Lauren Cope

Lauren has recently finished studying law at the University of East Anglia, and is now looking for work in journalism. You'll find her typing furiously on a laptop in the corner of your local coffee shop.

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UEA is the latest university to ban 'The Sun'

The Sun newspaper will no longer be sold on UEA's campus, after a hotly contested decision made by the Union of the University of East Anglia (UUEA).

Members of the public banned from UEA bars

Ban follows nasty on-campus incidents earlier this year

What if Freshers' fails to live up to the hype?

You may have the time of your life, but here's what to do if the first week falls short of expectations

Freedom. Now what?

After three years of blissful existence at university, Lauren Cope can't quite get her head around the real world

The College Dropout, by Kanye West

Dropping out of university: It's not the disaster you think it is

University life isn't for everyone. There are all sorts of reasons why people drop out of their courses. Lauren Cope speaks to former students to find out why higher education wasn't right for them

New year street party celebrations in Edinburgh

Want to actually stick to those resolutions this year?

My favourite part of the New Year’s holiday is New Year’s Day. The glitz, glamour and extortionate prices of the night before are easily forgotten after 24 hours of laziness, good food and laying in bed looking forward to the upcoming year. It’s traditionally been the last week of slovenliness before we head back to school, sixth form and now university.

How games have grown up to be a serious career aspiration

Previously only populated by the hobbyists, computer scientists and self-taught, the game design industry hasn’t historically offered many routes into its midst. Often, perhaps unfairly, viewed as the dream career for any teenage (or not-so-teenage) boy, the game industry is actually now forging its path to become the country’s most valuable purchased entertainment market. Combined annual software and hardware sales have topped the £4bn mark – more than DVD and music sales combined and a shocking four times more than cinema box office takings.

Mistakes that every fresher makes

As well as the late nights, later mornings and the free pass to do (almost) everything, university has plenty of potential pitfalls for freshers.

Many of today's graduates are struggling to find jobs

As current graduates face disappointment, is it time for alternatives?

Remember what we were bribed with as kids? “Not done your homework?” “Don’t you want to go to university?” “You won’t get a good job if you don’t.” Having been raised in the belief that burying their heads in books would ultimately lead to a great career, graduates of this generation are finding the reality of life post-university bleak.

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