Jess Cowie

Editor in Chief

Jess Cowie
Lancaster University

news, features, student news, lifestyle, features, quizzes, Christmas, breaking news, entertainment, music, Theatre, Creative Writing,

  • Jess Cowie is Editor in Chief for the Lancaster Tab, writing and editing both features and news pieces as needed, pitching article ideas, and coordinating the team
  • Jess writes a wide variety of articles, focusing predominantly on fun guides and features for Lancaster students to enjoy
  • In her spare time, Jess loves to write, plays several instruments and enjoys hiking. She can usually be found with headphones on and a book in her hand


Jess joined the Lancaster Tab in her first year of university as a writer in 2021. She quickly became Features Editor in April 2022 and Deputy Editor in April 2023, before stepping up to be Editor in Chief in May 2024


Jess is in her third year at Lancaster University studying Theatre and Creative Writing, which is also her placement year. She is currently working at a theatre company and carrying out her role for the Lancaster Tab remotely.


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Lancaster, get ready: It’s time to nominate your BNOC 2024

Are you ready for it?

Lancaster University Students’ Union charging students £6 to attend cost of living conference

According to the website, the price is to ‘cover the cost of catering’

‘Students haven’t eaten in three days’: LUSU President says live on BBC Question Time

‘The government doesn’t prioritize students and it hasn’t in the last decade’

All the incredibly niche moments from GCSE Drama that permanently altered our brain chemistry

Every single devised piece was either about drugs, teenage pregnancy, alcohol or all three

Bouncer cleared of manslaughter after death at GLOW nightclub in June 2022

Glow closed following the incident and reopened as Vibe in October 2022

What are Lancaster students listening to? Here’s your Lancaster Wrapped 2023!

We are a uni of Swifties and this surprises NO ONE

One two three, let’s go b***h: Here’s what 1989 (Taylor’s Version) song each Lancs college is

Grizedale need to Shake It Off x

Lancaster University student accused of rape on campus appears before court

Dale Fishwick is also accused of the false imprisonment of the two women

Over 30 Lancaster Univeristy lecturers call for ban on meat at food outlets on campus

They are supporting Plant Based Universities, who work in 50 universities across the country

‘You deserve a refund’: Lancaster UCU tells students they haven’t got what they paid for

‘You are real people, like all of us, who expect to receive the service you have paid for’

Lancaster UCU announces 11 extra days of strike action amid marking boycott

‘Industrial action and the prospect of strikes is likely to be a cause of concern for many students’

Students still not allowed back into accommodation as cause of Kaspa’s fire still unknown

“We still don’t know when we will be able to go back.”

Lancaster University announces shortlist for LUSU Sports Awards 2023

The ceremony will celebrate Lancaster’s recent Roses win

People on Twitter are sharing the worst way they got dumped and honestly, it’s brutal

Imagine getting a breakup text from your boyfriend as he lies next to you x

Your guide to the Lancaster colleges, based on vibes, stereotypes and proximity to Greggs

Because it turns out people are still using an article of ours from 2019 (!) to pick their colleges x

The time has to come to vote in the second round of Lancaster BNOC 2023: Heat Two

Which of these wonderful folk is your BNOC?

The time has come to vote in the second round of Lancaster BNOC 2023: Heat One

These wonderful people are competing in the most important competition of their lives x

Lancaster University admits graduations may be deferred for final year students

The university published its advice for students about the marking boycott this afternoon

Lancaster Uni to host international Futures studies conference in 2024

The Anticipation conference will coincide with the university’s 60th anniversary

Sugar announces DJs Belters Only will be playing Roses closing party

Lancs – you’re in for a good one

Take this quiz to find out how long you’d actually last in The Hunger Games

I’d be killed at the Cornucopia x

UCU strikes: We asked people on the Lancaster picket lines why it’s important to be there

‘We need to stand together against the marketisation and support the strikes’

Lancaster isn’t a Russell Group university, and here are all the reasons why it doesn’t matter

We’re more than an arbitrary label x

‘The university was worried’: Demilitarise Lancaster on the Charles Carter occupation

The group believe they have gained more awareness for their cause through the action

We talked to new Lancaster societies one year on to see how things are going

SwiftSoc had 300 people at an event and SoupSoc raised £100 for foodbanks

Lancaster Uni cuts hot water and electricity: Life inside the Charles Carter occupation

There has been no electricity in the daytime and intermittent hot water

BREAKING: Lancaster students barricade Charles Carter in support of UCU strikes

The building has been completely barricaded by over a dozen students

Roses and the reading room: Moments that alter a Lancaster Uni student’s brain chemistry

Cartmel accommodation actually exists?

