Posted by sthomas on December 21, 2016 10:56 am

In this episode of Society Spotlight we took a trip to the Leisure Centre to take part in the Thai Boxing Society. I’m already a part of the society so I wasn’t nervous as I knew what I was doing.

Because of my experience in Thai Boxing I was on the pads while Mike (the President) showed Molly two combinations.

Take a look and see how Molly got on and find about more about the Thai Boxing Society in our video!


For more information about the Thai Boxing Society visit their page.

Be sure to tune in regularly to our Society Spotlight blog and visit our YouTube channel for more videos.

If you have any questions about the Thai Boxing Society or have a society you want us to cover then leave them in the comments below.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on November 28, 2016 3:46 pm

In and around Huddersfield there are plenty of places to grab a drink whether you are just wanting a quite drink or wanting to stay out all night.

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Nightclubs

There are two great nightclubs in Huddersfield, Camel Club and Tokyo, both of which are located in the town which is only a short walk from the University.

Camel Club is open 5 days a week’s offering a different theme each night as well as special events such as fancy dress and their Silent Disco. In addition to this they also have guest DJ’s and a cash give away of £250 every Monday. Camel Club also offers a membership card which allows you to queue jump, get cheaper entry and drinks.

Tokyo is open 4 days a week and offers 4 different rooms with different styles of music for you to dance to. Tokyo often holds events with guest stars such as Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder and most recently Example. Tokyo’s newest event Made in the 90’s is held every Wednesday and provides students with some great deals throughout the night such as 90p entry (before 1am), 90p on selected drinks (before 1am), 90p pizza and 90p shots.

Pubs & Bars

In Huddersfield there are plenty of pubs and bars to choose from that can suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re just wanting a bite to eat, a few drinks with friends or wanting to start your night early before heading to a nightclub. A few student favourites include Warehouse, Weatherspoon’s, Mavericks 80’s Lounge, Revolution, Rock Café, Parish Pub and Five Bar.

Close by

If all that wasn’t enough Halifax, Leeds and Manchester are all in close proximity. Here’s a few student favourites:

In Halifax there are two great night spots Acapulco Nightclub and Maggie’s Bar.

For a night out in a big city why not try Leeds? A few favourites are Mint ClubThe Space and PRYZM. There’s also the famous Call Lane, a street full of bars and pubs which has a little something for everyone.

Manchester is renowned for its nightlife. A few of its best bars and clubs are ARKThe BirdcageFifth Nightclub and 42’s Nightclub.

As you can see from the list above there are plenty of places to go for a night out to suit everyone’s taste. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment below.

– Sophie :)

 

Posted by sthomas on November 18, 2016 5:00 pm

On Saturday 5th November I went to The York Dungeon with the History Society as part of the give it a go week at Huddersfield University. I’d never been before but from what people had told me I expected it to be scary but funny at the same time.

The trip only cost £10 in total and included both the transport to and from York as well as entry into The Dungeons.

The bus left the University at around 9.00am and got us into York at 10.30am which gave us some time to check out the local sights before our tour of The Dungeons which was at 1.30pm. Whilst wandering around York and browsing around the shops I took the opportunity to take some photos which you can check out below.

 

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Fast forward a few hours and I was queuing outside The Dungeons waiting to go in. The tour itself lasted 75 minutes and went told the story of many different historical events which had happened in York from the Viking Conquest to Guy Fawkes and was shown to us through actors, props and special effects.

 

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I really enjoyed the tour and I found it to be very factual and informative but at the same time it was fun. It was scary at times but had some very humorous moment which made it a unique experience.

Without giving too much away for those that haven’t been before my favourite part was the leeches moving around the benches which felt super weird. The performances were fantastic which helped in bringing the experience to life. The final bit of the tour (which just happened to be the best in my opinion) was the gift shop and of course I was sure to grab myself a few souvenirs to take away.

After the tour we had some time to spare before heading home so I thought it was only right to check out York’s social side by visiting Bora Bora Café and Cocktail Bar and All Bar One where I sampled a few cocktails.

 

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After a quick stop at McDonald’s for some food we were all on the bus heading back to the University. We got back in decent time as well.


