So Welsh Labour has a New Leader. What Does That Mean?

On 6th December 2018, it was announced that Mark Drakeford would be taking over for Carwyn Jones as Leader of Welsh Labour. The Finance...

Swansea University American football ‘Titans’ celebrate 10 years

Swansea University American Football Club, or ‘The Titans’ as they are known, are celebrating their ten year anniversary of competing. As they reminisce of...

Watchmen

The modern-day film industry is filled with superhero movies. Between Marvel and DC we seem to be getting five to six superhero movies a...

The Lion in Winter

When we think of Christmas, we usually think about presents and family and friends all gathering together. Not often do we associate the festive...

Agony Aunt – December 2018

I moved to uni last month and my boyfriend and I have already broken up. I feel like I missed out on freshers and...

The Peterson Case

Michael and Kathleen Peterson seemingly had it all: the perfect family; the perfect house; the perfect marriage. All of this changed in a matter...

Burn the Roses

Burn the roses, so their thorns won’t cut you again. Burn the sunflowers, for the sun is gone, and lie in shadow. The fire will give you warmth. Burn the...

Illiterate in the Language Of

Dear my XXXX, Ever since I met you I found something that speaks to me It’s so strange, for the first time ever I can feel my...

The Box

You find a box. Just a regular box. Sides all flawlessly square. Corners at perfect 90-degree angles. A box that really says, “This is a box.” You open it...

2019 Games preview

2018 has been an extraordinary 12 months for gaming with some of the finest and most complete games being released, with the likes of...

Country at a Glance: Bali

Bali has recently become the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago, attracting tourists from around the world. Bali has activities to...

Chile on a Shoe String

Chile is home to some of the world’s most varying climates and landscapes, making it the perfect place for any traveller who is new...

The Pizza Boyz

Pizza. It’s a food that brings us joy - encompassing a myriad cheesy, meaty and saucy goodness. Domino's and Papa John’s are a safe...

Make Your own Festive Drink

With the passing of Halloween, we find ourselves looking to Christmas. A distant dream in this bleak world of overbearing assignments and deadlines. To...

Settling into Life at Uni

The fun of Freshers is now over for everyone and the reality of deadlines hits you. How do you cope with that? A part...

Amser Nadolig (Christmas Time)

Have you ever been interested to pick up some Welsh during your time at university here in Swansea? Why not get in the festive...

Picfair: Everything you Need to Know

In a digital era, everyone is a producer of their own content and it’s becoming increasingly easy to display your work online. For budding...

Our Mental Health is a Disability – An Open Letter

Someone with depression is not ‘just sad’. Someone who has anxiety does not just get ‘a little nervous’. We have taken steps forward where...

The right to gender neutral toilets

Going to the toilet is a basic human right. Bathrooms are an amenity that everyone should have equal access to, surely? In recent years,...

The Year of the Sea

Throughout 2018, we have all seen a great deal of cultural change, both on a local and global scale. It seems that celebrating the...

It’s time to talk about PTSD!

*Disclaimer: Contains a brief description of sexual assault and descriptions of PTSD. I am not writing this as a medical article; yes, I’ll describe symptoms...

Nothing to See-zure here

There’s a lot of words for what I have. Some people call it daydreaming (they’re wrong), some people call it being dizzy or dozy...

The King and I: A Triumphant Return to the West End

Over the summer, many theatregoers and I had the privilege of seeing the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical gloriously revived at the London Palladium....

Open mic night at the Perch

Almost every pub in Swansea has an open mic night, with a range of different people who participate. Some will feature almost exclusively musical...

Xtreme to host Student Radio Association conference in 2019

On the 8th of November at the Student Radio Awards at the O2 arena, Xtreme Radio Swansea University's very own radio station were announced...

Sexual Harassment Procedures are Failing – Leanne Wood

Current procedures are inadequate for dealing with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said. Speaking in the Welsh...

Xtreme Radio’s 50th Birthday

I bet you are wondering what Xtreme Radio is and why you should care. Well, we’re Swansea University’s student radio station and this year...

Decrease in Welsh Students’ Uptake of French and German Language Courses

There has been a continual drop in the number of students from Wales taking language courses at university, according to admissions service UCAS. The...

My Epilepsy Journey

When people think of epilepsy or seizures, most would automatically imagine convulsions caused by flashing lights, or that epilepsy is an obvious disability and...

Movember

With so many worthy causes out there to support, why donate some of your hard-earned cash to Movember? Unlike women’s charities and fundraising events...

Dorothy Watson commemorated as part of Pages of the Sea Armistice...

On Sunday 11th November, the people of Swansea converged on the beach to witness the drawing in the sand of a portrait of Dorothy Watson...

Interview with Ben Harries from Clwb Rygbi Tawe

Hi Ben, thank you for agreeing to talk today. So firstly, tell me about Clwb Rygbi Tawe. Clwb Rygbi Tawe is a relatively new club...

