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    The Ethical Issues Of Voluntourism – Does It Do More Harm Than Good?

    Isabel Murphy Voluntourism is a term which has been used since the 1990s, when many travellers started searching for ‘authentic experiences’ as opposed to typical holidays. It is a mixture of volunteering and tourism, where individuals supposedly support those more disadvantaged whilst simultaneously having the opportunity to travel somewhere...
  • Welcome 2020 – What, Why and How?

    Think back to Welcome Week. Remember the legions of pink-shirted people there with you at every turn? No? Well then you probably did Welcome right, but these fun-loving, determined and caring people, called Welcome mentors, were indeed there, and now it’s your chance to join their ranks!...
  • The ‘C’ Word

    As you read this, it is important to remember two things. The first being that I am incredibly cynical, and the second is that I love Christmas. I realise these two things seem to be at odds with each other but honestly the unfettered, mythical joy and ideology that...
  • The Reading Aloud Scheme

    Take one: June 2016  University open day, a room in Portland Building that I do not think exists anymore, tote bags everywhere. Adam Rounce is giving a talk about something and the only thing I will remember is my maths-degree father laughing at a very literature-degree joke about Tess...
  • Why You Should Go Pro Bono

    Pro Bono is a volunteering society run by the University of Nottingham Students’ Union. Three current students talk us through their experiences of volunteering in various sectors and why you should give it a go.  Pro Bono across the Pond Reiss Morrison – Third year Law student. Hello, England!...
  • Meet your 2019 LGBT+ Officer Candidate

    Jake Card is a first year Chemistry student running to be your LGBT+ officer for the 2019-2020 academic year. The following are a few key points from his manifesto: Believing that “community change is always required”, Jake is committed to people being “taught about the past issues and main...
  • Tacos, Tequila and Turtles: Volunteering in Mexico

    My year abroad found me on the pacific coast of Mexico in sleepy surf town San Pancho, little sister and neighbour to one of Mexico’s lively “Magic Villages” Sayulita. Here I volunteered in a centre called EntreAmigo’s that acted not only as the heart of the community but my...