MDX TV interviews Anastasia Calin, Vice President Science & Technology

As a Middlesex University student, you have a range of elected representatives looking out for you and your needs. These student representatives ensure that your voice is heard in a range of areas and that the work of Middlesex Students’ Union reflects the wishes of Middlesex students. They meet with key decision-makers from within all levels of the university and sit on important committees to effect change at Middlesex and beyond.

Your Student Officers – your President and Vice Presidents – represent Middlesex students on campus. They are elected by students through the MDXSU Elections each spring, and if successful are paid to work full-time for an academic year, from July until July.

Earlier this year, MDXTV interviewed the Student Officers who will be leading MDXSU in 2021-22. Watch our interview with Anastasia Calin, the Vice President for the Science and Technology faculty below.

MDX TV interviews Nishtha Relan, Vice President Arts & Creative Industries

As a Middlesex University student, you have a range of elected representatives looking out for you and your needs. These student representatives ensure that your voice is heard in a range of areas and that the work of Middlesex Students’ Union reflects the wishes of Middlesex students. They meet with key decision-makers from within all levels of the university and sit on important committees to effect change at Middlesex and beyond.

Your Student Officers – your President and Vice Presidents – represent Middlesex students on campus. They are elected by students through the MDXSU Elections each spring, and if successful are paid to work full-time for an academic year, from July until July.

Earlier this year, MDXTV interviewed the Student Officers who will be leading MDXSU in 2021-22. First up is Nishtha Relan, your Vice President for Arts & Creative Industries.

MDX Student Media Committees

We are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting for several roles for the MDXFM and MDXTV Committees!

Every MDX Student Media platform is led by an elected leader, alongside a Committee selected through an interview process. All of our teams are friendly and approachable, and every MDX Student Media member is welcome to apply for a committee role regardless of their experience or background.

Full support will be given to every committee member to make sure they grow and thrive! All the roles are voluntary and require on average a commitment of approximately four hours per week.

To register your interest in one or more of the Committee roles available, please click this link and complete the short form to let us know your contact details, which role(s) you are interested in, and why you think you are the best person for the role. After completing this form, you will be invited to an interview with the leader of the relevant platform to find out more about you, why you are interested in the role and why you think you are the right person for the position. We look forward to hearing from you!

Applications are open now and close at 9am on Monday 8th November 2021.

MDXFM is recruiting a Deputy Head of TV, a Head of Music and a Social Media Manager. MDXTV is recruiting a Deputy Head of TV, a Head of Production and a Social Media Manager. To find out more about the roles available, please click the following links to download the role descriptions for each of the roles available.

‘Just Mercy’ Review: Painful, Beautiful, Revelatory

Note: This article was originally written for UK Black History Month in October 2020. We are publishing it now unedited, in line with the author’s wishes that it stays true to its theme.

As we approach the end of Black History month – one to remember and celebrate key achievements of the African diaspora – I felt that in the light of recent progressive and significant movements such as Black Lives Matter, it was important to refocus on the fact that the work against systematic racism is very much ongoing. Although Just Mercy is set in the 80’s, its message still transcends to current day, serving to educate but also inspire us to be resilient. 

Set in rural, deep south Alabama in the late 80’s, focusing on the African-American community targeted unfairly by law, this film mirrors the prejudice that resonates with many in the black community today. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, whose work focuses mainly on the drama genre, with his films Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle, he has once again delivered an outstanding production with a lauded cast, consisting of Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson.

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in ‘Just Mercy’. Photo from Smithsonian Magazine.

The film centres on the criminal lawyer Bryan Stevenson, played by Jordan, who represents Walter McMillian, expertly portrayed by the Academy Award winning Jamie Foxx, a death row inmate, wrongfully convicted for the murder of a white woman in 1986. The film traces the tireless efforts of Stevenson in the face of deep rooted racial prejudice, political maneuverings and legal hurdles as he battles to prove his clients innocence and save his life. If not for this, McMillian would’ve just been another statistic of racism, a black man, wrongfully convicted for crimes he didn’t commit. 

Writers Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham lead the audience through Stevenson’s painstaking quest for justice. A pivotal moment, capturing the very essence of the film is when Stevenson visits the facility where death row inmates are detained, and despite his profession, he is subjected to a humiliating strip search. At its heart racism is a power play wherein human beings demean other human beings. It is not natural but man made.

