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Student View - 'Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun.’

by YPU Admin on June 12, 2020, Comments. Tags: AMBS, business, creativity, enterprise, HUM, Humanities, HUMS, and student view

Introduction

Hi, I’m Sabah. I am a 23-year-old postgraduate university student studying a Master of Enterprise with a passion for innovation and creativity. My Masters has expressed a whole other side of creativity and exhibited how creativity is not simply limited to arts and crafts. This blog piece will present 10 different ways on being creative especially considering current times and how you can combat a lack of creativity in your everyday life.

My Top Tips for Being Creative:

Building a creative atmosphere:

Often we find ourselves stuck in a space that limits our creativity, the slightest changes could make the biggest difference. Such as arranging décor and colours to match who you are and what you need, lighting candles or playing music that inspires you in order to build the best possible atmosphere.

Put down your device:

A tricky thing to do especially now but that feeling when you don’t have to be dependent on your phone or laptop providing a source of creativity is freeing! Going on walks, getting ideas down to paper and having a chat with those in your proximity will get your creative juices flowing without you even realising.  

Inspire yourself:

Whether that be music, family/friends or even listening to a stimulating podcast, never feel like there are ever any limits as to what can inspire you.

Limit and stand clear of distractions:

This isn’t to say watching Netflix and scrolling through Tik Tok to lift your mood slightly and distract yourself should be completely avoided, as sometimes it’s necessary, however too much of anything can make you sick and one must definitely put a limit on activities that don’t really benefit your mind and development in any way.

Enjoy being bored: 

Sometimes being bored is a blessing as it allows you to experiment with various methods of creativity, thus you can then understand what you’re good at and what you enjoy.

Stay healthy, stay happy: 

Know that you, your health and mental health should always come first. This will not only allow you to give time to yourself but will allow your mind and body to be energised and developed so that it’s quick in thinking of new ideas.

Generate more ideas than you think you need:

It is always important to have a lot of ideas so that, when in front of you, you can work through them and see what works. This could also be a way to combine two and formulate better, stronger ideas.

Look in unlikely places:

Don’t ever underestimate anything, an idea, a person, a place. Sometimes the unlikeliest of places may be carrying the hidden gem you needed to succeed.

Finish what you’ve started:

Another way of saying never give up, but it is important to see things through and not leave a task half done as it may not seem to be worth your time. You may be surprised of the benefits and feeling so satisfaction it can bring to you once done.

Love what you do!:

Whatever way you decide to be more creative, the passion and love for that creativity will always be your motivation, your reason for never giving up and inspiration to not make creative tasks feel like work.

Going Further...

May this blog piece bring the creativity to the minds of the readers and allow you to challenge yourself every day and come up with the thousand different routes to reach that one important destination. 

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Student View - Why Business?

by YPU Admin on June 10, 2020, Comments. Tags: AMBS, business, Economics, finance, HUM, Humanities, HUMS, international business, and student view

Introduction

Hi, my name is Shamaila and I am a first-year student at the University of Manchester, currently studying International Business, Finance and Economics (IBFE). I chose this degree course after having studied A-level Economics and Business Studies in college and fell in love with the subjects, so much so that I decided to study it further at university. Luckily for me, I knew that I always wanted to go to university but the hard part was deciding which one was the right one for me. 

Choosing a University

To anyone that is considering university and being bombarded by information, I highly recommend attending as many open days and fairs (even if they’re virtual) as possible. I'm pretty sure I attended at least half a dozen open days before choosing Manchester. When it comes to picking a university, whether they offer a degree programme that you are interested in, is very important, but just as important is whether you can envision yourself there. The environment, the people, the culture of that campus has got to excite you and make you feel welcomed. I remember quite vividly my open day for the University of Manchester because I was running very, very late (if you know me in person, you’d know that I hate being late) and so by the time I got onto campus, I was wandering around aimlessly, but I remember thinking how stunning the campus was and I felt genuinely comfortable. Normally, I would find it quite daunting being in a new environment especially somewhere like a busy campus but seeing the AMBS building, the Main Library and the SU building (where I spend 70% of my time now), on my campus tour I could see myself here. 

