July 26, 2021 - No Comments!

The problem with fast fashion…

With the rise of social media and the availability of cheap clothing produced overseas, it has never been more tempting to buy a brand new outfit for every night out.

This has led to the fashion industry now manufacturing 400% more items than it was just 20 years ago. The reality is, most of these items are cheap, poor-quality, disposable items of clothing.

Right now in UK, more than two tonnes of clothing are bought each minute and according to clothes waste charity TRIAD (2019) and the average garment is worn just ten times before it is thrown away.

So where do all these clothes end up?

Sadly, a great deal of these items end up in landfill. Though the majority are sent to be recycled, not much of it is. The problem comes down to what our clothes are made from.

Nowadays, clothes are made up of a combination of fibres, fixtures and other accessories. These are often made-up of problematic blends of yarns, plastics, filaments and metals. This makes recycling a slow, labour-intensive process that requires a skilled workforce and an enormous amount of space.

Second-hand garments are often sent to local charity shops. But many complain of being swamped with donations, many of which are poor-quality fast fashion items that are heavily degraded even after just a few wares. Sorting through these becomes a near-impossible task and garments often end up being passed around between charity shops, further degrading and becoming less and less desirable over time.

The final destination

So where next? Well these remaining unsold garments are then sent, in bulk, for resale abroad in the form of 'charitable donations'.

Countries in central and Sub-Saharan Africa is often the recipient of these donations. An astonishing 63.4 million kg of old clothes from the UK were sent to be sold in Ghana alone last year. Amazingly, that figure has doubled in a decade.

With instability and corruption so prevalent in many of these countries, often these garments are dumped illegally or left floating in the sea rather than finding a new home. Factor in the carbon footprint of sending these clothes half-way around the world, and it's clear that we are heading for trouble.

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Illegal clothes dumping in Africa

Not only is this is becoming an environmental catastrophe, but for many African nations, it is becoming an economic one as well. Second-hand clothing is one factor in the near-collapse of the garment industry in sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, many of these nations were home to vibrant textile industries but with second-hand western garments flooding the market, these are facing irrespirable damage.

So what can I do to help?

The first thing we can all do is to buy fewer items first-hand. By supporting your local charity shop you help to slow the demand for cheap, disposable clothing. Not only this, but you can help with the oversupply of donations whilst generating revenue for good causes.

If an item of clothing has a small tear, a missing button or just needs a little TLC, there's usually a way to save it. There are loads of great resources online to help you mend your clothes at home. Sites like Love Your Clothes offer free video tutorials on how to breathe life into your old garms.

You can try find your clothes a new home online should you want but if you do feel like recycling your clothes is the only option, just make sure that items are clean and fabrics are separated as best you can.

And what about Paperclip?

Not only does Paperclip provide a secure online marketplace to sell your second-hand clothes, but we have decided to launch our own sustainability initiative.

We have decided to partner with a number of charities to help find new homes for the unsold donations. Our plan helps these charities to extend the reach of their retail stores exponentially. Quite often items sit unsold in these shops for years before they are moved on or are sent to be destroyed or recycled. These partnerships will help showcase these items to thousands of buyers online, giving these clothes a much greater chance of finding their new home.

We will be releasing more information on this initiative, and announcing our first partnership over next few weeks, so keep tuned to our social channels.

You can get all the latest updates from Paperclip HQ on our Facebook page here, or you can follow us on Instagram here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News, Perspective

January 29, 2021 - No Comments!

Looking back on 2020: Year in Review

Most of us want to leave 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror. Rather than hitting you with a full Year in Review blog post, we'll give you brief rundown of what we got up to in the weirdest year in recent memory...

