How Britain's Brew Can Benefit You

Last month marked the celebration of National Tea Day, an important event for any British person who regularly enjoys a cuppa once (or ten times) a day. However, National Tea Day this year was especially important, with the organisation behind it working in conjunction with MIND mental health charity to encourage people to talk over our national brew. Although it may seem that a cup of tea may is just a simple home comfort in times of piling deadlines, or the perfect accompaniment to a catch-up

Petition To Re-Instate ‘Safety-Net’ Policy Following Covid Fury

Over the past week, an open letter to Deputy Vice-Chancellor Shearer West has been published, urging the revival of the university’s ‘no detriment’ policy, implemented in March as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘no detriment’ or ‘safety net’ policy was initially put in place to ensure no student was disadvantaged from the sudden and prominent arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic, guaranteeing that no student finished with a lower grade than they had received before the

Featuring You - Episode 1

In the very first episode of Impact‘s new Features podcast, meet our Features team! Niamh, Issy and Anna introduce you to their section, discuss what they love about Features, and maybe even convince you to join! Featured image courtesy of Isabelle Raikes and Impact Podcasts via Canva. Did you know we’re now on iTunes? Check out all your fave podcasts here. or more podcast content, as well as uni news, reviews, entertainment articles, lifestyle, features and so much more, follow us on Twitter

Why I co-founded a website to help aspiring journalists –

Isabelle Raikes set up Empoword Journalism, a website aiming to help young people in journalism during the COVID-19 lockdown. Below, she and writer Gabriella Nero, explain why they decided to start the website and what they’ve learned so far. My name is Isabelle Raikes, I am 19 years old and I’m going into the second year of studying History with American studies at the University of Nottingham but I am originally from Liverpool. At university, I am an editor, podcaster and writer for my univer

A Spectacle Of The Vulnerable: The Dehumanising Coverage Of Migrant Crossings

Imagine waking up one day and deciding to make the life-changing decision to move to another country to escape conflict or poverty for the sake of your family’s survival. Having to get into an overcrowded boat with people in the same desperate situation as you to make the journey, across to a country that may not want you, as a last bid for a better life. Imagine then being met with white middle class reporters recording you like safari animals from the safety of their spacious boats. Humiliati

Forgotten Feminists - Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman has always been a household name – but after Kanye West shined the spotlight on her once more during his controversial campaign rally speech last week, Isabelle investigates this amazing woman’s history and legacy. Please be aware this podcast contains descriptions of violence. Further resources and information about the Black Lives Matter movement can be found here. Featured image courtesy of Phoebe Raine and Impact Podcasts via Canva. Did you know we’re now on iTunes? Check o

Postponing The 2020 Olympics Causes More Problems Than You May Think

The Olympic Games is a momentous event that many athletes dedicate their lives to. The news broke this year that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games would be postponed until next year due to the current circumstances and issues caused by Coronavirus. This has caused many problems for both the athletes and also the event itself. The extent to which these Games can dictate a sports person’s life can be vastly underestimated by many people, including myself. As a result, I wanted to try and understand th

Postponing The 2020 Olympics Causes More Problems Than You May Think

The Olympic Games is a momentous event that many athletes dedicate their lives to. The news broke this year that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games would be postponed until next year due to the current circumstances and issues caused by Coronavirus. This has caused many problems for both the athletes and also the event itself. The extent to which these Games can dictate a sports person’s life can be vastly underestimated by many people, including myself. As a result, I wanted to try and understand th

Forgotten Feminists - Female Black British Panthers

Isabelle delves in to the history of the Black Panthers in Britain, introducing us to some of the amazing Black British women behind the movement here in the UK. Featured image courtesy of Phoebe Raine and Impact Podcasts via Canva. Did you know we’re now on iTunes? Check out all your fave podcasts here. or more podcast content, as well as uni news, reviews, entertainment articles, lifestyle, features and so much more, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Like our Facebook page for more article

