the answer Register online at www.uwesu.org/jobshop

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Photography and artwork I would label myself a witch before an artist but in short I’d simply say

that I am a person who makes images. I feel that one of the purposes of creative practice is to stumble into the foggy avenues of idea spaces, perception and the deepest self in order to communicate ideas in all their infinite forms and possibilities. I believe that the primary ingredients of nature and reality, that being all matter and energy that we may or may not be able to distinguish, are chaos and potential. Endeavoring to recognize the temporary fleeting nature of forms, the fluxion, fractal qualities of the universe and the infinite possibilities of everything is necessary in order to be able to identify basic truths before they get convoluted by the human condition. Speaking of convolution, I’ll cut to the chase before I start ranting and rambling. Quite recently I reached a break in consciousness that resulted in me questioning the point behind art. Drawing has always been my thing; it’s what made me unique, and so what? What is the point of anything?

The primary conclusions I reached as to the purpose of making images is to communicate ideas that will enlighten and nourish other human beings, in all their chaos and potential, and to fight tooth and nail against the constant exposure to deceptive, damaging and corrupt images on the corners of every street and every mind. huangpu Special

This is an editorial illustration to accompany an article found in the Guardian which detailed the appearance of hundreds of dead pigs found floating in a Shanghai river.

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This image is a quick study of fictional character idea. I liked the idea of trying to convey UV light in a mystic’s den and I like the result. The subject was based on the actress Mary Jackson from the film The Exorcist III: Legion.

The Mystic: Tom Walker

UWE’s Centre for Research

in Biosciences produces a wealth of research every year and last year was no exception. Professor Vyv Salisbury’s continuing work with bioluminescent bacteria is paving the way to what maybe the first rapid pre-screening test which predicts the efficacy of chemotherapy drug Cytarabine (Ara-C) in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is a cancer caused by overproduction of abnormal white blood cells and currently the first line of treatment for AML is a potent chemotherapy drug called Ara-C. This drug is administered with no pre-screening to see if the patient will respond, or to determine what dosage is required. Ara-C works by interfering with DNA synthesis and is the foundational treatment in cases of leukaemia and lymphoma,

quantify an individual’s response to treatment. It achieves this by monitoring the amount of light given off by these microbial medical markers when they are mixed with a blood sample and exposed to Ara-C. Award-winning clinical diagnostics company Randox Laboratories will be marketing the completed pre-screening test which will hopefully be developed for a wider range of cancer treatments. In an exclusive interview, Vyv Salisbury told Western Eye: One of the benefits of our test is that it is very simple. You’ve got the bacteria and reagents which can come in a kit, mix it with the blood, spin it around and put it in a luminometer — then look for a light signal. It will be something that can be done in a routine lab and it’s not going to cost an enormous amount because the reporter bacteria are

stages. The trials are continuing and we are constantly testing new blood samples to gauge its accuracy. As she finished this sentence her phone rang. It was UWE’s reception letting her know that the latest patient’s blood sample had arrived and was ready for collection. “The trial continues,” Vyv exclaimed as she hastily departed from the interview. Long exposure image of naturally bioluminescent bacteria, showing true colour: Broth & Plates: Joe Gillet

>UWE > is pioneering the way in the field of science technology

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—­ tom walker comment@westerneye.net

Naomi spent the last semester as an exchange student in Taiwan

Photography: Naomi Goddard

Bioluminesce to impress

Immersing herself in the culture of the Taiwanese people she was able to complete some photographic projects depicting the Taiwanese way of life. Naomi was especially interested in the cuisine and the effect that it had on their lifestyle; they eat out for every meal, share tables whilst sampling street food and generally have a very open social environment. She observed the enormous community spirit, and how welcome she and other strangers were being readily invited into the local structure. Her photographs effectively portray how this daily eating and socialising routine along with the convivial environment helps to provide a contented existence within the Taiwanese culture. —­ Naomi goddard comment@westerneye.net

however 30-40% of patients fail to respond to initial Ara-C treatment. Failure to respond to Ara-C can cause numerous complications such as heart palpitations, hair loss, unusual bleeding and bruising and can even cause secondary tumours. As you can imagine these side effects aren’t exactly desirable, certainly not when you have just been diagnosed with AML, especially if the treatment which caused these complications didn’t succeed in treating the cancer! The lack of a rapid pre-screening test to accurately discern if a patient would be sensitive or resistant to Ara-C therapy can lead to deeply debilitating further complications. However, Vyv Salisbury, with lead researcher Dr Liz Anderson and collaborators are developing a rapid test which can determine whether or not Ara-C treatment will be effective — in less than 8-hours! The biosensor which they have developed uses genetically-modified bioluminescent-reporter bacteria to

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This image is a parody of a fashion magazine cover. This was my first attempt at exploringmethods of subversion, thinking about the conventions of beauty prevalent in the mass media.

