News and Updates

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

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Student Spotlight: Matthew Widdicombe

By Sam Carman Student Spotlight interviews undergraduates, postgraduates and other academics about their schooling achievements, be it studying abroad, running a society or finishing a work placement. Joining a sports team is a decision many make or even aspire to do in their first year of studying at the University of Hertfordshire. But what does being part of a sports team mean? Will it enhance your ability to work? What is it really like to captain a university sports team

André Graça, AKA Midnight Ambassador

By Robert Wheatley and Matt Dowse It’s hard enough to make it as a musician, let alone do it all the while studying and working abroad, but with a fanbase growing by the day and three incredibly distinctive tracks released to Spotify already, André seems like he’s well on his way to making his dream a success. The Trident sat down with the artist in the Trident Media radio studios to discuss his musical origins, his artistic influences and what we can expect to see next from

Jewish and Genderqueer: Two Identities That Work

By Ollie Read and Robert Wheatley It’s often assumed that, as a person of faith, one must identify a certain way in order to follow a religion because of what a holy text appears to denote, forcing individuals to either lose their faith or find other methods to conform; ideas that may be psychologically damaging, and, at times, life-threatening. As time has moved on, religious communities and communities of faith have begun to reject these harmful attempts at trying to change

Breakout! Harry Potter Party: Is It StudentWorthy?

By Robert Wheatley StudentWorthy is a segment in which a student looks at the stuff going on at the University of Hertfordshire, to see if it’s really worth your $$. Last week, we interviewed Breakout!‘s Harry Potter Party event organisers, Josh Watson and Luke Osborne, to find out what was in store for lovers of magic (and nights out). While The Trident was a little disappointed to find that the theming was a little less than Hogwarts-worthy, and the merchandise give-away pr

Student Spotlight: Tom Boon

Student Spotlight interviews undergraduates, postgraduates and other academics about their schooling achievements, be it studying abroad, running a society or finishing a work placement. Employers aren’t just looking for a degree and a good mark: work experience, according to UCAS, is sought out by two-thirds of employers when looking for graduates, to ensure they have a greater understanding of their chosen field. Some university courses even require it, so getting on top of

Trident Spotlight: Matt Dowse Live!

By Robert Wheatley Each month, Trident Media will be highlighting one of its many Radio shows, Print segments and TV productions to give our readers some insight into the diverse content we’ve got available. Sometimes when you’re studying, on the commute to work, or in the midst of chores, you want some background ambience, and music just isn’t cutting it. Say hello to the world of podcasts: a supremely diverse audio-based entertainment that can be anything from educational s

Society Showcase: The Philosophy Society!

By Robert Wheatley – Head of Editorial Philosophy is a fascinating subject and one I am proud to be majoring in. It’s a study that dates back as far as Ancient Greece, and it developed an abundance of schools of thought as its practice grew of interest across the world in Japan, China, India and in the Middle East. Socrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippus, Epicurus [Credit: Wikipedia] It’s a subject still widely popular today and has many useful applications in a variety of subjects

Society Showcase: Herts SU: LGBT+!

By Robert Wheatley – Head of Editorial In a world in which LGBTQIA people are often made to feel uncomfortable with their identity and existence, you need to find a place that won’t judge you for being who you are. The Herts SU LGBT+ society is one of these communities, dedicated to LGBTQIA-identifying people where it aims to provide an all-inclusive environment for socialising. I spoke to current chair, Oliver Read, who wishes to not only provide a safe space for LGBTQIA-ide

Interview with Rod Argent

By Aiden Perrins – Editor Last week, Trident Media spoke with Rod Argent of The Zombies. We asked him about what made The Zombies get back together and start playing again in 2000, he said: “Well it wasn’t quite that, back in 2000 I did a charity event with John Dankworth (jazz musician), who is a friend. Colin (Blunstone) was in the audience and got up and sang a couple of songs in the spur of the moment and it really felt like we’d only been together a few weeks previously.

Interview with Zakia Abdullah: Game Developer of Ascent

[Lashara Van Heerden | Features Manager] Ascent is an indie game with unique visuals in a botanical design, which won the CG Student Awards for Game of the Year in 2015. I caught up with Zakia Abdullah, one of the game developers for Ascent and she gave me the bigger picture of creating a game in a team. Note: Zakia’s answers for this interview included input from all of Ascent’s team members. TM: Please tell me about the game developers that helped create this game. What the

Herts Alumna Zahida Khatoon talks about nursing

Image: Obeda Khanam [Huriyah Quadri | Print Editor] Nurses play a vital part in our healthcare system. They provide essential services across hospitals, care homes and even schools. University of Hertfordshire’s Zahida Khatoon graduated from her Nursing course in 2015 and is now a nurse at Lister Hospital. Trident Media spoke to Khatoon to find out what nursing life is like behind the scenes and how her time at Herts has contributed towards her career. TM: When did you decide

Trident Media Interview Ordinary Boys’ Preston!

