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The Big Picture Podcast - Latest Episode now Live!

The latest episode of the Big Picture podcast is now live - just follow the link to have a listen: http://urn1350.net/node/6465!

This show, first broadcast on June 18th 2014, was the last of the year, and longtime show stalwart David's final show. Taking the chair, he posed questions about the following topics to a panel of Seb and Luke:

- The ISIS incursions into Iraq, who was to blame, and what they meant for the future of the region;

- Scottish independence, in the wake of a series of celebrity endorsements and the official start of campaigning for the September referendum; and

- The Sun's free issue and the backlash against it, particularly surrounding Ed Miliband's pictorial endorsement.

We hope you enjoy, and do feel free to leave comments below if you want to join the debate.

Like the rest of URN's speech content, the Big Picture is now in its summer break. Regular episodes will resume in October 2014, so remember to keep tuning in to URN for more top-notch current affairs debate!

Multi-Million Pound Re-Build of Portland Building

posted 23.06.14 at 12:56pm by The Pulse

The Portland Building on University Park is set to receive a several million pound re-investment into its internal make-up. The re-construction is planned to happen in two stages to ensure minimal disruption to the student body. The Pulse spoke to Will Knapp, the Activities Officer within the Students Union, to find out exactly what is planned:

With all of these planned changes, how are students going to react? The Pulse went out on campus to see how students feel about this re-investment:

The plans for the new building will be with the architects by Christmas of this year, with the proposed re-build starting in September 2015. Students want to have their say into how the building will look. We asked some students what changes they would like to see to the building:

How do you feel about these changes? Do you think the university should be spending the money more wisely, or do you think the planned changes could improve your university experience? Leave your comments below.

Open Play: An investigation into LGBT participation in University sports

posted 21.06.14 at 3:10pm by The Sport Show

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Throughout 2014, the URN Sports Team have been conducting an investigation into LGBT student participation in sport. We spoke to students, the SU Sports Officer, local teams and national figures in order to discover what the obstacles are to increasing LGBT participation in sport.

This was based upon the 2011 NUS 'Out in Sport' report, which provided reccomendations to all Universities as to how to increase the number of LGBT students participants in sport on campus. As the University of Nottingham has not implemented these reccomendations, this lead us to consider the broader local, national and international obstacles to increased participation - before presenting our findings to the incoming SU Sports Officer here at the University of Nottingham, Kiri Madhani, to hear how she is going to tackle the issue next year.

Take a listen to the full investigation here:

Here are some of the comments we recieved during the show:

Loving hearing more about this and I think lad culture encourages mocking which can subconsciously put lgbt students off teams like that.

It seems that the SU aren't prepared to take action! I hope they change after this!

The World of Revenge Porn.

posted 19.06.14 at 6:04pm by The Pulse

A new trend affecting online privacy.A new trend affecting online privacy.

The terrifying trend of revenge porn is increasing in the UK and so The Pulse decided to investigate. This is a worldwide issue with legislation starting in Scotland, Ireland and Africa. We spoke to victims and campaigners in America and students in the UK who is raising awareness of the issue.

Take a listen to the full story of Revenge Porn and how it affects students here:

And the studio discussion had many different views:

Here are some of the many conflicting comments we recieved throughout the show:

But why are so many people taking naked pics of themselves and sending them to people? Surely it is entirely foreseeable that this kind of thing could happen.

No more victim blaming! The person who uses the photos maliciously is the one who is in the wrong.

I've been in a relationship for two and a half years and I still wouldn't swap naked pics.

Of course victims of revenge porn are victims, but it's still stupid to swap nude pictures.

Is this the end of Joint Honours?

posted 18.06.14 at 4:56pm by The Pulse

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The end of endless possibilities?The end of endless possibilities?

In an interview with the Students' Union Education Officer, Dasha Karzunina, The Pulse discovered that many joint honours subjects may be axed by the University.

She explained why the University are looking into this option:

We spoke to a tutor at the University to find out if joint honours students cause problems for marking and assessments:

Students on campus voiced their opinions about the possibility of the University getting rid of joint honours:

Will, an English and Classics joint honours student, explained his feelings about his dual degree:

What do you think? Should the University get rid of joint honours? Or with rising fees should students be able to choose exactly what subjects they want to do? Comment below to let us know your thoughts.