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Jade O'Donoghue

Jade will talk your ear off about rowing if you let her. She studied an MA and NCTJ diploma in Journalism at Brunel but her course-taking didn't stop there, having tried a number of different subjects since working here, even magic. Whether you're an expert who wants to share their knowledge, a student who's had a great experience or you just want to say hi, she'd love you to get in touch through our social media pages.

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Simon Wallace – the sports physio

By Jade O'Donoghue 24th March 2016

When someone says the word physio to me I usually get flashbacks to the time I had whiplash and had to sit in my doctor’s surgery being prodded in the neck week after week by a nice lady who reassured me that I definitely would be able to turn to the right again one day with...

Kashfia Kabir – the multimedia tech journo

By Jade O'Donoghue 17th February 2016

There are two obvious jobs in which being able to read, write and speak perfect English is of the utmost importance – English teacher and journalist . These are the two occupations that use the language every day and the people working roles like these are generally the most...

Sarah Butcher - the theatre aficionado

By Jade O'Donoghue 4th March 2016

When searching for an English expert, we tried to think a bit outside the box. We wanted someone who really had a passion for the language and had taken it somewhere different. As soon as we started chatting to Sarah Butcher we knew we’d found the right person. As one sixth of...

Libby Seery – the 21st century counsellor

By Jade O'Donoghue 18th March 2016

We all lead increasingly busy lives in the 21 st century and often struggle to fit in blow drying our hair, let alone finding time to sit, relax and unwind. As such, when I heard from Renaissance Life Therapies , a Harley Street based counselling practice, that mental health...

Our guide to hairdressing

By Jade O'Donoghue 15th January 2016

There are only a few people in life who are blessed with get-out-of-bed-looking-great hair – Jennifer Aniston is probably one and maybe Kristen Stewart – for everyone else, there are hairdressers. With a pair of scissors and a few clever products, hairdressers transform unruly...

Our guide to cookery

By Jade O'Donoghue 24th June 2014

Cooking is a necessity in life but being able to do it well doesn’t come easy to everyone. If you’re an expert at burning food and don’t know your spatula from your oven glove, cookery courses teach you all you need to know. On the other hand, if you’re passionate about all...

Laurence Viguie – the UN interpreting superstar

By Jade O'Donoghue 4th March 2016

When it came to writing about interpreting , we all agreed, being fans of 2005 film, The Interpreter, it would be amazing if we could get a UN interpreter to chat to us. We imagined they’d be impossibly elusive and hard to track down but being the determined editorial team we...

Courses you (probably) never knew you could take online

By Jade O'Donoghue 10th March 2016

When we say online courses , the image is usually conjured up of someone sat at a computer, reading, maybe typing a bit, and generally sat in silence. The best online courses are convenient, as you can gain that qualification around your existing commitments, and they’re...

How to stay motivated while taking an online course

By Jade O'Donoghue 3rd February 2017

You get the idea you want to learn something new. You sign up for it straight away because it’s free. You start the first lesson and feel really keen to continue. Life gets in the way and you never complete it. This is how online courses work for a lot of people. The initial...

Guess the years these five gadgets were released...

By Jade O'Donoghue 23rd February 2016

In the 21 st century we seem to change our gadgets and computer hardware more often than we change our pants (figuratively speaking) and as a result they get old really quickly. Here are some of the most iconic ones from the last three decades, can you guess which year they...

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