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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review: Does it Live Up to the First?

By Natalie Froome

The second instalment of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been long awaited, but it was worth it. In ‘Vol.2’ The band of unlikely heroes are back again, saving the galaxy from a threat that’s much closer to home.

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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.

We talked to UEA Students to get the picture of what students think about it… Continue reading On the edge or cutting edge? What does UEA think of the new library statue?

Livewire 1350: Schedule Release and Award Nominations

by Natalie Froome


It’s been a busy time for UEA’s student radio station. From their spectacular re-branding in the summer to the release of a new jam-packed schedule, they’ve made it their mission to become one of the best student radio stations in the country.

The recently released schedule is Livewire’s most diverse to date. Not only are a variety of musical genres represented, but there’s a multitude of new factual shows and podcasts.

To top it all off, Livewire have recently been nominated for not one, but FOUR awards at the Student Radio Awards. The annual event celebrates the talent and diversity of content in student radio, helping to launch the next generation of talent into the radio industry.

Over the years student radio has launched the careers of UEA’s own Greg James, Annie Mac, Scott Mills and several other current industry professionals.

The nominations for Livewire this year include:

Best Female – Issy Panayis

Best Entertainment Show – Tom v Tom

Best Journalistic Programming – World Mental Health Day Podcast

Best Student Radio Chart Show

The event takes place on the 10th November at indig02 in London, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global.

Syrian Refugee Raising Funds to Complete Ph.D. at UEA

by Natalie Froome


Even before you consider her background, Enana Alassaf is an extrodinary woman.

She’s passionate about researching new cancer therapies that will save, lengthen and improve lives, has completed a Pharmacy Bachelors Degree, a Masters in Molecular Medicine and is now set to continue her work at PhD level.

However, getting to this point has been far from easy and the future will continue to be uncertain if she doesn’t manage to raise the money to continue her studies.

Enana started her academic journey at Aleppo University in Syria, completing her degree amidst the chaos and danger of Syria’s devastating Civil War. Aleppo is now recognised as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. She volunteered in two hospitals and a pharmacy during the war, and recounts seeing ‘horrific injuries sustained during barrel bombs, missiles, and shooting attacks.’

In 2014, Enana was granted a scholarship to complete a Masters at UEA and has stayed on as a volunteer researcher for the past year. Enana and her husband had planned to sell everything they had in Aleppo to fund her PhD, but lost their pharmacy, house, car and all their savings in the shelling.

Even if you can only spare what you’d normally spend on a pint at the SU bar, it would be brilliant if we at UEA could join together and support Enana. If you’re not able to donate please share her JustGiving page. We’ve imbeded the site below, or you can copy and paste this link:


How To Boost Your CV Over Summer

by Natalie Froome


1. Summer jobs

Alongside earning some cash for the summer and perhaps even saving for the next term, it also shows a potential graduate employer that you’ve got a good work ethic. Even if it’s a mundane or menial job that has nothing to do with your future plans, it lets them know you’re willing to get up each day and work hard. Any summer job will broaden your experiences and look good on a CV. Places that often recruit over summer include: summer camps, retailers, festivals and tourist attractions. The UEA MyCareerCentral site advertises summer jobs and is a good place to start.

2. Free courses

From animation to military ethics, Spanish to coding, sustainable fashion to film production, anatomy to finance, FutureLearn.com has literally hundreds of free online courses. Many of these are taught by leading universities (including several run by UEA) and are great for learning something new or building on the subject knowledge you already have. The courses taught by videos, articles and some include short multiple-choice tests. You can put them on your CV when you’re done, but if an employer ever requires you to prove you took the course (which they probably won’t) you can purchase a certificate of participation for around £30 from the site.

3. Volunteering

If you’ve got time on your hands, why not use it for some good? Check out local charity shops, homeless organisations and animal rescues. It’s more likely than not they’ll be happy for you to spend some time helping out. If you haven’t got that much time, or don’t want to commit to regular volunteering then you could try looking for events volunteering opportunities. Loads of charity races happen in the summer and require help marshalling, setting up and it usually only involves giving up a day of your time.

4. Learn a language

In a more global world, language skills can really help you stand out. There are lots of options, but one of the most popular is an online site called Duolingo. It’s completely free, easy to use, has 27 different languages on offer and contains a social aspect where you can add friends.

