Francesca Eke

Assistant Editor

Francesca Eke
Bournemouth 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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Actually good gift ideas for every type of mum this Mother’s Day

We all know mum is literally the hardest person to shop for

‘Insulting’ trigger warning in Uni of Manchester lecture around buying a round of drinks

The sociology lecture included two warnings and links to helplines for students that found the topic distressing

Glasgow Uni rape survivor gave empowering talk to students after changing Scottish policy

Ellie Wilson campaigned for students to declare violent criminal charges when applying to university

Leeds Jewish students feared for their lives after van driver ‘threatened to ram’ them

Two students were threatened and verbally abused while walking to prayer service at Hillel House

Newcastle students forced to move into hotel for days after house was left without water

Megan and Kirsty were given £50 from their landlady to spend on food

Leeds student who kept knives in halls and planned ‘shoot up for the lols’ jailed

Nicholas Rees was sentenced to six years in prison after speaking about making bombs

Jewish student centre vandalised after emeritus Leeds professor ‘suggested protest there’

‘Free Palestine’ was graffitied on Hillel House after a professor called for a ‘coordinated response’

A complete ranking of all Katie Price’s relationships, based on how long they lasted

I give her relationship with MAFS’ JJ Slater three months

Actually good Valentine’s gifts guaranteed to make them fall in love with you (fast)

Your situationship won’t know what’s hit ’em x

This is what happens to your body when you first drink alcohol after Dry January

1. You rot in bed all weekend with a hangover

Everything Russell Brand’s done since the allegations made against him last year

Yesterday he commented on the allegations in an interview for the first time

So, who is Anna Archer’s new boyfriend that she’s soft launched on TikTok?

Gutted it’s not me

Birmingham City University student fundraises £7k in order to continue with her studies

International student Joanna Idowu was told she must pay half of the outstanding £14,500 by Friday

Wanting to try something new in 2024? Come and join the team at the The Birmingham Tab

Come to our open meeting at The Soak, Selly Oak on Tuesday 6th February 7:30pm to learn more!

PSA, your water bottle has 40,000x more bacteria than a toilet so here’s how to clean it

You’re a certified minger if you don’t wash your Stanley cup like this

Hit your Lost Mary whilst you can and weep over these 23 disposable vape ban memes

Harambe and Captain Tom will greet them with open arms

Apparently only ‘good drivers’ can spot these four road hazards in under 15 seconds

I’m sorry, but not even Lewis Hamilton could crack this

Speeches broadcast to London students calling for ‘death to Israel’ now under investigation

Speeches promoted by the Islamic Students Association of Britain denied the Holocaust and called on students to become ‘soft-war officers’

Liverpool students forced into temporary housing after no electricity or water for days

Students at The Exchange were left without heating whilst temperatures reached lows of -2 degrees

When they’re not pretending to be at Oxford, here’s where the Saltburn cast actually went to uni

One of them actually studied at Oxford?!

Family of Newcastle graduate who died from nut allergy want food takeaway apps to improve

James Atkinson died in 2020 after eating a takeaway pizza that contained nuts

Inside Mel Schilling’s glamorous return to the MAFS UK set just weeks after cancer surgery

She’s made it through filming on cocktail of Berocca and Champagne

It’s been five months, so here’s what Lizzo has been doing since the accusations against her

She’s gotten into fitness and recently travelled to Tokyo

Are you more Felix or Oliver? Take this quiz to see which Saltburn heartthrob you’d be

Anyone who doesn’t like runny eggs is weird, end of

Who is Callum Turner? Dua Lipa’s new crime drama boyfriend who is actually fit

Not only is he 6’3″ but he even has a cockney accent

Stanley’s are cancelled, these are all the water bottles the girlies are using instead

Owala bottles are in for 2024

Who is Stormi Bree? Joe Jonas’ first rumoured girlfriend since his divorce

She shares a six-year-old child with Lucky Blue Smith

It’s coming! MAFS Australia is back in a few weeks and here are all the juicy details

This season will see the ‘most diverse’ group of brides and grooms yet

Only those with ‘super’ brains can find the animal in this optical illusion in eight seconds

I am questioning everything I know

These are the hottest new fashion trends predicted for 2024, according to TikTok

Please god, not capri pants

A look inside the weird and wonderful Instagrams of the The Traitors UK series two cast

Diane posting memes about herself on the grid is so iconic

From lifeguarding to investment banking: The jobs of the Dubai Bling cast before the show

Imagine having your car washed by Kris Fade

This is exactly what your emotional support water bottle says about your overall vibe

Stanley cup girlies are basic and I’m not sorry

People are convinced MAFS UK Brad has split from his influencer girlfriend, Hollie Baldwin

The pair went Instagram official just three months ago

Happy Dry January! These are officially the top 10 most sober universities in the UK

How is the University of Manchester on the list?

This is what it’s really like filming Sex Education, according to an extra who was there

Apparently Kedar Williams-Stirling wore contacts and Mimi Keene vaped ‘the whole time’

Everything Shona and Matt have been doing inside their whirlwind romance since MAFS 2023

Family selfies and couples vlogs? They may as well be married

Inside Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews’ lavish £12,000 a night Christmas break

The pair are staying at Spencer’s beautiful Scottish family estate, Glen Affric

Sammy Root hints he’s ready for a new relationship after not talking to Jess since split

The Love Island winner admitted he’s been having ‘too much fun’

Inside Molly-Mae and Tommy’s New Year’s trip to the Maldives, after rumours of their split

The couple appear to be loved-up on their luxurious £2,400 a night holiday with Bambi

People are convinced Monica and Chandler move into this famous house at the end of Friends

Could there BE any more clues?

