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Introducing the NUS journalists 2017

Tuesday 22 November 2016 Student Journalists

Every year NUS hires a group of journalists to tell the stories that matter to students. The NUS journalists are all students themselves and will be writing for NUS for a year. Students are at the heart of the education system and we want to make sure your voices are heard.

Follow their work throughout the year and check back in August to apply for the 2017/18 programme!

Sophie Hack

Sophie Hack

I’m currently studying Media and Communications at Birmingham City University, studying journalism theory as well as the practical side. I specialise in entertainment and music journalism, one of my highlights was interviewing Wheatus last year in a Steakhouse! I’m currently the editor of my university’s magazine The Scratch, which covers fashion, sport, entertainment, tech and all aspects of student life. I’m really interested in writing opinion pieces on governmental and social changes that affect young people, as well as students. I believe that more than ever young people have a voice on things that will change their life, and we should utilise this opportunity. After I graduate university, I really want to expand my skills and hit the ground running, and I feel like writing for NUS will help me take that step from student life to real world issues. I want to get out of my comfort zone and explore new fields within the industry and find out what other people’s views are. In my spare time, I love playing video games and I’m currently trying to teach myself Japanese.

Siri Hampapur

Siri Hampapur

Hey, I’m Siri! I’m a second-year Film, Media and Cultural Studies student at Lancaster University. I’ve been working with my university’s student television station since Fresher’s week of my first year and have recently discovered a passion for journalism! Currently, I make videos on issues that mainly involve student lives, as I think it’s so important to see what the student lifestyle trends are and whether they’re having a positive or negative effect on health and wellbeing. In my spare time I also enjoy video blogging for YouTube! I’m really looking forward to my time at NUS so I can gain more experience and develop my skills as a journalist. Also I’m hoping with this opportunity I can be a voice for the students on how our lives really are, rather than how we’re seen by others.

Anjida Sripongworakul

Anjida Sri

I’m a Management Science (Decision Science Stream) Master’s candidate at London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally from Thailand, I’m as passionate about the science, psychology, and statistics behind decision making as I am about film and writing. I enjoy opportunities to combine my passions in reviewing, discussing, and analysing films. My major influences include the New Yorker’s James Wood, classic Russian literature, and Richard Siken’s poetry. I’ve written film reviews, celebrity profiles, and news and technology coverage for my undergraduate engineering newspaper, the University of Waterloo’s Iron Warrior. I’m also a guest blogger and Student Blog Editor for LSE’s Department of Management. I believe pop culture, current affairs, and critical, world-changing ideas are integral to student lifestyle, and I’m committed to representing students’ reality outside the classroom to society and the world. I hope to continue investigating this theme through NUS’s platform for student voices.

Niamh Burns

Niamh Burns

Hi, I’m Niamh. I am a recent English Literature graduate from Ulster University, now studying an NCTJ Professional Journalism course at North West Regional College in Derry, Northern Ireland. I have always wanted to become a journalist and have spent the last few years interning at newspapers and magazines throughout Northern Ireland. I have a massive interest in currents affairs, politics and social justice. I’m really interested in student perspective, politics and activism, mainly in feminism and gender equality. I believe it is really important for young people and students to get involved in current affairs and politics, it is crucial for us to have a good platform in order to express ourselves.

Jekaterina Drozdovica

Katerina Drozdovica

Hi, my name is Katerina, I’m a second-year journalism student at City University, London. Originally from Latvia, I moved to the UK at the age of 17 and did my A-Levels here. Being an international student in London can be challenging in many ways, especially after Brexit. Issues we face can be very different: from a cultural shock and language problems to financial difficulties and ridiculous student housing. I would like to represent international students around the UK, allowing their voices to be heard. Although, I don’t limit myself only to international students. As students’ opinions are massively unreported, I hope to raise the society’s awareness of our point of view. I believe future is in our hands and together we can change it for better.

Vidya Ramesh


Hi there, my name is Vidya and I’m an undergraduate student reading History at the University of Cambridge. I grew up in Manchester, the birthplace of the Guardian and Suffragette movement; it was impossible not be continually aware of the power of activism, solidarity, and liberal politics. On campus I try to channel these incredibly charged ideas into practical action, particularly in regards to the welfare of students who identify as women. As a director for a student-run think-tank, The Wilberforce Society, I have overseen events on raising the participation of women in public policy, while also co-authoring a policy paper on sexual assault policies within higher education institutions. As a campaign manager for my University’s Women’s Campaign I am also organising a programme of activities to help female students tackle anxiety. In my spare time I enjoy powerlifting (still at a novice level, sadly), as well as living ethically to the best of my ability, such as by following a vegan lifestyle (#vegangainz). As an NUS Journalist I hope to raise awareness of the events taking place on campus that centre around the three concepts I mentioned before: activism, solidarity, and liberal politics. Whether in the form of an intersectional feminist reading group, to a disabilities rally outside the students’ union, you will be sure to hear it hot-off-the-press from me!