Go-ahead for £80m Hackney Wick student rooms

Student accommodation developer Future Generation has secured planning permission for an £80m scheme in Hackney Wick.

The Vogue in Stour Road, Hackney Wick, will have 330 bedrooms with 35% of them subject to affordable rents. Main contractor for the build programme is McAleer & Rushe.

The development, designed by architect Henley Halebrown, received planning consent at a meeting of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) planning committee this week.

Future Generation, the purpose built student accommodation arm of Southern Grove, has set aside 25% of its 1,908 m2 of commercial space for a local community centre, Stour Space.

Andrew Southern, chairman of Future Generation and Southern Grove, said: “We’ve managed to deliver on a key ambition for the community with The Vogue and we’ve raised the bar on the dividends that student accommodation can bring to the local area… Professional property development is not about cramming in as many bedrooms as you can and this student accommodation really is a cut above the rest.

“The Vogue will occupy a site that is currently relatively industrial but will come to represent a new regeneration centre for the community, encouraging new businesses to open to serve the thousands of people who will flow through the area every day.”

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International Writing Competition offers students a £2,000 Grand Prize

The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 is launching on the 1st October 2019 for its third consecutive year. Unlike previous years the competition topics have been released early to give students more time. The popular competition that receives entries from students around the world tasks students to write 1,000 words on one of three topics. This year the topics are: Technology & the future of legal practice, Social Media, Data and Privacy and Access to Justice and Technology.

With a grand prize of £2,000 and publication on the popular Legal Cheek Journal – one of the most read legal websites in the UK – Dr Matthew Terrell, Head of Marketing for Justis, who oversees the competition, hopes that they will receive more entries than ever before.

“Moving from university to the workplace can be challenging and very competitive, and we hope this competition can help students stand out from the crowd with their ability to produce professional, thought-provoking articles. Last year we received so many fantastic entries and I am hoping we receive even more this year.”

Alongside the overall winner, three prizes of £250 will be awarded to three authors voted Best in Category, by a panel of distinguished judges, which have previously included Nicole Allaband, Editor-in-Chief, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, David F. Wills, Editor, Legal Information Management (LIM) and Squire Law Librarian, University of Cambridge, Liesel Weekes, President of the Barbados Bar Association and Jennifer Walker, Head Librarian at County of Carleton Law Association.

Additionally, the overall winner and best in category articles will be published on the Justis and vLex blogs and included in Justis’ international newsletter that reaches thousands of legal practitioners around the world. In past years, competition entries have been published in Legal Information Management and Artificial Lawyer.

Past winners of the competition include students from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, the University of London, BPP, and the University of Auckland. Roisin Costello, the Overall Winner from 2018 shares her thoughts on the competition:

“The competition offers an exceptional opportunity to expose your writing to Justis’ international readership, and an associated impact for your research findings and ideas few students receive. The competition is exceptional, as the caliber of entries included on the shortlist this year illustrated and I can only imagine this will become even more evident in coming years.”

This year, students are asked to submit their entries before the 1st December 2019. The shortlist and winners will then be announced at the start of spring 2020. For full details on the competition, guidance on the topics and entry requirements please visit:

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Plan for a plan with GCSE revision

If you’re worrying that time is running out, stop what you’re doing says revision company, The Study Buddy.

The countdown to GCSE exams is well underway. Households across the country are in varying degrees of panic. Many parents are concerned about the amount of time their children are spending revising – whether that’s too much or too little. However, how students are using their time is perhaps more important than how many hours they are clocking up.

Students are being encouraged to make sure that they are using their time effectively, rather than equating time spent in front of their books as being time well spent.

“When we feel like we’re up against it, there’s a temptation to just get your head down and plough ahead,” says Nathan McGurl, Founder of The Study Buddy. “But it can be much better to take a moment to make sure that study time is spent wisely.”

A well thought through plan can reduce levels of anxiety, giving students – and parents – a clear sense of purpose. “Not knowing is one of the things that leads to feeling out of control,” continues Nathan. “That can result in anxiety or simply giving up.”

To help build a plan for the remaining Easter break and up until exams, The Study Buddy recommend these 4 simple steps.

1. Make a list of exactly what has to be done. Use exam specification and text books to work out the topics you need to cover for each subject.

2. Mark your confidence level for each topic. Simple ‘High, Medium, and Low’ or traffic light ratings are very effective.

3. Draw up a schedule, detailing the specific topics you’re going to revise and when. It’s tempting to only focus on the weaker topics, but do forget to refresh yourself on those you’re more confident with too.

4. Consider the whole. Don’t over do it and be sure to look after yourself! Make sure that you are eating well, taking breaks, a bit of exercise and it’s important to get enough sleep.

As part of its suite of tools, The Study Buddy has launched a Digital Tracker to help students create their plans and to monitor their progress. The online system breaks down the exam specifications into units of work that students can ‘mark off’ with their confidence levels as they complete them. This gives a good sense of progress, as well as an indication of what is left to do, in order to be exam ready.
The Digital Tracker is available for £11.98 from

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