Michael B. Jordan carries the role of Stevenson with a brilliant mix of emotions throughout the film, that involves pride, hope, anger and fear. His optimism is torn to pieces when he first-hand sees the discrimination and the loss of faith in the legal system, men of his color face, and the rejection from McMillian for help. Yet from the depths of such despair, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds we see the determined resilience of Stevenson as he doggedly refuses to give up and ultimately and perhaps unsurprisingly triumphs. 

Jamie Foxx, delivers an exceptional performance as “Johnny D.” the prisoner who is subjected to the harsh legal system, portraying his character’s known attributes; his kindness, vulnerability and fury which makes the emotional scenes of the film all the more powerful. The actor’s spoken of his father’s experiences, who was imprisoned for seven years for a minor crime and it’s hard not to see a personal hurt coursing through his veins. The system that sent him to prison isn’t just corrupt on an individual level, but riddled with a widespread corruption that actively works to end the lives of innocent black men. 

Despite this story that focuses on Stevenson’s quest for justice, this film does not hide the brutality and horror of death row, from the minor humiliations that keep the imprisoned men bowed to the corrupt system, to the smell of burnt flesh of other prisoners who are subject to death by electrocution. Stevenson, like other African Americans living in Alabama at that time, has to contend with dee rooted racial prejudice which he tirelessly battles against.

In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Black History Month this film is the latest of many, based upon real events that serve not only to educate but also inspire us to believe. We musts stand beyond solidarity, work, and inspire future generations to dismantle a system that does not serve everybody equally. BLACK LIVES MATTER. 

Below are some of my top recommends in honour of Black History Month: 

Written by: Vigyat Sharma

MILES GEORGE DANIEL – The non-conventional punk designer shaking things up

Miles George Daniel is an experimental visionary. The Middlesex University graduate and natural-born punk desires to be different. The designer has managed to merge art, sculpture an fashion into his extraordinarily unique pieces. An emerging talent with a mind like no other. 

The knitwear major made the conscious decision to create a ‘zero spend’ collection for his final year piece. A sustainable and very considerate move that saw the re-purposing of second hand garments and the use of more experimental eateries (such as that of wire and cardboard); thus heightening the effects of Daniel as a sculpture and bringing this element to the forefront of his work. 

With inspirations drawn from graffiti and punk motifs, the basis of the designer is most exciting. The ability to take a simple scrap of fabric and create it into an elaborate and one-of-a-kind design that then leads into an entire look-book – the mind of Miles George Daniel is fascinating.

Daniel has most recently been signed to Agency Eleven so it goes without saying that there are more great things are expected of the designer in the near future. 

Written by : Shenel Wickramaratne


Ellie Thomas is a Kent based photographer and is currently studying a Photography degree at UCA Rochester. Now 20-years-old, Ellie started studying photography at 16, and her skill has blossomed since then. She now runs her own photography company alongside her degree, and is very versatile, doing headshots, product shoots, family photos, and more, going between using her Canon 5D Mk iV, and her Sigma 35mm camera. 

Her style is heavily portrait based, and she also enjoys shooting fashion editorials too. When styling the set and models for her photoshoots, everything is very particular, and there is not a single thing out of place. The colour palettes are complimentary to each other and to the main focus of the images. Typically, Ellie features dancers as her models, as she likes to capture a sense of movement in her images, and this adds a gracefulness, a refinement in the posing. Ellie features a number of different locations in her shoots, going from urban to rural, and this is a nice mix- being Kent-based means that London is not too far away, but also there’s the option of using somewhere more natural, and she certainly uses this to her advantage. From effortless street-style fashion photography, to a more serene, calm portrait on a beach, she makes portraits work in any setting. 

All in all, Ellie Thomas is a very skilled portrait photographer, and her work shows this- every image is so well-composed, and so refined. You can see more of her work on her photography page, @elliethomasphoto. 

Written by: Jessica Austin

CHARLES JEFFREY – The club kid taking the fashion industry by storm

Charles Jeffery is shaking up the industry with an emerging label – Loverboy. Winner of the 2017 Fashion Award for British Emerging Talent; the Scottish-born designer moved to London to pursue a BA in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins. During his time, he was able to obtain an internship as a design assistant at Jack Wills and subsequently; a three month internship at Christian Dior. 