Macbeth – Director’s Cut Review

I’ve been bored in theatres before, but this was the first time I’d ever been bored by Macbeth. The performance history of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play...

Club in Focus: Hockey

Here at Swansea University, we have two Hockey clubs; a Ladies’ club and a Men’s club. Each boasts incredibly successful sides from elite performance...

Ladies day 2018 raises £642 for Mind

Our annual ‘Ladies Day’ took place on Wednesday 3rd October, and was an event which saw women from a number of sports teams compete...

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Review

Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins left us with an appetite to want to traverse the ancient world further. Fortunately, 12 months later Assassin’s Creed...

Agony Aunt: November 2018

I cheated on my partner. I have nothing but regret but they won’t give me another chance. What should I do? Cheating, no matter on...

Online Dating & Long Distance: When it’s right it’s right

William and Rebekah Shackley are dear friends of mine, whose wedding I was fortunate enough to attend last April in Las Vegas. It seemed...

Eminem vs Machine Gun Kelly

Now that some time has settled in the long awaited war of words between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly, I am sure that I...

Portugal: At a glance

Portugal is a Southern European country located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering with Spain. The country each year is gaining more and more popularity...

Ryanair: A different perspective

As a frequent flyer and constant traveller, I have flown across the globe with around 7 different airlines (inc. British Airways, EasyJet, Emirates and...

Travel Hacks: Fly like a pro

Despite being a frequent flyer myself, I’ve never enjoyed flying. I’ve always found it such a hassle, but because of flying so often (about...

How ‘A Quiet Place’ gives lessons in horror

Over the summer, I watched A Quiet Place for the first time. I found that the film, for the most part, lived up to...

Solid as a Rock?

In American Studies, we are encouraged to pursue a year of study in the United States, so that we can experience learning about the...

Last of the Light Bringers – Awaken

She opened her eyes to darkness. Head raised, gasping desperately for air, she felt the coarse grains fall from her skin. She lifted a...

Dreams, Cold, Old, New

Door windows of shattered colour shards, Here, where Gods hang round in bars Lilting choir on the jukebox New polish on the locks Mercury and Mars Playing cards. Where to...

Good Night Out Campaign

A YouGov poll from 2017 found that almost three-quarters of young people have witnessed sexual harassment on a night out, with nearly 63% of...

A welcome from our food editor

My hope is to not only encourage other food lovers to come forward and write for this great paper, but I wish to educate...

Get lost in Swansea

One of the main ways I found that Swansea was the place to be was by getting lost - at first, you will feel...

Swansea University announces partnership with Columbia

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Programme will see joint PhDs for students from Swansea and the United States. Swansea University vice-chancellor, Professor Richard B....

Cold War

It’s been three years since Pawel Pawlikowski won his Oscar for Ida, the first film in the Polish language to win an Oscar. This...

5 Top Tips for Your Year Abroad

The emails reminding you to start your applications are flooding in, the paperwork is piling up, and the to-do lists are getting scarily long....

Epilepsy: All your questions answers

November is epilepsy awareness month. It’s important that everyone understands the condition that is epilepsy, who it affects, what triggers a seizure and what...

Real World Buffalo Bill

Iconic classic movies; Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho, all have one thing in common: they were modelled after killer...

Should failure to act be considered a crime?

Is the UK justice system lagging behind the rest of the world by failing to implement a “good Samaritan law”? When considering the law of...

This Really is the Greatest Show

The lights turn down and a hush descends over the audience. Something is crackling in the atmosphere, a buzz of excitement. Boom. One bass...

Why do we love being scared?

We’ve all been there. You’re home alone, curtains drawn, all the doors are locked (checked twice). The wind is howling outside, and the rain...

FIFA 19: New Journey mode

The latest instalment from EA sports certainly feels like the most comprehensive football game out there, mainly due to the addition of the official...

COFIWCH DRYWERYN

In 1965 a small Welsh village in Gwynedd, north Wales was drowned to quench the thirst of an English city. In 1956, a private...

THE ABERFAN DISASTER

On the morning of October 21st 1966, the young students of Pantglas Primary school stood for assembly singing the well-known hymn; all things bright...

Henna – everything you need to know.

Khadija Stone is a medical student currently studying at Swansea University. Khadija is also a self-taught henna artist who uses her henna skills to...

Couples Costumes!

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun – celebrating with your partner can give you the opportunity to make and...

PS4 Spider-Man

The collaborative effort from Sony and Insomniac Games has led to one of the finest and most sophisticated superhero games since DC’s Batman Arkham...

Education Officer update

Disclaimer: These are personal opinions, not those of the Students' Union. - - - It’s been a busy start to the year! Since starting back in June,...

Album Review: Alt J – Reduxer

Rating: 4/5, ‘…what could have felt like a jumble of remixes thrown into a pot has instead got the feel of a well-executed experimental...

An introduction to sport at Swansea University

Welcome, Freshers, to the fast-paced, high-energy bubble that is Freshers Week! With so many new opportunities coming your way, be sure to check out...

