AS I SEE IT – Fake It ‘Till You Make It

Gigi Bushell discusses her experience of imposter syndrome and the best ways in which to tackle it.

Surrey’s Award-Winning Placement Year: Stories From the Students it Failed

Charlotte West discusses the potential failings of Surrey’s placement scheme and chats to other students about their experiences.

As I See It – Are Gymshark to Blame for Their Own Backlash to Body Positivity?

Isabel Rolfe looks back at the the controversy following Gymshark’s Instagram post of Nelly London in their activewear and discusses how much the brand are too blame for the negative response

As I See It – Lockdown Had Its Silver Linings

Betsy Goodfellow reflects on her experience on lockdown and considers the potential benefits of the extra time.

Losing My Dad: The Battle Between Grief and Guilt

As it approaches the year anniversary of her father’s death, Bea Costley opens up about her experience of dealing with grief, and the surprising guilt that accompanied it.

Student Wellbeing in a ‘Pre Post-COVID’ World

The Peer Support Team discuss the importance of wellbeing during this difficult time, and the ways in which their new Peer Support Scheme can aid students

Starting University Amidst a Pandemic

Alice Brooks provides advice for new students who will have to cope with settling into university with social distancing in place.

“He’s like a second Dad to us” – Surrey Students’ Favourite Night Bus Driver

Charlotte West highlights the Instagram account of the Surrey night bus driver and speaks to fellow students about why he is their favourite.

The Curse of Performative PR

Alex Teng investigates how companies have used Pride and Black Lives Matter to boost their public image, rather than implementing diversity internally.

Three Lessons I Learnt From (Not) Graduating in the Midst of a Pandemic

Final year Rufaro Mazarura discusses the end of her time spent studying at Surrey – sharing her perspective as she moves into a new period of her life.

Learning to take Pride in Coming Out

Deputy Editor Pete Ferguson shares his journey on how he came to terms with taking pride in being LGBTQ+

How Your Favourite Fast Fashion Brands are Exploiting the Pandemic, their Workers and You

Editor in Chief Yasmin Norvill examines the exploitative measures fast fashion companies have asserted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Lives Matter: A Joint Statement

‘The Stag’ has united with various student publications around the country to release a joint statement on the Black Lives Matter Campaign.

A message from LGBT+ Society in support of Black Lives Matter

Sophia Newman writes in support and solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement from her position as the BAME Officer for LGBT+ Society.

SurreyFess Fesses Up: Behind the Confessions with the Admins

Through interviews with the SurreyFess admins, Charlotte West explores the range of challenges they face, from racist hate crimes to overwhelming workloads.

Why Students Should Celebrate Christmas Early (and How to Do it Best)

From festive flat ideas to local events, Charlotte West provides a festive guide on what Surrey Students can do to get in the holiday spirit!

How the GP Freeze Failed Me

Alone without basic healthcare, medication or advice. Pete Ferguson reveals his experience when The Guildowns Group Practice began refusing new patients.

I Dropped Out of my Year Abroad

‘Failure and Fate During my Placement Hunt.’ Charlotte West recounts her recent experience exploring how to spend her penultimate year at surrey.

Endometriosis: Over 13,500 share devastating impact of condition

Despite painfully affecting one in ten women in the UK, endometriosis is often regarded as a hidden condition. Megan d’Ardenne interviews Sophie Weller.

What to do about the GP Registration Cap

Sophie Pike chats to our new VP Support Sarah Surget about the recently introduced cap on new patients at the Guildowns Group Medical Centre

“There is no Planet B” – Global Climate Strike 2019

Last Friday, Megan d’Ardenne joined the millions of people taking to the streets demanding action, days before the UN’s Global Climate Summit

My time as a University of Surrey student

Recent graduate Bradley Kelman reflects on his time as a student at the University of Surrey.

‘MAN UP’: A Discussion on Masculinity and Male Mental Health

Emily Byfield-Riches interviews Michael Taricone, discussing possible causes of male mental health and why it can be so difficult to talk about.

Grind Culture: The Silent Epidemic

What’s the difference between an accidental dance rub and a fully-fledged crotch to backside violation? Hollie Saunders takes a look at what’s acceptable.

The Best Memes from Question Time

Chelsey King breaks down the top 10 memes from SurreyDecides question time. Including a special interview with James Barlow, one of the night’s moderators.

