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How to Write a Great CV

It is currently job hunting season for many people, and you may be facing the daunting task of submitting applications after applications. With the increased uncertainty in the job market and the sheer competition for a job, it is important to be the best candidate possible. The very first hurdle you will have to face…

The Green Economy Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

Climate change has become one of the most important issues of our time. With increasing demand for change, entrepreneurs and innovators have sprung into action, bringing with them the green economy.

Invest in Black!

Invest in your friend's, invest in your family, invest in your community! I saw some stats the other day on Twitter, not sure of the original source but either way they really fascinated me: Black spending power on the UK is £300 billionThe black community makes up 3% of the UK populationBlack businesses generate £10…

Black Lives Matter & The Fight Against Prejudice [via ssozinha.com]

Black Lives Matter is not a fight against white people. It is a fight in attempt to dismantle the shackles of white supremacy and prejudice, from our feet, our hands, our necks and our futures. When people get offended by the recent, countless calls for 'Black Lives Matter!' and they label it as an attack;…

Take Control!

Discipline What I’m about to share is how to become super human, take it in and implement it. Time to take control. To start with, I have some questions for you…are you disciplined? If so in what areas in your life? Are these areas the ones that are most important? Just take step back and…

To be Black and to be a Slave

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY EZIPROSE To be BLACK and to be a SLAVE is one and the same is a first class dissertation by yours truly to fulfil the requirements of my Bachelors’ degree in Politics and International Relations. (Yes you read correctly. I said FIRST CLASS because we celebrate our achievements around here, and…

Not so ‘United’ Kingdom

The year 2016 saw one of the biggest referendum events of a lifetime – the EU referendum. Four years and three prime ministers later, the future of the UK’s European position still hangs in a precarious limbo. But alas, we wait on the looming no-deal Brexit of 31st December 2020 (this my personal pessimistic prediction).…

Race, masculinity, emotion work and black men in Britain today: A case study of generational change

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARy BY Israel Enock-Fagbemi Background My motivations for choosing this topic for my dissertation came from my own personal experiences. In 2017, when I heard that my close friend had died from cancer, I just broke down. I have never cried like that before in my life or felt that type of pain.…

Exploring the Experiences of Black Students at Elite UK Universities

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY By Rhia Gibbs Introduction Most recently, the impact of Covid-19 has meant that A Level students did not get to sit their final exams. Many students who had wanted to take up places at Russell Group universities may have missed out on the opportunity due to receiving predicted grades that did not…

What’s Your Credit Score?

People often think that our credit score is irrelevant at our young ages but realistically you could begin to build when you’re as young as a child by being educated on the matter. There’s evidence to suggest that educating kids about money will pay off in higher credit scores later. This topic first came to…

Comparing Narratives of White-Administered Police Brutality Against Black Adolescent Males in Contemporary American Young Adult Fiction

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY ASHLEY Fontaine Introduction In an analysis of the current state of literature in The News & Observer, Susie Wilde asserts that in the era of #BlackLivesMatter, the literary world has faced a “‘wake-up call’” (Wilde 2019), and this statement is particularly true of contemporary American young adult (YA) fiction. Following the…

The Islamic translations of biomedical mental health concepts implemented in practice, by Islamic healers in East London

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY TASNIA CHOWDHURY Background: The premise of this dissertation was based on my own experiences of always feeling at war with myself when it came to mental well-being and spirituality. Too many times I heard emphasis on the healing power of God's words and the spiritual explanations of mental health symptoms but…

Inner City Communities: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

“So many man my age have PTSD and they don't even know it” What is PTSD & what is Generalised Anxiety Disorder? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. The condition affects roughly 1 in 3 individuals and it can develop immediately, weeks or even years…

An analysis on whether women’s relationship status shape their attitude towards housework in the UK

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY GRACE LANLOKUN I was first introduced to the Sociology of Housework in my first year of my Sociology degree and I was fascinated that something that is done daily, could be studied and reveal so much about the society that we live in. This falls under the umbrella of Sociology of…

Are we really listening? Exploring the Media’s Social Construction of Drill Music Artists in the UK

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY TIF SHO Abstract Drill music has become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. With the rise in popularity has come a moral panic due to the nature of the lyrics which often includes themes of violence and drugs. Due to this, not only have the songs been demonised but the artists…

The Imperfect Reflection

Having just handed in my dissertation on the presence of patriarchal stereotypes and female objectification in Disney films, I began to think about how my exposure to the portrayal of perfection has impacted the way I see myself. Self-criticism is something I think everyone faces. Black, white, male or female, I believe everyone looks at…

The Silver Lining

Finally, the month of results and graduation is among us. The end of an era, the end of a chapter. Going through the motions of something that feels like it’s never ending makes it hard to take a breather and look at the journey. You kinda get all focused on when it will all come…

The End of a Chapter

Well, where do I start? My university journey has flown by and I can now say that I am a graduate after 4 long years. 2020 has been a particularly weird year for many reasons – Pop Smoke, Kobe Bryant & his daughter, George Floyd, Corona, the cake craze on Twitter and Premier League football…

What’s Next?

