Impact Magazine

Impact is The University of Nottingham’s official student magazine. We are published by the UoN Students’ Union and have been in operation since 1939.



Featured Writers

Keith Testa

Keith Testa

Writer and editor based in New Hampshire.

View Portfolio
Holly Botterill

Holly Botterill

A recent International Management graduate from the University of Nottingham looking for freelance writing and blogging opportunities. I …

View Portfolio
Lucy Tombs

Lucy Tombs

Freelance journalist

View Portfolio
Olivia Stock

Olivia Stock

Olivia Stock is a Freelance Music and Culture Writer living in Oxford.

View Portfolio
Lilith Hudson

Lilith Hudson

MA Magazine Journalism student at City, University of London. Previous Head of Lifestyle at the University of Nottingham's …

View Portfolio

Latest Articles

2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Has F1 Lost Its Integrity?

With the two championship leaders level on points as one of the most epic battles in motorsport drew to a close, no one could have predicted the final lap drama that took place at the Yas Marina circuit. Amrit Virdi discusses the race and its aftermath, and what this means for the future of Formula One. Heading into the race weekend, tensions were undoubtedly at their highest between Mercedes and Red Bull, as both had the constructers and driver’s championships well within their reach. After th
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

The Olivia Rodrigo Drama Continues: Did She Use Joshua Bassett As A Career Move?

If you were looking back on 2021 and someone asked you to name one of the biggest dramas in the world of celebrity culture, the supposed Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter love triangle would probably be one of the first to spring to mind. Upon the release of Joshua Bassett’s latest EP, Amrit Virdi reflects on the situation and the inherent toxicity in fan culture. We’ve all seen it as a generation growing up on social media. Celebrities gain a diehard fanbase, who will defend
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

'Just Do It': The History Of Nike

Named after the Greek Goddess of victory, Nike exceeds its mythological predecessor’s notoriety for success, renowned as the world’s largest and best-loved athleisure brand. Its reputation as a sports company is superseded by constant technological and scientific innovation, like Nike Fit, or Nike Flywire, unmatched within the industry. Fundamentally, Nike (alongside Adidas) effectively shaped the trainer’s evolution from sport to style, and into a cultural icon.
By Lauren Bryant
• Impact Magazine

Interview: Michael Aldag

We all know his voice from TikTok, but his raw and beautifully unique songs bring a whole new level to Michael Aldag. After releasing his brand new track Ghosted, Izzy Hunter sat down with the singer and songwriter after a live session on the University of Nottingham campus to discuss all things music, social media, and live shows. “I started singing when I was seven years old, I had a solo in the nativity as a shepherd singing Silent Night.” Aldag explained as he described his musical journey
By Isabelle Hunter
• Impact Magazine

Impact's Music Essentials: 80s/90s Metal

As part of our ‘Impact’s Music Essentials’ series, Jake talks us through his top ten picks from the 80s/90s metal genre. Metal as a genre is just over 50 years old, judging by the widely accepted starting point of Black Sabbath’s debut album release in 1970...
By Jake Longhurst
• Impact Magazine

Interview: Sam Fischer

After rising to fame with TikTok hit This City, Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer has thrived in the pop music scene, recently embarking on ‘A Simple Tour’ in the past couple of months. As he took the show to Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms, Amrit Virdi caught up with him to discuss the whirlwind of the past year and a half, as well as his plans for the future. “I’ve never been to Nottingham, it’s fun! The first show of the tour I had jitters but you just kind of settle into it”, Fischer expla
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

‘’A Humble Reminder Of The Rising Talent In The Music Industry’’ – Live Review: Sam Fischer @ Rescue Rooms

Earlier this month, Sam Fischer took to the stage at Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms to bring a crowd of adoring fans his energetic and fun-loving show, part of ‘A Simple Tour’. Amrit Virdi reviews. Like most people, I admittedly was introduced to Sam Fischer when his heartfelt and vocally stunning track This City took TikTok by storm during the first Covid-induced lockdown, and since then I’ve always thought that he was one to watch in the industry. After having the pleasure of interviewing him for
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

‘It's Rude Not To Stare’: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Just a few weeks after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with the buzz of the Games still very much alive, the Paralympics are officially underway. Over 12 days, around 4,400 athletes will compete across 22 sports, with more than 530 medals up for grabs. The excitement is, however, shrouded by fears over the athletes’ safety, with the nation’s capital experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases following the Olympics.
By Lauren Bryant
• Impact Magazine

The Fortnite Gigging Revolution

Fortnite’s Rift Tour has interwoven the worlds of music and gaming, leading to an innovative live music experience. With artists of all genres welcoming this technological change, Amrit Virdi explores the new world of gamer gigs. As a music fan myself, I was sceptical when Fortnite dived into the music industry with Marshmello taking to the game’s virtual stage in 2019. The game is defined as a popular battle game. Whilst watching concerts isn’t its key selling point, 10.7 million people attend
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

Space Tourism: Holidaying For The Ultra-Rich?

