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Changed course offer, what does it mean?
So, you've logged into UCAS this morning and have been offered a changed course / substantial changes offer from your chosen university. But what does it mean? Firstly, don't worry! You're not the only one to receive this, and in fact it can be a good thing. You're not being turned away from your chosen university...
A-level results: What if I don’t get the grades I wanted?
It's one of the biggest days of your life -- A-level results day is here and those 3/4 letters you receive on a piece of paper can be life changing. The majority of students worry more about this day if they are relying on university places to be confirmed, meaning they are no longer conditional and...
5 reasons Erasmus is the best
Erasmus is a great thing from start to end, it gives you the chance to boast about your time abroad even a month after you arrive home from it. The thought of anyone given this opportunity and turning it down is doing it all wrong. My time abroad in the beautiful country of Malta was...
First time house hunting advice for students
It's that time of year, again. Students are starting to look for their new home to move into for the next academic year. Here are some tips on how to make sure your decision now will not cause you any hassle when you move in during September 2016. Choose the right people to live with...
Why we love Malala
In a recent poll, Kettle readers voted Malala Yousafzai as their number 1 favourite woman of all time, taking nearly 30% of all the votes cast.  Malala is a human rights and female education activist and the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. She rose to fame when as a 12 year old girl,...
Why I chose my degree: Journalism journalism, story, media, Nadene Chandler, Kettle Mag
From the moment you start ordering your university prospectuses, you're asked by so many people "why that degree?" I was criticised for my decision to study journalism. Journalism is seen as a "doss" subject. A year into my three-year degree, I can officially defend journalism degrees as they are hard work. I'd like to see people...
There’s more to Corfu than Kavos Kettlemag, Travel, Corfu, Nadene Chandler
The summer holidays are in full swing, and some of us have, or are about to, head off on our holidays. This year, I visited the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. This wasn't actually planned, as I had booked to go to Tunisia. I was supposed to go on holiday just days after the tragic...
Is the stigma of a woman’s period irrelevant?
For us women, our monthly gift from mother nature isn't really the nicest gift you'll receive in your life. Periods can come on at the most irrelevant of times, often just before or during a holiday, during exams and other important dates. Some women like to control their periods and take certain birth control to...
The pros and cons of working while at university job fair, education, university, student life, Nadene Chandler, Kettle Mag
University has lots of pros. The student life is a life like no other, but secretly, a lot of us students are having to work during our free time to be Tesco value everything free. Even for those students who are lucky enough to get the full maintenance grants and loans from student finance, it's...
Exam Results: What to do if they aren’t what you expected Exam Results, Nadene Chandler, Student Life, Kettle Mag
It's that time of year again, A-Level results day is in less than a week and students are anxiously waiting out the final days before finding out if they've done enough to get into their desired university. So here is a list of things to do if Thursday doesn't bring the necessarily good news that you were hoping for. ...
How important is the university prospectus? Stack of Magazines, Nadene Chandler, Student Life, Kettle Mag
There's something about that book you receive from the universities. That book, most commonly known as a prospectus contains around 80% of everything that you need to know about that particular university in order to help you to decide whether it's worth visiting and, later on along the line, worth taking up one of your five...
Should entry requirements be dropped during clearing? clearing, education, student life, Nadene Chandler, Kettle Mag
As you know, it's approaching that week that all A-level students have been waiting for since they started their UCAS applications a year ago. Results day 2015 is very nearly upon us. This time last year, I had absolutely no idea that I'd done enough to be accepted into my firm choice university for my...
Psycho: The Film That… Changed My Perspective On Cinema psycho alfred hitchcock
The power of cinema lies in the effects films have on people. Films can make you cry, laugh, alter your opinions, influence you, be representative of a milestone in your life and can even change your life. Our new weekly film column, 'The Film That...', explores the impacts of cinema on people. Nadene Chandler lets us know how the classic...
There’s nothing wrong with a 2:2 graduation, university, degree, student life, Nadene Chandler, Kettle Mag
Every university student works towards that magical 2:1 grade. Journalist and commentator, Peter Ormerod, says there is nothing wrong with getting a 2:2 degree. He said: "The 2:2 felt like a reward for turning up; 16 years of education ending with a flubby 'meh.' Congratulations: you're satisfactory." 70% of graduates achieve a 2:1, and Ormerod mentions that those who...
Why you should drink at uni alcohol, university, student life, Nadene Chandler, Kettle Mag
I'm not the world's biggest drinker, but without alcohol you do stand out from the crowd. During your first year at university, alcohol plays a very important role. During your first week of living with your flatmates, aka a bunch of random strangers from all over the country or world, you're thrown into the deep...
