Editorial

A very warm welcome to Neutral 2014.

We are exceedingly pleased that this year has seen the largest number of students participate in the production of the project, both behind the scenes and in terms of content. This has included students on the Media and Film Programmes, from Creative Writing, English Literature and more. Students have visited Madrid, London, Paris and Belfast and the articles herein represent a vibrant hub of activity within the Faculty of Arts. These articles, visual works, critical and creative pieces are insightful, witty, thought-provoking and most importantly drawn from a group of students who are interested in one another’s ideas and opinions and as such, reveal what we think of as an ideal environment for intellectual and artistic exchange.

In 2014 at York St John University we see alumni as an incredible asset, as a part of our heritage and as a set of diverse individuals who fundamentally embody the ethos of this university.

This year’s Create Festival (under the banner of which Neutral is launched) is dedicated to the celebration of York St John University’s Alumni, those students who have finished their courses but are nonetheless graduates who represent YSJU as they develop their intellectual and professional lives. In some circumstances, alumni have traditionally been valued as people who may one day become financially successful enough to donate to a university as patrons. In 2014 at York St John University we see alumni as an incredible asset, as a part of our heritage and as a set of diverse individuals who fundamentally embody the ethos of this university.

Of course it would be naïve of me to think that we at YSJU can take much credit for the qualities we see in our students and alumni who are in their own right already impressive, but what’s wrong with a little naivety, I’m calling it!

In the spirit of this ethos it is in the tradition of this editorial piece that we bring forward an inspirational quotation or idea which (perhaps sentimentally for us) brings this academic year to a close. This year however we wish to use an individual person as our inspiration. Hannah Stirling is a graduate of Media at York St John University and I cannot think of a better embodiment of what we hope to see in our fantastic Alumni. Hannah won a graduate internship as a part of our growing paid internship programme this year and has been tasked with project managing Neutral 14 from its inception, through its development and to its launch. Hannah has far surpassed our expectations and has proven herself to be inspirational to students and other contributors. She has shown commitment, patience, creativity and good humour through this daunting process and perhaps most importantly has embodied what any educational environment strives to foster: a person who comes to learn but who eventually teaches us a thing or two (or three). Of course it would be naïve of me to think that we at YSJU can take much credit for the qualities we see in our students and alumni who are in their own right already impressive, but what’s wrong with a little naivety, I’m calling it!

Keith McDonald

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