Global pledges: Education, Education, Education

By Tom Shacklock (First appeared in Current Affairs, Issue 26 of March 2018) The great inequalities in education between rich and poor countries have been termed the “global learning crisis”. Above all, girls receive less or poorer education than boys in low-income countries. In September 2017, UNESCO published estimations that 130 million girls aged 6…

How to travel on a budget

By Emma Bralic Velho As students, we’re almost always longing for that next maintenance instalment from SFE or leeching off of our parents in order to be able to survive. At the same time, the majority of us just want to travel. I fit into both categories. As a linguist and somebody who learns another…

Dealing with the crisis as a culture vulture

Megan Nicholls I guess you probably don’t want to read another article about Coronavirus, death rates, lockdown restrictions or upcoming uncertainty. We all know these are “unprecedented times” and there is not much we can do apart from stay at home and support key workers. So, if you have a spare moment in between home…

Hunting Down a Picture Perfect Panoramic of Any City

By Maria Allon As a self-confessed hoarder, I’ve collected holiday keepsakes since I can remember. From the garish blue Teletubby backpack five-year-old me bought with pocket money in Portugal, to the extensive collection of pencils that lives under my bed back at home, I can’t not bring a memento back from my adventures. That being…

Per Ardua Ad Alta – Through Difficulties to Glory

By Cornelia Sennewald (Originally published in Culture, Issue 17 May 2016) Before I came to Birmingham, I was not the person I am now. I had started studying English and Art at the University of Cologne in order to become a teacher. In September 2015, I was granted the opportunity to continue my studies at…

Brasil – será tudo favelas, polícia e armas?

De Rachael Jones Antes de ir ao Brasil em dezembro, a minha amiga brasileira falava sobre os perigos do seu país, a possibilidade de se ser assaltado e a história de como a sua avó foi raptada. Os seus avisos e a má reputação do Brasil nos media (como por exemplo, o seu presidente radical…

La danse en France

Par Zoe Willis A l’université de Birmingham, je me suis inscrite dans un club de danse (BALADS) et c’est devenu ma passion. Donc la première chose que j’ai cherché en France était un club de danse, et j’en ai découvert plusieurs. Tandis qu’au Royaume-Uni je faisais de la danse sportive (les standards et latines), le…