Francesca Eke

Assistant Editor

Francesca Eke
Newcastle University

Universities, student stories and lifestyle, campus culture, higher education, chick flicks, Netflix and American sitcoms.

  • Francesca is an Assistant Editor at The Tab and currently oversees 12 of The Tab’s local sites, which are directed regionally at different universities.
  • She is knowledgable on universities, student lifestyle, campus culture and all associated trending topics after being part of The Newcastle Tab as a student.
  • When she’s not assisting student journalists, Francesca loves both travelling and reading and spends most of her free time outdoors.


Francesca joined The Tab as an Assistant Editor in 2023, after graduating. Whilst at university, Francesca joined The Tab as a student writer, going on to become Co-Editor in Chief after eight months.


Francesca graduated from Newcastle University in 2023 with a BA Honours in Geography. She completed her final dissertation on sustainability, graduating with a 2:1 overall.


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Here’s exactly where you recognise Player 198 in Squid Game: The Challenge from

I can’t escape him

From start to finish: A rundown of the Lilly Sabri drama from The Girl’s Bathroom podcast

The influencer ended her engagement after receiving messages about an anonymous affair

They’re more than just pretty faces! Here’s where the MAFS UK 2023 cast went to uni

Luke should have studied boxing, clearly

Manchester student paid £3.2k for taking part in 10 day clinical trial during reading week

Freya is unable to exercise or leave her room throughout the whole 10 days

He’s back! Cure your trauma over the return of David Cameron with these 21 iconic memes

Nothing makes me prouder of my country than memes of the British public

No ifs or buts, this is the exact meal deal each of the MAFS 2023 cast would choose

Brad has all the rizz of a Just Ham sandwich

So more pictures of Harry Styles’ bald head have emerged and I’m holding back tears

There goes hope it was a hoax

Man arrested for wearing ‘offensive’ Manchester Arena bomber costume for Halloween

He has since been released on conditional police bail

There’s no excuse for Newcastle students to be mocking culture in the name of fancy dress

Students wearing Arab dress as a costume is proof that we have a long way to go

Luke calls Porscha a ‘cheating bitch’ on Instagram rant about spin the bottle drama

I honestly didn’t think he had it in him

A look inside Brad’s spiritual life when he’s not talking about the universe on MAFS UK

I wonder if the universe told him to apply for MAFS too?

Porscha speaks out about MAFS UK spoon argument and explains the spoon was actually dirty

Finally we can put the spoon to bed

Women’s Aid issues statement about Brad’s ‘controlling behaviour’ on Married At First Sight

‘It is really important that the Experts on the show called this out as controlling behaviour’

Brad and Shona’s MAFS UK marriage is proof that too much, too soon never works

Nothing good ever comes from dropping the L-bomb that quickly

Luke reveals three huge MAFS UK rules that brides and grooms have to follow after filming

I can’t even imagine the chaos if they were allowed out together

How the MAFS UK Experts pick out the fame hungry from those genuinely looking for love

Brad is a reality TV veteran at this point

Wipe away your tears to enjoy these memes about the nation mourning the Sycamore Gap tree

I don’t think it’s healthy to be this upset over a tree

Two weeks in, this is the MAFS UK cast and all their alarming red flags so far

Paul needs to ditch the food bib if he wants his marriage to survive

Brad from Married At First Sight UK previously dated Charlotte Crosby on Celebs Go Dating

He was just 20 when he appeared on the show

MAFS’ Terence called police on Porscha, claiming she cut up clothes after explosive row

It’s giving teenage break up

Um, Colin Bridgerton just got high-key hot and people can’t get over his new transformation

We really did sleep on him and I regret it

From drama to divorce, here are all of our MAFS predictions after a turbulent first week

Peggy and Laura are going to butt heads, I can feel it

MAFS UK’s Nathanial says he’s going to expose ‘lies’ on the show in cryptic Instagram posts

Can someone please tell me what’s going on?