His work has attracted the attention of many. Those amongst them is none other than LuLu Kennedy – Editor-at large of LOVE magazine. Through this relationship, Charles Jeffery has styled the pages of LOVE for several issues.

In the face of COVID, Jeffery live-streamed his S/S 2021 Show (entitled The Healing) and presented the collection through the medium of a four-metre long concertina book which he told Vogue was “like a tapestry on my thought: my thought process”. In turn, the collection acts as a reflection of Jeffery’s reaction to the pandemic in his interpretation of “what panic looks like”. 
Loverboy encapsulates the self-proclaimed ‘club kids’ vision and brings it to the forefront of fashion. Unapologetically bold and untamed; much of what the industry has been lacking in recent times. Even the designer’s website immerses you into the mind of Charles Jeffery through ‘receiving the healing’ (an option on the site that then plays the soundtrack of his most recent S/S 2021 show). Loveboy is undoubtedly breathing new life into the industry.

Article written by: Shenel Wickramaratne @shenel_w

Neda Changizi and her hidden drawings

I went to visit my friend and student mate Neda last Sunday. She was giving away her cat litter box and I have a friend who just got a six kittens litter so …. Bartha system at its best was the excuse for our conversation.

The discovery

We prepared ourselves a cup of tea, I said hello to her son Adrian, and then we headed for her studio room. Now, I had a great shock, I admit. Neda’s flat walls are covered with her work: paintings, digital prints, photographs, mishmash wall-framed pieces, all which I have seen already in the studio and in some exhibit last year, and … the great surprise: seven works that can be all grouped together as line drawings, that I never saw and that I totally love!

What are they

They are all very minimalistic line drawings on canvassed plain background. It’s acrylic paint in the background and marker pen on top. They communicate a strong sense of humanity and love in their simplicity, linked to the very spontaneous, quick, un-technical look and feel of them, the figurative subjects and the very personal take that Neda applies on composition and perspective.She didn’t use to have them hanged, she always hid them but as soon as she made them visible, all her friends, all the ‘everyday’ people that walked in her flat, the plumber, the postman, the meter reader woman, all the not-artist-defined people and of course the odd musician friend, the south African owner of Persian carpets gallery, they all love them. And she loves them too, of course.

The person inside the artist

When I ask Neda where do they come from, why have I never seen them and why is she not showing them all, the answer is very interesting.

‘I love them because nothing I have seen in the art place, nothing is in the correct way, the right order, all is messed up. The bottle is not straight and the eyes out of the line… dreamy to me, not real and I don’t know who they are. I didn’t know I was going to draw three women, why I don’t know.’

It makes people happy as well which is also good.

They are slightly surrealist, they remind of Picasso’s composition, no shadows, the laws of perspective applied differently, suggestive in the shapes, figurative in the elements they are portraying and pure. It is not about the skills but what is inside Neda’s heart thrown out in the world.

“It makes people happy as well which is also good.” 

The battle inside the person inside the artist

And maybe, as we proceed in the conversation, we realise together, just …maybe …it is because of this very direct, very out-of-the-technical-laws-of-drawing, very dreamy, unreal feel that cannot be pinned down, that Neda doesn’t show them in the classic, institutionalized art spaces, where she is instead known for her detailed pictures with drawing on tops, her super realistic paintings and here digitally manipulated pics.

She doesn’t even show them to our teachers because of the pressure, as artists, that we are under, to define ourselves to the outer world, to give the outer insitutionalised world a simple, basic way to look at our art, to look at us as artists, defined, confident, focused. 

But of course we are not: we are human beings that evolve, change, have different curiosities, different ways of expressing ourselves.

“I’m dying for painting and drawing. It just takes me to a different world. I am not here”.

The artist inside the person

When asked if she defines herself as an artist, her first response is ‘I don’t know’

As Neda repeatedly says, she loves art, she loves what she can do with the freedom of art. 

“I’m dying for painting and drawing. It just takes me to a different world. I am not here”.

She went to visual art school at 16, in Teheran where she is from, as she was ‘discovered’ by one of uncles who appreciated her artistic way of expressing her feeling and – I guess- realized the artists inside the person.

When asked, if she produces to sell, her answer is straight, plain and simple: no! so there it is, there is the genuine honest love for art that  creates so much frustration and difficulties because outside, the insitutionalise world, the dry world, defines artists by what they sell.

So thank you Neda, there, in that answer you can see the totality of the Neda artist inside the Neda person! 