The Paperclip community
  • We managed to grow our userbase 2.5x, from 100,000 to 250,000 users!
  • Our university presence grew 4x from 42 to 168 universities.
  • 2020 saw a record number of transactions across our public, student and enterprise marketplaces.
  • Our Digital Welcome Pack for university freshers and returning students was launched. Here worked huge brands such as Wilko, tastecard, Amazon Prime, Perlego and Ola to provide real value to our student userbase.
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We launched our Digital Welcome Pack for students in Autumn 2020...
  • We gave away hundreds of freebies, shopping vouchers and even a brand new PlayStation 5 to our beloved trading community!
Marketplace upgrades
  • Payments was released, enabling our users to buy and sell securely with online payments, the next step in our plan to add delivery and rental services...
From September 2020, our users could purchase items using their credit/debit card!
  • Our homepage got a makeover and made upgrades to our buying, selling and messaging user experience.
  • We consolidated all of our university marketplaces onto a single marketplace, enabling students from any university to buy and sell with students at any other university and the wider public
Behind the scenes
  • We we're listed as number 34 in BusinessCloud's top 100 eCommerce Trailblazers.
  • We brought onboard some key advisory talent and investors with a successful investment round.
  • And finally, Keith Parkman (COO) and Millie Bowie (Designer) joined us full time, providing fantastic marketing, design and commercial sales talent and experience with them...

Despite some real progress in a number of areas, rest assured that we're just as keen to see the back of 2020 as you are.

Thanks for checking out our Year in Review and here's to a happy and healthy 2021!

Keep up with the latest news from Paperclip HQ, follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News, Perspective

January 20, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s Fitness Fortnight: keeping you moving through lockdown

During these challenging times, it's never been more important for us to keep moving. Exercise is proven to boost self-esteem, sleep quality and brain power while reducing the risk of depression and disease. The January weather (and blues) can make it all the more difficult for us to motivate ourselves to get fit. But fear not, Paperclip is here with our top tips for staying active...

Give Yoga a go-go

Yoga is a safe and effective way to build up your strength, flexibility and balance. Learning the poses correctly helps minimise the risk of injury and a even a quick session once in a while can be great for clearing your mind. Attending classes are usually advisable if you’ve never done it before, but there are plenty of teach-yourself videos and live-streams online you can access for free during lockdown.

Home cookin'

Whether you're jetting off to school, college or work, it can be all too easy for us to grab some food-to-go and as we know, it's not always the healthiest option...

Now we are all spending more time at home, there's never been a better time to work on our culinary prowess. Whats more, there's a ton of free recipe apps dedicated to helping you hit your weight-loss and fitness targets...

You can also check out Paperclip's 'Home & Garden' category. There are some great bargains on utensils and all your other kitchen essentials.

Now not having the correct kit is no excuse...

Bring the gym to your living room

For some us, not being able to hit the gym has been one of the toughest parts of lockdown. The wet weather and short days can make pounding the pavement seem even less appealing than it did before.

However, you can now bring the gym the comfort of your front room. If you don't mind buying your gear second hand, there are some real bargains out there. Remember, used plates weigh the exact same amount as brand new ones and cost a fraction of the price. Head to Paperclip's 'Sports and Outdoors' category and save up to 50% on the RRP of all your home gym essentials.

Want to make a 100% saving on your home workout kit?

We're giving away everything you need to turbo-charge your workout completely free to one lucky user. It's free and super simple (it takes less than a minute) to enter. Just head to our Fitness Fortnight competition post to find out more...

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Click to enter our giveaway now...
Learn to meditate

During times of anxiety, it can be really useful to practice meditation to help manage your headspace. Reducing stress can help lower cortisol (the stress hormone that makes losing weight all the more difficult) considerably. If you’re not sure what meditation or breathwork entails, it’s the practice of training the mind to a state of mental clarity that studies have found helps you deal with stress, anxiety and more.

Meditation needn't be something that takes hours out of your schedule. Just 15 minutes of sitting alone in a quiet room is a great start. There are plenty of great resources online and some great communities on social media for you to get involved with...

Exercise with friends

Prefer to hit the gym or go for a run with your buddy? Well you've got plenty of options for you break a sweat with your mates from home. Not only have Houseparty and Zoom surged in popularity over lockdown, but online instructor classes from Turnd Up and SG23 have also kept us moving with interactive, screen-sharing sessions available online. In short, there are now loads ways for you to link up with your pals online, without having to leave the home.

