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Our New Flat Mate…

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

This has been one hell of a week, im nearing my last assignment deadline for a few months now so its all systems go with uni work, running around with meetings and generally sorting things out :]
It has been very stressful but I am proud of myself and those around me for all pulling together to help make things happen this week! relaxation is on the horizon! :]

Now the title of this blog is “our new flat mate” therefore i shall get onto the lovely story (no sarcasm I swear!).
Originally only myself and my flat mate Jon, lived in our 3 bedroom abode, in all honesty the place is lovely (still has its problems don’t get me wrong!) the kitchen is not suitable for 3 people but brilliant for 2! Lots of space for 2 but not for 3… however I digress into a story about our flat… last week we received a phone call from the landlord saying we had a viewing on the flat, which at this time of year is very common and we are used to now, we have had around 7 groups of people viewing our flat since the beginning of January, anyway neither me nor Jon were in and nothing further was said by the landlord…until last night… we received a text from the landlord saying we were getting a new flat mate moving in the next day (today!) so after panicking about what this new dude (we were also told the new flat mate was a guy!) was like we went to sleep.

Matt moved in at about half 10 today…..him and his coffin…yup folks A COFFIN!!!! D: Buttttt never fear! For the coffin is a prop for a movie he is making! I myself am not convinced and have a sneaky suspicion it is to play pranks on me and scare me XD
So welcome to the flat Matt !!! (Hey! that rhymes!! XD)

Assignment feedback

Thursday, January 24th, 2013


This week has been fantastic! I received all of my assignments back that I handed in before Christmas and I am so so happy with  the results! When I was writing those assignments I was not at all confident in what I had wrote, some of this is because I was writing 4 assignments at a time as they were all due within a week of each other and the rest was just pure lack of confidence in myself (I’ve always been the same! xD) but I was pleasantly surprised!

Firstly my civil litigation portfolio, this was my lowest mark of 50 (2:2), but I am still happy with it :] The portfolio is the style of a solicitors case file, you are given a fictitious client with an industrial disease or personal injury and you work through the portfolio as if you are presenting the case in real life, ensuring professional standards are maintained and that your paper file is in order. It’s a rather stressful and very different assessment but i must admit I enjoyed it :]

Secondly my evidence assignment, this was an essay style question based on the usefulness of s78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE). This is the style of question I like, it was difficult at first to establish what to include in the essay  as there are so many avenues to explore, I went for breadth rather than depth so covered more topics in less detail and it worked! I got 64 (2:1)!!

Thirdly our group tort assignment, our group were really on the ball and we managed to get this assignment finished rather quickly :] it was a scenario based question and we approached it by tackling each person effected in the scenario working through it in a logical manner and again it worked really well! We got 68 (2:1)!

Last but by no means least! Land!! I am so so happy with my land result it was possibly the one I struggled with the most in all honesty but the hard work and persistence paid off and I got (drumroll pleaseeeee!) 70!!! A first!!!! 😀

Im super happy with all my results and tonight I am celebrating! I have some of the girls from uni over and were having a girly movie sleepover night! chat laters guys! :]

Guest Lecture : Professor Michael Macaulay

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Yesterday was a rather busy day with lots of different but exciting things!

I got my Evidence assignment back , and I must admit I was not confident at all in what I had wrote so was very pleased and shocked when I got my grade! I got 64! Which is a firm 2:1 grade! Woooo! 😀 I’m now waiting on the rest of my assignments to be returned so hopefully by the end of the week I will have all my grades back! :S

I also had a photo shoot for the 2013-14 prospectus too! It was really good fun causing a bit of chaos in the library taking pictures but we got some great photos’s so look out for me in the next prospectus!

I must say the highlight of the day was the guest lecture by Professor Michael Macaulay! The lecture was based on Corruption in the UK: Lessons from the National Integrity System.

During the Lecture Professor Macaulay discussed many things, including his work with Transparency International UK who commissioned a research project into corruption within the UK which included an assessment of the 7 key sectors in 2011, which included assessments on the police, the legal profession, prisons and more. It also included a report on the influence of organised crime in the UK. and finally a report on the National Integrity System in 2011. He also discussed the joint research he had conducted with Chris Newman from the law department about local government integrity systems.

Following this Michael discussed the issue of corruption more broadly and how it is perceived that the UK “doesn’t have a corruption problem” He pointed out that there are problems faced when prosecuting an individual for corruption as it is usually dealt with by means of other offences for example ‘misconduct in public office’ or ‘false accounting’. He highlighted that the main legal instrument designed to combat corruption, the Bribery Act 2010, had a tortured path to enactment  from the Law Commission report in 1998 to the printing of the act in the statute books in 2010. The main point of the lecture was that there are many different types of activities which could come under the label of “corruption”. Michael showed that it is too simplistic to simply say corruption does not exist in the UK, but that it is much more subtle than simply bribery.

The lecture was very interesting and sparked much debate amongst myself and my friends afterwards, it was also nice to meet Professor Macaulay and a big thank you to the Law dept for organising the lecture :]

Here are a few pictures from the lecture! :] Thanks to Ross Parker (one of the EMR Team at the university) for the photo’s! and to Chris Newman for taking the picture of myself and Prof. Michael :]

The new term and exciting events

Monday, January 14th, 2013

First day back at university and a cake sale!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Hello everyone!
Today was the first day back at uni after the Christmas holidays and im not ashamed to admit that im so glad to be back!
Its been great seeing and catching up with everyone again, chatting about how their Christmases have been and all the fun things that they have been doing :]

Today I also helped out on a cake sale! One of the opportunities that the Law Society offers is to,as a team of 5, enter for a competition called Law School Challenge in which the teams must  organise as many fundraising events as possible to raise as much cash as they can, which all goes to charities which provide the less fortunate with free legal aid when they need to the most. The team who raises the most wins a trip  to London and a tour of an inn of court of your choice with lunch with a High Court judge included! Which is a fantastic prize and opportunity for any law student! The Bake sale was just one of the many things that the team are organising so look out for events over the coming months and get behind them and sponsor them :] its all for a fantastic cause :]

A new year and new term!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013


Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Well its 2013 guys!! So Happy New Year to you all!
Im now officially  half way through my degree!! Which is really scary!

Christmas this year was quiet (except when Doctor Who was on at which point it was SILENT! ;] ). I spent Christmas  with my family in Chester which was lovely as I got to see family that I haven’t seen since summer and some even longer than that and I got to spend a lot of time with my boyfriend too which was fab :]

New Year’s Eve brought about our yearly house party that my parents host with all our family friends invited. Even though its a house party we still glam up and get into the party spirit with music and dancing (even a bit of karaoke too!) and just before midnight we switch the TV over for the Big Ben’s bells. This year was no different and it was an amazing night celebrating the coming of the new year with the people who are most precious (and remembering those that are either no longer with us or could not be there).

Its nearly time to go back to uni to start the new term and there is still lots to do this year and I cant wait to see what 2013 brings! There are lots of exciting things on the horizon and I cant wait to tackle them! Things like getting my assignment grades back, the Law Society Ball to look forward to, and lots of fun times ahead with my friends :]

I hope everyone has a prosperous 2013 and I cant wait to tell you all about mine! :]


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  • Hometown: Sedgefield
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