About Us - Freshered

About Us


Freshered is written for students by students. Our aim is to give you all the information you need about university, from the early days of applying, through the exciting (and sometimes scary) Freshers period, right through to your graduation…and beyond.

We have a team of writers who want to share their experiences of Higher Education. Between them, they have interest and expertise in everything from mental health, study skills, physical wellbeing, travel, fashion and much more.

Freshered’s small team of full-time staff writers are recent graduates, while all our freelance contributors are currently studying for either initial degrees or Masters across the UK.

At Freshered, we pride ourselves in telling you the truth about university life. Many of our contributors have shared their personal experiences of going to university with dyslexia, diabetes, social anxiety, emetophobia and more. Others have explained what university can be like for LGBTQIA+ and BAME students.

The site places great importance on mental health and has its own initiative – ‘Speak Up. Reach Out’. We have also highlighted a number of charities and campaigns, running exclusive interviews with the founders of World Unmasking Day, People For People: Birmingham, History4Ukraine, and The Diabetes Football Community.

Alongside these, we’ve had exclusive interviews with GB Paralympian archer John Stubbs, Team GB archer Tom Hall, TikTok star MegaGoneFree, and Ukrainian photographer turned fighter Anna Senik.

Freshered started its journey in January 2022 with a team of passionate freelancers who wrote alongside their studies. Some of those continue to write for us today and we are proud to give a stage to many strong voices. Many of those who have contributed to Freshered are studying for a degree in Journalism but others study the likes of Law, English, History, and Politics.

Freshered is part of a leading independent network of websites including HITC, United in Focus, The Chelsea Chronicle, The Boot Room, Reality Titbit and Forever Geek. Together, we are part of UK-based publisher and tech company GRV Media. Discover more about our brands page on our own company website.


Freshered is overseen by Vincent Ralph, a Managing Editor at GRV Media who is also part of the company’s senior leadership team. You can contact him by emailing [email protected] 

You can also contact Freshered by visiting our contact us page. Additionally, you’ll find contact details of the wider GRV Media team at our company website’s contact us page


Our business rebranded as GRV Media in 2015, prior to which we were named after the launch website, HITC (Here Is The City). The rebrand coincided with a period of growth through launch and acquisition, and the company now comprises 20 owned-and-operated websites, social channels, and an advertising management business called PROP. 

GRV Media’s own brands are focussed on sport, entertainment and gaming. Together, our owned & operated websites reach around 30m visitors monthly, and are trusted and followed by more than 1m Facebook users. Find Out More about our brands here

PROP, GRV Media’s tech arm, works with around 70 publishers worldwide to manage and maximise their advertising revenues.

The combined reach of the GRV network is over 150m visitors each month.


GRV Media remains owned and run by its founders – Vic Daniels (Co-Founder & Executive Chairman), and Graham Morris (Co-Founder & CEO).

The founders are supported by an experienced management team; find out more about them here.


GRV Media has proudly pioneered remote working since our inception in 2002! We operated successfully as a fully remote business for 2 decades prior to the pandemic.

Our registered office is 18 Mulberry Avenue, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0WN.

Our London address for correspondence is 28 Ormiston Grove, London W12 0JT.

You can find contact details for key members of the company here.



Like all digital publishers, we want to grow our audience, keep them engaged and entertained, and to fund our operations effectively through advertising. 

We pride ourselves on the speed, accuracy and quality of the content we publish, across a wide range of topics. We are also proud to do this in ways which we think are right and decent – we do not, for example, seek clicks by publishing stories about celebrities which are unkind or hurtful.

We unequivocally do not carry advertising which promotes gambling. During the last 20+ years, GRV Media has been repeatedly approached about running gambling ads, and we have chosen to decline every time, believing this is right thing to do for our website visitors.


At the core of the business is our team of around 90 talented journalists, who are valued and nurtured and whose individual contributions are celebrated. We operate in a fast paced environment, with ever changing commercial pressures. We value long term relationships with our editorial teams, meaning that 100% of our writers are fully employees of GRV, with associated rights and benefits. We believe this also maintains a higher standard of accountability and integrity journalistically, which is increasingly unusual in the freelance culture so often prevalent in digital publishing.


We believe in treating all our contractors, clients and partners with respect. Above all, transparency and honesty are at the heart of our processes and communication. Our publisher clients can be sure that we operate in an open manner, without the smoke and mirrors often associated with advertising technology. We are also proud to have been amongst the first ad platforms to offer a near real-time dashboard and prompt net 30 days payment terms.