Remember you win everything you need for the perfect home workout by entering our Fitness Fortnight home gym competition. Click here for more info...

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Musings, Perspective

January 12, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s Fitness Fortnight

Good morning and happy new year from the team at Paperclip HQ!

We hope you enjoyed your break (if you were fortunate enough to have one) and that you are joining us in looking forward to what promises to be a brighter year.

First off, we'd like to give a huge thanks to all users and to everyone who entered our end of year competition.

For those who missed it, last month, we ran a very special giveaway to reward one lucky Paperclip user with the ultimate 'must-have' festive gift. On offer this year was the brand new Sony PlayStation 5...

At the start of Christmas week, the Paperclip marketing team were given the job of selecting a winner at random. It was Tracey from Edinburgh's lucky day as she took home the console for her two young boys, just in time for the big day. Our runner-up prizes (two £50 Amazon vouchers) were scooped by new users Brooke and Samantha. We hope you put them to good use!

Welcome to Fitness Fortnight

This January really does bring a new meaning to 'fresh year, fresh start'. With so many of us wanting to start 2021 on the right foot, staying healthy and atoning for our sins over the holidays, Paperclip is here give you a helping hand!

No-fees fitness

In any normal January, gyms up and down the country would be heaving. Sadly, our hangover from 2020 has meant that, for now, we're having to sweat it out at home instead...

To help you get moving, we're removing all fees from everything in our Sports & Outdoors category. That means whatever health, fitness or sporting good you purchase from our marketplace, you'll get all of your fees sent back to your Paperclip wallet within 72 hours!

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There's no limit on fee refunds. The more you buy, the more you save!

Win a home gym set-up!

But we're not stopping there. We're giving one lucky user the chance to win everything they need to turbo charge their workout at home!

The team at HQ have shortlisted 10 must-have pieces of home gym equipment, no matter what your fitness goal...

In this year's home gym bundle, we have:

  • Adjustable weight kettlebell
  • Power grippers
  • Resistance bands
  • Any size skipping rope
  • Push-up bars

  • Portable dumbbell set
  • Ab roller
  • Yoga mat
  • Protein shaker
  • Bluetooth mini speaker

Every item above will be delivered, free of charge to our lucky winner's doorstep later this month.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

1.) Like our competition post and give us a follow on either Facebook or Instagram.

2.) Create a free Paperclip account (if you haven't already).

3.) Sit back and cross your fingers...

You can also share our post and tag your friends to get an extra bonus entry into our draw!

Just make sure that you're signed up to Paperclip by 11:30pm on Sunday 24th January 2021.

The winner will be announced at 3:00pm on Monday 25th January 2021 on our socials.

See below for full terms and conditions...

Terms and conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Instagram, Facebook or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by Paperclip App Ltd (Promoter).
  • Competition entry is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or older. No purchase necessary.
  • Prize is supplied by Paperclip. Delivery to be arranged by the Promoter.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 11:30pm on Sunday 24th January 2021. This may be extended due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via email or social media.
  • If the Promoter cannot: (a) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within 5 working days or (b) the winner does not return details of its postal address to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a new winner until a winner on these terms is found.
  • If you have any questions, you can get in touch by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • Good luck!

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

December 8, 2020 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s PS5 holiday giveaway

It's the most wonderful time of year...

The team at Paperclip HQ have decided to pull out all the stops for our annual holiday giveaway.

Last month, our CEO Rich managed to get his hands on a coveted Sony PlayStation 5! As tempting as it was to set it up and begin a month-long binge of Call of Duty, we decided that we should give it away free to one lucky Paperclip user...

For real?

You better believe it! This year's must-have festive gift, brand new and delivered to your door in time for the big day. This is just a little thank you to our amazing users and followers on social media throughout what has been a pretty tough year for us all.