Shelby Loasby | Head of Print Trident Media caught up with Samuel Preston, lead singer of the Ordinary Boys back in October 2015, before their big November tour of the country. The Ordinary Boys are an English Indie Rock band from Sussex who formed in 2002. After an on-and-off break from 2011-2013, the boys came back and officially reunited, much to their fans excitement. At the time of the phone interview, the musicians behind hit Nine2Five had just announced their new album

Dissertation Disasters (and how to avoid them!)

Image: Tim Gouw [Catie Allwright | Contributing Writer] I spoke to five graduates from around the country about their experiences, any catastrophes they overcame and any tips for those still climbing their diss-Everest. Meet the survivors: Edward Durcan, Sound Art & Design graduate (2015) from London College of Communication. Kathryn Millard, BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing graduate (2015) from De Montfort University. Heidi Gardner, MSci Pharmacology with Industrial Placement gra

Students Comment on SU Elections

[Laura Slingo & Tom Boon | Elections Team] On Monday 7th March, the fourth day of voting, Trident Media went around College Lane and de Havilland campuses to see what students made of the SU Elections. Of everybody that wanted to talk on camera, all knew about the Elections occurring. Some of the people seemed excited, whilst others did not seem to care. Tom Rowe, a second year film student commented: “Compared to last year, when I was a first year, I think it’s a bit more en

Hertfordshire then and now

Image: Tom Boon [Aaron Hurst | Contributing Writer] We conducted an interview with University of Hertfordshire alumna, Fiona BeLieu Williston, who graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic in 1986. While at Herts, Fiona completed a degree in Applied Social Studies with a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, and is currently working for the Cumberland-Perry Drug & Alcohol Commission in Pennsylvania as a Prevention Program Supervisor. TM: We were intrigued to hear that you gr

A chat with Harry Melling and Jemima Rooper from the London production of Hand to God

All images from handtogod.co.uk/gallery [April Wilson | TV Director] I was panicking. I’d left it too late. I wasn’t going to make my train. I was not going to be able to do the interview. I had arrived at the train station with minutes to spare but the train had left a minute early. Luckily, I happened to make it on the train just before it left! I was on my way to interview Harry Melling and Jemima Rooper, stars of the new London production of Hand to God. Hand to God is a

Josef Salvat’s new album: Night Swim

[Huriyah Quadri | Print Editor] In anticipation for the release of his upcoming album Night Swim, I kicked back to have a sneaky listen and to ask Josef Salvat some questions about his work. Josef is most well-known for his cover of Sia Furler’s “Diamonds”, which was featured in both an advertisement for Sony and The Perfect Guy. Surprisingly, when asked what it was like to hear himself on screen, Josef replied: “Believe it or not I still haven’t heard my voice on screen so I

DJ SASH! Interview at The Forum Hertfordshire

Shelby Loasby | Head of Print On Saturday 23rd January 2016, Trident Media were lucky enough to interview the legendary, party man of the 90s – Sascha Lappessen from DJ SASH! Touring for over 20 years, SASH!  – made up of Lappessen, Ralf Kappmeier and Thomas Ludke – has played to sold out clubs, won numerous awards, and has created a nostalgic playlists of trance and Eurodance. Despite never reaching no.1 in the UK Charts, SASH! have remained a popular DJ team with plenty of

Badger Way: Herts own YouTube Stars in the making

[Shelby Loasby | Head of Print] YouTube is a magical place where hours of your life mysteriously disappear; it’s a place where you can learn things you never thought you wanted to know; it’s a place where talents are discovered, and a place where the weirdest, wackiest videos can make you into a star. One group that has seized the powers of YouTube is Badger Way. Made up of University of Hertfordshire final year students, Badger Way are growing in popularity with their series

Crush Radio: why, when, how?

[Louise Hal-Fead | Contributing Writer] Crush Radio is the University of Hertfordshire’s very own radio station, which is broadcasted from the College Lane campus. Crush has two stations: Crush Radio, the more mainstream station for the latest music, news about the campus and a host of entertainment based shows in the evening; Crush Underground, which is the more alternative station allowing us to cover all student interests. Shows range from ‘The Nerd Heard’ to heavy metal s