• Editorials Dealing with Wanting to Drop Out
    University can be one of the most challenging times in an individual’s life. Suddenly, you’re all away from home and the friends and family you love with a bunch of people who are so utterly different from you. You might not like your course, your ‘friends’ or the city you’re in. And suddenly you find […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists of Christmas: Top Ten Beep Stories of 2021
    Here at Beep/Bringing Words to Life, we pride ourselves on providing a platform for young writers to nurture their writing skills, which obviously encouraged our final list to feature our top stories of the year. Whether it be reviewing the latest blockbuster or tackling issues that really resonate with our writers and in turn educate […]
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  • Editorials The Durham Uni Sex Work ‘Scandal’ Explained
    Durham University is back in the news – this time, for something they didn’t even do. On Friday, The Times published an article titled: “Durham University trains its students to be sex workers”. This was a surprise to me, as a student, because I missed those classes on my timetable. Recommended Reading: Racism: What more […]
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  • News The Chadwick Boseman Scholarship Launches
    Howard University has partnered with Netflix to launch a new scholarship in honour of the late Chadwick Boseman. The £3.9 million scholarship, now called the Chadwick A Boseman Memorial Scholarship, will provide four years of tuition at Howard’s College of Fine Arts to one lucky student per year. Boseman was an alumnus of said university […]
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  • Editorials Dementia and Depression: Communication is Key
    It’s important to treat dementia patients with respect and care. The disease is unfathomably cruel and the least we can do while caring for them is be helpful and interactive. This is also true for those with early-onset dementia. The news at any age that this disease will overwhelm you obviously takes its toll mentally, […]
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  • Editorials Social Media: The Case For Quitting
    Back in December 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi had just hit cinemas. As someone who had fallen victim to unwarned spoilers on the internet before, I hatched a simple plan. I deleted my social media apps temporarily. Facebook, Instagram, all of them. What happened, however, was more than I could have ever anticipated. Gone was […]
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  • Editorials Are elite universities the best place?
    With COVID disrupting our daily lives and routines, work-from-home becoming standard, and universities remaining online, it’s the education sector that has arguably had to adapt the most to this new way of life. Considering last year’s A-Level results fiasco, where state-school kids missed their university offers due to Gavin Williamson’s algorithm, universities like Oxford and […]
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  • Editorials Why should we still study for an English degree?
    For a long time, there has been a stigma against people studying for an English degree. Many people claim that the only degrees that hold value are those in fields such as science and mathematics. While many high paying jobs do exist in these fields, making them appear much more lucrative, without English degrees, a […]
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  • Education Public disagree with art course budget cuts
    Arts and media are an extremely important part of our society and while many people write off the value of degrees in these fields, everybody consumes products of these subjects. Recently, however, there has been news of budget cuts to the field. Following a meeting between the Office for Students and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, […]
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  • Education Exam appeals could cause admissions chaos
    Schools have taken a serious hit as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. With working from home being introduced, many students may feel that their academic learning has taken a hit. Now, staff and students are concerned about potential appeals chaos. The impact on education from the coronavirus pandemic also further extends beyond primary and […]
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  • Editorials Dealing with Lockdown: Annie’s Story
    As part of Beep’s ‘Dealing with Lockdown’ series, Annie shares her experience as a student at the University of Manchester – from rent striking to starting a brand new university in a pandemic. September 2020. The beginning of a new academic year, which meant for many students a reunion with people actually in their age […]
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  • Editorials Exclusive: Durham Uni’s attitude to Northern students
    Six days ago, I wrote an article about my experience of prejudice and discrimination targeted at my Northern background/accent at Durham University. The response has, to say the least, totally overwhelmed me. Over fifty people have contacted me with messages of support, and 2,000 people have read my article. But the depressing thing is this: […]
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  • Editorials Things Posh People Have Said to Me
    Everyone warned me before I went to Durham University that it was full of posh people. Everyone said to me that I wouldn’t like them. Everyone implied that it wouldn’t be easy. Turns out everyone was right. And here I am, just a girl, writing an article for you about the things posh people have […]
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  • Editorials The Best Ways to Make New Friends at Uni
    Now that the immediate buzz surrounding the infamous Freshers’ Week is over, and students are starting to settle in, things can start to get a little bit more overwhelming. Suddenly you’re alone in the world with a bunch of random people you’ve known for just a few short weeks, and yet it feels like the […]
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  • Editorials Why I hate student politics
    Student politics is often thought of as a vehicle to make great change at universities up and down the country. It’s viewed as a way for students from all backgrounds to get involved and change things. It’s all about representation. Except it isn’t. Student politics – at least in my experience – is about vanity […]
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  • Editorials A Note to All Freshers
    I’ve spoken at length numerous times about university life. Be it what I learned in first year, how loneliness can impact you at uni and my experience of freshers’ week – I have covered all bases. But, as freshers’ week begins for some, and concludes for others, here’s my note to all freshers out there. […]
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  • Editorials Top Tips for Choosing Uni Housemates