Why not take a look at the History Society and The York Dungeons’ websites for more information?

You can find information for all upcoming Give It A Go sessions on the Students’ Union website.

For information about the History society and The York Dungeons check out the links below.

 

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on 11:41 am

There is a wide variety of places to eat in Huddersfield to suit everyone’s taste and style. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes around Huddersfield to suit a student budget. There are plenty of student discount offers to be found and there are often off-peak offers throughout the week such as 50% off and happy hours which can make eating out a little less pricey.

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Fast food

Just like most town centres, in Huddersfield, you can find all the standard fast food restaurants. A few cheap and cheerful student favourites are:

  • McDonald’s

Want’s not to love about McDonald’s? There is plenty of choice from chicken, burgers and wraps and all of which are very cheap. At the moment I am loving the BBQ Chicken BLT and the Chicken and Bacon wrap.

  • KFC

KFC is one of my favourite places to eat, you just can beat deep fat fried chicken! My go to food at KFC is the Boneless Banquet as its good value for your money.

  • Subway

Subway is a more ‘healthier’ fast food chain but is just as good. It’s also very good value for money which makes having your lunch here very cheap. My favourite meal is the Meatball Marinara.

  • Wimpy Burger

Remember Wimpy Burger? Yep, they are still around! This is a great alternative to McDonald’s as it provides you with a more restaurant feel without losing the great tasting burgers.

Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants to suit every taste whether you want chicken, pizza or a steak.

  • Warehouse

Warehouse is the University of Huddersfield’s partnered bar and has plenty of facilities such as a beer garden, pool tables and plenty of TV screens to catch the latest sport. The food is very cheap which can make this the perfect place to grab something to eat even if you’re on a tight budget. I would recommend giving the Chicken Wings a try!

  • Nandos

If you love chicken, Nando’s is the place to be! What’s great about Nando’s is you can be daring as you want with the spiciness of your chicken. My favourite meal is Butterfly Chicken (plain) with a side of chips and coleslaw.

  • Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut has a great menu and deals so you can enjoy the all the pizza goodness for less. They also have a lunch buffet which means you can help yourself to as much pizza as you like for a great price.

  • Slug and Lettuce

50% off on Mondays, what more do I need to say! Slug and Lettuce is a lovely restaurant and it is currently holding the title of the best steak I’ve had so far.

  • The Aspley

The Aspley is a fantastic restaurant that is located next to the canal. The food is good value for money and if you’re able to get a seat by the windows the view onto the canal is stunning.

  • Ox and Bone

A fantastically decorated restaurant with a good menu to go with it. They also have an early menu which can save you a few pounds if you don’t mind eating a little earlier.

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Buffets

Fancy and bit of everything? Why not head to a buffet and eat as much as your heart or stomach desires?

Here’s a few of my personal favourites:

  • Chinese Buffet

Chinese is my absolute favourite type of food so being about to eat as much of it as I like is just perfect. If you want to make it a little cheaper, going a lunch time can save you some money.

  • Botafogo Brazilian Grill

This is another favourite of mine as you can eat as much meat as you like without moving from your chair! You have a light on the table which you switch colours when you want more food. For the amount of meat, you could eat this is very reasonable priced. To avoid not getting a table remember to book before arriving.

Café’s and light bites

If you’re just wanting to grab a quick bite to eat here are a few student favourites’ coffee shops and cafes.

  • Queenies Coffee Shop

Queenies is a cute little coffee shop that has a small but good food menu. The food is very reasonable priced and with your student card you can get 10% off.

  • Epicure Bar and Kitchen

Epicure is very close to the University and has a very relax atmosphere. The food is reasonable priced and they have niche products as they specialise in a variety of different tea’s and coffees. A great place for a bite to eat with your friends in between lectures or with your family when they come to visit.

  • Greggs

Greggs is great if you love pastry treats. Very fast service and the food always tastes very nice. My go to treats are the Bacon Wrap and Yum Yums.

  • Panini Shack

I just can’t beat a good panini and I’ve found Panini Shack is the place to go. They have plenty of combinations for an affordable price.

