Archive | March, 2010

Picture Perfect … (for a workshop exercise, don’t worry, I’m not getting all cultured)

21 Mar
Creative Commons is a way to share pictures, without worrying about the copyright involved. The owners of the images give permission for others to use them, usually so along as they attribute themselves. You’d expect the pictures to be uncomparable to those you might find on google images, but these aren’t just some pictures your Gran took at christmas – they’re very professional, as you’ll see below.

 

The incredible Media Factory - the latest addition to the UCLan family

(Image courtest of Amy Ferguson)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hooliganism - the darker side to football

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                          (Image courtesy of savv)

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves ... not during the credit crunch

 

(Image courtesy of Jainaj) 

Perhaps cake making should be an olympic sport too?

                                                                                         (Image courtesy of clevercupcakes)

The vital components to a good journalist

 

(Image courtesy of Jason Blait)

Sorry it’s boring, and looks incredibly unprofessional, I gave up fighting with alignment!  A new, more interesting (debateable) blog post should be on its way soon!

Find a penny, pick it up, and all day you’ll have good luck!

5 Mar

 I’m going to apologise now if I offend anyone with this post, but I’m hoping at least one person will understand my frustration… 

There’s something not quite justified about the way that Student Finance England (SFE – previously Student Loans Company) dish out loans to students. Obviously a lot of people would disagree with me there, but I’m betting that they’re the people who get upwards of £4000 a year to live on, plus grants etc … meanwhile, the rest of us get the absolute minimum amount because of household income – but why should that mean SFE automatically assume our parents should foot the bill for our education? Speaking the middle of three children, my parents have already funded my older brother through the first two years of his five year course. And will no doubt support my other brother when he makes it to University. But funnily enough, SFE don’t consider this factor all that important.

As it stands, the average student leaves University with over £18,000 worth of debt (this is just for the average three year degree course, and is probably a gross underestimation.) They will then start paying this back in small instalments until their debt is settled – SFE make it sound more appealing by saying that you start paying it back once you’ve started earning £15,000 a year, but let’s be honest, most graduates will walk into jobs with such salaries, so it’s not all that pacifying.

The Government constantly complain about the number of young people choosing to go on to further and higher education – so what do they do to make it more appealing? Propose to increase tuition fees. Yeah, because that’s going to persuade people. Year after year, young people put off University because of the amount of debt they will accumulate over their time there. This needs to change, and sooner rather than later. In today’s society, everyone should have access to whatever tools they need to reach their ultimate career goal, they shouldn’t have to compromise this.

Banks must have a field day with students. Most, if not all, offer interest free overdrafts – a saviour for most students. I know of many a person who took the maximum amount allowed in the first semester, and blew it on beer and beans, and then repeated the same process in the second semester. I think that in most cases, they forget that it is the bank’s money they are spending, not their own.You may think, well, that’s their choice. And yes, it is. But I think banks have a responsibility to students, to ensure they don’t acquire ridiculous amounts of debt with them, because they will turn nasty after graduation, when the interest rates start to snowball.

As we approach the time of year when applications for student finance need to be made, so too begins the unfair distribution of loans for both new and returning students. Nothing will change, even with a new Government (if the General Election swings in the favour of Mr Cameron), I can see how, in theory, the system seems quite reasonable, but in practise, it just doesn’t work out.

So, looks like another two years of eating 19 pence Aldi noodles*.

But having the best time of our lives whilst doing it!

*Totally kidding. Tried them once, they were foul. I’d rather be forever enslaved to the Government to pay back all the money I owe them, than eat those again!