Written by Alice Warburton It’s that time of the year again: students rush out in great panic, signing contracts here there and everywhere to secure their dream home for the next year. How do you know who the best estate agents are? Where they operate? If they’re trustworthy? I’m going to list three main agencies below to help get your search started, along with some top tips – contact details will be listed at the end. Please do remember though that every student experience will be different, and so you should go for the one that you feel most comfortable with. Westmanor Student Living Available on London Road and Grange Lane, this estate agent is one to remember due to the variety of properties they offer both in the city centre and near the university. Last year they received 99% positive feedback on all their properties and housed one thousand eight hundred students. Popular properties from them include the brand-new build Queen Elizabeth Apartments on Queens Road, and Lillie House, above Tesco Supermarket next to …
Rhiannon Jenkins talks to Professor Corinne Fowler about her ‘Colonial Countryside’ project, and the culture war it’s become embroiled in.
Leicester University stands by its professor in culture war accusations
Meggie Eloy and Carla Field have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2020 Green Gown Awards for ‘Student Sustainability Champion of the Year’.
Carla Field and Meggie Eloy have been nationally recognised by the Green Gown awards, where they have been nominated for the ‘Student Sustainability Champion of the Year’.
This week in our Let’s Explore Leicester series, Alice Warburton recommends her favourite local takeaways.
Rhiannon Jenkins talks to Sam Oldman about his charity winter gardens, which are uniting the local community for a good cause this festive season.
Hannah Westwood talks to founder Harriet Noy for the inside scoop on Hazaar, the zero-waste market place for students, by students.
The University of Leicester has revealed plans to save Christmas that have been described as ‘ingenious’ and ‘extraordinary’.
Written by Sabirah Mohammed After a prolonged and gruelling wait, the results of the American Presidential Election were finally announced on the 7th November 2020. For some Americans, it was a day of momentous celebration and triumph, whilst for others, a dismal retreat. Crowds of ecstatic Biden supporters took to the streets of America cheering from all corners of the White House, welcoming the President-Elect of America. “He is honest, he is straightforward, and he has the experience to lead this country out of this very dark period,” said former White House Advisor, Omaraso Manigault, interviewed in Washington. The presidential election turnout this year recorded the highest turnout in 120 years at 66.9%. The key states were significant in securing votes for the candidates, particularly in Pennsylvania, where the most electoral votes are located. It was announced on the day Biden won the presidential ticket that he had secured 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, essentially earning him his victory. Trump tweets to ‘STOP THE COUNT!’ When more votes were counted and it was clear that …
A group of students were seeking a party, whilst drinking alcohol and carrying weed, the day after lockdown 2.0 started.
Around the world, news of Trump’s loss has brought hope, relief and excitement. But his poisonous politics are far from defeated. Any lapses in concentration could have devasting consequences.
Written by Laura May Bailey Last Sunday at 11 o’clock, as people across the UK and Commonwealth grew silent, they also gathered in distanced groups at the Arch of Remembrance in Victoria Park to pay tribute and remember all those who have lost their lives in war. The 11th of November 2020 marked 102 years since the end of the First World War, a milestone that felt even more poignant this year. Many of the men and women who lived through the Second World War are forced to stay at home, and perhaps, not even see family or friends, for their own safety. With many Armistice Day events migrating online, people feel more disconnected than ever. Looking to the past can provide comfort and inspiration. The History of Victoria Park Before it was the large open park we know today, Victoria Park was a racecourse, a football field, and even one of the first roller skating rinks in Britain. During the Second World War, the park was a vital war resource, used for allotments by …
With the next generation of gaming just around the corner, we take a closer look at the latest consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
A review of the immersive Vincent van Gogh experience in Leicester’s city centre.
Advice for couples struggling with the thought of another month without being in the same house/city/country as their significant other.
Lockdown 2.0 is now in full swing. You’ve mastered the art of being indoors: crafts, pamper time, and (every cloud) hours upon hours of Netflix. Now’s the time to venture outside, but where to go? Here’s a quick guide to the best greenery in Leicester, perfect for your daily dose of Boris-permitted exercise.
University Vice Chancellor announces that now is the ‘perfect moment’ to ‘disinvest in certain areas’, putting thousands of staff jobs on the line.
Olympic gold medallist, Caster Semenya, loses her appeal against the World Athletics Association over testosterone levels rule.
Lockdown (again) in only in a few days’ time. Everything will close: bookshops, coffee shops, clothing stores, so you definitely need to get out in your last few days of freedom. Why go far when you have it all on your doorstep, so close to your university and accommodation?
It’s important to know which historical figures represent Leicester; we need to know who they are and if they fit with the values of our diverse and modern city.
The arts industry has suffered due to the pandemic, here is a look at why we should be supporting the independent venues on our doorstep.
Stressed out with uni work? Struggling to sleep at night? Tired all the time? If this sounds like you, read ahead.
“The system isn’t built for families like mine to succeed” – Marcus Rashford, MBE In 2019 alone, 1.9 million school children claimed free school meals in England, accounting for 15% of state school pupils in the country. The scheme is accessible for students in nursery through to sixth form/college and is allocated depending on the Household’s yearly income. It is available for those in England, Scotland and Wales with a household income of less than £7,400, and in Northern Ireland, is accessible for those with a household income of less than £14,000. Since national lockdown began in March, free school meals have cost the Government £129 million, as they funded the scheme in half term and over the Easter holidays. The issue of funding arose in the lead up to the summer holidays this year. The Government rejected the possibility of continuing the scheme throughout the holiday, which caused a national outcry. The possibility of being able to provide food for children in the midst of a global pandemic for some was a task they …
#ENDSARS, #SARSMUSTEND, #ENDSARSNOW. No matter where you are, as a Nigerian on social media, you’ve seen one of these hashtags trending recently. Sparked by the brutal killing of several people by the notorious SARS unit, Nigerians decided that enough was enough and it was time to take a stand.
When Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released WAP in August 2020, there was two reactions: the empowerment of sexuality for anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary, or that WAP was disgusting and that woman shouldn’t talk about sex in a liberating way.
Written by Elena Vague On my skin I collect the sun rays browsing a cold wind with lips so loud tasting sea salt drips splashes of water on my face through my colourful sweater down low shore attacked me like vendetta unwelcoming gravel seems dark echo of night dissolved the sight so quiet my warm sweater felt tight and I remember so well you handed a blueprint turn back sea dragged me back in the light of your cigar led no one to shore unbearable anger with no why up high I can hear an immersing cry Elena Vague is a first year Psychology student with the interest for a literature and creative writing. You can find her on Instagram here: @elena.vague Feature Photo by Adrianna Calvo from Pexels
This short introduction to the highlights of the north and north-west only scratches the surface of what Iceland has to offer.
A letter from Neil’ O’Brien, MP for Harborough, detailing my plan for the government to wage war on woke.
The village accommodation has been taken over by an invasive species, that seems to do nothing but mate.