I heaved a sigh of relief when it was announced that sex and relationship education was to be made compulsory in schools. But before we start, let’s take a look at what they’re learning. I present to you two pamphlets: ‘4 Boys’ and ‘4 Girls’ – these were originally published in 2004, but are still distributed to schools...

Mrs Andrews has been teaching for over 30 years – always in local senior school comprehensives. She began as a Home Economics teacher and later taught Food Technology, Child Development, and Health and Social Care.   How long have you been teaching sex education? Well, I’ve given students information about sex when...

Dear Anxiety and Depression, As the two of you live together, I hope you don’t mind that I don’t write to you both separately. I also apologise that it’s taken me so long to reply to your messages. You get in touch so often and yet I don’t ever get the opportunity to respond. Well today that changes. We’ve had a very...

Dear Sophie, Life doesn’t go the way you’ve planned it. Life is a rollercoaster and you’ve just got to ride it with the strength you’ve developed over the years. Things change and dreams grow bigger. You won’t be ready to go to university at the age of 18 and that scares you. You question why, but deep down you know....

Journalism. By its very nature is busy. It’s hectic, pressured and unrelenting at times. That’s what my mind is like too – daily. I have thoughts of death, injury and harm racing through my head constantly. Thoughts that I don’t want and can’t stop no matter how hard I try. That’s just the voice of my Obsessive...

  What is a PEC Form? PEC stands for Personal Extenuating Circumstances – basically any situation that gives you cause to believe that your ability to perform as you normally would with academic work is compromised by ‘unforeseen and unavoidable’ circumstances. If you feel your ability to work has been affected, either...

It’s common knowledge that the most important event in the history of the earth was meant to take place in the year 2012, according to the Mayans: Doomsday. It’s now 2016 and I’m pleased to say we’re all still very much alive –  I don’t think we’ll be relying on the Mayan predictions again any time soon. Having said that, a...

With a brand new year on the horizon, what better way to treat yourself than with a planner! If you love them as much as we do, you’ll be looking for the best timetable layouts, the best illustrations and the best pockets for those little (but important) scraps of paper. Thankfully, we’ve gone out and picked our...

  With wall-to-wall club nights and ‘promo wankers’ in every halls of residence, the one thing that Newcastle University claims to offer you is a good social life. Whatever course you’re doing you can expect fancy dress events, posh ball gowns in the summer, residential trips and the chance to get competitive in any one...

Today, thousands of sixth formers will submit their applications to Oxford or Cambridge, hoping to tread their cobbled streets and polished floors for the next three years. But what happens when your dream doesn’t come true? We asked three of our writers what applying to Oxbridge meant for them, and whether given the...