Marta Zima

New data reveals arts engagement, and link to Brexit, across England

Recent government data has revealed new information, and reinforced other research, about arts attendance and participation across England. The statistics highlight artistic engagement by age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and gender across 326 local authorities in England. This data will be used by Arts Council England to guide a £37 million...
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Posted Aug. 22, 2018

Best academic diaries to stay organised at university

I’m not ashamed to admit I’m the type of person who gets excited over new pens and refuses to write in certain notebooks for no other reason than that they are simply ‘too pretty’. Given that the new academic year is not far away, I will soon be able to...
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Posted Aug. 14, 2018

Get to know Coventry

Coventry is set to be the UK’s City of Culture in 2021, and there are plenty of reasons why it deserves to be just that. It’s time to stop viewing the lively metropolitan borough as a World War II bomb site that should be avoided. Coventry has a lot to...
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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

Does ‘Insatiable’ promote fat shaming?

August 10th marks the release of a new Netflix original entitled Insatiable. The show, which dubs itself as ‘a coming of rage story’ follows the story of a ‘fat’ bullied teenager who turns to beauty pageants as a way to exact her revenge on her bullies after losing weight, having...
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Posted Jul. 31, 2018

Gaming as a form of self-care

The global games audience is estimated to be around 2.2 to 2.6 billion people; this means that 2.2-2.6 billion of us play video games. The attraction to gaming is pretty obvious, it’s a fun and entertaining way to spend some time, and we’ve all heard from the critics who claim...
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Posted Jul. 28, 2018

Sport in the sun: dealing with the high temperatures

The UK has seen a start to summer like it hasn’t in a long time, and the majority of our population are celebrating this by basking in the sun, enjoying all the World Cup, Wimbledon and cricket excitement that’s on offer. However, for those of us not quite beach-body ready,...
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Posted Jul. 19, 2018

The problem with all these ‘Gnome’ films

2011 gave us Gnomeo & Juliet, the re-telling of the classic Shakespearean play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and 2018 is not one to disappoint. Enter Sherlock Gnomes. While both these films have A-list voices and bring famous works of literature to a younger audience, the gnome franchise is one ‘gnomebody’ (am...
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Posted Jun. 3, 2018

Sport and exercise to improve mental health

Term three is a time where deadlines are looming over our heads, and exams are fast approaching. During this time, it is widely known that our mental health takes a kick, and often, self-care is put into the passenger seat, as we steer our way through to the end of...
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Posted May. 16, 2018