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— well — they’re bacteria, they don’t cost anything! What’s the outcome of this? Pre-screening drug efficacy not only reduces the chances of patients developing needless debilitative side effects but also helps to customise the treatment to the individual cancer sufferer, furthermore it reduces hospital stays and overall therapy costs. Once it is known that a patient won’t respond to a particular line of therapy then medical staff can quickly pursue different treatment pathways, improving the patient’s chances of survival. Now, it must be remembered that this is a technology in the developing stages and all the required trials and checks are still a few years from completion, but it is looking more than promising so far. Vyv reminds us: We don’t want to give anyone currently out there who is suffering from AML false hope. This test is very much in the developing

Leaking energy: Powering up? For the first time in history

breakthrough the low electrical output of MFCs meant that only small amounts of energy could be stored in capacitors. Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos from UWE and the other researchers have produced — for the first time ever — a stack of smallscale MFCs that can directly power a mobile phone. He explains: One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine. By harnessing this power as urine passes through a cascade of MFCs, we have managed to charge a Samsung mobile phone. The beauty of this fuel source is that we are not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun; we are actually re-using waste to create energy. Scaling up the technology has proven difficult as low power performance currently limits any commercial application. But recent developments in MFC technology have demonstrated how lots of small-scale MFCs are more efficient at producing energy than larger devices and this knowledge was used by the BRL in their breakthrough paper titled Waste to Real Energy: the first MFC powered mobile phone which is published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ‘Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics’. This ground-breaking development in MFC technology will surely open up the door to many more possibilities. Imagine the torrents of potential power which course through our cities’ sewers every single day. This power could be harnessed, processed and used! MFC technology not only has potential to alleviate energy demands in more developed nations but, perhaps, more importantly in developing areas of the globe. Dr Ieropoulos adds:

a leakage of energy might be seen as a good thing! How is that, you ask? Experts from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a partnership between UWE and University of Bristol researchers, We are currently led by Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos of bidding for funding to work UWE, have successfully demonalongside partners in the strated that it is possible to fully US and South Africa to charge a mobile phone from develop a smart toilet. a stack of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) feeding on a decadent The incredible research feast of scrumptious human urine.MFCs are energy convert- — which was funded by the and Physical ers which take organic matter Engineering and convert it into electricity. Sciences Research Council, the This conversion is actuated by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the tiny microbes which inhabit and the Technology Strategy the MFCs. These microbes Board — may seem like an irrelmetabolise (feed off) chemicals evant novelty to some people in the delectable urine and a but the potential implications by-produce of this metabolism is are tsunamic. Take a look at your electrons. By collecting enough phone charger and remember of these electrons in MFCs it it as it is now, because it might is now possible to charge a not be too long until it has a hole battery! Whereas, before this that’s labelled fill here.

UWE Sub sinks silver UWE’s robotics under graduates made a splash this year, bagging the runner up prize in the prestigious Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge (SAUC-E 2013) hosted by the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in La Spezia, Italy. The prize-winning autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Phoenix manoeuvred, orientated, surveyed pipe-lines, mapped areas, located objects and specifically surfaced its way to victory — all this was done autonomously, without personal contact or off-board instruction. Captain Dan Davies and dedicated UWESub team members — Queron Williams (Vice Captain, Internal/External Framework), Kaya Sinclair (Robot Operating System), Andrew Bremer (External Framework), Matt Huxford (Machine Vision), Chris Cronin (Sonar), Chris Bird (Sonar, Electronics), alongside academic support staff — all pulled their intellectual weight together to design and programme one of the best student AUVs in the world! Phoenix overcame obstacles and performed the competition’s tasks to such a precise degree of autonomous accuracy that the team and supporting staff beat off the international competition to secure the 2000Euro runner-up prize, only being outscored by the University of Cambridge’s AUV Barracuda. With their drive, desire and determination, the UWESub 2013 team of designers, engineers and programmers have shown that UWE students can compete with, or conquer, any university in the world. This year’s team have got a lot to live up to. No pressure!

