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

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One-Of-A-Kind UK #BlackLivesMatter Module Launched For MA Students At University of Hertfordshire

By Zoe Fripp The University of Hertfordshire has introduced a new module as part of their MA in Literature at Culture, inspired by the political activist movement #BlackLivesMatter. The one of its kind in the UK module, entitled ‘US Culture and #BlackLivesMatter’ means that students can now learn about the significance and contexts of the internationally recognised movement. Students will be able to examine and study contemporary cultural texts, which forms part of the moveme

21st Century University Plans To Be Built In Milton Keynes

By Zoe Fripp Milton Keynes Council has confirmed that the plans for a new ‘21st century’ university will go ahead, after selecting Cranfield University as the lead partner. Currently known as MK:U, the University will hold 5,000 students, with the first being welcomed in 2023. Cranfield University will supply a curriculum focused on science, mathematics, engineering and technology, including robotics and artificial intelligence. Professor Sir Peter Gregson, the Chief Executiv

The class divide in university applications and exams reflects the insidious North-South divide

By James Lewis For the second consecutive year, the number of university applications has dropped. The number of applications from UK students has decreased by 2.6% when compared to last year’s figures, with 12,420 fewer applicants. Reasons suggested for the decline varies from rising student debts to the perceived devaluation of university degrees, but it is clear that class divide is playing a destabilising role in student applications. London is, and for a very long time h


On Monday 12th March, the candidates for VP Community, VP Activities and VP Education were all invited to the first of two hustings events, where they would be given the opportunity to speak with the electorate, and pitch what they would offer if elected to their chosen roles. Candidates were quizzed by students within the venue and had their answers streamed live on the SU’s Facebook page. Vice President Education Unfortunately, none of the candidates who are campaigning for

Internationally renowned headteacher joins School of Education

Image: The Wroxham School [Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Executive Headteacher of Potter’s Bar Wroxham School, has joined the University of Hertfordshire School of Education as a Visiting Professor. The Hertfordshire teacher’s influence first became apparent in her miraculous transformation of the Potter’s Bar school, which sat within “special measures” in 2003. Dame Alison Peacock’s hard work and dedication led to the school being lifted

Winners announced in the University of Hertfordshire Small Grants for Impact 2016 competition

Image: Bryony Wharfe [Laura Slingo | News Editor] The Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (SSAHRI) is pleased to announce that members of the Institute have been presented with awards under the University’s Small Grants for Impact 2016. Plenty of University lecturers are completing research and projects alongside their teaching and these awards help achieve this. These University-wide awards are for the purpose of helping researchers to develop the economic

Hertfordshire Students’ Union Elections 2016: your need-to-know guide

[Laura Slingo | Elections Team] The Hertfordshire Students’ Union Elections 2016 are in full swing, with your candidates working hard to research students’ wants and needs, carefully crafting manifestos to address these priorities and planning spectacular campaigns to prove to you why you should vote for them. But what exactly are you as UH students voting for and why should you? Here’s your latest survival guide for Herts SU elections. What does the Students’ Union do for me

Full-Time Candidates Announced

[Tom Boon | Elections Team] Hertfordshire Students’ Union has announced the list of candidates who are standing for full-time positions as your elected officers for 2016. The elected officers represent students within the union, the University and the community, and are responsible for the direction of the SU. President The President of the Students’ Union is the director of the union. Responsible for guiding the SU forward, the president is also responsible for carrying the

Documentary Review: To Light a Candle by Maziar Bahari

[Aimone Sharif | Contributing Writer] On the 23rd of March, the documentary “To Light a Candle” by Maziar Bahari was shown at the University of Hertfordshire. Education is a gift the Western world takes for granted, but in the Middle East, education is rare and sometimes the desire to learn is considered a crime. Maziar Bahari This documentary shows the persecutions and the difficulties faced by the Baha’is when trying to get an education in Iran. In the Muslim dominant count

Meet the Lecturer: Dr Brilliant Sigabade Mhlanga

[Aimone Sharif | Contributing Writer] For our second edition of “Meet the lecturer” we met Dr Brilliant Sigabade Mhlanga, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and an internationally renowned researcher. Dr Mhlanga is an exciting, eloquent speaker whose passion for teaching can be seen in the captivating way he delivers his lectures. We caught up with him as he was preparing for his presentation due to be delivered in Geneva, Switzerland where he would address the 7th

March for Free Education

10,000 students march through London for free university education [Oliver Price | Contributing Writer] Wednesday the 18th of November saw around 10,000 students and supporters parading from Malet Street to Westminster in the name of free university education. Police liaison officers said that a good outcome would be “peaceful protest”, and apart from a minor scuffle at Parliament Square by a fringe group where 11 arrests were made, the protest was largely non-violent. The m

TEDx theme revealed

[Shelby Loasby | News Sub Editor] Following last weeks article about TEDx coming to the university, Trident Media can reveal that the organisations theme for our very own TEDx conference is Pink Polar Bears! As random as it seems, there is actually a complex psychological background to the theme and is better known as the ‘Ironic Process Theory.’ This is a process whereby deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts, make them more likely to surface. The original experime

A Day at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

[Ifrah George | Contributing Writer] On the 28th of October, student volunteers from the University of Hertfordshire attended a one-off project in Borehamwood called Noah’s Ark Hospice. Noah’s Ark is an expanding children’s hospice service, seeking to serve an estimated 900 life-limited or life-threatened children or young people, and their families, living within the communities of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Their aim is to support these families, often

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