Author: Kamran Ali

Christmas in Birmingham, New Years in Paris

I feel very blessed to have been able to realise some of my life-long dreams 1. Attend a prestigious university in the UK, Aston University, and pursue my goal of achieving a Master’s Degree in Linguistics. 👩🏼‍🎓 2. Spend a snowy Christmas. Something that the city of Birmingham provided me, seeing that Christmas time coincides with summer time in Brazil, where I am from. ☃️ 3. Travel to magnificent places in Europe, such as Bath, in the UK, and Paris, in France. 🛣 Christmas time in Birmingham in nothing short than magical. The German Market provides an atmosphere of...

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4 Tips to Remove the Pressure of Dissertation

The second term has started again and the holiday season is officially over. With it, this term brought the added pressure of writing the MA dissertation. I wanted to write this post to give a few tips for all of you out there also facing this quest. 1) Think of a dissertation topic ASAP ⏳ This will enable you to find the essential literature surrounding your topic, as well as give you enough time to start thinking what it is that you really want to write about. 2) Think about data collection 📝 This is extremely important; as you...

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TEF – what does it mean?

If you have been on campus or looked at the Aston website anytime in the past year, you might have noticed this logo… But what does it mean? How does it affect the uni? Let’s investigate…  What is TEF? The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) judges universities based on their teaching ability, drop out rate and academic support rather than other elements which don’t affect students as much such as research. Each university which participates is ranked like the Olympics – Bronze, Silver and Gold (with Gold being the best of course). Won’t most unis get gold? Around 25% of universities received...

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Tenancy rights every student should know

Moving into accommodation without any guidance from your parents can be confusing. Nobody expects you know the rights of your tenancy. Which is why you don’t want to be taken advantage of by your landlord. Here are 5 tenancy rights you should know when living at your home! 1. Your landlord is responsible for your safety! Don’t think because something is broken, you’re accountable. Your landlord is responsible for your home. If it is broken, make sure to get the following fixed: The property’s structure and exterior 🏚 Basins, sinks, baths, and other sanitary fittings including pipes and drains...

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Unofficial Geese Facts

You may have noticed when walking on campus that our favourite animal, the Goose, calls Aston University it’s home. To get to know our favourite neighbour better, here are some wild geese facts (some may be opinion 😶). 5. They are the most fearless animal in the world  Everyone on campus knows how brave this member of the anatidae family is (anatidae is the science name for a bird). I have looked out the window of the library and seen students running from these beasts, which brings me to my best fact… 4. They can smell fear Geese demand...

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