Why I Chose Business

I chose my degree course as I was interested in the business sector, but I didn't have a dream job that I could aspire towards. This led me to choose IBFE, as it enabled me to cover a range of content. I was able to continue studying business and economics and gain a whole new set of skills in finance. For a lot of people, including myself at one point, if you studied a business- based degree, it was because you wanted to start your own business. But I quickly realised that there is so much more to the business sector. Often the words, finance, business and economics are used interchangeably which is understandable as there is some crossover between the three subjects, but they are also completely separate from each other. In my economic modules, we assess ever-changing economic contexts and debate different theories. In my finance modules, we produce and analyse financial reports, with the mindset of maximising shareholder profits as accountants whereas in business we aim to view the company with a more board stakeholder outlook and study various topics, such as corporate social responsibility.

Another feature of my degree programme is that it offers an industrial placement year, which basically means I am able to work in a company that I am interested in, during my 3rd year. This is something that I am very excited about, as even though the content we have learnt in class is important, I think being able to apply that knowledge and see the mechanisms of the real world and how companies operate is more important. Currently, I am aspiring to go into the accounting sector and work my way up to becoming a chartered accountant. This is something that I had never even considered before, with no previous background in accounting but I realised through some of the modules I have taken this year, such as Financial Reporting and Financial Decision Making, I really enjoy creating and analysing business reports. As a result, I am currently applying for internships at firms such as Deloitte, Grant Thornton, KPMG, and EY. 

Going Further...

To anyone right now, that is struggling to find a career that interests them, my advice would be to not panic. A lot of people do degrees in subjects that they know they like and are good at, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to go into that field. Especially now more than ever with the amount of information available on the internet it is much easier to develop a wide range of skills that are suitable for a variety of jobs rather than just focusing on one career pathway. 

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Student View - Why Politics Is More Than Just Parliament

by YPU Admin on June 9, 2020, Comments. Tags: HUM, Humanities, HUMS, international relations, politics, and student view

Introduction

My name is Joe Duquenoy-Taylor and I am a second-year Politics and International Relations student at the University of Manchester. I am originally from Brighton so moving to Manchester was both a big move and a big change, but I chose it because I love the city and I loved the course that was on offer here. Unlike many other universities, Manchester offers Politics and International Relations as a singular degree. This means that the course focuses on a wider range of political topics and issues and looks at the effects of these all over the globe. 

What Does Studying Politics Involve?

The first thing that I think is important to say is that people should not be put off studying Politics. It can seem quite daunting causing some people to think ‘it’s not for them.’ This blog should dispel the myth that politics is all about parliament and Westminster. Politics impacts our everyday lives in ways we may not even realise. Issues you may have seen in the news or even discussed with friends or family, such as Black Lives Matter, the climate emergency or the MeToo movement are all political. Breaking down the myth that politics is the business of old men in suits in London is important. Politics affects everyone and therefore people from all walks of life should be involved in the political process. If you have opinions on the climate emergency, on woman’s rights, on the rights of minority groups, if you take issue with rising poverty at home and overseas or the impact of war on refugees, then you too are political. 

We may not realise it but a lot of our opinions about the world boil down to politics and it is this part of Politics, not Westminster or the Whitehouse, that fascinates me and many others too. I didn’t take Politics at A level because I had a preconception that studying Politics would be learning the ins and outs of parliament and learning about partisan politics. However, when I started researching Politics degrees in my second year of A-levels, I realised politics was so much more than that. I saw that Politics degrees cover everything from nuclear weapons to chlorinated chicken. The more I researched politics the more I began to realise that everything, down to the food I had for dinner last night, is political. It was this realisation, that made me choose Politics and International Relations. In my degree so far, I have studied modules that focus on war and security, ‘third-world’ development, poverty and inequality, political philosophy and questions of social justice. The topics and issues discussed and debated in politics are infinite.

