Journalist, mother and MA student Elizabeth McFarlane is anecdotal and nostalgic upon returning to university.

Elizabeth at the University of East Anglia, 1988.
Elizabeth at the University of East Anglia, 1988.


I'm a student again after 30 years and can't believe my luck. I stroll round the campus feeling twenty years younger, half expecting someone to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to leave. But I'm allowed here, incredibly, to do an MA in Creative and Life Writing. The last time I was on a campus I was wearing leg warmers, Kylie Minogue was singing I Should Be So Lucky (Lucky, Lucky, Lucky) and Maggie Thatcher was having a barney with some miners, unluckily for them.

On my first day I line up in the main building to register and there's an 18-year-old boy behind me not dissimilar to the one I have who is registering at another university in another part of the country. How weird is that? There are three of us in this family at university at the same time. We could start our own Soc. If we weren't hundreds of miles apart.

"What documents do we need?" the boy asks me.




"Well," I say, "I have my degree certificate, but

Submitted by YasmineH on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 18:39


One thing I love about Goldsmiths is the variety of ways you can earn money around campus. As someone who likes saying yes to anything and everything and who has been in her overdraft for almost a year now, I know firsthand the pain of being strapped for cash and wanting to do something about it.

So, I am here to offer you some tips on how to make some ~easy money~ around university based on my own personal experiences (desperation).

DISCLAIMER: All of these have been tried and tested by myself, and if there are more easy ways to make money - please leave a comment below!


1. Psychology experiments

Just like many other universities, we have a psychology department! They are located in the Whitehead Building and Ben Pimlott Building and regularly advertise psychology experiments on posters and flyers across university. Being a veteran 'experiment participant' in my gap year back in Oxford meant I could make as little as £10 for an hours worth of my time or even as much as £120 for regular visits!

At Goldsmiths, participating in psychology experiments will reward you with on the spot payment from £10+ and sometimes even extra compensation, like food! 

Look out for these experiments