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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


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


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


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. 

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Student View - An Insight into Criminology

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


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.

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Student View - Managing Medicine Multiple Mini Interviews

by YPU Admin on June 3, 2020, Comments. Tags: biology, BMH, interviews, medicine, MMIs, and student view


And breathe. In through the nose and out through the mouth. That’s what I told myself as I stepped into the Stopford Building for the first time.

My name is Danish Hafeez, I’m a 4th Year medical student at the University of Manchester. I’m from London originally and the first time I’d ever been to Manchester was for my interview. It was my first medical school interview, so my parents insisted on coming with me and making a trip out of it. So, in early frosty January we made our way along the M6 for the 4 hour drive to Manchester. In the end, I got to have dinner in the town centre and lunch on the curry mile before my interview, which gave me an insight into the places I’d be frequenting once I was a student there!

What can I expect from MMIs?

Like everyone else, I was very nervous about my interview, it being my first official interview ever. More than anything I was nervous about the infamous MMI: “Multiple Mini Interviews”. I had read on the online forums, found interview books to help and practiced with teachers, family and friends. Nothing is quite like that moment when my parents dropped me outside the Stopford Building on Oxford Road, where you spend the majority of your first 2 years as a medical student, and I walked through the glass doors for my interview.

It was nothing like I expected; I was greeted by friendly student ambassadors, who were current medical students, who helped me feel at ease and spoke to myself and the other students waiting for their interview. Seeing all the other students helped to put me at ease to know I wasn’t going it alone. At the end of the day, the medicine interview isn’t about proving that you’re ready to be a doctor but rather about showing you have the potential to become one and the drive to work throughout medical school, which will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be one.

After having some time to sit and get to know the other students, we were all led down a short corridor to the communication skills learning centre (CSLC) for our interviews. This is a mock ward area with lots of smaller rooms coming off an atrium, closed only with curtains. The MMI is made up of 8 stations, each one lasting 8 minutes. You are allocated a certain station to start on and slowly move round to each one until you have done all 8. Not to worry though, there is plenty of time between stations to move between each one and the helpful student ambassadors are on hand to help you move between each one. 

Outside each station will be a brief instruction of what you must do in that particular station which you have a minute to read before starting. My biggest piece of advice is to just take a few seconds to read the instruction and have an idea of what is expected of you in that station, there are no tricks and the medical school wants to help you to be able to demonstrate your best self. In each station, there is usually an examiner and occasionally an actor if there’s role play. Not to worry if the examiner seems serious or doesn’t seem very chatty, they’re just doing their best to stay fair and assess you.

The stations themselves varied greatly in their content. They included roleplaying a scenario, discussing my personal statement, prioritisation, talking about GMC (General Medical Council) principles and instructing other medical students to complete a task! You might finish a station early which is completely fine and doesn’t mean anything has changed. Although 8 stations in 8 minutes feels like a long time, you get so absorbed in the station that the time flies by. Before I knew it, I was thanking everyone and led by the ambassadors back to the front of the building to be greeted by my parents and the long drive down to London.

Top Tips for MMIs

I think the most intimidating part of MMIs is how foreign they are before you apply to medical school. Once at medical school, you’ll have clinical exams that follow the same format (known as OSCEs). Therefore, the best thing you can do is to practice some mock stations whether it be with a friend, family member or teacher. Just practicing doing a few stations in 8 minutes just to feel more comfortable with the format. Other than that, be sure to know your personal statement well and qualities that it demonstrates, ready for any questions that come at you! Compared to traditional interviews, MMIs give you an opportunity to make a good first impression 8 different times. This is great because even if one particular station didn’t go so well, you have 7 other chances to impress the examiners! Try to treat each one as a fresh start and not worry about what you’ve already done. In addition, MMIs are great at giving you opportunities to demonstrate your skills by carrying out various activities e.g. showing empathy when roleplaying, rather than just talking about them as in more traditional panel interviews.

The MMI is a great chance to get a feel at a university you might be at for the next 5 years! If you can try to take some time to walk around the university, chat to the current students about anything you have questions/concerns about and just try to do your best. You’ve already done all the hard work of putting an application together and preparing for the interview!

Note: This is reflective of my personal experience of the Manchester MMI interview and the exact location/station format can be slightly different each year!

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