For the first time in 4 years I have no commitments, no coursework, no exams. Literally nothing to do. University no longer has me in a chokehold, and I couldn’t feel freer. I won’t even front and act like University was easy because it wasn’t but graduating during a global pandemic, now that is extra…

It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint

2020  What a year to graduate ay? They say graduation should be a day filled with jubilation and ecstasy. A sense of accomplishment should engulf you as your hard work and late nights grafting in the dungeon will all be remunerated when you walk across that stage, shake your dean’s hand and do a little…

Run Your Race

Uni complete. Boy has it been a journey. It's been full ups and downs. Periods of depression and self-doubt, periods of excitement and joy and it’s a feeling of alleviation just to be able to say “I am done”. To even really deep that a good few times I really wanted to drop out, I…

Existential Crisis

What’s your calling in life? Big question I know. I personally think I know the answer to this question, but life hands you a few curveballs and then you’re doubting myself, like proper doubting yourself.  An existential crisis is when an individual starts to wonder what life means, and what their calling or purpose is.…

Where are you going?

So, where are you going? An incredibly ambiguous question right? You might already have some idea of where this blog is headed. In any case, lets progress. I’ll start with an incredibly powerful quote from a book I’ve recently started: “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a…

The Person With The Biggest Smile

Hey, my name is Hajera and I wanted to share my story on depression and anxiety from childhood. I come from an Asian-Bangladeshi background and I grew up as a Muslim. I have 2 older sisters and 1 older brother who is autistic. From my earliest memories I have of life, my life at home…

Why are 3 out of 4 Suicides Men?

- Progress that has already occurred and solutions - Men and mental health Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. In 2015, 75% of suicides registered in the UK were men. It’s important that despite all the great progress occurring we continue to push towards tackling this problem within our…

A Silence in the Black Community Around Mental Health?

Introduction – the effects of institutionalised racism, wealth inequalities and social structures In all communities within the UK and around the world there is a silence around mental health, it’s a societal and worldwide issue. From research I have done, conversations with peers about experiences, as well as learning about it last year one in…

Protect your Peace

3 min read So where should I start? The year of 2020 has been a roller coaster for us all. This year has disturbed the inner peace of many and some may feel absolutely overwhelmed because of the current climate we have been forced to inhabit. I would just like to spread this message, a…

Does University Worsen your Mental Health?

- The education system & wellbeing - Introduction Throughout the early stage of our lives we spend a lot of time, if not the majority, at school. From primary, secondary and all the way to university. 9am – 4pm, 5 days a week, 40+ weeks a year. It’s routine and it’s the way we are…

Race and Politics – Is there a place for ethnic minorities in the current system?

From FO's Perspectives At the end of Last year, I wrote an article touching on the relationship between ethnic minorities and their voting patterns, highlighting how they tend to stay to the left of the political spectrum due to their voting rational (individual vs community). One of the key premises was that they tend to…

“Out of sight, Out of mind”

At 19 I experienced a traumatic brain injury which changed my life in many ways. For starters, my interactions with people changed drastically. I went from being an outgoing, outspoken and confident individual to somebody who even I could no longer recognise. Now, I am extremely shy, since my injury, I despise going out in…

Change Your Story – It’s Not The End

So, it’s been well over a month since I last posted on here and it was time that I really needed to be able to sort myself out because life really came at me hard and personally I thought it was rude. I’m still in the process of doing my own searching of ‘finding myself’…

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus

From FO's Perspectives Since coming to our attention in Wuhan, China in November 2019, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has rapidly spread throughout the globe, destabilizing communities, nations, and continents as its impact starts to become more pertinently felt with steeply rising infection numbers and death tolls. Coronavirus is a disease caused by SARS, where the virus…

Asking for help could kick start your happiness!

*say the below out loud* “I am ready to receive all obstacles and opportunities, required to successfully execute my vision for my life. Aka I’m ready beat 2020’s ass & get what I deserve” – Aaliyah Mckay Ever heard of the saying if you don’t ask you don’t get? Well, this little statement is something…

So, you want to be a lawyer? | The Commercial Law Path

Having the Direction Choosing to become a commercial/corporate lawyer is easy – pursuing that career choice with the necessary tenacity, energy, and vision, to realise it, is tough. Furthermore, different people can become a ‘lawyer’ – indeed, most City law firms focus on having a ‘diverse range’ of hires, both in their physical characteristics, but…

My Secret

“What’s your secret?” “How do you make it work?” “You guys are always happy” These are just a few of the questions I always get asked about my relationship. Since the age of 16, we’ve had 8 strong years together. 8 years. It’s crazy when I think about it. When listening to the Real Talk’s…

Meaning over Money?

You meet someone for the first time, smiles are being frequently exchanged and theconversation is flowing like a river on a summer's day. You've talked about interests, life and even those banal, but oddly addictive sitcoms that we often spend time watching in guilt because we promised ourselves, we'd be in the gym this weekend.…

Silent Poison II: Behind the Smile

What am I doing in life? Do I even know where I'm going? Why am I in Uni? What am I doing wrong?! Sometimes, it just all gets a bit too much you know. Feeling like life is coming at you so fast - so much to do but no idea where to start. Seeing…

The Power of Goal Setting and Learning from Your Mistakes

What do you want for yourself? Where do you see yourself next month? Where do you see yourself next year? Can you answer these questions? If not, you lack goals. Goals are a very powerful tool for working towards the things you want in life, whether that be riches, to lose weight or to be…

New Year New Me?

New Year New Me? Biggest lie I tell myself every year. It’s a new year but why should I become a new person? It’s actually funny how many years I’ve said this same phrase, but nothing has changed. I start the year sticking to all my new years resolutions for a month or so and…

Placement Year – Lessons learnt

As I begin my final year at Loughborough University this week, I have taken some time to reflect on the year that has passed. I have been so lucky to meet some inspiring people, who have really pushed me this year. I was fortunate enough to have a great placement year with an even more…