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Lies About Project Work

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060 Basement, Learn To Love It
060 Basement, Learn To Love It

So it’s that time of the year isn’t it? Your exams have finished and there’s something standing between you and a summer of eating Doritos and binge watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. Psych! Maybe that’s what UCL Undergrads plan on doing for summer, we’re cooler than that, we’ve already watched that and are so deeply engrossed in Game of Thrones that we have it as substitute for reality. Winter is coming! Anyway, about the thing standing between your exams and building stuff in South America: Project Work. From the week long adventures of Creative Design Week...

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A Look Back: Night of Engineering Philosophy

Posted on by Peter Nugent

Wine Fuelled Thoughts
Wine Fuelled Thoughts

Being in the Skempton past 18:00 seems to be the norm this late in to the spring term, but on Tuesday 11th March there was another agenda that kept the civil engineers back late. It wasn’t coursework, it wasn’t overdue tutorial sheets and surprisingly it wasn’t the pre match build up to Bayern vs. Arsenal. The engineering philosophy night was back, and by popular demand, the event has secured its place on everyone’s calendar like Christmas Day. This LIVIC editor has to hold his head in shame, I was absent for the first one, but this time I was raring to go and not...

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A Look at the London Underground Network

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The following is a guest article by Peri Smith.

This Is To Make Up For The Lack of Image Quality To Follow...(sorry!)
This Is To Make Up For The Lack of Image Quality To Follow...(sorry!)

The London Underground network is an area understood by few outside the realms of railway engineering. For this reason, this article sets out to provide an insight into significant technological railway development that has occurred.

As an end user of the railway system, that is, as a passenger, you are probably only and primarily concerned about getting to your destination in a safe and efficient manner. However, for this efficiency to be realised and often unbeknown to...

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Three Things No One Tells You About Coming To Imperial

Posted on by Peter Nugent

This Beautiful Room
This Beautiful Room

You’ve all been here for at least a few months, and you’re all starting to adapt to life at Imperial, the long days, the growing burden of incomplete tutorial sheets and realisation that the LIVIC Editor is the sole person that keeps you going. It’s ok, I touch many people (not in that way you dirty soul!), and so it’s normal to feel an almost obsessive way about me. I frequently go off on tangents, I’ve been working hard to prevent myself from doing it but it’s hard work. Going from a Valentine’s Day meal to a hostage in the same evening is one of those tangents I’m...

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Your Guide to Valentine's Day

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Roses, hearts, flowers and stuff
Roses, hearts, flowers and stuff

It’s that time of the month where hormones are buzzing, emotions are at an all-time high and boys are doing it all wrong. Not THAT time of the month, this ladies and gentleman, is Valentine’s Day. It comes from Roman Times when men used chase women and beat them to make them more fertile (Riordan, 2013); although I wouldn’t suggest that tactic, as tempting as it is and someone out there will probably enjoy it. As a veteran of this day, with three successful tours of duty under my belt I am here to show you how it’s done. I’m probably the worst person to...

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A Look Into The Life of a STEMNET Ambassador

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STEMNET_logo_with_strapline
STEMNET_logo_with_strapline

Being a student, you are always looking at ways that you can enhance your CV. Roles that will give you those good ol’ transferrable skills that everyone desires. A lot of people do volunteering work just for the sake of it, but why do that when you can volunteer for something that you are not only good at but are passionate about. I’ve worked in a charity shop, don’t get me wrong, it’s very rewarding giving your free time to help others but I also found it very boring. So you’re sitting there in your underwear reading this article and eating junk food wondering...

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Something About Christmas

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By Peter Nugent

The lights, yeah, that's where my attention is...
The lights, yeah, that's where my attention is...

So it's the end of November; the weather is now terrible and coursework deadlines are starting to pile up. Probably how you all feel right? How distant are the memories of the Four Bridges Pub Crawl as you slave over coursework in the Skempton? You have been thrust into the routine of entering the Skempton at 09:00 and not leaving till it's pitch black, you effectively never get to see the sun light. How depressing. Well fear not, I am here, time and time again as a man of the people, to bring you happiness, to show you...

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PWC Challenge

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Phwoar! Sexy and smart!
Phwoar! Sexy and smart!

As committed committees come I think this year's CivSoc committee is leaps and bounds above the competition. On Wednesday 27th November a segment of the committee were out competing to get funding from PWC because we love you all. This was a regional heat, so the winner would get £1000, and be entered in to the finals to compete with the winners in the other regions. We expected competition from other universities such as Strand Polytechnic and that second rate university in Euston.

Disaster struck early Tuesday morning, a day before the event, letting us know...

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Love Your Reps

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The following article was written by Aparna Mathur.

Hopefully all of you will be acquainted with your Year reps and Department rep by now. However, it may be a bit of a mystery what we actually do! Behold... this article is here to enlighten you...

What even IS a rep?!

As your reps, we are here to represent YOU. Your opinions and suggestions are a big part of what makes this department Number 1 in the world – that’s right, suck it Oxbridge. Your input helps to improve things for yourself and for future years, so it’s really important to make yourself heard. So if there are any issues,...

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A Look Back: Night of Engineering Philosophy with Staff

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The following article was written by Mitesh Patel.

Contrary to popular belief, this isn't a tutorial.
Contrary to popular belief, this isn't a tutorial.

On this night something strange was afoot, deep in the bowels of the Skempton, whatever it was it carried down the stairway and filled the main entrance with charisma. What was the source of this commotion I hear you ask? Had women finally come to the Skempton in force? Sadly not, but what lay in 301 was very different to what us engineers are used to. This was 301 as we had never experienced it before, inside there was noise, there was energy and the smell of wine thickened the air...

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