On the 28th April 2001, US millionaire Dennis Tito became the first private civilian to venture into space, spending over a week at the International Space Station. Cashing out a massive $20 million for a place on the Russian Soyuz rocket, Tito would become the catalyst for other adventure-seeking “elites”. Lauren Bryant questions if this is simply another reinforcement of inequality between the rich and poor? Will it ever be accessible to everyone?
By Lauren Bryant
• Impact Magazine

Interview: Orla Gartland

Born and bred in Dublin, Orla Gartland started posting covers and originals on YouTube at the age of 14. Now, we can see how her music has blossomed over the years into a unique and captivating sound, with her debut album ‘Woman on the Internet’ set to mark a poignant moment in her career. Izzy Hunter caught up with the singer-songwriter in the build up to the album’s release. “She was written in accidentally!” Gartland muses when asked about the title of the album. “[The woman on the internet]
By Isabelle Hunter
• Impact Magazine

Formula 1 Round-Up - Heading Into The Summer Break

It’s safe to say that the past four months in Formula One have been full of unexpected twists and turns, as Mercedes’ rule at the top has been truly put to the test. Amrit Virdi explores the 2021 Grand Prix so far up to Hungary, and how the crashes, penalties and driver drama has impacted the standings. Million-dollar crashes and wheel-to-wheel racing between the world’s best racing drivers have defined F1’s 2021 season. As we head into the sport’s ‘summer shutdown’, now seems like a time to re
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

The Character Assassination of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift rose, fell, and then rose again. She went from a loved teenage country singer to the most hated woman in the music industry. However, after reinventing herself, she is now more popular than ever. Amrit Virdi discusses the trajectory of her career so far, and what the future holds for her. For the last 15 years, Taylor Swift has been one of the most popular and influential women in the music industry, and her everchanging musicality has always kept her fans on their toes. Many have
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

‘’A Respectful Yet Welcome Reminder Of Pre-Covid Gigging’’ – Live Review: easy life @ Rough Trade Nottingham

After the live music industry suffered a 16-month shutdown, easy life made a triumphant return to gigging at Nottingham’s Rough Trade on the 22nd July, the week ‘freedom’ was granted to all of us. Amrit Virdi gives her thoughts on one of Nottingham’s first concerts post-lockdown. For the past 8 years, concerts and live music have been a big part of my life, so when the pandemic hit the closure of the industry was disappointing to say the least. Whilst virtual gigs still took place, nothing quit
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

Gossip Girl Reboot – Is A Return To The Upper East Side Necessary?

‘’Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite’’, may be one of the most iconic phrases in teen drama history. Based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl took the world by storm from the moment of its release in 2008 as it detailed the lives of the wealthiest teens in New York, who happened to have every detail of their lives blasted on the internet by the anonymous ‘Gossip Girl’. With the show ending on its sixth s
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine

Interview: Frank Turner

Last month, British punk-folk legend Frank Turner released the 10-year anniversary reissue of his fourth studio album ‘England Keep my Bones’ (‘EKMB’). Released back in June 2011 to critical acclaim, ‘EKMB’ took a more folky, acoustic turn than Turner’s previous albums and hosts some of his most popular tracks including I Still Believe, If I Ever Stray, and Wessex Boy. As well as the release of the album, Lilith Hudson spoke to him about British identity, his newest single, and the long-anticipated return of live music.
By Lilith Hudson
• Impact Magazine

‘’Insightful And Entrancing’’ - Album Review: Drug Store Romeos - The world within our bedrooms

After vinyl pressing issues led to a delayed release, Hampshire based Drug Store Romeos finally released their long-awaited debut album ‘The world within our bedrooms’ on 9th July. Allowing fans into a techno world created by the band itself during the pandemic, the record is an insightful and entrancing mixture of indie and dreampop, carving out the up-and-coming three piece’s place in the busy industry.
By Amrit Virdi
• Impact Magazine