Leisure | Study Abroad | The Open University

Jeremy Paxman was right!

Anne GreenAnne Green
October 31, 2014
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At the end of the first-round University Challenge match featuring the Open University, Jeremy Paxman said that he thought that the OU would be back as one of the highest scoring losing teams. And he was right! The OU not only came back with the highest losing score overall, but they went on to win the match, which means they will carry on to the second round.

Jeremy Paxman (image: The Guardian Newspaper)

Jeremy Paxman (image: The Guardian Newspaper)

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Campus Life | Leisure | Sports | Student's Union | The University of Sheffield

Maximise your time left at uni!

Eloisa CastrilloEloisa Castrillo
October 30, 2014
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Students often sign up to anything they think sounds vaguely interesting/cool/new during freshers week. My housemates became avid Ultimate-Frisbee fans during our first few weeks at the University of Sheffield but they soon lost interest and gave up. Sadly this happens with lots of activities freshers join during their first term at University, often these failed initial attempts to find a new hobby are associated to “things people do during freshers week” and are quickly forgotten in the whirlwind that is University life. However, one of my most favourite and most rewarding  pastimes I have found whilst at Uni has been joining the Politics Women Football team, and I only joined this in 2nd year. Furthermore, I other highlight of my weekly routine as a student right now is volunteering for a local charity, again this was something I began doing in second year. My point for this blog is that it is never too late to  do all the things you wanted to at University!

Image: University of Sheffield student union

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Festivals | Leisure | Study Abroad | The Open University

Harvest Festival – old and new

Anne GreenAnne Green
October 30, 2014
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Harvest Festival sometimes seems like a bit of a travesty when it is celebrated in urban or city areas in the UK, where people have no connection with agriculture or the land, and churches and schools are piled with the fruits of Sainsbury’s and Asda’s labour, rather than the results of hard toil in the countryside. However in some rural areas ceremonies are still carried out which hark back to the times when cornfields were cut with scythes and produce was moved by horse and cart.

Harvest Festival decoration in Norfolk (image: Old Buckenham blogspot)

Harvest Festival decoration in Norfolk (image: Old Buckenham blogspot)

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Food | Leisure | The University of Sheffield

Have you been to Marmadukes cafe?

Eloisa CastrilloEloisa Castrillo
October 30, 2014
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Their aim is a clear and simple one: “to offer the very best traditional British food and drink, made fresh in house every single day”. And I assure you they dont dissapoint! Marmadukes cafe & deli is a sweet little joint tucked away in the middle of Sheffield city centre, it is on Norfolk Row, the small road connecting Norfolk Street (where H&M and RiverIsland are) and Farrow Road, the road leading down to Arundel Gate from the Winter Gardens. Once you find this place I bet you will return again and again!

The choice is extensive at Marmadukes!

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Festivals | Food | International Students

Day of the Dead in the UK

Marcela TorresMarcela Torres
October 29, 2014
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Image: holidays.mrdonn.org

The United Kingdom and especially the big cities are quite multicultural where you will often find parties and celebrations of any special event of perhaps every corner of the world. There are international celebrations and special occasions for perhaps every month of the year. The US tradition of Halloween is no exception; therefore increasingly over the past years the tradition has been embraced across the UK with enthusiasm with celebrations happening at the end of October and the beginning of November. Surprisingly its neighbour’s tradition the Mexican Day of the Dead is also growing in popularity around the same date.

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Research | University College London

Cities methodologies at UCL

Marcela TorresMarcela Torres
October 29, 2014
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Created and directed by UCL’s Urbanlab

For this edition I got involved through my department at UCL the Development Planning Unit and my former GTA who is actively involved with the Urbanlab. For this programme we participated with an exhibition where we presented the process and the result of our participatory photography exercises carried out for research purposes in Kisumu, Kenya.

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Dining | Food | The University of Sheffield

The perfect Autumnal Treat…Pumpkin Soup

Eloisa CastrilloEloisa Castrillo
October 28, 2014
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Its getting cold in Sheffield! This Sunday the clocks went back an hour which means that whilst we technically wake up an hour later, we will be arriving home from college/work an hour later, or more precisely, when it is an hour darker. This will perhaps not seem like such a drastic change today or tomorrow, but in a few weeks time, when it is pitch black whilst you walk home from University in Sheffield, you will be in desperate need for a multivitamin pick-me-up. I have just the treat for you!

Pumpkin Soup: the perfect winter warmer

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Health | students

A book to read to keep your studies going…

Eloisa CastrilloEloisa Castrillo
October 28, 2014
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If you are slowly realising that student isn’t a constant freshers week and that in fact most of your time is being spent at a library. In others words, if you are in 3rd or 4th year at University; you may be feeling like everything you ever read has to be relevant to your course. Indeed, many students become subject obsessed and narrow down all their reading input to things which are “relevant” to their course. This sort of obsession can lead to ridiculous situations in which English Literature students only read books written in a specific period of time for a whole term, whereas before they began University they purposefully read the widest range of literary texts possible.

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Dining | Food | Leisure | Study Abroad

Afternoon Tea

Marcela TorresMarcela Torres
October 28, 2014
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Image: janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com

One of the nicest things to do when visiting the UK and especially England is to do a good old traditional afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is not just a meal is a whole ritual usually carefully crafted with great food and drinks, which is perfect to celebrate any occasion.

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International Students | students | Study Abroad

Loyalty cards: your new best friends

Marcela TorresMarcela Torres
October 27, 2014
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Image: tinytipsbymichelle.com

Perhaps every single person that has ever shopped in at least a convenience store in the UK has been offered a form of a membership card. Usually the offer comes at a time when you’re in the middle of a payment and a long queue of people staring angrily at you urging to pay faster. Needless to say, they come across as some sort of annoying marketing scheme however as a student you might want to reconsider the offer.

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