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racing ahead

Alex Laffey and co-driver Jack Morton go racing ahead into the ALMC 2013 rally on a high after an excellent run in last month’s Jim Clark Rally. Team Laffey Motorsport finished an impressive 9th overall in the MSA asphalt championship at the event. This strong result will boost the crews’ confidence as they head across…

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The Studio’s Right On Programme

The £20 million scheme to redevelop the site of the former Tyne Tees Television studios has started with major ground works to level the site. With a six metre drop across the site, over 5,000 tonnes of earth is being removed as part of the first phase to develop high-end student accommodation to be known…

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racing ahead in the Jim Clark Rally

U-Student were once again racing ahead in the Jim Clark Rally last weekend staged in the beautiful Scottish Borders. The event took place on 31 May & 1st June. U-student continued its sponsorship of the Team Laffey rally team at the event. Driver Alex Laffey said of the teams results, “We were 13th overall,  first in…

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Racing Ahead – An Update from Rally Driver Alex Laffey

The U-Student sponsored rally team competed in the Manx National Rally at the weekend. Driver Alex Laffey for Team Laffey sent us this update: “The weather was not good for the race and the forecast looked terrible for the whole weekend but by Friday lunch time the weather was dry and as we went though…

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A healthy diet on £15 a week

There has been much talk in the media recently of just how little we can live on a week. Iain Duncan Smith waded into the argument on BBC’s Today programme by claiming that, if necessary he could live on £53 per week. This caused an uproar among many who objected to what they saw as an empty…

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Sunderland Music Scene

While many students enjoy Sunderland’s cheap and cheerful club nights there is much more to the city than 50p Jagerbombs and blaring pop tunes once you scratch the surface. S ome students may not know the Sunderland Music scene is thriving The city has long been hailed for its music scene producing global names like…

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U-Student racing ahead

At only 23 years of age Alex Laffey finds himself behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta S2000 A7 Class Rally Car for the 2013 MSA Asphalt Rally Championship with the help of student accommodation provider U-Student. Alex who graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Motorsport Logistics and Management is…

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Youth liver disease cases are up by 400% in Sunderland

Some sobering statistics by North East alcohol campaigners Balance  have revealed that youth liver disease cases are up by 400% in Sunderland. Last year 115 under 30’s were admitted to hospital with alcohol related liver disease compared to just 23 between 2002-2003. As a responsible provider of alcohol The Meeting Place urge our students to consume…

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Finding the right student accommodation

Finding the right student accommodation It’s that time of year when students must weigh up their options and take the plunge of deciding who to live with next September. But while nobody wants to end up with the proverbial housemate from hell, a recent survey suggests it may be even more important for undergraduates to…

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Top 10 websites to save students money

Full-time education can leave your finances in tatters. We look at 10 websites that can save you money! 1. MoneySavingExpert MoneySavingExpert provides free and impartial advice on ways to save money. Founded in 2003 by Martin Lewis – a recurrent face in the UK media – the website is visited by around 13m unique users each…

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