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Overworked, Underemployed

With another university year coming to an end, thousands of students are anxiously approaching the end of their student experience, wondering about the next chapter of their lives. A select few will have long known what they wanted to do next, but for many there are at least some lingering …

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Back of the pack, are we lazy language learners?

For many, learning another language can be a daunting experience. There are many obstacles in the way, rewiring your brain to think in another tongue, dedicating time to trawling relentlessly through grammar text books and plucking up the courage to express yourself in front of someone else, someone foreign. Nevertheless, …

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Placement: a sandwich year but do you get a real taste of the working world?

  Unpaid placements are becoming more and more common, with work experience in high demand due to the competitive job market, graduates need differentiation. Ellie Dolan, Jordanstown student who obtained an unpaid placement with Strabane Council believes all placements should have a salary. ‘I most definitely think all placements should …

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Mental health and the student experience

Anxiety affects 8.2 million people in Great Britain and one in four students are reported to suffer from mental health issues. I am personally affected by anxiety, I feel it in my studies, in my social life, and in my job. It took me a long time to even deal …

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MAJORITY OF GORSE FIRES IN THE WEST BRANDED ‘DELIBERATE’ AS FIRES RAGED ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND

By Katie Dickie   The first week in May saw many firefighters deployed to tackle gorse fires across Northern Ireland. With the arrival of drier weather, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) issued a warning highlighting the extreme dangers and serious consequences of deliberate fire setting in the countryside. …

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Social Media transformation for North West 200

Over the last number of years, social media sites have helped to raise the profile of sporting events. A number of different sports have introduced ways that fans can keep up to date with events even when they cannot be in attendance. Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter have been hailed as …

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Marquez on the victory march in Argentina.

With the 2017 MotoGP season getting underway, Round 2 of the Championship took place this weekend at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Pre-race speculation suggested that three-time World Champion, Marc Marquez, was the man to beat around the 2.98 mile circuit. Marquez looked as though he was …

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Party profiling: Integrated education in Northern Ireland

With election day looming once more, many people will take the view; ‘they are all the same.’ This article will tackle this by looking at what the Northern Ireland parties’ stance is with regards to the future of education. Schools in Northern Ireland currently come in three forms: State controlled …

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Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson made his directing return this year with Hacksaw Ridge, a war movie about a pacifist, this level of contradiction was surely worth a watch. This movie goes some way towards repairing the damage of Gibson’s previous slurs and misdemeanors. Gibson’s return marks ten years out of the director …

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No Petition of Concern? What Does This Mean for Same-Sex Marriage?

  The recent UK general elections has sparked interest nationwide over the Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. (DUP) Since the Conservative Party won the general election but did not win enough seats to meet an overall majority. Therefore, Theresa May’s options were limited to making a deal with another party …

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