Living with Anaemia Anaemia, Health, Blood cells, Kettle Mag, Nadene Chandler,
I thought I'd take a more personal approach to this weeks' article. I'm not the best at eating, I can go a day without eating, then the next day I'll feel like eating all the time. I skip meals, don't eat vegetables and consume the worst ever student diet. I've tried long and hard to...
More students than ever are studying full time
There's been a 41% drop in the number of students studying part-time. Coming from myself, a full-time student, just about to start my second year of study, I can understand why more and more students are opting for the full-time option.  What Does Part Time Study Involve? Even when I was applying for university back...
How to have the best house party at university
Your university days are known to be the years of your life. Aside from all-nighters in the library, almost throwing your laptop across the room because you can't start an essay, or taking out every possible book related to your course, then regretting it when you have to trek them all back to the library....
NHS workers fight back with #ImInWorkJeremy Jeremy Hunt, Health, NHS, KettleMag, Nadene Chandler, Twitter,
If you've been on social media over the weekend, you'll have seen #ImInWorkJeremy growing ever stronger. Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt announced in his speech on Thursday that all new hospital consultants will be forced to work at weekends. This comes after the recent Government proposals for a seven-day NHS by the end of the decade....
Does the NCTJ still hold relevance?
Since the start of my three-year Journalism degree last September, it has always been drilled into us that receiving the NCTJ gold standard was just as important as completing all of our assignments and walking away from Sheffield University in 2017 with a good degree. According to a recent study, such qualifications aren't worthwhile and employers...
Viral video: guilty beagle showers baby with gifts after stealing her toy
Dog lovers, raise your hands! If you’re more of a feline person, watch this video and at the end, ask yourself why you’re not an avid lover of dogs. Dog lovers, raise your hands! If you’re more of a feline person, watch this video and at the end, ask yourself why you’re not an avid...
Viral Video: #ShareaCoke with the McGillicuddys coke can, kettlemag
I love this video so much, there’s something about it. On levels of cuteness, I’ll give it 10. WATCH IT! I was not expecting this whatsoever. I love this video so much, there’s something about it. On levels of cuteness, I’ll give it 10. WATCH IT! I was not expecting this whatsoever. Show your friends,...
Viral Video: Serenading cattle with a trombone
This is one strange video, one of those which you would show your friends – have a laugh and play it again. This is one strange video, one of those which you would show your friends – have a laugh and play it again. I’m not sure whether I find it amusing or not, it’s...
Viral Video: Our Leader the Mockingjay Trailer Untitled_4.jpg
The title says it all. Watch it and count down till November. Or, maybe just click off this page if you’re one of those who hates film trailers and teasers. The title says it all. Watch it and count down till November. Or, maybe just click off this page if you’re one of those who...
Why you must visit Italy for your next holiday
Italy is known as being the historical icon of Europe. The country itself is jam-packed with history. Italy is known as being the historical icon of Europe. The country itself is jam-packed with history. Everywhere you go – whether in the north or south – you’ll see something amazing. These are the kind of landmarks...
Viral Video: Game of Thrones song played by Queen’s Guards
Yes, the title says it all! Game of Thrones lovers will adore this video. Yes, the title says it all! Game of Thrones lovers will adore this video. I love it, even though I’ve never actually watched Game of Thrones, the Queen’s guards playing the theme song! Not something you see every day, it just had...
Five best beaches you should visit this summer
With travel featuring massively on nearly all of our bucket lists, we’ve heard all about the backlog of British Passports in the news recently. With travel featuring massively on nearly all of our bucket lists, we’ve heard all about the backlog of British Passports in the news recently. This has caused the media to question...
Airport technology: is it really what we want?
After the 9/11 attacks, we’ve seen a huge change in the way airports work. After the 9/11 attacks, we’ve seen a huge change in the way airports work. It took many years, more than ten, for British Airways to start re-recruiting pilots purely because of the attacks back in 2001. Unfortunately, I was too young...
Do university prospectuses mislead students?
A recent article on the Guardian’s website presented the idea that university prospectuses are just another form of consumerism and propaganda. A recent article on the Guardian’s website presented the idea that university prospectuses are just another form of consumerism and propaganda. One of the comments underneath the article said “I challenge you to look...
Why I am not looking forward to the World Cup
It’s that time again—the World Cup is just about to begin. I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely dreading the next four weeks of constant coverage. It’s that time again—the World Cup is just about to begin. I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely dreading the next four weeks of constant...