By the way… There is also a technical secret she says that she is not ready to explain yet… so watch this space till next time (:

Written by: Elisabetta Andrea Carlotta del Ponte.

The Photographer’s gallery

An insight over the photography industry in London by Jessica Austin.

The Photography industry within London is undoubtedly a well-established one, and one that is wonderfully inspiring. Not only is London a wonderful place to shoot in, there is no end to the photographers who have produced work in the famous city. From fashion photographers such as Tim Walker, to more abstract and experimental photographers such as Antony Cairns, there is certainly no lack of inspiration in London.

Need inspiration? Or have a bit of time to view some photography? Then The Photographer’s Gallery is just what you need. No matter what the subject of their exhibitions and style of work they exhibit, there is always something you can take away from their exhibited works.

Currently, their exhibited works include works by Evgenia Arbugaeva, Sunil Gupta, and Vasantha Yogananthan, all vastly different photographers with vastly different styles and ways of working, so it is well worth a visit.

Another way that The Photographer’s Gallery is helping to support up-and-coming photographers is their ‘Folio Fridays’ in which you can apply for a place, and have time interacting with other photographers, and have presentations by two practicing professionals, which can really benefit your understanding of the industry, not to mention gives you an opportunity to find even more inspiration! You can also get one-to-one sessions (for a small fee) called TPG Portfolio reviews, which consists of a 20-minute review of your portfolio with a curator of the gallery. Very helpful indeed considering their experience working with such a vast array of talent! And lastly, there are several social sessions going on (all online now), that mean you can mingle with other photographers, and have some quality time learning from practicing professionals.

And, in addition to all this, there is a wonderful cafe, and a very well-stocked book shop to browse in too! So, for sure, add this little gallery near Soho to your list of places to visit!

Photo credits: Unsplash.


Ding yun Zhang fashion show
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The pride of Central St Martins class of 2020 was Ding Yun Zhang – a futuristic menswear designer from Beijing. “I want to collaborate with young designers to promote sustainable textile innovation” says the 25 year old graduate and this ideal has become the subject of his functional sportswear brand. 

The designer is drawn to more purposeful elements rather than luxury and states that “this is what inspires (his) design for the future”.

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Debuting in Fall 2020 at LFW, it was the infamous YEEZY foam runners that shed a light on the ingenious mind of  Ding Yun Zhang and his creative abilities. It appears that his aesthetic is inspired by his time at YEEZY – shown through his use of muted colours and over-exaggerated  silhouettes.

With his collection, he has somehow been able to transform an under-represented and underrated style of fashion and elevated it to a level that has enabled consumers to view this in a completely different light.

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From his look-books, it’s clear to see that the designer is also keen to empower and bring various ethnic minorities to the forefront of his fashion. Most featuring Jordan Dunn and Deto Black modelling his chicly-inflated creations. “I want to bring awareness – through my clothes – the the experiences of different demographics and the physical and economic pressures of their environment and to donate to ethnic groups around the world in harsh environmental and economic conditions.”. To have such a young, up-and-coming and influential designer is inspirational and a credit to Ding Yun as a designer.

Written by

Shenel Wickramaratne

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Cash in Hand and Fear in the Air

The year is 1907, and in the midst of a financial crisis – the so called “Bankers’ Panic” – a small group of American elites led by the prominent banker J.P. Morgan came together to “save the financial system”. How did they achieve this? By enforcing through law perhaps the largest power grab in American history – the creation of the Federal Reserve act. The creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 led to a predominantly centralised banking system for the US, which although has provided them relative economic stability, also led to the massive depreciation of purchasing power of the US dollar by 96% over the following 100 years. 

Fast forward a quarter century, and the same thing happens again. The stock markets crash, plummeting a devastating 80%. The US is plunged into The Great Depression. Once again, an elite few, seeing opportunity in disaster, “rode to the rescue” under the guise of saving America. President Roosevelt signed the Emergency Banking Act of 1933 as an act of salvation in the interests of restoring public confidence in their banks. However, it also criminalised the possession of gold. Every US citizen was forced to turn in their gold savings, and for each ounce of gold given, they received $20.67 in paper money. And once the Government had taken all their gold? The value of gold mysteriously increased to $35 an ounce, stealing over two thirds of Americans savings. 

There is a pattern emerging here. With each financial crisis being followed by a change to currency, the working class is hurt, and the elite prevail. And this is not the most recent instance of this happening, either. 