MAFS Mel Schilling reveals she was able to spend Christmas at home after cancer surgery

The relationship expert was discharged from hospital after her tumour was successfully removed

Parasite star Lee Sun-kyun found dead in his car after police investigation over drug-use

The 48-year-old actor was found in his car in Seoul

Inside Matt Rife’s millionaire net worth and how he made his money doing stand up

He can afford to pay for a new jawline, that’s all I’m saying

Um, people are convinced Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are in London together for Christmas

They were both spotted in the city on Wednesday

Everything Adrienne has been up to as a fun-loving single after leaving MAFS UK 2023

She’s moved to Liverpool!

Boxing, swilling and finger biting: All the MAFS UK 2023 drama since the show ended

Georges calling Erica and Jordan ‘rodents’ will never not be funny to me

He’s cuffed! Introducing Matt Rife’s hot, British influencer girlfriend Jessica Lord

I cannot believe she’s from Rochdale

Brunches, World Cups and hunting: Inside Sophie Turner’s relationship with Perry Pearson

Country estates look good on Sophie

Presenting award shows and partying with Tulisa: Inside Jay’s it girl life since MAFS

Jay Howard and Denise Welch is the iconic duo I never knew I needed

If you do any of these specific 17 things at Christmas you’re a certified posh girly

Number one: Exclusively wear bows

If you can get full marks on this celebrity jawline quiz, you need a social media break

Timothee Chalamet needs to put the gua-sha down

Captain Raymond Holt carried Brooklyn 99, so here are his funniest episodes of all time

Holt and Cheddar deserved their own spin off show

‘He was so full of song’: Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast members pay tributes to Andre Braugher

Terry Crews said: ‘You showed me what a life well lived looks like’

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

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

Manchester students crash UoM Senate meeting during protest for Palestine

Students entered the meeting with banners chanting ‘your profits are covered in Palestinian blood’

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

University of Manchester has ranked 23rd in The Times Good University Guide

The uni has risen one place since last year’s league table

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

Prospective St Andrew’s University student killed by his uncle in knife attack

21-year-old William Fraser suffered 20 stab wounds

Newcastle University lecturers set to strike for five days this month

The exact dates staff will be striking are June 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th

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

Avocado toast and white linen trousers: 51 beige flags every posh girl can painfully relate to

8. Ordering a Guinness

The body of a man has been found on Little Moor in Jesmond

Police are currently treating the death as unexplained

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

Frate: The new outdoor venue from the people who brought you Shaker, Pumphreys and D&P

The venue is set to open on Friday May 26th

Baila and Bel: Try something new at student led dance classes for all abilities 

Based in Jesmond, classes run every Monday from 19.30 until 20.30

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

Applications to join The Newcastle Tab’s editorial team are now OPEN

We’re recruiting for Editor in Chief, News Editor, Features Editor, Social Media Editor and TikTok Editor

Man jailed over sex attack on Northumbria Uni student who was walking home from night out

The 19-year-old student contemplated dropping out of uni after the attack

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

Confirmed: UCU marking boycott starts today affecting both Newcastle and Northumbria Uni

The boycott will mean all assessment related duties will not go ahead

‘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

UCU announces marking and assessment boycott due to start later this month

146 universities around the country are expected to take part

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

Omg, filming for the new season of The Crown is happening right now on St Andrews’ campus

75 per cent of my personality trait is being able to say I’m mature enough to watch The Crown x

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 Uni student facing prison time for drink driving without licence and insurance

Xupeng Liu failed a breath sample and refused to provide a specimen of blood

Joho Bingo: Your new Monday night bingo event launching at Soho Jesmond next week

As if we needed another excuse to go to Soho

Listen up vintage lovers, Glass Onion Vintage is back this Sunday in Newcastle

My bank account literally can’t take it

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

Ozzie the campus wellbeing cat has a tumour and we are distraught

My heart is literally broken.

The five best places to cry in Newcastle this Valentine’s Day as a bitter singleton

Can everyone stop gatekeeping their spots because I’m starting to run short

Newcastle Uni Turkish Society are raising money for those affected by earthquakes in Turkey

You can support the relief campaign financially or by donating items from their required list

Guys, Northumberland Street Pret has actually run out of coffee

Hot chocolates all round

NCL Dates are hosting speed dates across February and March for all of you singles

I’ve heard enough Hinge horror stories to ward me off for life

Police appeal after a man was struck on the head with a bottle at Northumbria Uni SU bar

Two men fled the scene after the incident occurred

Pop: The Metro app every Newcastle student should download

If you’re too lazy to walk to uni, you’re going to want to read this

This is what Newcastle students claim they’re having for lunch at the library

FYI, uni are giving out cost of living meal vouchers x

Confirmed: These are the dates Newcastle lecturers will be striking this term

Life feels like Groundhog Day at the moment

Eight solid reasons why you should join The Tab Newcastle this term

Join us at Soho Jesmond for our next open meeting at 6.30pm on Monday 30th January

Gateshead drug dealer jailed following multiple drug related student deaths in Newcastle

This comes after three students died from drug related causes in October 2020

Confirmed: First day of Newcastle UCU strikes is in two weeks time

Strikes will begin on February 1st

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

Lecturers at Newcastle and Northumbria University will be striking for 18 days this term

70,000 staff across 150 UK universities will be striking

Trial date set after Northumbria student found dead in uni halls

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