All the reasons why you shouldn’t write for the Lancaster Tab

Written by a Lancs Tab writer x

Answer this Lancs trivia quiz and we’ll tell you if you’re on the naughty or nice list this year

It’s nearly stocking time…

BREAKING: Students occupying Margaret Fell building over Lancaster Uni’s arms relations

Demilitarise Lancaster says it has no plans to leave the building

Plan your uni house Christmas and we’ll tell you what degree you should’ve done

It’s all or nothing for a uni house Christmas

A man has been arrested on Lancaster Uni campus for assault

First aid was given in the university library

Quiz: Tell us about your winter ball and we’ll tell you what Christmas romcom you belong in

If I go to County, that means I get to marry a prince… right?

‘They are using their platform to undermine one another’: Ex SU officer wades into controversy

The former VP Education officer has had their say

‘Absolutely not the f**king case’: SU president calls out her officer and calls LUSU ‘sh*t’

India Ellis gave an impassioned speech to protesters at the picket lines yesterday

LU Feminist Society to run activities for 16 Days of Gender-Based Violence

‘It raises attention towards the ongoing battles women+ face due to misogyny.’

Lancaster Uni lecturers will strike for three days this month

Lancaster UCU will strike in weeks 7 and 8

Lancaster under yellow weather warning as 65mph winds expected this week

The warning will last between 6am and 7pm on Wednesday 2nd November

Popular student spot Tipple subject to break-in robbery

The bar shared a post telling customers that its till had been stolen

These places in Lancaster are definitely haunted and no one can convince me otherwise

There’s something going on in Lonsdale Bar

These Lancaster Uni things shouldn’t be embarrassing but they really are

The pain of walking into a lecture late is second to none x

Exhibition opens at Halton Mill in memory of men killed in Amazon rainforest

The exhibition, in memory of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, precedes an international conference

Batch cooking and gossip: A spotters’ guide to the Lancs mum friend

Do you posses a sixth sense for people’s locations in Sugar?

‘Do we want Lancaster to be a s***hole?’: Politician says after attacks on Vibe nightclub

Charlie Edwards, a Morecambe South county councillor, posted his support in a now-deleted Facebook post

Law students: This solicitors firm in Lancs has won a top accolade this week

The firm are mentioned in Chambers and Partners

From food to friendship: Here are Lancaster’s quirkiest societies

Brb, just joining all of these and living my best life

Vibe confirms new safety measures for opening night

There will be monitored cameras and ‘increased’ security staff

Washing up and washing machines: The dos and don’ts of Lancaster Uni

This is your regular reminder to not walk in big groups on the Spine x

How many of these Lancaster BeReals have you taken?

It’s time to BeReal!

I’ve never been clubbing in Lancaster, and I probably never will

It’s just not my cup of tea x

Autumn is coming so here are the best aesthetic photo spots in Lancs

Your Instagram feed will be sorted x

We went to Freshers’ Fest as second years: Here’s what we learned

We didn’t just go for the freebies, I promise

How to romanticise the start of term at Lancaster

Fairy lights and gel pens are the future x

A guide to surviving Lancs Freshers’ Week as an introvert

It’s okay not to go to every single event

‘Enough is enough’: Cost of living crisis protest held in Dalton Square

‘You can stand up for yourselves, and change is possible’

All the people you’ll meet during Lancs Freshers’ Week

Someone in your flat WILL be a ghost x

New league table shows only 66 per cent of Lancaster students are happy with feedback

Lancaster has dropped from 13th to 14th place in the table

Your roundup of all of the Lancaster colleges’ Freshers’ Week events

Every event in Freshers’ Week collated for ease of reading

‘A fun, safe and secure environment’: Glow to reopen as Vibe Lancaster

The nightclub will reopen under new ownership this October

Patterned cutlery and houseplants: Everything you need to take to uni, according to TikTok