The Presidential Candidate Interview: Njabby Mendlula

Charlotte West has our 3rd interview with the presidential candidates, Njabby Mendlula talks us through his manifesto.

The Presidential Candidate Interview: Nick Werren

Emily Wootton interviews presidential candidate, Nick Werren, chatting manifestos and, of course, memes.

The Presidential Candidate Interview: Gemma Paine

“Gemma looked comfortably at home as she reflected on her experience working within the union…” Interview by Charlotte West ahead of upcoming SU debates.

Surrey Decides: Why Should You Care?

Emily Byfield-Riches explains why the Student Union elections are important, and may directly affect your future time here at Surrey.

Paygate: The Problem with Surrey’s Vice-Chancellor

Editor in Chief Michael Slavin investigates Max Lu’s surprising salary figures, exploring perspectives from both students and university management.

What you should probably know about Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Sophie Pike explores Body Dysmorphic Disorder; looking at it’s effects and the impact society and the media have on the condition.

Bethany Dawson: It’s Time to Notice Invisible Disabilities

“You probably wouldn’t realise upon meeting Bethany that she has a disability.” Bethany McAtee hears Dawson’s struggle, living with an invisible illness.

From Paganism to Commercialisation: The Evolution of Christmas

We all look forward to gathering around the Christmas tree, sharing gifts and company but how many of us celebrate Christmas for what it traditionally meant. by Sophie Pike

A Quirky Student Gift-Giving Guide

Will Wilkins has scoured the internet to find the best (under £20) presents to give to your family, housemates, or that special someone.

Sustainability this Christmas

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What’s happening in Yemen, and why aren’t we hearing about it?

Isabel Rolfe explores the ongoing war in Yeman, where our countries are directly supplying arms affecting millions of people. Where are the news stories and why are they not being given the attention they deserve?

The relationship between books and trigger warnings

As movember continues alongside Stag Media’s mental health awareness push, Helia Daryani looks into the effects media and literature can have on mental health and the need for trigger warnings.

How Well Do Our Troops Cope After Being Dumped on ‘Civvy Street’?

Lisa Cosham takes a deeper look into the stark consequences of war, today on remembrance sunday we consider the many fatal sacrifices – but ‘lest we forget’ the living.

Why Rock Bottom is far enough.

“My mental illness had to be physically threatening to be taken seriously.” Continuing with Stag Media’s drive for mental health awareness, Ellie Davies tells her story.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Flight MH370

CONSPIRACY COLUMN: Atiya Chowdhury kicks off this new series by delving into one of the biggest mysteries in recent history…

The Sandwich Year Interview: Rufaro Mazarura and Publicity at HBO

To finish off our freshers week specials, Charlotte West introduces a new series of interviews exploring students and their placement companies.

People and Planet Society Roundup

FRESHERS SPECIAL: Do you think you could do more towards the environment and unfair trade? Asini Liyanage introduces People and Planet Society.

Could you start making money from your photos?

Joseph Hobbs from picfair.com introduces a ‘Young Photographer Network’, showcasing the work of emerging photographers.

Ten Reasons you should be excited about starting at the University of Surrey

Why should you be excited about joining the university of surrey? Emily Wootton explains what’s so great!

KWAF: Why should you care?

Your VP Voice, Olly Shearman, discusses why KWAF (Keep Wednesday Afternoons Free) is so important.

Dangers of Spiking in Bar 13

A dramatic account from a Guildford night out.

by Emily Byfield-Riches

Moving forward with an addiction

How do you overcome an addiction? How do you approach a friend or family member about their addiction? What exactly is an addiction? I spoke to recovering cocaine and alcohol addict, Lauren Windle, who provided me with her insightful personal experience about how she tackled and escaped the cycle of addiction.

The positive mentality encouraging success

Hannah Ajala is a broadcast journalist at the BBC World Service, meaning learning about other people’s stories plays a big role in her life. However the story of how Hannah became a journalist involves a little trick she came across, called positive delusion, which she now dedicates time to sharing with others so that their goals can become reality too.

2017: Making New Years Resolutions

Every year, when the 1st of January arrives, we reflect on the past year and who we have become, considering what it is we would like to change. Some say nothing, some say whatever will be, will be, but the majority of us make a New Years resolution that we are determined to stick to. Yet, somehow after only a few days, we revert back to our old ways and our New Years resolution is but a withering flower… How can we overcome this problem?