Reserve Bank of India: The Start of the Special Relationship


As the whir of the engines subsided, the bing of the seatbelt sign announced that it was time to disembark, just 9 hours after setting off from London. Our first steps into Mumbai International were in fact not steps at all. We found ourselves being chauffeured through customs, slaloming past everyone else, leaving their disdain filled faces in our wake. A matter of minutes later, our custody was transferred to our driver, and the journey to Pune began. Leaving behind the hustle  and bustle of the Mumbai suburbs, we navigated herds of goats on the expressway as we climbed into the More >

Indian Driving, Shopping Malls and Football: Week One at EDI

Our EDI students making new friends on campus!

Tony and I arrived at Ahmedabad airport early in the morning on 28th June. We were driven to EDI by an EDI driver whom, to say the least, didn’t play by the rules. I don’t think many rules exist or if they do they aren’t followed, nobody stops for red lights, there is no concept of ‘lane’ driving and the there is no right of way for the drivers already on the roundabout. The only rule that is followed is that you must honk to let others know where you are. It wasn’t long before road rage began; our driver More >

Acclimatising to India: GEO Internship with SEWA

EDI & SEWA interns enjoying the cuisine

The first week working at the Self Employed Women’s Association (or SEWA) has been both interesting and exciting. This week we  explored the various different activities that SEWA has done over the years which have improved the lives of so many women. We have  met inspiring people that are actually trying to improve the world. This week we got to know the people working in the SEWA Manager Ni School. Every morning the SEWA employees gather around the main table of the office and start praying, something which I have found culturally very interesting. For the next three weeks we will work together on a project that will More >

The First Week of our GEO Internship at Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata

First day at Tata

  After landing in Kolkata in the middle of a thunderstorm/monsoon, three of us were picked up by our driver to take us to Tata’s guesthouse in New Town. The lack of driving lanes and herds of cows wandering in the roads gave us the biggest shock. Our first day in the guesthouse consisted of overcoming our jetlag and getting used to the fact we didn’t have to lift a finger for anything – the housekeepers would seem slightly offended if we tried to make ourselves any food or drink and they were more than happy to prepare everything and More >

Newcastle University Finance Society London Trip 2015

Finance Society

After being a great success in past years we decided to carry on the tradition and take the Finance Society on a trip to London again this year. We hoped the trip would give students with prospects of entering the financial industry after graduation a first-hand insight into what their day-to-day jobs might be like. Also we aimed to give them the opportunity to network with people in various areas of finance and ask any questions they may have. London, as one of the financial centres of the world, was the perfect place for the experience.   As there are More >

Living responsibly as a student: 4 reasons why I’m a midweek vegetarian

Veggie food

  I’ve been having a bit of a think recently about the impact I’ve been making on the planet, particularly in light of the Green Party’s increasing popularity and with Earth day being celebrated this week. It’s easy to feel that with so much wrong going on in the world in terms of our carbon impact, that one person’s decisions cannot make a difference. I firmly believe this is an incorrect view, and the only thing really holding you back is your own mind. While making the important choice of which Netflix to watch recently (would it be a re run of More >

Newcastle University Entrepreneurs – The 2014/2015 Speaker Series, And A Successful Year In Hindsight


The society’s Speaker Series is an event for aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to learn from like-minded individuals with more experience, who have already achieved a high degree of success in their own businesses. Our goal was to create an environment where our audience could explore the speakers’ journeys like they would an open book, analysing and learning from both their successes and failures, while also having the opportunity to ask questions and get specific advice tailored to their own individual case. The event started from one simple idea: if an aspiring entrepreneur duplicates the actions and mind-sets of successful More >

Preparation is not easy, but we enjoy it! (Discover Indonesia)


As one of the biggest students event for Indonesia in the North East Region as well as one of the biggest student cultural event in Newcastle (we hope so cause it is going to be massive!), the preparation is not easy. All of the organising committees (we are a team of young and bright students ) are full time students who voluntarily participate to make the event happen. In addition to balancing the life between assignments, studying and social life, we also have to spare some time to prepare for this events, and it is not easy! We have to More >

Discover Indonesia: Love The People. Love The Culture. Love Indonesia

Discover Indonesia

When people were asked about Indonesia, many of them will reply ‘Bali’. Well, it is not wrong because Bali is located there, but Indonesia is so much more about that. Do you know that we are the largest country in South East Asia and the fifth in the whole world? And do you know that Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the whole world? You may not know before, but now you do! There are quite a lot of Indonesian students studying in Newcastle, and it is a bit disappointing that many people do not know More >

My placement at the Business School

jane - blog post

Hi, I’m Jane Nguyen and I’m currently doing a placement at the Business School. Since starting my Business Management degree I have had the passion and enthusiasm to progress and take up opportunities to develop myself further. In order to facilitate this, I applied and was offered a placement at the Business School. Entering the big wide world of work can be daunting  for any person, regardless of age, experience, how nice your employer is and  especially when you get used to the laid back student lifestyle. But for me it has been the most rewarding experience ever! I am More >