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…

Five artists to look out for in 2020

By Jane Herbelin At a time when access to culture is no further away than your pocket, it would be a shame not to make the most of it. Younger generations are as incredibly creative in their work as they are in putting themselves out there! From Instagram, to museums, here is a list of…

From Real Madrid to Birmingham City

By Roseanna Conway This time last year I was preparing to go to Madrid for my year abroad, a compulsory part of my English Language and Spanish degree. The prospect was daunting, so much so that there were times when I considered not going at all.  One year on, I’m very grateful I conquered my…

The Hidden Positives of a Year Abroad

So, what is the truth about the infamous year abroad? You may have guessed the answer pretty quickly: in short, it’s not what you expected. It’s more.

Three top tips for your year abroad in Paris

by Tiana Phillips I’m sure most students planning a year abroad will be familiar with the slightly daunting feeling of uncertainty leading up to their departure. For me, it’s almost a year on from those initial few months of stress and paperwork, and now I’m a mere three weeks away from the end of my…

Spending a Summer in Calais

By Abi Wyatt In the summer of 2018, 3rd year French and Italian student Abi Wyatt spent 3 months volunteering in Calais for Help Refugees. Culture editor Maria Allon met with Abi to discuss her experiences and find out more about what we can do to help refugees in Calais. Can you tell us a…

Call Me By Your Name & The Italian Charm

By Tia Affleck ‘Somewhere in Northern Italy’ Those are the words with which we are introduced to Call Me by Your Name. It’s just a vague hint at a setting, yet it somehow perfectly encapsulates the dreamy timelessness of the story’s central romance. There is something wonderfully seductive about Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel, which tells…