In the early 1970’s, President Nixon made the announcement on television that the cost of the Vietnam War and current welfare programs were threatening to bankrupt America. In order to not let this happen, a plan was introduced to delink the US dollar from gold entirely. This decision, yet another major change to the currency, was later dubbed the “Nixon Shock”. 

Once again, the value of the US dollar plummeted at the promise of economic stability. Not only this, but the Nixon Shock also unleashed a power that the US is still suffering from today: It allowed the Federal Reserve to accelerate the printing of money indefinitely, further devaluating the world reserve currency through simple laws of supply and demand. 

First, the value of gold was stripped away. Then, the decoupling of the US dollar from gold created further economic turmoil. Now, under the noise and panic of the Covid-19 pandemic, plans are quietly being made to eradicate paper money altogether, perhaps the largest financial change ever seen. And although this article is focusing on the US, as the leading governing power on Earth these changes will be felt across the world. 

On March 23rd 2020, a draft of the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act was leaked to the public. Within this bill, details of a “digital dollar” and “digital dollar wallet” as a way of Americans to receive their stimulus checks could be found. By the end of the week, these details were redacted. 

What this means is that the US is toying with the idea of creating and issuing their own, centralised cryptocurrency that could cause physical currency to become obsolete. Already we are seeing a move from physical currency to contactless payments, only accelerated by many big companies making this mandatory in shops due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With this move comes great ethical and security concerns to our financial freedom. 

It is only a matter of time before governments adopt this system of centralised digital currency. And when they do, they run the risk (at our expense) of creating a completely financially transparent society. One where every payment, every transfer, to a friend, family member, or company is fully traceable and linked to your bank account. It is already happening. It is so easy to effortlessly tap your phone to make a payment rather than have to fish around your pockets for clunky change. But what if they do away with cash altogether? What if you can no longer hold any money without the government knowing? Should you be forced to pay a bank for your right to own money? 

Is slight convenience worth our financial liberty? 

OP-Ed Article

Author: Tyler Green




People to Know in MDX

In the Middlesex Student Union, there is a structure of representatives that ensure your voice is heard as well as that, they also organise different events and campaigns to better your life in uni. The three important representative institutions are the Student Office, the Union Council and the Student Voice Leaders. The Student office is comprised of a President and three Vice Presidents. 

The President 

 The current President is Gagandeep Kaur, she was democratically elected by the students through the Student Union Elections, these elections happen each spring (make sure to hand your vote and voice your opinion!). Her obligations are to ensure communication between the Union and MDX students. She is also your first point of contact for campus-wide issues. As well as that she also is a chair MDXSU’s Trustee Board. The Trustee Board’s role is to oversee that the Student Union is meeting it’s aims and that it is acting in accordance to a legal and constitutional framework. Back to the President, she represents the students in the University’s Board of Governors, the highest decision-making body in the university. As you can see the President plays an important and a vital role as the main figurehead of all the students, of course she can’t manage the job alone. That’s why she can rely on the Vice Presidents, as well that they have their own obligations of course. 

You can contact her on her email: 

The Vice Presidents 

The Vice Presidents are elected the same way as the President and they very much serve the same purpose of representing the students in much the same capacity. They have a chair in the Trustee board, but they don’t serve in the University’s Board of Governors (the only student there is the President). They with the Student Voice Leaders to ensure proper representation of the needs and ideas of students in her department. 

VP of Professional and Social Sciences 

Vice President of Professional and Social Sciences: The current role is occupied by Tahmina Choudhery. She represents the students within the Business School, School of Law and School of Health & Education at Middlesex. 

You can contact her on her email: 

VP of Art & Creative Industries 

Vice President of Art & Creative Industries: The position is held by Nishtha Relan and she represents the students in Art, Design, Media and Performing Arts. 

You can contact her on her email: 

VP of Science and Technology 

Vice President of Science and Technology: The current VP is Khalid Abumaye and represents the students in the (you guessed it) Science and Technology departments. 

You can contact him on his email: 

Student Voice Leaders 

A crucial part of the Student Union are the Student Voice Leaders. Each year one or several SVLs are elected by each course and they serve as representatives of the that course. They work closely with the Program Leader and meet twice a year with the Student Voice Leaders and academic representatives of the whole department to vote and propose meaningful change in the department and in MDX. If you apply for a Student Voice Leader you will have to inform yourselves on the problems that other students face and that they would like to be solved. You can create the change they would want to see implemented. This position is a great opportunity for you to build your connections with your fellow students and it would also look good on your CV. Nominations will open Monday 7th September and will close at 5pm Thursday 15th October, so be hasty! 

