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Three bouts of bad luck and a party to celebrate

Jan

31

 
So this week, I had my fair share of bad luck. First, I smashed my long serving phone's screen getting out of my car whilst parking on campus this week and had to fork out £100 to replace it. Th...

A Cup of Tea with Milk in Downtown Cairo — Introducing our Data Management Assistant, Hadeer El Shafie

Jan

30

 
Cities are like us: They have moods. This is how I’ve always experienced Cairo. I have had the privilege to spend the majority of my childhood years in Cairo, with many, many days spent with ...

Second term of second year

Jan

28

 
Where did Christmas go? The Christmas holiday was blissful, not having any exams to revise for, thank god for assessed essays.. It took a while to get back into living at home, feeling bad for waking ...

How to not just survive, but to enjoy your PhD Viva

Jan

28

 
A few months ago I wrote a post about What it is like to do a PhD. I was then nearing towards submitting my PhD thesis for examination and starting to think about the final examination, a PhD Viva. ...

Taking Science To The Public Is Addictive - Time-line for the planning of the public engagement activity “DNA detectives” at the Brighton Science Festival.

Jan

26

 
Taking Science To The Public Is Addictive - Time-line for the planning of the public engagement activity “DNA detectives” at the Brighton Science Festival T minus 12 months. Informal disc...

Biodiversity v Intensive Farming; Has Farming Lost its Way?

Jan

16

 
[This blog was posted as a guest blog on the Journal of Animal Ecology website, 16 Jan 2015, duplicated here for those that check my Uni blog] Modern intensive farming produces plentiful, cheap food ...

Confessions of a wannabe QC part 9

Jan

06

 
Suddenly, things got very real. It's like someone just turned up the gas underneath the saucepan I call 'The Bar' and now, things are moving so fast. It's 2015, the holidays seemed to pass by in such ...

‘IT’S NOW MY TURN!’: ETHICAL CHALLENGES IN FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION (FGD) ENVIRONMENTS by Anne Kirori

Jan

05

 
During one of my many field visits to XXX School in Nairobi, I had an interesting experience. I thought it better to share and get opinions from the others who get a chance to read this. As part of a ...

GUEST POST: The Politics of Decay in a Nairobi Council Estate by Constance Smith

Dec

22

 
The Politics of Decay in a Nairobi Council Estate On 14 May this year, an article appeared in the Nairobi News with the headline “In Comes Chinese Money, Out Go Eastlands Estates”. The ar...

Neonics, crop losses, and ‘green activists’ – a plea for a little more accuracy in the media

Dec

20

 
I warn you now: this blog won’t be of much interest unless you’ve been following the neonic debate closely. It is in response to an opinion piece in the Telegraph by Christopher Booker (6 ...

Nakedness Disgusts

Dec

18

 
The recent incidents in Nairobi where some women were embarrassingly undressed in public by some matatu gangs for what they termed scant dressing has made me write my views on the relation between nak...

Law Ball, getting too close to your housemates, last week of term

Dec

10

 
We made it! We're on the home stretch of first term and I can't wait to go home and reap the home comforts for 6 weeks! This last week has been really eventful, I'm writing this nursing a wine hangove...

Christmas at university

Dec

10

 
So because uni finishes early for Christmas it's always a bit strange to be celebrating the festive period by the end of November. Christmas at university involves buying cheap dodgy decorations and a...

Confessions of a wannabe QC part 8

Dec

08

 
I always thought that awards ceremonies were cheesy. You watch the Oscars and, when the winner's announced they always look that perfect balance of elated, deer in a headlight, close to tears but just...

GUEST POST - Scavenging in Kenya, Then and Now by Lucy James

Dec

02

 
Rubbish is a perennial problem for politics. On a practical level it requires a significant amount of coordination, organisation and expense on the part of local councils. A great deal of urban pla...

Confessions of a wannabe QC part 7

Nov

28

 
My head is most definitely not in the game at the moment! For starters, I miscalculated the dates so dramatically this week that I actually forgot to start an essay that is due on Monday. My normal ro...

7 Ways Uni Life relates to Disney

Nov

26

 
1. Stepping into your university accommodation to discover that the house is colder than outside, having to sleep with a blanket, snuggie, socks and a hoodie on is made slightly easier when you channe...

7 things that become very important at university

Nov

24

 
1. Sleep- so what if you used to get up at 6AM for sixth form and didn't get home till gone 4PM, uni time goes at a completely different pace. Even if one 9AM lecture is all that is timetabled for the...

Competition time, concerts, visitors

Nov

24

 
So I'm writing this whilst battling food poisoning from a dodgy chicken korma, but I've had such an eventful week. I can't believe that there is only 3 weeks left of Autumn term, the assessed essay de...

Open day, internship, competition time

Nov

24

 
I went to my first open day today at a legal firm after spending my first year at university being oblivious to how proactive law students and students that want a career in law have to be. Sussex has...