Working It Out: The Transition From Education to Employment

Emily Cohen is a 24 year old TV production employee who graduated in 2018. Emily has been out of full-time education and in the working world for the past two years. She has decided to create a podcast series to help other students cope and navigate through this difficult transition. Impact Features spoke to Emily about her new podcast in general, as well as what she hopes addressing this topic will achieve. Isabelle Raikes: Have you thought of a name for your new podcast and what does this ne

Statues Commemorating Slave Traders Should Be Removed But Not Disposed Of

Statues and monuments of historical figures are commonplace in almost every city in the world. They are usually constructed to commemorate momentous events or important figures in history. However, they have also been the centre of much heated debates surrounding their significance. Tension over statues has arisen within the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Yet, this is not the first time such conversations have been had over controversial statues. Many people in America have debated for dec

Forgotten Feminists- Black Female Inventors Of History

From household staples to crucial safety measures, Isabelle explains how black women have shaped our lives with their exceptional inventions. Featured image courtesy of Phoebe Raine and Impact Podcasts via Canva. Did you know we’re now on iTunes? Check out all your fave podcasts here. or more podcast content, as well as uni news, reviews, entertainment articles, lifestyle, features and so much more, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Like our Facebook page for more articles and information on

The Lessons of Lockdown: A Shift in Tradition and Mindset

Picture this. It is your 18th birthday and you are getting ready for the biggest night out of the decade. You only have to put one layer of makeup on instead of two as there is no need to ‘look older’ anymore and your PrettyLittleThing dress that you have tried on 78 times in the past week is looking better than ever. The fake ID that has been used frequently over the past six months is now no longer needed and your parents are buying you alcohol instead of policing it. This situation is a some

Forgotten Feminists- Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks did much more than refuse to move from her seat in 1955; Isabelle looks at the incredible work Ms. Parks did before this monumental moment to help the movement towards equality. 65 years since Rosa Parks helped to spark the Civil Rights movement in America, black lives are still threatened. Please be aware that this podcast contains mentions of violence and rape. The link to educational books can be found here: https://www.distractify.com/p/books-to-educate-yourself-blm?fbclid=IwAR2

Disability and Diversity: A Talk with Journalist Lydia Wilkins

Lydia Wilkins is a twenty-one-year-old, NCTJ qualified freelance journalist with her work appearing in publications such as the Independent, Refinery 29 and many more. Two months shy of her sixteenth birthday, Lydia was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome which has led to her running a weekly newsletter to help and share information for freelancers who have a disability or Autism. Empoword Journalism spoke to Lydia about her thoughts on women in journalism, the need for the industry to diversify

Social Media during lockdown: Challenging the effect of negative body imagery on mental health

For over a decade, social media has been a central part of the technology-fuelled society we live in. The power of social media to connect people worldwide, as well as to offer endless entertainment highlights some great benefits of using social media during lockdown. However, as a young woman, I cannot help but feel that this increased exposure has led to me feeling more hopeless and negative than positive and empowered. Like many women, I have always had a difficult time fully accepting my bo

Forgotten Feminists- Louisa May Alcott

Following on from her discussion on Hidden Figures, Isabelle discusses the author behind Little Women. Another incredible feminist you won’t want to miss! Featured image courtesy of Phoebe Raine and Impact Podcasts via Canva. Did you know we’re now on iTunes? Check out all your fave podcasts here. or more podcast content, as well as uni news, reviews, entertainment articles, lifestyle, features and so much more, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Like our Facebook page for more articles and i

Social Media in Lockdown: Friend or Foe?

A clear outcome of the current lockdown measures imposed across the world is an increase in activity on social media. Social media has been a huge part of our technology-driven society for over a decade now, so the fact that it has perhaps become more embedded into our current lives during lockdown has encouraged me to investigate both the positives and negatives this can bring. The ability of social media to connect isolated friends and family and keep people connected to their loved ones has

Enactus Nottingham: The Benefits of Business

Enactus Nottingham is a not-for-profit student-led organisation within our university which works to change peoples lives through the power of business by setting up social enterprises aiming to deliver both social and environmental good. Enactus Nottingham recently saw huge success by becoming Enactus National champions, allowing them to progress on to the Enactus world cup 2020. The Enactus competitions annually see students, businesses and academic leaders globally, meeting to showcase their
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