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    Productivity Apps & Websites for Students

    As students, sometimes it can get a little overwhelming with different deadlines and assignments pilling up everywhere. With examinations coming up, we could all use a little help to keep us on track and ensure that we can manage all that we need to do. Here are some of the productivity apps and websites for students that you can use to help you get through these hectic weeks.   1) StayFocusd – Google Chrome Extension If you mainly use Google Chrome to browse the internet, you can install the free StayFocusd extension to help you stay productive. You can create your own ‘Blocked List’ and ‘Allowed List’, where you can…

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    Life at the economic arse-end: when are we going to stand up for ourselves?

    Last night I saw Sleaford Mods play at The Hop in Wakefield. I was blown away, despite suffering from a severe phobia of any music that doesn’t have guitars. At first, I wasn’t sure whether it was supposed to be funny or serious. But then I realised it didn’t matter, because they were saying everything everyone in that room had ever wanted to say, and they were unashamed. The foul-mouthed lyrics only emphasise the integral social commentary of the vulgar political state of Britain. People feel ignored, and Sleaford Mods gave a sold out room full of people the voice that things are f*cked, but what the hell are we…

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    Ey up theur are eur yorksha lass naw

    Ever heard of Paris Syndrome? It’s a phenomenon I discovered whilst on a recent trip to France- apparently Japanese tourists claim to suffer from melt downs after they visit the city of love, full of expectations, and experience the harsh reality of dusty streets, snappy waiters and pick pockets on every corner. Although I didn’t suffer from a meltdown as such, I was disappointed and believe it is a city crushed by the weight of its own reputation. But this isn’t an article about the French standard of customer service, nor it is about the hypochondriacal nature of the Japanese. It is about how people (in this case, a Bulgarian…

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    A vote of confidence

    Seventy-three per cent of students are now registered to vote, according to new research that was exclusively released yesterday by the National Union of Students (NUS) at the Student Media Summit. The new data shows an increase in student commitment to voting in next May’s general election compared to a similar NUS poll released in February which showed that only 33 per cent of students were registered to vote. Of almost 1500 students surveyed, 72 per cent of respondents said that they were likely of highly likely to vote if there was a general election tomorrow, demonstrating the positive intentions of students to shape the agenda with issues that matter…

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    Pour up drank, head shot drank…

    ‘Down it, down it, down it!’ The members of flat 5 chant as Sarah realises she has turned over the last king in the deck of cards spread across the table during a game of Ring of Fire. There is a drum roll followed by a cheer as she glugs down the dirty pint; a muddy cocktail made up of Fosters, vodka and rose, topped up with a Bacardi Breezer. It is 8pm on a Wednesday evening and flat 5 are gathered around the kitchen table for their usual pre-drinking ritual before heading into town. The music is blaring and the drinks are flowing; the group of six have already…

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    New research reveals student spending supports over £80bn of UK economic output

    Working with nef consulting (new economics foundation) the National Union of Students (NUS) today published ground breaking research – ‘Student contributions to the UK economy’ – that for the first time, quantifies the immediate value of students to the UK economy (£80 billion). The report proves that students are an asset to the economy and not the problem often portrayed. NUS today called upon all parties to gain greater understanding of the real and immediate economic benefits which students bring to their local, regional and national economy. Demonstrating the value of students living within their communities, the research highlights that the University of Birmingham generates 2.2 per cent (£460 million) of…