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But that's not all! There will be two runner-up prizes of £50 credit to spend on anything on the Paperclip marketplace!

How do I enter?

It's super simple to enter and only takes a couple of minutes.

All you need to do is; head to one of our social media (either our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

1.) Follow us on Instagram

2.) Like the 'Win a PS5!' post on our feed

3.) Tag 3x friends in the comments section

4.) Download the Paperclip app and make an offer of any amount the PS5 listed on the @paperclipofficial account (don't worry, you wont be charged)!

5.) Cross your fingers and sit back

Don't have Instagram? You can do the same on our posts on Twitter or on Facebook.

Want to improve your chances of winning?

For more chances to win...

1.) Post our Instagram PS5 image to your story

2.) Follow us on tiktok: @papercliphq

3.) Add a legit item on the paperclip marketplace

4.) Tag more friends (3x more friends = 1 more entry)

When will you announce the winner?

Winners will be announced at 3pm on 22nd December on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Don't worry, in case you forget to check, we will email all of our prize winners that morning too.

Terms and conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by Paperclip App Ltd (Promoter).
  • Competition entry is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or older. No purchase necessary.
  • Prize is supplied by Paperclip. Delivery to be arranged by the Promoter.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 2pm on 18th December 2020. This may be extended due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via email or social media.
  • If the Promoter cannot: (a) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within 5 working days or (b) the winner does not return details of its postal address to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a new winner until a winner on these terms is found.
  • If you have any questions, you can get in touch by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • Good luck!

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

November 30, 2020 - No Comments!

Buying and selling just got easier…

Big news from Paperclip HQ!

It's been a little while since our last big update, but this one's well worth waiting for...

Not only have we given our marketplace a makeover, but we have made it even easier to buy, sell, and swap with the UK's most trusted trading community!

Safe & speedy payments

You can now pay (and accept payments) for items by debit and credit card.

All you need to do to get started is head to 'settings' and set up your Paperclip Wallet. You can link your chosen card to your account and pay for your new items from the comfort of your own home.

Likewise, if you're selling your stuff, there's no need to meet up face-to-face or use a third party to receive your hard-earned cash. You can arrange delivery with the buyer and once they have received your item, funds will be available in your Paperclip Wallet. You can then withdraw funds to your chosen account. Job done.

No cash, no fuss, and most importantly, no contact.

A new look...

We've had a makeover!

Though we've added a whole load of new options for buying and selling, we've made sure the app looks great and is still super easy to use.

As well as the new settings sections for payments and the changes to the onboarding process, you may notice some small changes to your homepage. We're always striving to make your trading experience as secure and as straightforward as it possibly can be.

Power to the students!

If you are a user of our campus marketplaces, you can now buy and sell with students other unis as well as the general public! This means that there are more items for you to browse and a much greater chance of you finding a new home for your unloved items.

Save money, make money, feel great about it. Rediscover the Paperclip marketplace today.

Download the app on for iOS here, or for Android - click here.

For more Paperclip updates, follow us on Twitter.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in New Feature, News

October 27, 2020 - No Comments!

Helping 100,000 students save on their uni essentials…

Back in Spring, the Paperclip team began to thinking of ideas to help new and returning students during these incredibly challenging times...

After much discussion, we settled on creating a welcome pack for new and returning students in the absence of traditional fresher's fairs on campus. The plan was to create a digital package which would provide students with everything they need for the first few weeks of uni.

The team first reached out to our Brand Ambassadors on campus and quickly began surveying students to see what products and services they needed most for the start of term. We then began speaking to a number of potential sponsors, from niche online retailers to well known high street brands, to secure as many freebies and student discounts as possible in time for the start of the new year.

Before long we had 30 sponsors on board and we were able to supply students with some fabulous goodies to run alongside competitions and our guides to student living. We then reached out to some of the biggest names in the student blog/vlogosphere to get the word out to students over the summer months...

Fast-forward to fresher's week, and over 100,000 students (and counting) have signed up for a pack!

