features



The ethics of oversharing

21st April 2022

CW: themes of abuse and eating disorders Writer Charlotte Christian analyses the rise of oversharing and “trauma dumping” on social media, and discusses the implications for the mental health of younger generations. Internet culture can seem all consuming in a post-lockdown world that has seen the explosion of everyone’s new favourite social media site TikTok ...


Let’s get over the stigma of polyamory

18th March 2022

Writer Ellen Ruddell explores what constitutes polyamory, and why this relationship alternative needs to be better understood. Although polyamory as a practice has long-existed at the outskirts of our society, with images of harem-like relationships and fundamentalist sister-wives dominating the cultural perception of non-monogamy, growing openness and fluid dating preferences has contributed to a...


Peter Bleksley, ‘MANHUNT’, and his search for Kevin Parle

18th March 2022

Theo Wilcocks interviews Peter Bleksley, a former undercover policeman tracking down Kevin Parle, whose undertakings in Glasgow may be crucial to Bleksley’s success. I managed to organise the meeting with Peter Bleksley on one of the few Saturday afternoons that he was free: QPR, his favourite football team, weren’t playing. This was congruous with the ...


Learning to love my introverted self

2nd March 2022

Features Editor Niamh Flanagan discusses the trials and tribulations faced as self professed introvert trying to socialise at university. Introvert is a label I was assigned roughly around age 5. It has become an intrinsic part of who I am and how I perceive myself, and it’s something I disclose apologetically about myself to new ...


International Spotlight: Ukraine

28th February 2022

Central and Eastern European Studies student Joseph Elgar provides an explanation of what is happening in Ukraine, and the ramifications it will have on international politics. After months of military intensification on the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin announced his intention to launch military operations against Ukraine at 6am local time on Thursday 24 February 2022, ...


I want you to read my diary

1st February 2022

Is it a cardinal sin to read another’s diary? Writer Constance Roisin contemplates for whose eyes the author truly intends to write. A friend of mine (in fact my old babysitter) kept a diary after breaking up with her girlfriend. In it she wrote long and sincere entries about her heartbreak. Then, one day, she ...


What ‘One Day’ means to me

23rd January 2022

Writer Eloise Bishop discusses the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day and reflects poignantly on her own visit to Auschwitz. I first visited the former Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz, nearly three years ago as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lesson From Auschwitz project. The project aims to increase young people’s understanding ...


Love me, love me not

12th December 2021

Divya Venkattu dissects the case of parasocial crushes on celebrities. There is a certain solace that comes with imagining yourself in an unattainable romance. No – I am not talking about your real-life crush who you have not yet confessed your feelings to; I am referring to the latest celebrity you’ve been shamelessly thirsting over. ...


COP diaries: day 11

12th December 2021

Wednesday 10 November There were a few events I’d been keen to attend on Wednesday, but I was also conscious that the end of the second week was fast approaching and I’d not ventured too much further out from the press hub or the plenaries. I decided to wander from the media centre – after ...


COP diaries: day seven and eight

23rd November 2021

Saturday 6 November Day seven was pretty nondescript. It was a cold, rainy Saturday and whilst I had been contemplating joining the rest of the team out at the Global Day of Climate Action march, the weather was more than enough to put me off. But, despite having a perfectly fine desk in a perfectly ...