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Deptford's Iyengar Yoga Institute South London will be hosting a discounted workshop on Sunday 25th February, with a student price of £20 for a full day including vegetarian lunch.

The Iyengar Yoga Institute South London is instantly recognisable at 470 New Cross Road and contrasts the busy chaos of Deptford and New Cross. It was opened by B.K.S. Iyengar in December 1995, before yoga’s surge in celebrity attention, and is run by members of the local community. 

Marion Sinclair, who took over management of the Institute at the beginning of last year, said, ‘From the time it first opened in New Cross the aim was to make yoga accessible to everyone.

‘The Institute has always had a huge mix of yoga students – all ages and backgrounds reflecting the mix of people who live in Deptford and the surrounding areas.’

Originally the site of the New Cross Building Society, the Institute has seen the local area expand and grow over time.

‘We have seen Deptford starting to change over the past few years – at the moment the addition of new cafes and shops adds positively to what is a diverse vibrant area. We want it to stay that way.’

Iyengar Yoga

Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths Campus, New CrossGoldsmiths has this week released a report showing the extent of the attainment gap between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and their White counterparts, stating: ‘White students consistently perform better than all other ethnicities’. This information, published in an eleven-page report by Goldsmiths’ Strategic Planning and Projects, was released as a result of a Freedom of Information request made by The Leopard.

According to the report, in the 2016-17 academic year 29% of White students graduated with a first class degree, whilst only 12% of Asian students and 10% of Black students achieved the same grade. In the 2015-16 academic year the difference was even greater, with 25% of White students graduating with a first, compared to 9% of Asians students and a staggering 2% of Black students. 

Looking at the two top grades together, 91% of White students graduated with a first or a 2:1 in the 2016-17 academic year, compared to 73% of Asian students and 69% of Black students. In 2015-16, 88% of White students received a first or a 2:1, with 70% of Asian students and just 58% of Black students getting those same top grades.

The report goes on to state: ‘Good honours [i.e. a first or 2:1]

SouthBound Festival, November 17th-18th at the SU.

The festival, run by Goldsmiths Music Society, will run on November 17th-18th at the SU.

The student-run SouthBound Festival will return to Goldsmiths next week. Andrew Rolland, the BMus Music graduate heading up the team, said, ‘We started it last year, it was all about giving students the opportunity to practice and perform.’

And this time it’s set to be a much bigger affair. It’s now ticketed, open to the public, and acts now include notable alumni alongside current students. ‘This year we wanted to show the progression from students to alumni, and encourage people to put themselves forward a bit more, and see where and how you can develop as a musician.

‘There’s a much better mix of genres of music, but also people who have just started playing live who are still students at uni, and much more seasoned players who are alumni now and still want to keep going with what they’re doing.’

Such alumni acts include: D.A.N, Bubbles, Tony Njoku, and Rosie Everett, with headliners Temptress and Noctürn. DJs to look out for include Natalie Sandi, Jamie Rosso, Iagö, and Blasé Vanguard. No Blur, alas.

SouthBound will be held at the SU across two stages. Upstairs