So, what's inside?

With over 30 different deals on offer, there really is something for everyone. Some of our most popular offers have been free Amazon Prime membership for half a year, free snackboxes from Graze and a free trial Tastecard for three months. We have also seen hundreds of students rush to grab freebies from Gillette, Perlego and access great discounts on student bundles from Wilko. Hundreds more jumped at the chance to make big savings on supplements from MyVitamins, Grenade and more...

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We also made it a priority to champion up-and-coming brands and start-ups too. Students have been able to take advantage of sweet discounts on gymwear from Distance & wellbeing products from our neighbours at Kokora.

Not only this but we've added some great content from popular student influencers as well. This runs alongside our own guides to moving in, house sharing etiquette, balancing a budget and staying safe on a night out.

How do I get my hands on one?

Packs are still available and will be 'til the end of term. Just head to the yourfreshers.co.uk site to get instant access today.

Follow us on Twitter to get the latest news from Paperclip HQ.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Digital Welcome Pack, News

September 29, 2020 - No Comments!

Wellbeing: Top tips for staying healthy

New students often get ill during the first few weeks of university. The phenomenon even has its own name (and Wikipedia page): Freshers’ Flu. Here are four things you can do to help keep it at bay...

Get your beauty sleep

According to the NHS, most people need eight hours good-quality sleep a night. Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on your mood. It can also make you gain weight (due to lower leptin levels) and even put you at risk of serious medical conditions such as diabetes. Simple ways to improve your quality of sleep include removing distractions (TV, computer, phone etc.) and avoiding caffeine, nicotine or alcohol close to bedtime.

Watch what you eat

No self-respecting student can go a whole term without the occasional McDonald’s, Pot Noodle or 2am kebab. But an all-junk-food regime should definitely be avoided. A recent study found that poor diet was responsible for 11 million deaths in 2017 (22% of all those recorded). Good foods to cook with on a student budget include wholegrain pasta and rice, tinned tomatoes, lentils and beans (kidney, butter, flageolet, etc.). And, of course, all vegetables (fresh or frozen) give you an amazing bang for your buck.

Look after your mental health

A growing number of students appear to be affected by mental illness, with the number reporting a mental health condition to their institution increasing fivefold between 2006 and 2016. This year, Covid-19 is likely to push that number even higher, with many of us finding the ongoing disruption difficult for our mental health. Here are some good places to go for advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic:


Don’t worry. You don’t need to train like an Olympic medal winner. According to NHS guidelines, 150 minutes of moderate activity a week is all you need. That’s 2½ hours of brisk walking, gentle bike riding, roller blading… or whatever takes your fancy. And remember: exercise doesn’t just keep you physically fit; it’s great for mental health and wellbeing as well.

Oh. and you can save a heap on supplements too...

Supplement is a great way to help you supplement your diets, so you get all of your vitamins, protein, minerals and more. A great way to keep healthy, and build immunity, build your muscles and more. You can get 55% off MyVitamins with the code: PAPERCLIP55

Head back to the welcome pack here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Digital Welcome Pack

September 29, 2020 - No Comments!

Study: Secrets of being a top student

Apart from anything else, university is a brilliant opportunity for you to dive deep into your chosen subject and acquire knowledge and learning that will last you a lifetime. Here are some tips for helping you make the most of your studies...

Get organised

A study plan can help you manage your time more effectively and reduces the risk of missing deadlines (or forgetting about them altogether). Download a weekly timetable template and make sure you have all the right tools for the job. Psst – you can get a exclusive discount for some gorgeous Amethies Stationary here.

Go to lectures

Of course you’re going to sleep through the odd 9am-er. Nobody’s perfect. Just try not to miss too many – you’ll regret it come exam time.

