Tom Pickering

News Editor of The Bristol Tab

Tom Pickering
Bournemouth University

Student life, investigative journalism, sports, interviews, university industrial action, protests, SEO optimisation, food and drink reviews

  • Tom is the News Editor of The Bristol Tab, where he launches investigations and commissions stories to a team of writers
  • Tom particularly enjoys investigative journalism, as well as interviewing students and reporting on protests and sports matches
  • In his free time, Tom enjoys watching sports (particularly football and boxing), travelling, and cooking


Tom joined The Bristol Tab team in 2022 as a writer and progressed to the role of News Editor in April 2023. He extensively covered the UCU strikes and marking boycott


Tom is in his final year studying English Literature at the University of Bristol. He has particularly enjoyed studying dystopian literature and 20th-century American Literature, specifically the Beats


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Pro-Palestine students end occupation of Bristol Uni management building after four weeks

The occupation ended due to ‘the issuance of a possession order and setting of a court date’

Bristol University contributed towards Natasha Abrahart’s death, High Court upholds

Natasha took her own life in April 2018 whilst studying at the university

Bristol Uni’s Jewish Society protest outside event featuring David Miller

The event, where Miller was the main speaker, was discussing the ‘weaponisation of anti-semitism’

David Miller was wrongfully dismissed by Bristol University, tribunal rules

Miller’s ‘anti-Zionist beliefs qualified as a philosophical belief and a protected characteristic’ under the 2010 Equality Act

Bristol Uni’s History Society rejects university crest due to slave trade links

The society said the crest ‘is at odds with the values of our committee and also the wider community’

Bristol Uni accused of recruiting international students on lower grades than UK applicants

The Sunday Times has claimed international students can get into Bristol with only three C grades

Just Stop Oil accuses government of ‘illegally imprisoning’ Bristol student after protest

Roly Holland-Howes, 19, was imprisoned over the weekend despite being granted bail on Friday

Bristol SU Council vote against transitioning to a 100 per cent plant-based student union

57 per cent of the student council voted against the motion

From a fear of water to the World Championships: Meet Bristol Uni’s incredible Ironwoman

Megan Hamill, who competed in the Ironman World Championships this summer, said ‘the whole experience was just a dream’

Sacked Bristol University professor shares videos painting Hamas in a positive light

Professor David Miller claims the videos ‘debunk many Zionist lies’

Hundreds attend pro-Palestine protest organised by Bristol SWSS and PalSoc

‘We need to stand together as a community and uphold our shared values of mutual respect, care, compassion and inclusivity’

Student-led UCU panel event to be held next week at Bristol University

Bristol UCU members will discuss the recent strikes and marking boycott with students

Protest in support of David Miller marks the beginning of his tribunal against Bristol Uni

‘Hopefully the tribunal will make it clear that he was a victim of unjust dismissal’

UWE student charged after allegedly defacing Bristol Uni building during Just Stop Oil protest

Ben Meehan, 21, has been charged with criminal damage

Bristol lecturer ignores concerns of students who endured sexist and inappropriate placement

The students’ complaints were disregarded by the lecturer, who said ‘it’s just typical for farmers to act like this’

Beyond Submergence: I went to the light installation used by Four Tet which is now at Propyard

Art collective Squidsoup have brought together their award-winning pieces for the first time ever

Bristol Uni VC faces backlash from students and staff for personally marking dissertations

‘Sorry Evelyn this is wrong on so many levels’

Bristol University open day severely disrupted by UCU and UNISON protests

Prospective students ‘had no staff at all to talk to in some departments and experienced cancellation of the talks they had booked’

Bristol Uni staff marking dissertations at almost twice the usual speed, claim lecturers

Many dissertations are also allegedly being marked by volunteers rather than supervisors

I went to the Bristol burger kitchen that serves one of the best burgers in the country

Fattso’s Royale with Extra Cheese placed third at the National Burger Awards 2023

Bristol to get new edition of Monopoly and you can help pick the landmarks

23 years after the first edition, Bristol’s landmarks will appear on the famous board once again

Bristol Uni under pressure as hundreds sign open letter to get exams marked this summer

You can sign it now to ensure that your voice is heard

Bristol Uni students given two days’ notice for exam after department leaked coursework answers

The answer sheet was accidentally released alongside the four-day coursework assessment

Bristol Uni accused of handing out ‘pretend degrees’ as students could pass without marks

‘This could seriously undermine the quality of a University of Bristol degree’

UCU announces marking and assessment boycott will begin this month

From April 20th UCU members will ‘cease summative marking and associated assessment activities’

A Bristol Uni student has developed an app to catch AI essay cheats

The app will be able to detect essays written by AI bots like ChatGPT

Here’s what Bristol Uni students think of renaming buildings linked to slave trade

‘This is something that should have happened ages ago’

Four Bristol Uni sports teams qualify for University European Championships

The women’s football team and men’s futsal, table tennis and water polo teams have all qualified

City Council approve Bristol harbour for public swimming trial

The pilot will last five weeks and cost £7 for an hour-long session

Bristol UCU calls off seven days of strikes following ‘significant progress’

Strikes initially scheduled for this week and next week are cancelled

Here’s how Bristol Uni students can support those affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Turkish Society has organised several events to help raise money to provide support and aid

Here’s every Bristol Uni event celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

This year will focus on the greatest cinematic auteurs from the LGBTQ+ community

Excited for the Six Nations? Here are the best places in Bristol to watch the action unfold 

Plus a rating of each venue’s Guinness

3,500 respond to Bristol Uni consultation on renaming buildings linked to slavery

The online consultation will now close on Friday

Bristol City Council to push for rent controls as housing costs skyrocket

Council chiefs are lobbying the government to give them the power to introduce rent controls