    When it comes to picking housemates at uni, there can be a whole lot of stress involved. Sometimes you have to make a decision you don’t really want to, or one that’s really awkward. Sometimes you make decisions you’ll regret further down the line. So, in order to help future students out, here are our […]
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  • Editorials What it’s Like Living in Catered Halls
    When most people head off to university, they’re left to fend for themselves for food. For most, it’s the first time they’ve ever cooked and the meals are usually basic. However, some students end up living in catered halls, which can be a challenge in itself. So, for those who are catered this year, here’s […]
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  • Editorials How to Succeed This Upcoming Semester
    It’s September again. The arrival of the new semester or school year can make you feel a crippling dread of things to come over the next 12 weeks. That’s why it’s important to go into the new year armed with a positive attitude and a practical plan on how you’re going to make the best […]
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  • Books Tin Can Cook: A New Way To Cook on a Budget
    Jack Monroe is almost a scientist in the way she experiments with food. She takes the experimenting to a whole new level in her latest cookbook Tin Can Cook. The canned food-based recipe book is food blogger and anti-poverty activist Jack Monroe’s fourth cookbook. For anybody who hasn’t done much cooking, the wording of the […]
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  • Editorials Unpopular Opinions: Free Tuition Doesn’t Work
    Free tuition. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Many young people reading this will be heading off to university very soon, and we all know that with a degree comes that dreaded mountain of student debt. The government has predicted that, by the middle of the century, outstanding student debt will reach an astounding £450 billion, which […]
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  • Editorials Top Tips for Freshers’ Week
    Freshers’ Week is one of the scariest weeks you’ll probably ever experience if you are going to university this month. It’s filled with a bunch of people you’ve never met from all around the world trying to make friends that are going to last for life. It’s not easy. That’s why we’ve curated this list […]
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  • Editorials Why Tuition Fees Aren’t the Problem
    University costs have skyrocketed in the past decade. What was once a free educational institution where a place earned meant genuine hard work and a solid academic background has become a money-grabbing, self-serving machine. Introduced in 1998 by Blair’s Labour government, tuition fees were meant to stay low. Raised to over £9,000 in 2016, they […]
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  • Editorials 10 Signs You’ve Become A Cliché Year Abroad Student
    For those of us that have just finished the last chapter of our experience living outside the UK, the post year abroad life can be a bit of a challenge. Not only because the adventure is over but because you have to deal with the fact that whether you know it or not, you’re probably […]
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  • Editorials How friendships change when you go to uni
    Heading off to uni is one of the biggest changes in a person’s life. For most, it’s the first time they’ve lived away from their home and consequently their families and friends. The structure of school/sixth form life is no longer there, and finding your feet is not easy. As a result of all of […]
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  • News BNOCs: important or irrelevant?
    When you go to university, you expect to leave behind the pettiness of popularity and status in school. No more should there be a popular group or popular people; there’s no need for the ‘cool’ group or the important group. Or so you think. Suddenly when you go to uni, the importance of popularity can […]
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  • Editorials 5 Ways to Push Through That End of Semester Slump
    It’s nearly June and you’re still working while some of your friends are done for the year. Your friends have Snapchat stories of themselves relaxing and enjoying their free time while you’re sitting in the library colour coding your revision timetable. Many students experience a feeling of exhaustion or a complete lack of motivation at […]
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  • Editorials Which uni should I firm on UCAS?
    When it comes to university and UCAS, there’s a whole load of information you’re bombarded with. And then when it comes to firming your offers, there’s a whole load of pressure you’re dealing with. If you haven’t yet confirmed any of your uni offers yet, you have until 1st May to do so. If you’re […]
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  • Editorials First Year Problems #11
    Feelings of inadequacy Hello all and welcome back to First Year Problems; it’s been a while again. This week, we’re discussing feelings of inadequacy, which are all too common at university. Feelings of inadequacy at university often happen in first year, and I’ve heard a few people discussing them recently, which has made me think. […]
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  • Editorials First Year Problems #6
    Contact hours When it comes to university, the amount of time you actually spend being taught something depends massively on what subject(s) you’re studying. For those doing science degrees – in particular engineering ones – you can expect to have five hours a day for four days a week. But if you’re studying a humanity, […]
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  • Editorials First Year Problems #1
    Hello there! Welcome to b**p‘s latest weekly column, First Year Problems. With a swanky new graphic and a brand new layout, I’m hoping that this re-vamped and re-vitalised column will be just as successful – if not more – as my old friends Year 10-13 Problems. Oh, in case you didn’t realise, it’s me (Lauren) […]
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  • News 8am lectures..really?
    Students at Durham University are angry at plans that could require them to start at 8 am to attend lectures. To put it another way, an institution whose purpose is to prepare young people for work is asking those young people to get up at a fairly standard working time. To put it another way, Kieran […]
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  • News Uni fees to vary
    Education secretary Damien Hinds has said more variety is needed in university pricing. The idea behind this is that tuition fees should reflect the degree’s value ‘to society as a whole and to our economy for the future’. This would presumably lead to a reduction in fees for certain uni courses and lessen student debts. […]
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