The Pheonix: Uwesub.com

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The BLOODHOUND SSC with its jet engine: Stefan Marjoram

A new method to ‘DiagNose’ bladder cancer? Cancer screening programs

save lives. However, unlike bowel, breast and cervical cancer there are currently no reliable nationwide bladder cancer screening programs. This is because in order to have a reliable bladder cancer screening program you must first have a suitable diagnostic test. None of the current tests can identify a patient with cancer before the point where the tumour has become problematic. However, following research and development by UWE, the University of Liverpool and the Bristol Urological Institute a screening program for bladder cancer not be too far away. The Odoreader®, which I would have been tempted to call the DiagNose, effectively smells a sample of the patient’s urine in an attempt to detect the biomarkers of bladder cancer. It works by producing a profile of the chemicals in a patient’s urine sample. Once this profile is completed, scientists can analyse the results and deduce the presence or absence of

cancerous cells in the bladder. In preliminary tests on 98 patients, of which 24 had bladder cancer, the Odoreader® correctly identified 100% of the sufferers. Professor Norman Ratcliffe of UWE’s Institute of Biosensor Technology explains: It is thought that dogs can smell cancer, but this is obviously not a practical way for hospitals to diagnose the disease. Taking this principle, however, we have developed a device that can give us a profile of the odour in urine. It reads the gases that chemicals in the urine can give off when the sample is heated. Odoreader® works by inserting a bottle containing the urine sample into the device. About 30 minutes later the Odoreader® is capable of showing the diagnosis on the computer screen if sample derives from a patient with bladder cancer. It is simple to use and could be operated in a doctor’s surgery. Developing effective screening programs for the various

types of cancer is incredibly important. Along with early diagnosis comes a substantially increased chance of successful treatment. Although the Odoreader® must go through further rounds of testing before it is implemented in hospitals, with this new diagnostics test Professor Norman and his collaborators have brought the possibility of an efficient bladder cancer screening program one step closer to reality.

Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the Bloodhound SCC Imagine you’re standing alone in an expansive desert with only a revolver for company. As the sun beats down on your neck; you look up and fire your .357 Magnum bullet towards the distant horizon. At the same time as the gunshot you are overtaken by a blue flash of light. That blue flash is the BLOODHOUND SSC, a rocket-powered supersonic car, and as the driver looks out of his window the bullet, at first, seems to be floating in mid air — then, as the race continues, the metal slug slowly regresses into

the background. Magnum bullets just aren’t fast enough for this race. Headed by Richard Noble OBE, the BLOODHOUND SSC team have been working towards this goal since the public launch of the project in 2008. What’s the mission? Simple, it’s to build the first car to break the 1000 MPH barrier. Noble’s team hope to achieve this by strapping the car’s reinforced chassis and torpedo-shaped outer framework to a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine, that’s the one which a Eurofighter Typhoon is usually bolted to! And it truly is bolted that way around, because when those blades start rotating, the framework is just coming along for the ride! Ok, that may have been a bit of a clumsy oversimplification, but you get the idea — this jet engine is a veritable Behemoth. But that’s not all; did I mention that the BLOODHOUND SSC also has a Cosworth F1 car engine, whose job is to pump 40 litres of High Test Peroxide fuel, every second, into the rocket? That’s right, the third engine is a custom-built rocket. I’ll leave you to ponder that. The final run is expected to take place in 2016 and during

it the BLOODHOUND SSC will only take 55 seconds to reach the 1000 MPH mark. At this top speed the car will be covering a mile every 3.6 seconds! How is this possible? The extensive research and development that has led up to this point has been a joint effort between many different institutions. Amongst big engineering names such as Rolls Royce, the RAF and Cosworth — UWE has been involved since the projects inception in 2008 when a base was established at UWE for early design work. In addition to the environmental impact and sustainability advice given by Professor Jim Longhurst, from UWE’s Institute of Sustainability Health and Environment, UWE has been foundational in the educational outreach programs for the project, aiming to get more kids involved in science and technology. What better way is there of instilling awe and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers than building a car with 135,000 horsepower? Aside from genetically engineering Pokémon, I can’t think of one. —­ james riley scitech@westerneye.net

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