You can learn more here: 

Union Council 

Other important body you should know about is the Union Council. The Council is the key student committee, with responsibility for determining MDXSU policy and deciding action on student ideas for change. You can also submit ideas that you feel can benefit students in Middlesex by using the Ideas for Change process on the SU website. It can be something about campus, your course and even a political stance you want MDXSU to adopt. Students are also permitted in the meetings of the Union Council which happen three times a year, but only elected Union Council members can vote. This leads us to the question who is in this council exactly. 

There are total of 40 people in the Council: 29 student representatives (Student Liberation Group leaders, students from our comities group and Society leaders), 18 academic representatives, the SU President and the three Vice Presidents. 

You can see the current events and active policies on the MDX SU website: 

Author: Nikola Kalchev

Your granny’s new best friend could be a robot called Pepper

Semi-humanoid robots may soon be deployed in care homes across the country to help keep our elderly company. This is following results of an international trial which found that robots helped to improve the pensioners’ mental health and combat loneliness. 

These robots, named ‘Pepper’, can manage basic conversations, play music, teach languages, and offer useful other services such as medication reminders. Their technology has been developed so that they can learn over time, meaning they are able to learn people’s interests and personalise conversations. 

The trial ran in care homes in the UK and Japan. The results showed improvements in the mental health of patients who spent up to 18 hours with these robots and found that they helped with loneliness as well. 

Middlesex University has been involved in this project since 2017 when they joined with several other organisations to launch CARESSES. The aim of this collective was to produce the first culturally competent robot, meaning that it could respond to people in a sensitive manner and adapt to learn culturally appropriate behaviour. 

Before these recent results, Pepper was best known for its appearance in the House of Commons where it became the first robot to give evidence. On 16 October 2018, one of Middlesex’s resident Pepper robots responded to questions about the future of the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence in education. 

But could robots really do as good a job as carers? Well, the answer is no. 

“Socially assistive, intelligent robots for older people could relieve some pressures in hospitals and care homes.” Said Irena Papadopoulos, Professor of Transcultural Health & Nursing at Middlesex University, who leads the development of the cultural components for Pepper. “No one is talking about replacing humans – the evaluation demonstrates that we are a long way from doing that – but it also reveals that robots could support existing care systems.” 

At a time where many care home residents are suffering from increased mental health issues and loneliness and dealing with strict regulations on family visits, the results of this trial show that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Deployment of Pepper robots in care homes would cost only £1,000 more than a care worker’s annual salary and would provide our care industry with a more risk-free way of comforting these elderly residents who are unable to see family members as often as they used to, if at all. 

Although nothing has yet been announced about how the associated bodies will respond to the results of this trial, it is clear to see that the future of the care industry needs to change quickly in order to adapt to this ‘new normal’. We cannot allow what happened in March to happen again, and we know now that care home residents must be prioritised and cared for in a much safer way during the second wave of this virus. Maybe now we have found our answer – don’t visit your granny for Christmas, send her a robot instead. 

Author: Natalie Rose

Learning to sketch and budget in a day: the best learning tool you’ve never heard of.

Tucked into a small corner on the ‘My Study’ page (on myUnihub), lost among menus is a link, innocuously named ‘Online software tutorials’ that grants access to 1000’s of hours of free educational content. 

Don’t feel bad if you’re just finding this out now. It took me 3 years and a friend telling me about it 5 times before I ‘discovered it’. 

This is all brought to you by ‘LinkedIn Learning’ – an online skill sharing platform, much like Udemy or Skillshare. 

So, what can you expect after spending some time on the site? 

Upon your first time creating an account you’ll be asked to select a few of your favourite topics. This is so the sites algorithm can better recommend courses it thinks you’ll be interested in. However, you’ll still have access to everything through the menus. 

The courses mostly fall under 3 main categories. 

  • Business courses: Containing courses covering – marketing, customer service, accounting, leadership, and anything else related to networking or running a business. 
  • Creative courses: Everything from sketching, to motion graphics and audiovisual production. 
  • Technology courses: Here you can learn a variety of programming languages for coding and web design. With even courses covering iOS and Android app development. 