 

Hopefully, this post gives you a good idea of where you can find the best food in Huddersfield either for a nice evening meal or a quick bite to eat on the go. If you have any questions about food places feel free to leave me a comment below.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on November 16, 2016 11:03 am

For the first episode of this series we headed down to HD1 Studios to take join the Dance Society. Before going I was a little nervous and slightly fearful as I’ve never danced before and my flatmates have also very kindly pointed out I am very heavy footed.

I have to say though after taking part it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought. Although I’m defiantly not cut out for dancing I did have a good laugh while doing it.

Take a look for yourselves and find out more about the Dance Society in our video!


For more information about the Dance Society visit their page.

Be sure to tune in regularly to our Society Spotlight blog and visit our YouTube channel for more videos.

If you have any questions about the Dance Society or have a society you want us to cover then leave them in the comments below.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on October 9, 2016 1:00 pm

Fresher’s Week kicks off on the first week of University and offers plenty of activities for all students to get involved in and this year was no different.

I didn’t really do Fresher’s last year so I decided this year to give it a go to see what it’s like. I went all in and bought the Full Pass (priced at £52). The full passes allowed access to HudCrawl, HudComedy, and HudLive.

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This image above was taken by the Huddersfield SU.

Huddersfield Fresher’s Events this year included:

– Freshers’ Fair

 – HudCrawl

– HudMovies

– Campus Tea Party

– Vintage Clothing Fair

– Coffee House Sessions

– Basketball Exhibition Game

– The Warehouse Party

– Food & Craft Fair

– HudComedy

– HudLive

– Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival

– HudQuiz

Day 1 (Monday 19th September):
I started Fresher’s by heading down to the Freshers’ fair. This is where there are stalls for all the societies at the University as well as companies in the area such as Nandos, Dominos and Greggs. All of these companies were giving out free vouchers and food, which is something I cannot complain about.

A few hours after the Fresher’s fair it was time to head back to University and collect my HudCrawl t-shirt. Upon arrival, my friends and I were greeted with a rather long queue. Finally, after a long wait, we had our t-shirts in hand. We choose blue!

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Day 2 (Tuesday 20th September):
Today only consisted of one thing, which was returning to the Fresher’s fair for the free food. Free Dominio’s pizza and Greggs which is a great hangover cure!

Day 3 (Thursday 22nd September):
After a few days of the next Fresher’s event was HudComedy which was headlined by the fantastic Russel Kane. My favourite acts were Katie Mulgrew, Russell Kane and Elliot Steel. The fantastic Adam Row was back for a third year warming up the crowd, and when I say warming up the crowd I really mean embarrassing as many people in the audience as possible. I really enjoyed the evening and laughed so much!

HudComedy Stage

Day 4 (Friday 23rd September):
Today’s Fresher’s event and the final one for me was HudLive. While at HudLive I went on the free rides and even got glitter on my face – my Mum was very shocked. For me Becky Hill stole the show, she was so amazing!

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I am really glad that I did Fresher’s this year and it is a definitely a week I’ll remember. I would really recommend that if you are coming to Univeristy you get involved in most if not all the Fresher’s activities on offer!


Huddersfield Fresher’s website: http://freshers.huddersfield.su/ 

 

Fresher’s Highlight Video

Below is this year’s highlight video to give you a glimpse of what Fresher’s at Huddersfield is like. Also, see if you can spot me in it!

https://www.facebook.com/huddersfieldSU/videos/vb.230984410255889/1240236902663963/ 

 

Images taken by Huddersfield SU:
Freshers’ Fair Day 1 & Day 2: https://www.facebook.com/pg/huddersfieldSU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1228429937177993 & https://www.facebook.com/pg/huddersfieldSU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1229203093767344
HudCrawl: https://www.facebook.com/pg/huddersfieldSU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1229111787109808
The Warehouse Party: https://www.facebook.com/pg/huddersfieldSU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1230674970286823
HudComedy: https://www.facebook.com/pg/huddersfieldSU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1231633526857634
HudLive: https://www.facebook.com/pg/huddersfieldSU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1234893899864930

 

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on March 15, 2016 12:13 pm

On Saturday 27 February I attended The Working Day Games Jam at the University. This event was organised and held by the School of Computing and Engineering. The Working Day Jam has a theme which was “Endless Games” and it ran from 9am till 5pm.