Cymuned Gymraeg Prifysgol Abertawe

I fyfyrwyr newydd – llongyfarchiadau a chroeso i Brifysgol Abertawe a’n cymuned Gymraeg! Hefyd, i hen fyfyrwyr – croeso nôl! Barod am flwyddyn braf...

Strava: apps to get you going

Looking to start work on those fitness goals but not sure where to start or concerned about gym membership costs? Strava, a free fitness...

Revolut: the future of banking?

Revolut the online bank, which launched only three years ago in July 2015, has over 2 million customers and growing. But how has this...

SWITCH: Nintendo’s revival

After the disappointing reception of Nintendo’s Wii U, the Switch appears to have offered the manufacturer's a new lease of life in an extremely...

Don’t just stick to big Tesco, go local!

Everyone is tempted to go to the same big Tesco, Sainsbury's or Lidl, do all their shopping there and leave it at that. Though...

Swansea Student Media 2018

Ever fancied hosting your own radio show? Maybe you're a budding writer with a passion for publishing? Handy with a video camera or editing...

Travel Swansea

Swansea; it doesn’t matter how you ended up here, there will come a time when you will have had enough of watching Netflix from...

Let’s talk sexual health

As a new student it is important to have all the contacts you need to keep yourself safe! So, here’s a list of facilities...

Am I really qualified for this?

Well, who really is? Even if you have a worked a lifetime to receive a doctorate on the subject it is a purely situational topic....

Autumn 2018 Preview

Halloween October 19th Crazed serial killer Michael Myers is back. Just in time for Halloween. Get ready for chills and gore galore. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of...

Tom Cruise: The man who needs no stunt double?

Mission Impossible: Fallout was released back at the end of July and instantly became one of the surprise hits of the summer. The sixth...

Can a film be more than just a film?

For a few years now, I’ve been dabbling in film journalism on and off again on my personal blog and I’ve got a bit...

Your part-time officers 2018/19

Part-time officers represent different groups of students, run campaigns and hold the full-time officers accountable. They volunteer their energy and time to run campaigns to...

Your full-time officers 2018/19

Meet your new officers. They get voted in by students and they're here to represent you with all things Uni-related. If you're having an...

Tips and Tricks to writing fiction

So you’ve decided to write something, huh? Maybe you have an idea for a novel that will blow Harry Potter out of the water;...

A Fresher’s guide to Wind St: Four clubs, four different vibes

Starting off your university adventure is full of daunting experiences. A new place, meeting new people, it can all be quite scary. But we...

How to stay safe during Freshers

With freshers now upon us, it’s important to know how to stay safe in this new, exciting chapter of your life. A new, independent...

Your guide to Students’ Union services

The SU are a huge part of life at Swansea Uni. They bring the best events to the city like Summer Ball and the...

Build your own photo wall

The first days of university are the most daunting: you haven’t met the people who you’re living with and you’re supposed to be completely...

Now For More: Swansea’s mini weekender!

To all of you returning to Swansea: welcome back! And to all of you new starters, welcome to your charming home for the next academic...

Coming out at University

Coming out is a different experience for everyone who goes through it; for some, it’s smooth sailing, while for others, it can be a...

5 Reasons why you should join a society

As the saying goes ‘New year, new memberships’. It’s a heavily paraphrased saying, but it’s that time of the year again, and it’s time...

A guide to university

So, you’ve started university. A rite of passage for many young people, the prospect of living away from home for the first time can...

Proposals for new student flats opposed by Swansea Council

Swansea councillors have criticised plans for the development of two blocks of flats for the city’s student population. In the same meeting, however, councillors also...

No Halls No Worries: Freshers when you’re not in halls

Panic! Everything seems to be going wrong after going through clearing and you have had to find a house with a bunch of strangers....

Settling in to University Life

Congratulations, you’ve made it! You’ve made it to university. Whether Swansea is your first choice, your insurance choice or you came here through clearing,...

LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE: How to start

In an increasingly globalised world, the learning of at least one foreign language is something that all culturally engaged individuals (should) aspire to. To...

Egyptologists denied visas to take part in Icom conference in Swansea

Three professional curators of Egyptian artefacts who had been invited to deliver a research presentation at an international museum conference in Swansea have been...

Is the ‘popular film’ Oscar category patronising?

On the 8th August this year, The Academy, home of the Oscars, announced the addition of a new category to the world’s most well-known...

Has Social Media Empowered Millennials?

The internet is everywhere in the modern-day world, with Millennials being a unique generation as they were born during the conception of the internet...

Competing for Swansea University Pole Fitness Club

Competitions are thought of as an excellent way to immerse yourself into pole fitness, perfecting your best moves and using your creativity to come...

Conversations with Lethal Bizzle and DJ EZ at Swansea’s Summer Ball:...

Swansea had the pleasure of welcoming two legends of their respective genres to blitz the Summer Ball last month, DJ EZ and Lethal Bizzle....