Meet the Team
A brief how d'ya do with the fun-loving team behind Save the Student!
Yep, that's right, we're firing pixels at you from our London yacht office.
Just one example of how we practice what we preach when it comes to saving money (amazingly our boat is cheaper than a rented bog-standard office in East London - and way more fun!) 😀
As well as those of us on this page, we can't forget to mention all those who have contributed to Save the Student since we started back in 2007. Cheers guys!
Owen set up Save the Student as a first-year student back in 2007, graduating from The University of Manchester with First-Class honours in Geography in 2010.
He's dedicated his career to building content and resources to educate students about money and personal finance – all the important stuff we should have been taught in school.
In his spare time Owen loves getting outdoors, whether it's walking his dog Harry, a long bike ride, a weekend camp, sailing or a run after work.
Favourite money saving hack? Switching to digital bank Starling
Read Owen’s 10 years of Save the Student
Jake graduated from uni with Owen in 2010, and loves to chirp on about how they were the best (but poorest) 3 years of his life.
Since then he's been at the heart of the STS team and vows to never stop working until every single student in the UK has saved money through using the site.
This dedication has lead Jake to being a frequent expert on both TV and radio.
His passion for saving money sometimes spills over into the realms of being a worrying addiction.
He's been known to wear shoes until breaking point just to avoid buying a new pair and refuses to go out for dinner without a money-off voucher.
Favourite money saving hack? Always haggle
Before coming on board at Save the Student, Lauren spent a lot of her free time hunting for deals and money off dinner vouchers. She now scours the internet for deals daily, so you guys can save as much as possible!
After growing up in Swansea and going to Southampton University, the excessive London prices (particularly on rent, alcohol and eating out) turned her into a professional deal hunter, to get the most out of a little.
Favourite money-saving hack: Meal prep for your lunches and always cook for four or five in the evening - even if you’re eating alone. An extra few carrots, onions etc. They only cost pennies and can bulk a meal from serving two people to serving five.
You’ll have hot, tasty meals for lunches that week and won’t be wasting money on meal deals and snacks. Lidl is a particular favourite for cheap meal ingredients.
Tom joined Save the Student as Editor back in the summer of 2017 – presumably in a vain attempt to return to his time at nearby Queen Mary University, where his days were mostly spent playing FIFA with his flatmate.
Studying in London forced him to get smart with his cash, but it was a colleague at Tom’s last job who really showed him the way of the money saver.
Since then he’s made it his mission to share this wisdom with as many people as possible, even if a few of his nearest and dearest can find it a little tiresome.
Favourite money-saving hack: Referral codes - they’re the dictionary definition of free money! You can get £5 per referral with Plum.
After having studied in the UK, France and Argentina, Jess joined the team in October 2018 in a bid to keep her student days alive. She rounded off her student experience at City, University of London where she learned the ins and outs of journalism and how to juggle a master's, a part-time job and a ridiculous cheese addiction.
Originally from London, Jess is all too familiar with scraping the barrel at the end of the month.
When she's not hunting for reduced Stilton, she can be found at one of London's many amateur comedy clubs or sampling budget yoga classes.
Favourite money-saving hack: Get into the habit of putting some of your wages into a savings account each month, even if it's just £10.
Junior Content Editor
As a student at The Courtauld in London, Laura quickly learnt that her Student Loan would disappear in no time if she wasn’t careful.
With the help of a very savvy flatmate, she set out to cut down on spending, improve her budgeting and make her money last longer.
She started journalism as a student, earning a bit of extra cash at uni by working at a student magazine. And now, as our Junior Content Editor, she gets to combine her two favourite things for a living: writing and saving money.
Favourite money-saving hack: Buying unbranded food. Try a month-long challenge to only buy unbranded food, sticking to local produce and supermarket-own brand items - it’s amazing how much this can save.
A Northerner through and through, Jess is still adjusting to the price of London living and is always on the lookout for a cheap deal.
Jess worked tirelessly on her student newspaper while at Leeds University to champion the rights of students – and she isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling on a shoestring, dragging her friends on free days out and boasting about her lunchtime bargains on Twitter.
Favourite money-saving hack: Markets! You can get your weekly shop so much cheaper by stocking up at a local market as opposed to your nearest supermarket, and it’s so much better for the environment. My uni years were fuelled by the market butcher’s ‘student meat pack’ (yes, that was its actual name!) It cost £10 and lasted me about a month.
Ruth has a minor addiction to education, having so far studied at Lancaster, Durham and Birkbeck, but it's nothing she can't handle. She writes on everything from film and fitness to student finance, and still can't quite believe she's lucky enough to get paid for it.
When not scribbling, she can be found photographing buildings and bungling the Guardian Cryptic Crossword.
Favourite money saving hack: Marxism. Failing that, ditch over-priced cinema or rental movies that you can only watch once - cough up for a hard drive recorder and stockpile flicks you can watch as many times as you want. It pays for itself!
Amy joined the team in June 2014, as Save the Student’s resident deal hunter, and when she’s not hunting down the best student deals she can find, she’s studying for a degree in Interior Design via distance learning at Staffordshire University.
As if that’s not enough to keep her busy, Amy also works as a Trainee Architectural Technician & Interior Designer!
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, reading, visiting new places and playing around with various types of CAD software.
Favourite money-saving hack: refusing to pay full price on anything.
Lucy joined the STS team in March 2017 as our Student News reporter and has since been writing a whole load of content for the site. Having graduated from Warwick in 2016, uni is still a recent memory for Lucy and the STS website was literally a life-saver for her at points!
Lucy is now living in London, working in journalism and studying at the Press Association. When she’s not trying to get cheap, last-minute theatre tickets, she loves spending time writing.
Favourite money-saving hack: Go to auctions! This might seem like an obscure one, but seriously auctions are actually quite fun and you can get some insane deals. Lucy’s best one to date is a glass television stand for £1.
Born in December 2017, Harry the Havanese is our
super tough little furry office prince.
Also known affectionately by his colleagues as Haz, this pooch spends most of his working day laying on his back with zero modesty.
Favourite money-saving hack: Be a pet
We're always on the lookout for new super-powered talent to come aboard.
If Save the Student sounds like the kind of place you'd love to work, head over to our current job vacancies! We'd love to unblur your face.