The aesthetic is there, the practicalities are not

The trailer for the Winnie the Pooh horror movie has dropped, and it’s a lot

Pooh and Piglet literally eat Eeyore

Quiz: Tell us about your uni day and we’ll give you a BookTok recommendation

If you go to the library every day you definitely love a rom-com

PSA: You can now tweet privately to just your mates, here’s everything you need to know

It’s basically Instagram close friends but for Twitter

From creepy puppet dolls to twerking: Here are Glee’s most controversial episodes

No, they haven’t aged well x

Things your Lancaster Uni prospectus doesn’t tell you

Don’t ask me why we’re all obsessed with Greggs, I don’t know x

LUSU VP Societies and Media result announced

Danny Goodwin will be the 2022/23 VP Societies and Media

It’s official: Here are all the college Extrav themes of 2022

From pirates to blockbusters, the colleges are really going for it this year

The rise of the small Instagram page: an interview with Lancs Benches

‘A good bench can change the course of your day’

Mental Health Awareness Week: Why looking after your mind is important at uni

Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has physical health

We interviewed Lancs Star Wars Society for Star Wars Day

May the 4th be with you!

We went to as many Roses events as physically possible: Part three

I never want to look at sports again

We went to as many Roses events as physically possible: Part two

I know even less about sport than when I started

We went to as many Roses events as physically possible: Part one

I know nothing about sports

The Sugarhouse announce Roses line up

There are special guests on both Friday and Saturday nights

Here are Lancs petrol stations ranked from most to least expensive

The cheapest petrol is 152.7p

If you can relate to these 13 things you’re definitely a Lancs Uni fresher

No one is allowed to ask me where I’m from ever again

POV: If you relate to these 17 things, you’re the Lancs main character

We’re here exclusively for the vibe

We spoke to Lancaster Feminist Society about International Women’s Day

‘The day is a reminder that privilege exists in society and there is a long way to go’

Further wave of protests against rising cost of living held in Lancaster

Energy prices are set to rise by 54 per cent in April

We found the cheapest flights from Lancs and you can go on holiday for just £9

Ibiza for under a tenner is the dream

13 subtle ways to drop into conversation that you go to Lancs Uni

Because you don’t want to be obvious now that we’re no longer top 10

Lancsolidarity walkout held in Alexandra Square

Protesters spoke about racism, access for disabled students and pensions

I went on a walk around Lancaster campus every day for a month and my calves are burning

I very nearly gave up

Lancsolidarity to hold student walk out in Alex Square

The protest will begin at 10:45am on Wednesday

LUIFS to host The Lancaster Forum on 5th and 6th March

The flagship event is set to be one of the largest student-run conferences nationwide

Quiz: Tell us your Costa preferences and we’ll tell you what you’ll graduate from Lancaster with

We’re not judging if you order a chai latte, promise

Nothing humbles Lancs students more than these nine things

Meeting someone who lives in Bowland Tower changes your perspective

Stagecoach to increase Under-19 DayRider price in March

The price is set to increase by 20p next Tuesday

Lancaster Uni’s active part in the ‘Plant-Based Universities’ campaign

‘The debate will be polarising’

The best walks in and around Lancaster for students pressed for time

Improving mental health in the sunshine

‘We don’t like to strike’: We went to the picket lines to ask lecturers about the strikes

‘We need to make it untenable for them to be so unethical’

‘It’s a community’: An interview with the Lancaster Peeny Greeny Society

‘It makes no sense, but that’s why I love it’

We watched Netflix romcoms and put the characters in Lancaster colleges

The number of County boys was concerning

Here’s which Disney universe you belong in depending on your Lancs college

If you’re in Grizedale you belong in Encanto, it’s just a fact

10 New Year’s Resolutions Lancs students probably should have made

Guilty as charged

Lancaster University publishes ‘new suicide prevention strategy’

‘A whole-university approach to student mental health and wellbeing’

10 things I wish someone had told me before I started at Lancs Uni

So much time and effort wasted

10 things you’ve definitely experienced as the sober friend on a Lancs night out

If one more person tries to drunk call an ex, I’m going on strike x