A Rough Guide to UEA Slang

By Natalie Froome

So, the results are in and you’ll be joining UEA in September. You’re in for an amazing time, and to help out we’ve compiled a handy guide to some terms and slang names that are unique to UEA.

Square – The square is the centre of campus life and not actually a square. It’s that concrete courtyard with all the steps down that you probably saw on the open day. It’s a handy place to meet and also the perfect location for the student pastime that is summer day-drinking. Oh, and on Derby Day and Pimp my Barrow Livewire bring their speakers out and it is basically the scene of a massive outdoor party.

Derby Day – If you don’t like sport, you’ll probably pretend to be interested on Derby Day. Because it’s not really about sport. It’s about beating Essex.

The 5L’s – The official name for an unofficial UEA challenge. The 5 L’s have existed in the lore of UEA for…I don’t even know how long. The L’s are the Lake, Launderette, Library, LCR and Lecture theatre. Completing the challenge means having sex in all five locations. Side note: anyone who claims to have completed the 5 L’s is probably lying (lecture theatre? Really?).

The Hub – There’s different Hub’s for different schools, so make sure you know where yours is. The Hub is where you submit work to, where you get marked work back from, and where you pick up extension forms. They sort out all the academic stuff, you can just go in and ask about things you’re unsure about and they’ll try and help you.

The LCR – Apparently LCR stands for Lower Common Room. It’s not a common room, but rather the on-campus club. According to one Broad Editor it’s ‘Loud and messy, but also kinda like your primary school disco.’ It’s regarded fondly by UEA students and it’s probably somewhere you’ll become familiar with on Fresher’s week. The LCR also holds gigs and has hosted some pretty big names over the years.

The Hive – The Hive is the downstairs part of Union House, the area with the big pink benches and Unio coffee shop. It sometimes hosts student enterprise markets and is also used for fresher’s fair.

Union House – The big ol’ concrete block in the middle of campus. It contains the SU offices, the Hive, Scholars bar, Livewire, Unio, the LCR and has Red and Blue bar at the bottom. There’s also ‘bookable rooms’ upstairs in Union House that are used to host society meetings and sometimes seminars.

Cloud Dog – A UEA icon. Cloud Dog was a massive floofy white dog. She became a phenomenon in 2016 when students spotted her majestic presence on campus. Sighting cloud dog was something to write to the group chat about – and getting to pet her was worthy of major bragging rights. Cloud Dog has a Facebook page and The SU even made a statue of her in The Hive last semester as a reward for voting in the elections. Sadly, after suffering with arthritis, Cloud Dog left us last year for the great dog basket in the sky. However, her previous owners have now got a cloud puppy – which we hope will be following in cloud dogs paw-steps!

Red/Blue bar – UEA has two interconnecting bars (there’s also scholar’s bar – which is lovely, but for postgrads and mature students). Some people are strongly loyal to one side or the other, but for most it’s a case of where the space is and what you feel like doing. Blue bar hosts sports night and live music performances, whereas red bar has pool tables and is slightly bigger.

The Gender Neutrals – When UEA refurbed Union House back in 2015 they decided to make the toilets gender neutral to be more inclusive. These toilets also have free sanitary products courtesy of a campaign last year. ‘Going to the gender neutrals’ or ‘I’ll see you by the gender neutrals’ then became a thing.

The Broad – That massive lake on campus. And the name of UEA’s excellent online student magazine (not that we’re biased.) It’s Great for BBQ’s in the summer, not so great for falling into (from personal experience – it’s very cold). It’s also great for taking a walk around on a Saturday morning. Loads of people walk their dogs around it and you sometimes get to pet them. (again, personal experience, my record is 13 dogs).

Unio – The coffee shop in Union House. Getting to Unio when the queue isn’t massive is something of an art form.

West End Girls: ‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’ Review

By Tony Allen

In last week’s heat, all most of us wanted to do was relax outside with an ice cold bottle of lemon flavoured Hooch. Alas, the mercury spike didn’t halt the rampage of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour onto the West End, following successful runs in the USA, Australia, the National Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival.

The basic premise of the musical play, based on Alan Warner’s cult novel The Sopranos and adapted for the stage by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, is that we’re transported back to the ‘90s in Scotland, where six Catholic schoolgirls travel from their quiet port town of Oban to Edinburgh to represent their school in a choir competition. But they are determined to lose, in favour of an alcohol-soaked, wild day out and the chance to get back to the port in time for the last dances (and maybe more) at their one grotty nightclub, the Mantrap. (Think, the Waterfront with a proper tiled dancefloor, a bit more Hooch and the occasional group of spunky sailors).