Take notes

Not only will it give you something to revise from come exam time. The process of taking notes is also extremely useful for helping you learn, understand and remember new concepts. Not sure how to do it? Try one of these tried and tested methods: the Cornell Notes system, Outlining, Concept mapping

Get your textbooks sorted early

Textbooks may not be essential for all courses, but when a deadline looms, those books will be like gold dust in the uni library. Don’t get caught out – our partners Perlego allow you to access every textbook you need online, at a fraction of the price. You can even try it out, for free, right here!

Practise memorisation

To do well in your final exams, you’re going to need to be able to recall large amounts of information. So it’s worth getting regular practice in from the start. Once or twice every study session, try closing the book, covering up your notes and seeing how much you can remember of what you’ve just learned. Flashcards are a quick, cheap and easy way to memorise key bits of info ahead of your exam or timed essay.

Learn to focus

There are more ways than ever to waste time while studying (we’re looking at you, YouTube). Before you know it, you’ve spent an entire day ‘stuck indoors with your books’… without actually learning anything at all. One solution is to commit to short bursts of intense, uninterrupted study. Turn off your phone - you'll thank us later.

Talk it over

Studying isn’t just about learning what your lecturers tell you. It’s about getting to grips with the subject, making interesting connections and, even, coming up with your own theories and ideas. Talking things through with course mates can help you organise your thoughts. It’s also a useful opportunity to hear different insights and perspectives.

Take a break

The memory-boosting effects of taking a break have been demonstrated through countless studies, dating back more than 100 years. Put simply, your brain retains information better if you rest it completely for 10 or 15 minutes after learning something new. So while it might feel more virtuously to soldier on for six straight hours, it actually pays to give yourself a break.

Eat, sleep, exercise

All of them have been proven to boost productivity and brainpower. Check out the Wellbeing section of the pack for more info...

Head back to the welcome pack here.


Published by: Paperclip HQ in Digital Welcome Pack

September 29, 2020 - No Comments!

Finance: Making your money go further (Part 2)

Welcome to the second part of our guide to saving cash whilst at university...

11.) Buy supermarket own brands

A fancy branded box of cornflakes is more than twice the price of its supermarket equivalent. But not twice as tasty.

12.) Reuse leftovers

Most food keeps perfectly well for three days, as long as you refrigerate it soon enough after cooking. Some things can be stored in the freezer for three months or more.

13.) Don’t buy bottled water

All mains tap water in the UK is safe to drink. And, unless you’re on a meter, it’s essentially free.

14.) Freecycle

Need any extra bits and pieces for your room? There are lots of people who are more than happy for you to take their old stuff off their hands.

15.) Watch your overdraft

Most banks will hit you with eye-watering penalties if you go over your limit. Download your bank's mobile app to keep a close eye on your balance wherever you are.

16.) Claim back overpaid tax

Do you have a holiday or term-time job? Does it pay less than £12,500 a year? Then your income tax bill should be £0. Find out how to get a tax rebate if you’ve paid too much

17.) Make the most of student discounts

Use your university ID card to get money off all kinds of purchases. Our welcome pack is just the start of your student discount journey. Be sure to check back for

18.) Get free software

Microsoft let most students download Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc. for free. Find out if you’re eligible

19.) Sell your old phone

Got any old phones or tablets lying around? Try downloading the Paperclip app, and sell it to a student at your university.

20.) Ignore best before dates

Best before dates on food are about quality, not safety. So while that ‘out of date’ packet of penne may not taste tip-top, there’s absolutely no need to chuck it out. (Do not eat, cook or freeze anything past its use by date, however, as it could be unsafe even if it looks or smells fine.)

Other considerations...
Be careful about borrowing

99% of students cannot avoid getting into debt. But some debt is much better than others. Student loans are good because they offer a reasonable interest rate and you don’t have to pay them back until you’re earning enough to afford it. Most other loans are not nearly so generous. Beware!

Seize earning opportunities

Babysitting? Dog walking? Focus groups? Every little helps. If you’re after paid work, keep an eye out for student brand ambassador jobs – much more fun and flexible than working in a supermarket or behind a bar.

Head back to the welcome pack here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Digital Welcome Pack