Politics Today

Just a year ago we thought we were in the most uncertain times in generations following the election of Donald Trump in the US and the Brexit vote in the UK – it seemed politics as we knew was changing. However, the coronavirus outbreak means we are now living in more uncertain times than ever. Living in a rapidly changing world where news is being bombarded at you 24 hours a day can be very confusing and cutting through the noise is important. Most of us nowadays, get our news through social media, whether it be on Snapchat, Instagram or messaging apps like WhatsApp. Whilst it is positive that we are all now able to access news in seconds, the spread of fake news is becoming increasingly common.

In politics, much like in normal life, we analyse and gather information from a variety of sources, ranging from academic journals to Donald Trump’s tweets. What is important though, for everyone when learning about currents affairs and political issues, is to make sure we can trust our sources of information. For people who are new to learning about Politics and current affairs and want information in an accessible manner I recommend ‘Simple Politics.’ They can be found on Facebook and on Instagram ‘@simplepolitics.’ They break down political jargon and explain things you may have heard in the news. This is reliable and impartial information that will help keep you informed about politics and allow you to develop your own political opinions. On Snapchat you can subscribe to ‘Outside of Westminster’, ‘Pod Save America’ and ‘Good Luck America.’ These are three short snap podcasts that give a summary of current British and American political affairs and both are targeted at younger audiences. If you feel you already have a basic grasp of current affairs and you want to learn more or start to look at political issues in different countries, then I recommend googling the Guardian politics articles where you will find in-depth articles on anything you have found interesting in the news.  The guardian podcast ‘Today in Focus’ which is available to stream and download on Spotify covers a whole range of issues, political and otherwise and is a great way of keeping up to date with current affairs and hearing a range of opinions on a range of topics. 

Exposing yourself to views that might contradict your own is necessary when studying Politics. If you don’t understand the other sides opinion then how can you argue your case? If you feel you have an interest in some of the big global issues discussed above then Politics and International Relations may be an ideal degree path for you to explore these further and starting by reading and listening to different reliable news sources now is a great start on that path. 

Going Further...


 

Student View - An Insight into Criminology

by YPU Admin on June 9, 2020, Comments. Tags: criminology, HUM, Humanities, HUMS, student life, and student view

Introduction

Hi, my name is Rodaba and I am a final year student studying Criminology at The University of Manchester. I decided to study Criminology because the course includes aspects of all of my favourite subjects, Psychology, Sociology and Law, two of which I studied at A-Level. I chose Manchester because I really love the campus and how close it is to the city centre, as I grew up in Greater Manchester I was already very familiar with the city and all of the great aspects to it. I am also a Student Ambassador which is one of my favourite aspects of being a student at the University.

What is it like studying Criminology?

Most of you may have heard of Criminology before, or may even study this at college. For those who may not know what the degree entails, it is basically the study of crime and how different processes could mean that someone is more likely to commit a crime. You study aspects of Psychology, so the chemical processes that may increase the likelihood of someone committing a crime. Sociology, how society plays a role, and also the Law. Although this may differ depending on the university, Criminology will involve a mix of the three as well as some coding. As my degree is coming to an end, my favourite part has definitely been the law aspect of it, I was able to pick all of my own modules in final year and as a result of the law modules that I picked, I was really able to gain insight into very current issues. Miscarriages of Justice was definitely my favourite module, learning about how someone innocent could be found guilty of a crime was very insightful, especially with the many guest speakers sharing their experiences. With most humanity degrees, you have a lot of time where you’re not at university so what I found has been really useful is to get involved in different things. Whilst at university, I have been able to get involved in different societies both Criminology and non-Criminology related, as well as being a Student Ambassador. If there is anything that interests you, whether it is sports, languages or culture, I would highly recommend you doing so!