From beaching to brunching: A look inside MAFS icon Ella’s life outside of the show

She’s a dog person too which says it all

MAFS UK’s Shona said her sister wanted ‘nothing to do’ with her wedding and didn’t attend

Shona said she was ‘so scared to tell’ her family about being cast on the show

Cheers! This is what each Russell Group university would be as a pres drink

Squadka should simply be illegal

‘Thanks for ruining my favourite show’: MAFS UK brides and grooms on telling their exes

Seeing an ex on TV is not the trauma I would ever expect facing

From kicking off to cracking on: What you can expect on MAFS UK 2023 according to the cast

Thomas really is a dark horse

Nathanial from MAFS UK says he prefers dating guys because girls are ‘hard work’

‘I’m a black queer guy and I’m pansexual, I think a lot of people put you in boxes’

MAFS UK’s Luke says his ex-girlfriend tried to ‘turn up and stop’ his wedding on the show

‘Unfortunately, you only get one chance with me’

MAFS UK’s Ella didn’t want to be someone’s ‘dirty secret’ so applied as first trans bride

‘I’m just like one of the normal girls. I’ve just had a slightly different life’

Listen up loners: Here are 13 things you’ll only relate to if you’re an only child at uni

Imaginary friends > siblings

Cocktails and sports games: Inside icon Sophie Turner’s so-called ‘party girl’ life

This is a PSA to Sophie – let’s be friends

A full rundown of the Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner divorce drama, because I need a minute

I honestly can’t keep up

Here they come! Meet the hopeful brides and grooms of MAFS UK 2023

I do – fancy a bit of Brad

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ relationship timeline, from meeting on Insta to rumoured divorce

Why am I so upset?

You have a high IQ if you find the word ‘play’ in this optical illusion in 13 seconds

My brain physically can’t take another one

Based on your star sign alone, this is exactly which Russell Group uni you should study at

Please don’t let mine be Sheffield

Bam! RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season five judges are here and they’re nothing short of iconic

Carol Vorderman will be taking no prisoners

Plan your go-to outfit and we’ll tell you which vibey university you really belong at

Jorts belong at Exeter and Exeter only

Chocolate raves to mud slip and slides: All the festival chaos you missed over the weekend

FOMO simply doesn’t exist

From TikToks to tears: It’s not A-level Results Day unless these 31 things happened

It’s not Results Day unless someone cries

Celebrate surviving the worst day of the year with the 27 best A-level Results Day memes

Don’t smile because it’s over, cry because it happened

What you all want to know: These are the most fun Russell Group unis, according to AI

How did Cardiff make the list?

Just 29 iconic 1989 (Taylor’s Version) memes that sum up how we’re all feeling right now

No clowns here!

Ahoy! Captain Lee’s best one liners ranked from hilariously iconic to downright bizarre

Captain Lee, if you’re reading this, please do a meet and greet

Important! These are the university cities where a coffee will cost you the most

Extra hot cappuccino with oat milk, please

Kerching! Here are all the records the iconic Barbie movie has broken since its release

Greta Gerwig is girl bossing hard

Remembering DJ Casper: Everything he did after the iconic Cha Cha Slide

Lets take it back now, y’all

Over 850,000 graduates owed refunds for ‘incorrect’ loan repayments, according to new data

Only two per cent of eligible graduates have claimed a refund so far

Guys, an expert has said the TikTok aged filter is how we’ll actually look when we get old

This really is a blow to my ego

Everyone’s making AI-generated images of themselves, here’s how you can make your own

The images of Jamie Laing will haunt me in my sleep

Here’s exactly which Barbie your university is based on its overall vibe

They’re all a little bit Weird Barbie

Think you’re a true northerner? Take this quiz and we’ll tell you whether you make the cut

All the funniest people are northern, I don’t make the rules

From farmers to pageant stars: All the Islanders who were famous before joining the show

Curtis Pritchard’s acting haunts me to this day

Your 20s are the best years of your life, so here’s why you shouldn’t move home after uni

