Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Common Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Almost 1 in 10 women in the UK are diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – why don’t we know more about it? Portsmouth-based blogger and broadcaster Laura Mitchell finds out why. In August 2016, I sought advice from my GP for a painful case of acne that had been breaking out on my face for Read more

The App that Withered on the Vine

Portsmouth University student Dyanni Swhyer-Brown laments the loss of an ingenious social media app that launched careers, raised important social issues and brought disparate people together. Dyanni Swhyer-Brown Death doesn’t have happen to a human to be sad. Hearing about the death of a service dog you’ve never met, would bring a tear to anybody’s Read more

Getting Our Heads Round Grief

Grief is a natural response to the loss of something, or somebody, very dear to us. Portsmouth-based writer and motivational speaker Rikki May shares his hard-earned advice on the subject. It’s inevitable that all of us will experience loss at some point. Loss affects so many people and in a variety of ways. There’s an Read more

Election ’17: Save Women’s Pensions in Portsmouth

Pensions is a key issue in the forthcoming General Election. The Solent branch of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign is pressing for fair transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s who have been hit by state pension age rises with little or no notice. Group Joint Coordinators, Shelagh Simmons and Carolyne Jacobs, told S&C, ‘Our campaign has Read more

Everyone Goes to Sleep – Except Me

Claire Pearse reports from the frontline of insomnia where the hardest battle is against boredom and time passing far too slowly.  You would never guess it but being awake in the early hours of the morning is extremely boring. Here I sit at my messy desk in my university halls room. The curtains are shut Read more

Some People Are Bisexual: Get Over It

In this frank and personal essay, Siobhan Coleman responds to some of the common misconceptions about bisexuality. I was twelve years old when Rachel Riley replaced Carol Vorderman as the co-presenter of TV’s Countdown. I remember Rachel standing there in her little scarlet frock that only just about covered everything it needed to, her legs Read more

Being a Full Time Mother is Not a Source of Shame

Madeleine Hagan is a student at the University of Portsmouth studying Creative and Media Writing. Originally from North Carolina, she likes telling stories about her experiences as an international student on her blog The Salt Compass (http://madeleinehagan.com/). In her spare time she is a seaside coffee shop tourist, passport stamp collector, and aspiring novelist.   Read more

Dodging the ‘N Word’: Being Black and Female in (Mostly) White, Male Student Halls

What happens when a woman of colour from vibrant South London moves into a student flat in Portsmouth with a group of mostly white men? Dyanni Swhyer-Brown reveals all. I stared out of my window at the sunset shining through the gaps between the James Watson Hall and the surrounding buildings. I ducked at one Read more

Are GCSEs Bad for Portsmouth Students’ Mental Health?

This summer students will sit tougher GCSEs in English and maths. As the exam season looms on the horizon, Portsmouth GCSE student, Tanzeela Rahman, reports on the pressure on teenage students’ mental health as they prepare for exams. Balancing ten subjects all at the same time isn’t the easiest thing in the world. When every Read more

The Degree Dilemma

These days students choose between studying a subject that they love or one that could lead to a stable career. But in these difficult economic times how do we know for sure which subjects will result in employment after all that hard work and debt? And is going to university in your late teens or Read more