James Ashford

James Ashford is a student columnist for the Independent, and has been self-described as 'a magical cross between Guevara, Casanova and Rasputin'. As well as being tremendously witty and intelligent, he is also very handsome and muscular.

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Goal-oriented: What 'Football Manager' can teach you about the graduate job hunt

From negotiation skills to spreadsheet management, is this a case of art imitating life?

Wot I learned at university

Graduation is a time for introspective leavers to take stock of all they've learned from their time at university. For James Ashford, it didn't take all that long

Scenes from a film that didn't happen: James Ashford (second from left) channels Bruce Willis

Doing the 50: How to finish with a whimper, not a bang

This week, Sheffield third-year James Ashford completes the last of the 50 tasks we once told him he (and you) had to do before he left uni. The anticlimax is palpable

James Ashford, barbecutie

Doing the 50: Flattery will get you everywhere

This week, Sheffield third-year James Ashford accepts a coffee from his editor and calls it a date, the creep.

Doing the 50: Down and out in Edinburgh

This week, Sheffield third-year James Ashford engages in some sharp practice on his way to Edinburgh, reminisces about criminal damage and, against explicit instructions, fails to win a pub quiz

Our hero James Ashford (front) experiences duress from Banter Claus and the Archbishop of Banterbury at the rugby club social

Doing the 50: 'Epic banter', slightly less epic karaoke and still no actual studying...

This week, intrepid Sheffield bantersaurus James Ashford engages in a spot of bants with the #LADS and attempts a night of 'epic karaoke', all in the name of an authentic university experience

Britain gets its first 'Professor of Morality'

The University of Birmingham has appointed Professor Randall Curren as Britain’s first ‘Professor of Morality’.

Artisan oenophile James Ashford does it like they do in the Dordogne

Doing the 50: The devil makes work for idle minds

This week, indolent Sheffield third-year James Ashford sets up an illicit moonshine still using his stash of fruit cordial and wastes perfectly good champagne.

James Ashford, patroniser of the arts

Doing the 50: I would do anything to finish this list... but I won't hand an essay in on time

Sheffield third-year James Ashford is determined to do all 50 things The Independent once witlessly suggested all students should do before they leave uni. The results are... just as you might imagine

Village people: just another Halloween party for our hero (left, with chum)

Doing the 50: There ain't no party like an entirely sober conga-line in Sheffield on a Wednesday night

Sheffield third-year James Ashford is determined to do all 50 things The Independent once witlessly suggested all students should do before they leave uni. The results are... cruel and unusual

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