No amount of free washing is worth the trauma

Here’s where you can buy your own ‘I am Kenough’ hoodie from the Barbie movie online

This Ken is cosy in his hoodie

Take this quiz and we’ll tell you which Ken would be your Ken

John Cena had no business looking so good in a wig

This is exactly what the colour of your Uniqlo bag says about you as a person

Corduroy really isn’t as cool as you think it is

Family of Aberdeen student launches legal bid to sue her ex-boyfriend over her death

Emily Drouet took her own life in 2016 after a campaign of abuse

Newcastle Uni gives students ‘no detriment’ policy to tackle impact of marking boycott

The uni has assured students that all assessments will still be marked but may be delayed

Newcastle Uni threatens students with investigations if they use ChatGPT in summer exams

In an email sent to all the uni urged students to use AI ‘responsibly’

As a final year, I’m sick of my future being used as a bargaining chip between unis and staff

I’ve poured months of my life into my dissertation and now it could all be for nothing

New NUSU president Shah Ali loses local council election with second lowest amount of votes

Only the Communist Party of Britain received fewer votes than Shah

Mum of Newcastle student who died by suicide calls for unis to have a legal duty of care

Phoebe Grime’s mother Hilary is campaigning as part of For The 100

More than 60 per cent of Newcastle students have reported feeling lonely whilst at uni

The toon is the sixth highest uni where students experience loneliness

‘It’s appalling’: Newcastle students on NUSU president elect standing as Tory councillor

‘I would not have voted for him if I had known’

Petition launched to sack incoming NUSU president elect because he’s standing as a Tory

Students are calling for a vote of no confidence in Shah Ali following his Tory candidacy for City Council

Man who murdered Northumbria Uni student Jason Brockbanks sentenced to life in prison

Aaron Ray stabbed Jason in his student halls after reading messages on his phone

Landlord told Newcastle student ‘put dryer and cooker on’ to keep warm after heating broke

Charlotte’s housemates were forced to sleep in coats in order to keep warm

This Newcastle student went on the uni’s dissertation writing retreat and I’m high-key jealous

Why can’t we all have a country walk and a silly little dessert?

Newcastle SU to ‘amend approach’ to promoting fast fashion after backlash from students

This comes after Shein held a table at the Discover Newcastle Fair held yesterday in Venue

Students furious after Shein is given a stall at Newcastle SU’s Discover Newcastle Fair

The university is being criticised for going against its sustainability targets

Five ways to keep the peace with your housemates during exam season

I don’t want to see any stress-induced butterfly haircuts about Jesmond this month

Trial date set after Northumbria student found dead in uni halls

Aaron Ray is set to go on trial on March 14th

I’m a northern student and I’m sick of my accent being judged at university

Having a northern accent has meant I’ve had a completely different university experience than I expected

Newcastle student who died from effects of drugs found to have not bought them herself

Jeni Larmour died in student halls in October 2020

Newcastle student died from the ‘effects of alcohol and ketamine’, inquest hears

Jeni Larmour died after her first night out after arriving at university

Tributes pour in for Northumbria University student who was killed in their student halls

Jason Brockbanks was described as having a ‘beautiful soul’

A man has been charged over the murder of a Northumbria Uni student in their halls

Other students living in the hall had their fingerprints taken and were relocated

This is exactly who you are as a person now, based on your childhood birthday parties

I will be eternally jealous of the party bus kids

Meet Pete and Bas: The grandads turned TikTok rappers who are all over your For You Page

Are they the next hot boyband?

You’re definitely in your slut era if you relate to any of these 33 memes

Some of these are too close to home

Wait, people on TikTok are saying oat milk is actually bad for you but is it really?

This is not the news I need right now

TikTok has launched a new instant photo feature like BeReal and people aren’t impressed

It’s giving little sister copying everything you do vibes

Tributes pour in after Newcastle graduate dies two weeks before starting ‘dream job’

Alice Birchall was described as ‘the most caring and considerate young woman you would ever wish to meet’