The Clinic with Ella and Harry is Xpress Radio’s student advice, health and wellbeing show.
Each week we discuss a different topic that relates to the students of Cardiff University in a frank and open way. We’ve focused on everything from sex and relationships to illness and mental health. Last year The Clinic won Best Speech at the Cardiff Student Media Awards, making the team even more motivated to discuss topics important to Cardiff students to try and reduce stigma, taboos and uncertainty surrounding the subjects. The Clinic takes pride in the nature of the show and in the content the team brings to Xpress. We aim to bring real life stories to listeners through interviews and personal experiences.
We have been incredibly lucky to have hosted interviews with societies and individuals such as Coppafeel, Cardiff Marrow, the Wellbeing Champions, our Students Union Students with
Disabilities Officer, our future Students Union Mental Health Officer and a local MP! This year, the Clinic wanted to push our broadcasting by hosting a two hour live broadcast Coffee
Morning in the Students Union (0:19). During the coffee morning we also spoke to a member of the Uni Boob Team from Coppafeel (1:22) and a student who was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 15 (0:23). We raised over £140 for Macmillan Cancer Support, with a bake sale, teas and coffees and even a competition on twitter called #piethepresenter.
In Novemeber 2016, when it was announced that some women would be working for free until the end of 2016, The Clinic arranged an interview with Cardiff Central MP, Jo Stevens, to discuss her thoughts and advice for students applying for jobs in industries where the gender pay gap was prevalent (4:40).
Another topic that we felt was very important to discuss for students was mental health, which we discussed with our Mental Health Officer, George Watkins (2:31).
The Clinic often discusses hard hitting and serious topics which effects our listenership. So when we get the opportunity to be more light hearted and upbeat we fell it is important to also have fun with our listeners. This year Harry took it upon himself to meet this mark by writing an ode to Michelle Obama and all her glory! (3:42)
The Clinic, this year, has developed to cover more student issues than ever before, acknowledging a wider demographic of students who could benefit from the show.