The Great Debate Tour 2015 | Nottingham (UoN x NTU) edition

The Great Debate Tour came back to Nottingham and this year we collaborated with Nottingham Trent for an interesting night of debating! There were some really exciting topics ranging from education to “black music” to politics and voting patterns.

Photography by Lola (Creative Director).

It was an incredible evening of discussion, banter and a touch of controversy and we hope you all took something from it. We’d like to say a huge thank you to The Great Debate team and panellists for coming down and hosting an amazing event with us.

The Notts ACS team

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UoN x NTU Joint Meet & Greet

A collaboration like no other – Nottingham Trent and University of Nottingham! We came together to give you guys a night of games, entertainment and a free plate of African cuisine. Enjoy the pictures…

Photography by Lola (Creative Director) & Belita Marfo (Biggie Snaps).

Thanks for coming and we hope you interacted really well with Trent; this year is all about integration so make sure you’re mingling and getting to know our ACS counterparts! #ONETRIBE

The Notts ACS team

Where to | African & Caribbean groceries

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There will come a time when you’re just craving some sweet fried plantain or fried yam and fresh pepper. Yup, that day will come and when it does you’ll be thanking us for this blog post! After you run out of your stock of home cooked food you’ll probably want to buy some familiar groceries and follow mum’s recipe or just experiment in the kitchen.

Below are a few local supermarkets to cater to your needs:

  • Mogal Express – 188 Ilkeston Rd, NG7 3FY
  • Iqra shop – 117 High Road, Beeston, NG9 2LH
  • Victoria Shopping Centre market – 222 Victoria St, NG1 3PT

You can purchase all sorts of ingredients from plantain and yam to the realest seasonings.

Don’t forget to invite your lovely ACS committee round for dinner 😉

University essentials | What not to forget & tips

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Hey Freshers! We hope you’re all very excited to move into Nottingham and meet tonnes of new people. As you’re writing your uni shopping lists and planning your massive trip to IKEA or wherever else, we thought we’d give you a little extra help. This is a very extensive list of what you need to buy/pack from bedding to important documents, it’s all there. Literally all of us on the committee used this list when preparing for university and it was incredibly useful. Argos, Wilko and IKEA also have their own university checklist, deals and some great themes and bedroom ideas. We’d recommend decorating your room and making it cosy because that’s where you’ll spend a lot of your time and you might even get a bit homesick!

The Notts ACS forget-me-not’s:

  • Mattress protector
  • Corkscrew/tin opener
  • Extension cable
  • Door stopper (so you can meet your flatmates on move-in day)
  • Hangers (you wont be given any)
  • Kitchen roll
  • Toilet brush
  • Washing up sponge
  • Medication (fresher’s flu is so real!)
  • Blanket
  • Laundry basket
  • Clothes drying rack

Lastly, a few tips for when you move in:

-Make sure you give your room, kitchen space and bathroom a good clean before you do ANYTHING

-For the self-catered lot, don’t bother buying a toaster, kettle, iron or rice cooker as you’ll probably be given one to share with your flatmates; check what will be provided and wait till you get there so you can split the cost of extra appliances

-Don’t take toooo much stuff with you especially if living on campus as you’ll have to move in and out each term

-Buy a double duvet not a single even if you have a single bed

-Earplugs may come in handy for noisy neighbours (and St Peter’s Court fire alarms!)

-To save space in your vehicle you can do your food shopping in Notts
Lidl – 1 Midland Way, NG7 3NY, ASDA – Hyson Green, NG7 5FP, etc are close-by for the self catered students

That’s all from us for now! Comment below if you have questions about anything related.

Where to | Worship

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Hey freshers, if you’re religious like some of us and wish to continue practicing while in Nottingham then this post is for you. It’s so important to stay true to who you are although it can be challenging when you’re in a completely new environment with strangers all around you. Peer pressure is real and people will try and influence you everyday so inbetween all the experimenting and fun, remember where you came from as well as your morals and home training.

We’ve compiled a list of places where you can go to worship in the local area but ofcourse you’re not limited to this. There may be loads more that we don’t know about so comment and share with us so someone else can be blessed.

The main religious places our members attends are:

Check out the UoN Worship & Prayer page also for loads more. Hope this helps.

Where to | Loud trims and fleek

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Where can I get my braids done? Who’s the best barber in town? I need to do my eyebrows, help!

Yes guys, we hear you loud and clear and we’re eager to answer your questions so here goes…

For the ladies
The best hair and cosmetics shops we’d recommend are:

  • Beauty Spot Cosmetics – 499-501 Alfreton Rd, NG7 5NH (10-15 min walk from St Peter’s Court)
  • The Xpression (city centre) – 84-86 Upper Parliament street, NG1 6LF

The best hairdressers:

  • The Honey Hand – If you want top quality fleekiness, you can get in touch with our Welfare Officer, Honey, who has over 5 years of professional experience. She specialises in lace closure weaves, braids, twists, relaxer treatments, you name it, and also threads eyebrows! – Ilkeston Rd – honeyhandenquiries@gmail.com
  • GHAB|pro – With over 5 years experience in the hair and beauty sector, Sophia is your go to girl for all things beauty related. From weaves and hair treatments to full face makeovers, GHAB|pro has you sorted! – Insta: @ghabpro – ghab@gmx.com – 07538584945
  • Naturelle Salon – 106 Hucknall Rd, NG5 1AD
  • Shayaa Natural Hair Salon – 204-202 Ilkeston Rd, NG7 3FX

The best nail shops and beauty bars:

  • Five Star Nails – 4 King’s Walk, City Centre, NG1 2AE
  • USA Nails – 19A Trinity Walk, City Centre, NG1 2AN
  • New York Nails – 34 Upper Parliament St, NG1 2AG
  • Mona’s Beauty Bar – (inside Superdrug) Victoria Centre Market, NG1 3PT
  • Lashious Beauty – Victoria Health Centre, Glasshouse St, NG1 3QN

For the gents
The loudest, sharpest and most intricate trims:

  • T-Cuts – 134 Alfreton Road, NG7 3NS (the best in Nottingham apparently!) – 0115 978 9073
  • Kurt Barbers – 22 Hartley Rd, NG7 3AD – 07790678818
  • Yess Jam Barbers – 82 Hartley Rd, Nottingham NG7 3AF – 07786294969

You’re very welcome.