(photo courtesy of Nick Karvounis at https://unsplash.com/@nickkarvounis)

5 Ways To Reduce Stress This Exam Season

by Natalie Froome


Exam season is upon us, which means only one thing: stress levels go through the roof. The library is constantly packed, filled with seat-hoggers and silent-floor-talkers. Many students struggle in these times, so along with knowing that you’re not alone, here are some tips to combat exam stress:


If you’re revising 24/7 most of the information you’re reading won’t be going into your brain. Chunk up your revision and break it down by topic, taking regular breaks in-between sections. This will make it seem far more manageable.


Those breaks we were just talking about? Don’t just go on to Netflix or browse Facebook for half an hour – get up and get walking. The lake takes around 30 mins-1hr to walk around and the scenery and nature you’ll see on the way is a great way to let your mind wander and relax. Exercising releases feel-good chemicals and can help burn off the extra calories from all those revision snacks.


It’s so easy to eat crap in exam season. Ready meals, rustlers and pot noodles seem to be so much more tempting when you’re running short on time. Eating badly, however, will make you feel bad. Grease and fat are not conducive to heavy brain-work and can make you feel sluggish. Sugar can also give you highs and lows, leading to mood swings and a lack of focus. Take mums advice and eat your vegetables, making sure you get three balanced meals a day. Hydration is also really important for concentration, particularly if the weather is hot.


Don’t shut yourself away. Humans are social by nature; we need to interact. If you’ve got a lot to revise it can be tempting to live glued to your laptop or notebooks, emerging only for toilet breaks and the odd bit of sleep. This isolation will make you feel like crap. 0/10 do not recommend. Talking to people face-to-face and meeting for shared revision breaks with friends can be a great mood-booster.


Keeping in touch with your friends is so important, but make sure they don’t affect how you feel about your own chances. There will always be those people who boast about revising 10 hrs a day, or the snakes who claim to have done nothing then show up to the exam with a wedge of colour coded notes. Ignore these people! They’re probably feeling just as anxious as you. Comparing yourself to others is never helpful and neither is competing. Focus on what you’re doing.

If the stress of exams is getting too much and affecting your everyday life, then it may be worth seeing your academic advisor for help. The learning support team at the Dean of Students are also a resource that can be used. They have loads of useful information sheets on time management and referencing (for example.) Whatever you do, just remember, you’re not on your own.

(photo courtesy of Léa Dubedout at https://unsplash.com/@leadbt)

8 Things To Consider When Thinking About A Semester Abroad

by Natalie Froome


It’s come to that time of year when module choices need to be made. This also means that, if your course allows, you can decide to take a semester abroad.

UEA has connections with universities around the world, and travelling is an exciting idea. However, it can be hard to know ‘is this the right thing for me?’

We’ve compiled a list of considerations for you to think about…

  1. Money
    Exchange rates change and prices vary. Make sure you have some idea of how much it’s going to cost you to get to your destination, and how much it’ll cost you to live there.

  2. A unique opportunity
    It’s the kind of experience you can only really have at university. We’re old enough to look after ourselves, but young enough not to have too many responsibilities. Will you get this chance again?

  3. New friends
    There’s a whole world of people you haven’t met yet. Who knows? You could meet your new best mate in Australia/Japan/Canada/Germany…

  4. Leaving old friends
    Will you be able to keep in touch and keep the friends you have while you’re abroad? It’s a long time to be away and people can change.

  5. Grades
    There are usually requirements that you have to meet in your first year in order to be considered for a semester abroad. It would probably be a good idea to check what these are and if you’ve met them!

  6. Housing
    If you’ve already signed a contract on a house for the next academic year you could find yourself paying rent for the term that you’re not living there, as well as paying for accommodation in your destination country. Check with your landlord about your contract length, or ask about sub-letting your room to another student while you’re away. Remember, in the gateway to union house there’s an advice team who can help with any problems you have.

  7. Language
    If you don’t speak the language of your destination country you’d better be a fast learner or you’re going to have a problem.

  8. What if…?
    …something goes wrong? It probably won’t, but do you have the maturity and means to deal with things if they do? If you’re very disorganised or tend to panic in a crisis then this is something to consider carefully. If you’re in another country Mum and Dad can’t come and rescue you easily. While going abroad can build your confidence, it’s probably a good idea to have a bit of confidence already in case something goes wrong. Also bear in mind that other countries have different systems, for example if you get ill in America and don’t have insurance you could face a hefty bill.

Whatever you choose to do, remember that your university experience is what you make it. Also, remember it’s your decision. Whether you stay or go, it’s got to be the right thing for you.

