News and Updates

Giving you the latest information about student life and updates from Hertfordshire University and surrounding areas

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Student Union met with criticism over Reindeer Referendum decision

By Robert Wheatley After a referendum was held regarding the use of live reindeer at its Christmas Market, the Student Union has decided to follow the minority vote rejecting the inclusion of these animals. This decision was made, according to the SU website, because “such a high number of our students asked us not to have the reindeer, and it was on this basis that the original debate was being had, [so we considered] it would be best to source an alternative form of enterta

Big Band Society Hold Christmas Concert

By Aaron Hurst – News Editor On the 12th December, the university’s Big Band society put on a festive performance for students, family and friends in room B01. The performance, which saw the performers all looking quite Christmassy wearing Santa, elf and turkey hats and being surrounded by tinsel and lights, included big band renditions of well-known jazz, funk and pop songs, as well as some festive tunes in the second half, following an intermission. In the first half, among

Top 5 Christmas Movies

By Michael Watkis – Contributing Writer ‘Tis the season people. With Halloween long gone and our American friends had their fill of Thanksgiving, we can now get majorly hyped for Christmas. The great thing is that there are so many ways to pick your spirits up after all this degree nonsense, we got songs, decorations, and of course Christmas movies. So strap yourselves in because we have another top 5 list, this time of all the greatest Christmas movies. Jingle all the way- C

Students head home for Christmas

Image: Tom Boon [Tom Boon | Contributing Writer] To give everybody a chance to say goodbye to each other before the holidays, on the 16th December, staff at the EleHouse hosted an all day Christmas party with activities such as pass the parcel, brussels sprout eating contests, raffles and other party games. Christmas is a time when Hatfield becomes a ghost town, with the only planned University closure of the academic year taking place from the 24th December till 4th January.

Has Christmas lost its meaning?

Image: Flickr – JD Hancock [Catie Allwright | Contributing Writer] Yes, Christmas has lost its meaning. I feel like a traitor to admit it, but I do believe that Christmas has lost its meaning. Whether you think of that in the religious sense, or the more ‘traditional’ version which focuses on family and togetherness, I look around me and it’s not what I see. Preparations, decorations, gifts and food; it’s all materialism, greed and excess in disguise, and I’ll explain to you

5 tips for your first veggie Christmas

Image: Pixabay [Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] So you recently made the decision to go veggie… and it’s coming up to Christmas *cue panic*. Here are some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow over the festive period and to ensure that you’re not left out when it comes to devouring some delicious Christmas food. 1. Make sure you’re sorted in advance Don’t leave anything till the Christmas eve rush. Make sure you have a meal planned for the big day way in advance. Do

Really bad Christmas cracker jokes

Image: Pixabay [Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas? Santa Jaws! What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps! Why are Christmas trees bad knitters? They keep losing their needles! Why did no one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay? They were two deer! How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was 7lb 6oz when he was born? They had a weigh in a manger! Why would you invite a mushroom to a Christmas party? He’s a fun guy to

Mini Christmas gift guide for students

Image: Pixabay [Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] Stuck for last minute gifts for your housemates and classmates? Here’s a miniature gift guide for the university student strapped for ideas (and cash). #Christmas #Gifts

Surviving Christmas as an international student

Image: Pixabay [Emily Alvarenga | Contributing Writer] As the weather starts to plunge and everyone begins to put up decorations, we realise it’s that magical time of year, and it’s easy to see why people love it. But for many international students, this will be the first time you’re away from home for Christmas. It won’t be easy, but there are so many ways to take make the most of it, and here is a list of things you can do: Photo credit: Pixabay Keep an open mind: one of t

‘Tis the season to be grumpy

[Amy Dodwell | Contributing Writer] One thing you may not be expecting me to say is that I love Christmas. I love the lights, the music, the films, the presents and the family time. But you know what I don’t love? How crazy people turn the closer Christmas gets. I’m sure everyone will agree with me over this, especially when it comes to hitting the shops. But why do people get like this? You see people starting to get ready for the ‘big day’ as early as October, but when the

Christmas caption contest winner!

[Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] Congratulations to Tobi Olásupo for winning our quick Christmas caption contest! Images: Pixabay “Dat Ass.” Here are our runners-up… “Mary, what did you put in those mince pies?” – Hannah Myers “Keep smiling Nicholas. We only have to hold the pose for another 30 days.” – Shelby Loasby “Mr Claus, what have I told you about eating beans before our Christmas shift?” – Alexandra Jungeling “That was meant to be a quick delivery was it? I know y

Christmas: Then vs. Now

Image: Pixabay [Emily Alvarenga | Contributor] Then: “September 3rd? Oh my god! Only 114 days until Christmas!” Now: “Oh god. Three essays until Christmas? I’m never going to make it.” As the holiday break fast approaches, I know I’m not the only one who is counting down the days until I get to go home for Christmas. It’s the time for family, presents, lights, snow and so much more. Christmas has always been a magical time of year, but we can’t deny that things have changed a

Show us your lights! #HertsXmas

[Huriyah Quadri | Print Editor] With Christmas just around the corner, Trident Media would love for you to show off your Christmas light displays to us! You can submit your snaps to us on Twitter or Instagram @TridentMediaUK using the hashtag #HertsXmas, or by tagging us in them! Get in the holiday spirit and show off your displays, the best displays will be shared by @TridentMediaUK. #Christmas #Lights #Photography

Operation: Christmas Child

[Louise Hal-Fead | Contributing Writer] Operation Christmas Child was introduced by the Samaritan’s Purse, which is a Christian humanitarian organisation that aspires to provide aid to those in need of it as an integral part of what they refer to as “Christian missionary work.” Some of you are likely to have heard of it, either through participation, throughout your time in education, or even religion-related events. The main reason I was captured by it is through the fact th

100 days til Christmas: 7 reasons it’s O.K to be excited

[Shelby Loasby | Head of Print] Yep you read it right! Only 100 days until Santa and his reindeer friends come and visit! Whilst the Grinches and Scrooges amongst us bah humbug about the early sightings of Christmas cards and tinsel in the shops, the rest of us are Ding Dong Merrily On High and cannot wait for December 25th to come around. And it’s O.K to be excited! It’s time to put the summer months behind us, crack open a bottle of mulled wine, and dish out a plate of minc

How to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

[Amy Dodwell | Contributing Writer] ‘Lose weight’, ‘try something new’, ‘give up smoking’; these are some of the many resolutions that everyone makes on 1st January but hardly anyone ever keeps. On New Year’s Day, almost everyone claims that this year will be a “New year, new me” thanks to the resolutions we make, but we all know that these will last for a week, maximum. Those who vow to eat healthy will sneakily eat a chocolate left over from the holidays and those who claim

Every Doctor Who Christmas Special, Ranked

[Kat Clements | Contributing Writer] On Christmas Day, at 6.15pm on BBC1, you can watch this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. To help get you in the mood, we’ve reviewed and scored all of the past specials, starting with the worst. The Doctor, the Widow & the Wardrobe (2011) Looking at the title and concept for this special, the second of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, one gets the distinct impression that Moffat just couldn’t be bothered. Like the problemat

Best places to visit for that festive feeling!

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Print Editor] Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland is now a festive staple! It’s basically a Christmas explosion in Hyde Park – there are fairground rides, Christmas Markets and a chance to visit Santa! Winter Wonderland is free to enter but because it’s so popular, make sure you get tickets for any of the main attractions early as tickets frequently sells out on the weekend and evenings. Visit for more information. Harry Po

Top 5 Christmas gifts for students

[Barbara Holguin | Contributing Writer] Shopping for Christmas can always be stressful but we’ve got the best gift ideas for students. Whether it’s for a relative or even a flat mate, every student can benefit from these simple yet creative ideas: Pizza scissors It’s no secret that most students stock up on plenty of frozen pizzas and cutting them can sometimes be quite difficult. This gift idea is ideal for all those students who struggle when cutting their pizzas and apart