Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

It’s not often that you get to study in a beautiful seaside town such as Falmouth, so for the students of University College Falmouth and Falmouth Marine School, what are the privileges of living and studying by the coast? And how do you make the most of Falmouth’s culture and history whilst doing so?

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Student Conned By Confident Trickster

(Written for Falmouth Navigator.)

A local student was conned of £350 last week when a “confident trickster” offered him a drug deal before disappearing with his money.

The victim, who wishes to remain unnamed, had befriending the con-artist over a few days. He planned to meet the dealer on Monday January 10th to make the deal after gaining his trust, but the deal didn’t go to plan.

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Let The Hunt Begin

(Published on Falmouth Navigator and in my student newspaper Flex, on Page 9)

As the new year commences, it’s time for students to start looking for accommodation away from the halls that have been central to uni life for the past months. Charlie Derry discusses the highs and lows of living off campus and the important features to look for when house hunting this term.

It may only be the start of term two, but this is the time of year that you should be sat trawling the accommodation list with your potential housemates, searching for the perfect house to live in next year. But what exactly should you be looking for when you’re spending weeks on end viewing house after house? And who do you go to if you if you’re having trouble finding somewhere to live?

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What Does The Rise In Tuition Fees Really Mean?

With the issuing of the education cuts and rise of tuition fees, Charlie Derry looks into the facts and truth of what effects may arise for the future of university students.

For students attending university in 2012, the upper limit on tuition fees will rise from £3,290 to £9,000, following the reductions from the education cuts which were announced in The Spending Review last month.

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No Cuts Down In Pasty Town

(Published in my student newspaper Flex on Page 3.)

Around 52,000 students took over the streets of London in protest against education cuts and rise in tuition fees yesterday.

One hundred and fifty students from University College Falmouth joined others in the national Demolition protest on Wednesday 10th November, making it the biggest protest against the review so far.

“Today, we have taken to the streets of London in unprecedented numbers on the biggest student demonstration this century to tell politicians that enough is enough,” said the President of NUS, Aaron Porter. “This is the fight of our lives.”

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Guest Speaker – Oliver Poole

War correspondent for The Telegraph, Oliver Poole, visited University College Falmouth this week to share his experience of being a journalist at war and explain the importance of the media’s role in it.

As a journalist for The Telegraph, Poole was an American correspondent for the 9/11 terrorist attack. He was then sent to Afghanistan at the beginning of the war as an ’embedded journalist.’

Poole travelled with a tank unit who he spent all of his time in Afghanistan with. Everything he owned was bought in Baghdad so that he could blend in with the crowd. “To be absolutely blunt, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” he said. “It was a chaotic start.”

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A Fresh Start

(Published in my student newspaper, Flex, for their Freshers edition on Page 45.)

GCSE’s were easy; at the time we didn’t think there could be anything harder. But, in some way, it has all helped us get to where we are now. A-Levels are over. Gap years have finished. Now we find ourselves at University College Falmouth, beginning a new journey and taking on a course we hope to build our futures upon.

A fresh start and, for most, a new home miles away from the towns we grew up in. So why Falmouth? Falmouth is a beautiful town to live and study in, and its high population of students makes the environment even more welcoming. It’s often been described as a place of escape; a tranquil atmosphere and a place of influence that most don’t want to leave behind.

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Rhian McNeff’s Textile Design

(This was published in the first issue of Dais, a university-funded magazine that I helped to create, write for and edited.)

“Sweet, but not too sugary,” is how Rhian McNeff describes her own work. These refined pieces of fabric are not only pleasing to look at; they are richly informed by the landscapes of her past. Rhian’s travels have also helped her recognise different attitudes and gain a set of influences, which is expressed throughout her sketch book.

From living in a city outside London to the countryside in the Welsh mountains, a contrast has emerged creating a strong undercurrent in Rhian’s work. Bold images of industrial machinery are placed in front of faint watercolour marks to express these two landscapes colliding together. Rhian describes this as nature fighting back, taking over; “I fused the two together to create out of context, sort of dream-like imagery.”

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University College Falmouth Students Launch New Arts Journal

Students at University College Falmouth have launched a new publication called Dais.

Following a master-class held earlier this year by the founders of cultural arts blog, It’s Nice That, UCF students were given the opportunity to pitch their own ideas for a new magazine based on the notion of “something that makes you feel good,” with the winning idea being awarded £500 to go towards the budget of the first issue.

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Students Win Competition For a New Magazine

(This is a follow-up to “It’s Definitely Nice That.”)

A £500 grant has been offered to a group of students at University College Falmouth to start the set up of a new university magazine.

Students won a competition following a master-class held at UCF in February 2010. The competition was organised by the innovative editors of the cultural arts blog, “It’s Nice That.”

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Guest Speaker – Nicholas Brett

Journalism students were taught that persistence is vital in the career of journalism by a guest speaker at University College Falmouth yesterday.

Nicholas Brett, Deputy Managing Director and Group Editorial Director for BBC Magazines, visited UCF to talk about the importance of the audience for the BBC as a worldwide company.

“It’s a really bad time to get a job at this time; there has never been a worse time. You have to keep being persistent,” said Brett.

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In what ways is the practise of journalism influenced and affected by objectivity?

Objectivity is an important aspect which needs to be considered in the practise of journalism. It is seen as a professional ideal which has become a troubling debate in modern journalism, leading to many questions. Does objectivity undermine the press as being the eyes and ears of the public? Or is it better serving the public to offer a variety of views? These questions only lead to a more complex one. Is objectivity even possible? The influence of objectivity needs to be explored closely to identify whether its effects on journalism are positive or negative and to conclude whether journalism can truly be objective.

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Guest Speaker – Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart visited University College Falmouth on March 9th, 2010 as part of UCF’s ‘Approaches to Journalism’ evening lecture series. Cathcart is a professor of journalism at Kingston University and media columnist at the New Statesman. He presented students and visitors with a presentation entitled ‘Collective Amnesia at the News of The World’, concerning the royal phone tapping scandal in late 2005/early 2006.

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Guest Speaker – Eileen Devaney

Journalism students at University College Falmouth were told about a guide to reporting about people in poverty by a guest speaker yesterday.

Eileen Devaney is a member of the UK Coalition Against Poverty. She visited UCF to give an awareness of UK poverty and to talk about the training she offers in related reports.

“We have almost come to regard the poor as the moral villains of society rather than its victims,” she quoted the Bishop of Putney.

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Guest Speaker – Kirstie Newton

Journalism students learnt about the option of becoming a freelance journalist and how to present a good quality pitch at a guest lecture held at Univeristy College Falmouth today.

Kirstie Newton, Editor of Cornwall Today, visited UCF to talk about her career as a magazine journalist and to share her knowledge to help students become successful journalists in their future careers.

“There are much bigger horizons for you and different ways to work,” she said. “Keep your options open.”

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Still No Finance For Students

Latest figures show that tens of thousands of students are still waiting for their loans or maintenance grants due to late payments, slow processes and loss of documents.

The Student Loans Company said that 985,000 had applied for support by October which is 9.1% up on last year and blamed this year’s record number of applications for the delay.

“Many tens of thousands of English students have experienced delays in the processing of their student finance applications this year as a result of problems at Student Finance England,” said David Malcolm, Head of Social Policy at the National Union of Students.

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