Author: Dec Bowring

Where to food shop: Tips for freshers

  After a few days of settling into your new accommodation, meeting your flatmates and enjoying the buzz around campus, you’ll probably realise that if you didn’t stock up your cupboards on your move-day, you have a problem. From an experienced former Aston student, here are the cheapest, nearest and easiest places to do your food shopping: 📍 Easiest  Right there on campus (Aston Street) opposite Greggs and Ryman stationery, the ‘little Tesco’ has most basics and essentials – as well as a decent range fresh fruit and vegetables for such a small shop. You’ll pay over the odds in price for everything you buy, but it’s right there if you need it. 🗺 Tesco Express, Aston St, Birmingham B4 7ET 💷 Cheapest  If you’re thrifty and do not mind a little bit of a walk, there’s an ALDI supermarket in Newtown – just a 15-20 minute walk straight up from Aston’s campus. The area isn’t much to look at, but if you want to get a lot for your money, this is the place. There’s also a Greggs, mini rag market and a Farmfoods on the same site. It’s an easier trip when done with a friend, or with £1.50 in your pocket to catch a ‘short-hop’ bus back to campus with your shopping all packed up. 🚶🚶‍♀️ ALDI, High Street, Newtown, B19 2SS  ⌚ Latest-opening Cross the James Watt Queensway...

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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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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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