(photo courtesy of Lena Bell at https://unsplash.com/@lenabell)



Amnesty International Protest in The Hive

by Natalie Froome


If you happened to wander through the Hive yesterday, you will probably have seen the UEA Amnesty International society and their hard-hitting protest installation. The stall was designed to raise awareness about human rights abuses, and caught people’s attention by having Amnesty Soc member Josh in a cage surrounded by silhouettes representing the 91 prisoners still in Guantanamo bay.

One of our editors had a chat to Amnesty members Susanna and Faizal about their campaign. They explained that Obama had pledged to close the infamous camp 7 years ago, and yet still has not fulfilled that promise. With the upcoming US election, attention has moved away from the torture and human rights abuses that went on at the camp and the remaining prisoners have been forgotten. 779 prisoners had been taken there during it’s 14 years of operation and only 8 had ever been charged with a crime.  While raising awareness, at the stall the society were also promoting a petition asking the US government to keep to their word and close the camp.

You can find the petition at avaaz.org

The Amnesty International society are planning more petitions and a viral video later in the year. To keep up with their work, check out their facebook page: Amnesty International UEA.

Frank Morris Illustration

by Natalie Froome


UEA Literature first year and freelance illustrator Frank Morris tells us about his work and what it’s like to juggle freelancing and studying full time for a degree!

  • Tell us a bit about how you got into illustration and developed your own style?

I have always enjoyed drawing. My great aunty is an artist and we would often draw  together when I was very young. My style changed when I was about eleven and discovered the black pen. My style has evolved from hundreds of hours of doodling and sketching. I have also taken inspiration from Illustrators such as Stuart Patience and James Jean.

  • Why did you choose to come to UEA and study Literature instead of going to art school?

Well, I have always been quite academic as well as artistic. I did an Art Foundation in London when I finished my A Levels, but in the end I didn’t feel studying art was quite for me. I have always enjoyed studying Literature and my course’s year abroad in America appealed to me at the time.

  • Is it difficult to manage your illustrating work alongside your university studies?

Yes it is, but it wouldn’t have to be if I was more organized. I took a gap year after my art foundation to travel South East Asia and as a result it has taken some time getting used to academic life again. Also, my illustrative style means that it takes me many hours to finish one piece so finding the time is quite difficult to be honest. This is something I would like to improve.

  • What advice would you give to anyone undertaking freelance work alongside a degree?

I would say doing freelance work during a degree is very beneficial for a few reasons. Firstly, you have quite a lot of free time and don’t necessarily have to get a job. Also, you can use the university as a tool to help you. I have just applied for a £500 grant from the Enterprise centre to start up my own T-Shirt line and this would not be possible if I was not doing a degree. Also, if you come from a big city like me to a smaller place like Norwich, you will find that there are many more possibilities for you as a young artist just starting out. However, it is important to be organised and make sure you do the work set for you from your degree subject as well. It is all about finding the balance.

  • Where can people find your work?

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/frankmorrislondon

Moosey Art Gallery – http://mooseyart.co.uk/frank-morris-prints

You can also find a few of my limited edition tote bags selling at the Dandy Horse Coffee House in Norwich on Magdalen Street.

(image courtesy of Frank Morris, at https://www.facebook.com/franksillustrations/?fref=ts)

External Speakers in Politics and International Relations

by Natalie Froome


UEA is running a series of political, social and international relations lecture which are free and open to all. If you’re on a relevant degree course or simply have an interest ,they will be well worth attending.

All Lectures are in Arts 3.03 and start at 4pm

– Gender and peacebuilding at the UN

  February 17th

  Dr Laura Shepard, University of New South Wales

– Environmental conflict/governance

  March 2nd

  Dr Mark Zeitoun, University of East Anglia

– Refugee and exile communities in the Arab World

  April 13th

  Mezna Qato, University of Cambridge

(photo courtesy of © Mylene Bressan / 2009-10-24)


An Odd-Looking Rabbit Causes a Stir

by Natalie Froome

The UEA Rabbits are fairly innocuous once you get used to them, small, brown creatures with puffy white tails who sit and eat grass and mind their own business. However one rabbit has been causing quite a stir on campus the past few days and has found it’s furry face all over the university Yik Yak feed.

The science-inclined editors on the team have informed me that it’s unusual appearance is due to a mutation that causes it to develop extra melanin. It’s like a reverse-albino rabbit.

Unfortunately, this little chap doesn’t just have to worry about looking a bit different from the rest of the rabbits. He also looks like he has developed myxomatosis, a usually fatal infection that causes the mucus membranes around the eyes to swell and puss.

The black rabbit was around a lot yesterday, but hasn’t made an appearance on campus today. Although Myxi is a nasty disease, all of us at The Broad are hoping that he manages to make a recovery.