Author: Dec Bowring

Feature: BAME women at Aston

Nina, 21, French + Spanish Bsc 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇳🇬 When I was deciding on what university to go to, my sister and I would look through the prospectus booklets and see how hard the university would try to present its self as diverse and accepting. We would look at the pages and see groups of people sat on a bench smiling awkwardly, all of them there because they ticked an individual “diversity box”. A Chinese student, a black woman, a Muslim man, anyone with a visible disability and a white guy can be seen grouped together in many of the prospectuses. However...

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Guest Blog: From Lille to Brum

by Victor Malfait I’m a student in a French school called Sciences Po in Lille, I study political sciences. It’s a degree we do over 5 years, and it is compulsory to do a year abroad during our third year – similar to some course at Aston. I wanted to go to the UK, because I’ve always loved the place; I’ve been many times before, visiting London, Liverpool, and Manchester – to name a few. I looked at the available universities and I chose Aston University in Birmingham because it’s in a big city (there were no London choices)....

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5 misconceptions about English Language at Aston

Disclaimer: I study English… 1. Not all of us want to be teachers. It’s great for the ones who do! Aston offers English Language as a single-honors degree, and as a combination with a range of subjects from languages, to sociology, politics, business, etc. – but it isn’t the calling for all of us! And we get asked “do you want to be a teacher” after every “what do you study at uni?” 2. It is not literature. It’s Language and Linguistics. If I had a quid for every “so you do Shakespeare, and read books?” that I get in a week,...

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Society Spotlight: LGBT+

What: Aston LGBT+ Society, for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans and anyone else – somewhere – on the sexuality spectrum, as well as heterosexual supporters (or ‘allies’). Cost: £5 membership fee. Covers: LGBT+ topical issues in society, such as relevant news items on movements, rights, developments and key issues within the LGBT+ community around the world. Also, meetings occasionally include trivia on a vast, wide range of topics such as (most recently) sexual identity. Light-hearted content that the LGBT+ society covers in meetings include LGBT+ themed music, films, books and other media which may be of interest to members. Members’ are...

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Being LGBT+ At Aston

I’m Dec – a final year English Language Bsc at Aston. I’m openly gay. In light of LGBT+ History Month UK starting today, I want to reflect on being a gay student at a Uni like Aston. The LGBT+ Society is one of the most popular experiences for an LGBT+ student at our uni. I hadn’t been to anything of the sort before, so this was exciting. Three years down the line, I made some of my closest friends, best memories and biggest uni experiences from being in the society. It truly shaped my social life here. Other students, some who don’t attend LGBT+ but still identify as LGBT, say they enjoy being at Aston because of the diverse studentship, close proximity to LGBT+ nightlife, and the social networks they have developed around campus. To hear more about my experience at Aston being gay, and some other students’ feeling about being LGBT+ at Aston, see our vlog...

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