Flash Friday 29/1: Maintenance grants, dry January and a £300k gym revamp

Flash Friday 29/1: Maintenance grants, dry January and a £300k gym revamp

Flash Friday 29/1: Maintenance grants, dry January and a £300k gym revamp

Yay! February is on its way, bringing pancake and Valentine’s day with it. And, for students braving drinking challenge dry January, you can finally drown your sorrows again from Monday!

Here’s what you told us this week:

DCU to become Europe’s first autism-friendly campus

By Hayley Halpin for The College View
Image: The College View

Image: The College View

Dublin City University is to become the first autism-friendly campus both in Ireland and Europe.

The achievement has been made possible through a new initiative with AsIAm.ie, the autism support and advocacy service, and Specialisterne Ireland, an agency that offers recruitment and support for people with autism.


Jon Ronson: “I’ve become like a shame Imam”

By Lulu Smyth for Isis magazine
Image: The Isis

Image: The Isis

Lulu Smyth interviewed outspoken The Men Who Stare At Goats author Jon Ronson – once you’ve read the quote below, you’ll want to read the rest

My friend John Saffron, who’s an Australian journalist, says I’ve become like a shame imam. [Laughs.] That’s not good! Because you don’t want it to overwhelm your life. I write lots of stories about lots of different things, and this year I had a story which I was really proud of about actors of Middle Eastern descent in Hollywood, who find they can only get work playing terrorists.


Former UEA student convicted of aggravated trespass over Heathrow protest

By Peter Sheehan for Concrete

A former UEA student has been found guilty of aggravated trespass at Willesden Magistrates’ Court after cutting through the perimeter fence of Heathrow airport and occupying a section of the runway in the early hours of 13 July last year.

Ella Gilbert, who participated in last summer’s stunt with 12 other members of Plane Stupid, a environmental protest group known for direct action, has been ordered to return to court for sentencing on 24 February.


How the maintenance grant helped me: King’s students share their stories

By Phoebe Chetwynd for Roar News
Image: Roar News

Image: Roar News

Last week the government approved controversial plans to replace maintenance grants for students from low-income backgrounds with loans. This means students from England that start university this year will leave with debts of up to £12,500 more than those in previous years.

Roar spoke to three King’s students about how not having a maintenance grant would have impacted their studies.


Poll: University of Bristol spends £300k on Tyndall Avenue gym

By James O’Hara for Epigram
Image: Malik Ouiza/Epigram

Image: Malik Ouiza/Epigram

The University of Bristol has spent £300k on a complete overhaul of the Tyndall Avenue gym, as part of the University’s £525m capital investment program.

Epigram asked its readers how they felt about the investment with a poll. We love polls at the SPA. Just saying.


Try January, not dry January

By Chris Cousins for Impact
Image: Impact

Image: Impact

Shock stats from Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) reveal pubs are closing at a rate of nearly 30 a week. This must stop – Chris Cousins explains why.


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