The objective of the day was to have a working game completed by 4.30pm which you would then present to the other teams. Every person would vote and the team with the most votes won a certificate, chocolate and a trophy.

The day started by getting into teams and planning what the game would be and what was required for the game. As I am not a games student nor am I that advanced with any of the back-end programming languages yet I felt that I couldn’t really offer too much to the team. However, as I have used Adobe Photoshop many times in the past I was given the job of creating assets for the game.

Once we had a plan of action in place we all got on with our individual tasks. As I mentioned above I was tasked with creating some of the assets for the game. These assets were to be 64 x 64 pixels and I created these using Adobe Photoshop. This meant the design of the game was pixelated.

The game we created was an endless scroller that was based on the theme of the deep ocean and was created using Unity 3D. The original idea was to create it using Stencyl which specifically focuses on 2D and visual coding but switched to Unity 3D when a programming student joined our team.

Slack, which is a real-time messaging app, was used to keep track of what each of us was working on and what we had done. We also used it to upload files for other team members to use.

The highlight of the event was the free pizza provided by the department. Who doesn’t love pizza that is also free?

The final part of the day was presenting our games to each other. It was fantastic to see that each team had created a working game. Unfortunately, our team didn’t win any of the prizes nor did we get any votes in any aspect of the game which is a little annoying as our game wasn’t that bad.

Overall the event was really good and well organised. It was a very productive day and I am glad that I went along to see what it was all about. The only downside was that it was focused on game development which unfortunately my skills were not fully tailored too. There are plans to do a Web Working Day Jam which I do hope goes ahead.

Whilst at the event I decided to capture some video footage which you can watch in my first ever vlog on my personal YouTube channel.

Posted by sthomas on March 10, 2016 1:50 pm

There are plenty of bars and nightclubs in Huddersfield to choose from that can suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re just wanting a few drinks with friends or wanting to party until the early hours of the morning.

In Huddersfield there are two nightclubs, Camel Club and Tokyo, both of which are located in the town which is only a short walk from the University.

Camel Club is open 5 days a week’s offering a different theme on each of those night as well as special events such as fancy dress and their Headphone Disco. In addition to this they also have guest DJ’s and a cash give away of £250 every Monday. Camel Club also offers a membership card which allows you to queue jump, get cheaper entry and drinks.

Tokyo is open 4 days a week and offers 4 different rooms with different styles of music for you to dance to. Tokyo often holds events with guest stars such as Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder and most recently Example. Tokyo’s newest event Made in the 90’s is held every Wednesday and provides students with some great deals throughout the night such as 90p entry (before 1am), 90p on selected drinks (before 1am), 90p pizza and 90p shots.

There are also a variety of bars in the town of Huddersfield. A few student favourites include Warehouse, Mavericks 80’s Lounge, Revolution and Five Bar.

Now onto my top 5 favourite bars and nightclubs.

In at number 5 is Warehouse because it has a really good atmosphere and the drinks are cheap. The food is also really nice and for those sport fans they have plenty of screens streaming different sports.

Number 4 is Five Bar because like Warehouse the drinks are cheap. They also have two rooms, one is inside and one outside, playing different styles of music.

Toyko comes in a number 3 as it provides 4 rooms with different styles of music. The drinks are fairly cheap especially on a Wednesday which is now Made in the 90’s night.

In at number 2 is Mavericks 80’s Lounge which has two rooms playing some classic 80’s tunes. It has a lovely atmosphere and who doesn’t love a good dance to some 80’s music.

And finally the number 1 spot goes to Camel Club. This is because there is a different theme of music every night it is open. The drinks are cheap, especially on a Saturday and it has such a fun atmosphere.

So there’s my top 5 bars and nightclubs in Huddersfield. And just because they aren’t within my top 5 list doesn’t mean that bar isn’t any good.

If you are coming to Huddersfield University in September and are excited about the social life I hope this post shows you there are plenty of options on that front and if you are a current student at Huddersfield let me and prospective student know you favourite nightclub and bar in the comments below.

Below is a video version of this post for those that prefer to watch than read.

– Sophie :)