Analysis of Impact / Covid-19 Life in Lockdown

Lockdown Fashion competition

We are delighted to announce the winners of our Staff and Student Lockdown fashion competition, Ella Jepson (student category) and Susan Templeton (staff category). Take a look at the winners and honourable mentions below!


‘Gig attire’ by Ella Jepson (BA in Philosophy and Politics)


Susan Templeton (HAPP Marketing and Student recruitment), Undeterred by the snow!

See below our honourable mentions in staff and student categories – thank you to everyone who participated!

George Susil-Pryke (BA Philosophy and Politics)

George: Here’s me—as you can see—in the famous McClay Library with a rather outdated Halloween mask not in keeping with the times. I’ve got a sentimental attachment for this mask, and it hasn’t been able to rid itself of me. This is partly for two reasons: one being that it’s the second mask that I’ve owned for a substantial amount of time, the second reason being that my mother (who has an impressive collection of masks) kindly donated it to me after Halloween out of her frustration with me using those disposable one’s. Thanks, Mum!

If you see me trundling around McClay (which is where I spend most of my time) I hope it brings you a smile, because it does to me too. If it’s being cleaned or drying, I’ll be wearing my Christmas one-potentially inside-out admittedly, out of non-Christmassy induced sheepishness. (That’s the real beauty of this one, it doesn’t have that inside-out button!)

Maruska Svasek (Reader in Anthropology)

Maruska: I took this photograph in the early summer of 2020, when, like many others in Northern Ireland, I decided to start a new hobby to deal with the challenges of the pandemic. Sea swimming is a great way to gain a sense of freedom at a time of restrictions and lockdown. The only problem is getting in and out of the wetsuit! In this picture I tried it on for the first time – the label is still attached to it.

Sparky Booker (Lecturer in Irish History)

Sparky: For me lockdown fashion has been all about being warm. Nothing matches on anyone but we need all the layers we can get!

Tricia Lock (HAPP Student Experience and International Student Support)

Tricia: Dressed up like a teddy Bear

To hide away my unwashed hair

So cosy and warm I will indulge

To cover up my lockdown bulge!

For my expanding stomach is due no less

To the numerous buns I did digest

Working nonstop in front of my PC

Has had this effect on me –

and I drank too much tea!

Francine Rossone de Paula (Lecturer in International Relations)

Francine: My lockdown fashion is “half dressed-up” now that classes started. I was meeting students this morning for their first tutorials.

Analysis of Impact / Covid-19 Life in Lockdown

Baking through the pandemic: Pancake day

In this pandemic, some of us have not seen our families for months, if not a year. Some have not seen anyone but their families as our social circles contract. Some of us yearn to go home, others crave traveling away. We’re all exhausted (even more so key workers) and bored of our daily lives, where each day looks the same.

And so we need strategies to fight the monotony. For some, this may be reading or watching classics, for others catching up on new releases, or training for a sporting event. Since the beginning of 2021 I’ve turned to baking and cooking – embracing the many food-related ‘holidays’ around the world as an excuse to cook something new, to mark the day that we’re in and move on. 

These holidays (often of religious origin) are different in each country – sometimes we celebrate different things, sometimes we celebrate the same thing, but on different days. After a January marked with a galette des rois for Epiphany (French cake, but this is also celebrated in other countries with different cakes) and haggis for Burns Night (Scotland), February has been all about pancakes. In France, we traditionally make crêpes on Candelmas/La Chandeleur which falls on 2 February every year. In the UK, pancake day falls on a different day – on Shrove Tuesday (the day before the beginning of Lent) – a moment to finish off the eggs and butter that would not be traditionally consumed during lent. Other countries have a tradition to finish off butter and eggs before Lent, but usually do it in more style/fat – with doughnuts and beignets of any kind, either on ‘Fat’ Tuesday, or a few days before (last Thursday for example was Tłusty Czwartek, or ‘Fat Thursday’ in Poland, a day for eating many pączki, a kind of doughnuts).

This year we need more excuses to celebrate – and thus for the last fourteen days, from French to UK pancake days, I’ve been making pancakes. Pancakes from home in Brittany (a region of France renowned for sweet crêpes and savoury buckwheat galettes) and from around the world (with recipes from Germany, China, India, Ethiopia, Japan, Morocco, the US…), sweet and savoury, some vegan, some gluten free.

Some of the author’s pancakes from the past two weeks

As today is pancake day in the UK, many of us will be heading back once more in the kitchen. I suggest you make both pancakes that remind you of home (wherever that is) and pancakes that make you travel and try something new.

Here are some suggestions:

Let us know what you bake and what food holiday we should add to our calendars!