Length of the courses vary wildly, ranging from 10 minutes to 60 plus hours; with most falling between the 1 to 4 hour range. The positive of this being that there are plenty courses that cover subjects at varying levels of intensity. The negative being there are many courses that differ just as wildly in quality. So keep in mind it may take a bit of time to filter through to get to the good ones – but they do exist. 

As for course recommendations, that’s going to be completely dependent on your interests. I worked through 2 courses this week and skimmed through a 3rd during my research for this review. Firstly, for pleasure, I explored my artistic side with Amy Wynne taking her sketching course ‘Drawing Foundations: Figure’, which I found greatly enjoyable. 

Secondly, I took the courses ‘Freelancing Tips’ with Jay Clouse, and ‘Communication Tips’ with Tatiama Kolovou and Brenda Baily. Being self-employed and developing a business myself I thought these 2 courses would be a treasure trove of information. However, they didn’t prove as rewarding as the first. 

And therein lies the problem. Much of the information is surface level. In fact anyone with even a little experience in the relevant area will struggle to find much use for those related courses. But in no way am I concluding that it’s all a waste of time, quite the opposite actually. 

LinkedIn Learning is a great resource for the young entrepreneur looking to pick up skills to DIY everything themselves. Or for the curious mind searching for its next creative outlet. 

I originally wanted to conclude by lauding the site as a great resource for improving your employability and brightening your future career path. Instead I’ll be more honest. If you’re going into it to pad your CV and make yourself more attractive to employers – you’re going to be disappointed. 

But if you go looking for self-development – perhaps in the way of something creative, or to gain a clearer understanding of something that’s eluded you – then you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. 

To access LinkedIn Learning first navigate to the ‘My Study’ page on myUnihub. The link titled ‘Online learning tutorials’ should be listed under the ‘Software tab’. If you experience and trouble with this don’t hesitate to contact UniHelp at:  

So, go on; what will you learn first? 

Op-ed article written by: Panayiotis Panteli

Tips and Tricks for the Life of a Student

Tips and Tricks for the Life of a Student 

Student life can be kind of stressful to say the least. Many questions come to mind once you come to campus like: How do I save money and not starve myself? How can I move from point A to point B in London, without bankrupting myself? How can I find a job in such a big city? 

Here we’ve gathered several tips on what you can do to save money and hopefully to make alleviate some of your financial struggles at university. Enjoy ? 


Finding a job was always one of the hardest parts in the life of a student, especially now with the quarantine coupled with the recession. Middlesex and the Student Union are well aware of that. This is why you have access to MDX Works (office is in the Quad, on the left-hand side). They are open every Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, currently they are only hosting drop-in sessions remotely on 02084116161. If you want to get feedback on your application documents, including CVs, cover letters, application forms or similar, MDX Works will provide suggestions to help you make improvements and stand out from other applicants. 

If you are searching for a work experience placement, internship, or graduate job it’s better to book a one-to-one session, which are currently hosted online. You can contact either with the phone mentioned above or on MDX Works also provides you with online resources you can use to better your CV and Cover Letters and much more on There you can register and have on your fingertips the ability to access job offers for professionals and beginners. Unitemps is also an University organisation that has job offers in and around the community. Learn more and register on

The Student Union also offers jobs for designers, photographers and other students on

Student Discounts 

If you are looking to save some money from buying student supplies, clothes, phone bills and everything from Abode products to dog food, but feel overwhelmed from the countless offers you can use TOTUM. As students you can register onto the app and have free and you get discounts on all of these types of products and much more. You can register with your student account for their digital service and see for yourselves. 

Support Services 

We all see how the uncertainty in these times affects us and the people closes to us. Here we would like to mention several services that could help your wellbeing and with the emotional turmoil you may be experiencing right now. 

Counselling services are provided by the university. You can either request a onetime 1-2-1 meeting about issues you are struggling with or you can access therapeutic support from a Mental Health Adviser or a Counsellor for several meetings.  You shouldn’t blame yourselves if you have trouble coping with the new environment, it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. You can find more information on how to book an appointment on This year all meeting shall be online. 

If you have any issues regarding your welfare you can contact the Student Welfare Advice team on 020 8411 3008 and For international students, you can also contact the International Student Advice team on or on 020 84114507

Op-Ed Article Writter: Nik