Career Prospects

A lot of questions that people ask is ‘what can you do with a Criminology degree?’. The good thing with most careers is that it doesn’t matter what the degree is, it’s about the skills you gain whilst completing it. With Criminology, a popular career choice is working in probation, policing and social work. For me personally, I am actually going to hopefully start my PGCE this year and train to become a teacher. As you can see there are so many options and possibilities with most degrees, and I can use the skills gained during my Criminology degree to complete the PGCE and train to become a teacher. So, if you’re still unsure as to what career you want in the future it’s okay to not know, I definitely didn’t until last year. I also tutor part-time which is where my passion for teaching started.

Going Further...

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Student View - Explore, Research, Experiment!

by YPU Admin on June 4, 2020, Comments. Tags: biology medicine health, BMH, health sciences, psychology, and Research

Introduction

Psychology research isn’t just about dogs drooling when hearing a bell or rebellious student inmates going mad in a university basement. There’s so much more and this is what I am going to focus on in this blog. I want to tell you how I got into Psychology research and what it actually entails.

About Me

Before going into the more hardcore stuff, I would like to talk a bit about myself. I am a 20-year-old Romanian studying BSc Psychology at the University of Manchester. During high-school years, my studying profile was on hard sciences (i.e. Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Chemistry), and I only had one year when I was studying Psychology so it wasn’t intense at all. I did further studying alongside what we were taught in class and I took part in a county-level Olympiad where I achieved 4th place. In the last year of high school, I had grown an interest in Neuroscience so I decided to apply for the University of Manchester unique joint-honours programme – BSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology. Eventually, I chose Manchester because it was a red-brick university and the overall living costs were cheaper than London (which, at the time, was my dream city). All summer before coming to university, I read a lot of Psychology-related books and articles (Freud, Jung, Eysenck, some basic research studies, etc.). I came to university, started my course, and after one month I have switched to the BSc Psychology course.

The first semester was hard. I didn’t exactly know what I was supposed to do - how to look up trustworthy sources, how to reference, how to write up an essay, what to study and read. The academic system I had just gotten out of was completely different from the British Higher Education system. Imagine changing the tap water from the goldfish’s bowl to distilled water and me being the goldfish. By working my way through the referencing guides provided by the university, paying attention to the feedback and discussing with my academic advisor about my insecurities, I was able to feel more confident in my studies.

My Journey into Research

At the end of the first year, I applied for a position as a Research Assistant for a study investigating whether religion and implicit attitudes play a part in gay men getting jobs. I had to write a cover letter saying why I was interested in that position and show that I had the skills needed. I had some experience in the HR field from my involvement in societies, so I wrote about that and about my interest in social psychology and recruitment. I also had to tailor my CV for the position by including my research skills developed throughout 1st year’s curriculum and my extracurricular activities. 

I was accepted, and over the summer I had to write a literature review analysing previous theories and evaluating research methods. I worked hard on it and gathered 9 pages of work - which has earned me the appreciation of the coordinator. We started the process of testing the participants in the second semester of the second year, as there were some problems with the ethics of the project. As the research assistants, we guided the participants through the research process. Unfortunately, we had to stop when the Coronavirus situation began.

The next research project I was about to undertake, as part of the Short Work Placement Unit, was aimed at investigating the sense of community experienced on the BSc Psychology course. I was supposed to do a literature review, spending some time looking at variables that might influence this effect, and decide accordingly how the project will look like in terms of the research methodology which thrilled me. Unfortunately, this project was put on hold due to lockdown reasons as well. On the bright side, The University of Manchester offers a variety of research programmes and internships which I could undertake in the future, so I am not panicking. 

Going Further...

My advice for you would be to always keep an open mind and let yourselves be submersed by whatever you find that interests you. Explore, research, experiment. See what appeals to you the most and pursue it passionately. Be conscientious with your work, and always keep an open mind.

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