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The Mountain Goats’ ‘Goths’ Builds on Under-Explored Elements of Their Musical and Personal Pasts.

By David Winlo

Search for ‘The Mountain Goats’ on the internet and you’ll find all the images and information you’d expect to find about the well-balanced, mountain-dwelling animals, but you’ll also discover a band, still surprisingly unknown after more than 20 years of music-making, who have just released their sixteenth studio album, entitled ‘Goths’.

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Govroam – What Is It? What Does It Mean For Us?

by Tony Allen

Govroam, now dubbed a public sector answer to Eduroam, the internet roaming service we all know and reluctantly grew to love, is rapidly gaining traction in the UK following the success in the Netherlands and Belgium. I got in touch with the organisations behind govroam in Europe and the team working to roll it out in the UK to find out what the benefits are and what challenges they have faced.

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Books vs Films: Anne with an E


By Ewa Giera

Warning: This article contains spoilers

Every now and again, Netflix produces a series adapted from well-known classics. A Series of Unfortunate Events, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black. All of them are books which have recently been adapted for the small screen. This time, Netflix has released a new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s internationally acclaimed book, Anne of Green Gables. A lot of people who have grown up with the books – including myself – have had some doubts about the new release after Netflix confirmed that the upcoming version was to be ‘gritty’.

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How to Learn Welsh – Useful Tips and Resources

by David Winlo

Welsh is a Celtic language spoken by around 0.7 million people, 5,000 of whom don’t live in Wales, or even the UK, but in the far-flung Chubut province of Argentina, known in Welsh as Y Wladfa. This is the first reason you might wish to learn Welsh, and this very reason is universal among languages – you’ll be able to talk to new people, not just in the country or countries where the language you’re learning is an official or main language. You’ll also be able to listen to Welsh folk music, and other genres, as well as reading Welsh books and poetry, as well as gaining a small amount of understanding with its related languages: Manx, Cornish, and to a lesser extent Scottish- and Irish Gaelic.


When learning Welsh, I would advise keeping the following in mind:

  1. Not all of those consonants are consonants. Welsh is famous for its distressing lack of vowels, in words like ‘chwech’ (six), ‘buwch’ (cow), and in various place names, such as ‘Amlwch’. Don’t worry about these. Certain letters which look like consonants are actually vowels, like the letter w in the above examples, which sounds approximately like an English ‘oo’, and y, which sounds a bit like a sound English speakers make when hesitating, namely ‘err’.
  2. Welsh is an X-Man of a language, a mutant. The letters at the start of a noun can change based on what is happening to the noun in the sentence, for example, ‘in Wales’ in Welsh is ‘yng Nghymru’, even though ‘Wales’ on its own would be ‘Cymru’. This means you might well recognise words that look similar to ones you’ve already learned if their ending is similar.
  3. Spelling, whilst initially seeming insane, makes much more sense than in English. Welsh has dropped some letters from English, such as k and x, but also has letters English doesn’t, which are made up of two characters, such as ‘Ll’, or ‘ll’ in lower case, and the above ‘Ng’, or ‘ng’ in lower case. Once you’ve worked out what these sound like, with a couple making sounds which don’t exist in English, Welsh is almost entirely phonetic in spelling, meaning words are spelled how they sound, something which non-native speakers of English would find very refreshing when trying to read words like.
  4. There are plenty of free resources out there for learning Welsh! Here are just a few: Duolingo, Omniglot, and various BBC materials.

I hope this is enough to convince or help you to learn Welsh. If so, pob lwc i chi!

Image ‘Welsh flag’ by Matthew Wilkinson is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.



James Parkinson – 200 Years On

By David Winlo

This year marks two hundred years since the discovery of a progressive neurological condition by James Parkinson, which was then called Shaking Palsy, but is now known with his name, as Parkinson’s disease. What did he discover? And what progress has since been made in its treatment?

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On the edge or cutting edge? What does UEA think of the new library statue?

By Natalie Froome

UEA have hit the headlines with the controversial placing of a new Anthony Gormley statue.

The art installation is a human statue, which has been placed on the very edge of the library roof. Some are calling the statue ‘edgy’ and think it a great addition to UEA’s sculpture trail, while others have berated the University for their bad taste.

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