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Ryder Cup, Verstappen, and Pardew on the brink?

posted 01.10.14 at 12:00pm by The Sport Show

On the first Tuesday show of the new semester, Simon was joined by Elliott, Jack and Ollie to discuss the latest stories dominating the world of sport.

First up was Europe's success in the Ryder Cup. Up for discussion was the lack of harmony in the USA's squad.

Next up the guys turned to boxing and dissected Paul Smith's defeat by Arthur Abraham.

Max Verstappen will become the youngest ever driver to participate at an F1 grand prix weekend during Friday's first practice in Japan. The panel discussed the up-and-coming driver as well whether the championship is now Lewis Hamilton's to lose.

In football, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is under increasing pressure as the club lie bottom of the Premier League table. While Ollie said that Pardew was not a bad manager, Elliott claimed that the Magpies' boss has no plan b.

For more national sports discussion, tune into URN Sport this Tuesday from 6pm.

Nottingham named City of Football

posted 26.09.14 at 5:00pm by The Sport Show


Nottingham has been chosen by Sport England as England's first 'City of Football', meaning it is set to receive £1.6 million to help increase the numbers of 14 to 25 year olds playing football regularly.

The money will fund initiatives such as pop-up facilities and an electronic 'playbook' that will monitor football participation in the city.

Reacting to the news, UoNSU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani said she hoped the award will help develop links to reduce drop-off in football participation after students finish university.

Nigel Cooke, head of the bid team One Nottingham, told URN that he hopes the City of Football initiative will reduce post-university drop-off. Mr Cooke also said that traditional means of getting people to play football had failed, and that the strength of Nottingham's bid was its "non-footballing solutions to a footballing problem".

BREAKING NEWS: Varsity to be Shortened

posted 23.09.14 at 5:54pm by The Pulse

The URN Pulse team has exclusively been told by your Students Union Sports Officer, Kiri Madhani that next year's Varsity series again Nottingham Trent University will be played over a condensed period of three weeks.

She has also confirmed that the Varsity series will feature three new sports: Cheerleading, Wheelchair Basketball and Volleyball. The series was last year won by the University of Nottingham on the last event, cricket, and it has been 5 years since Nottingham Trent last won the series overall.

Here is Kiri explaining what Varsity is to the Pulse, and the plans for the upcoming year:

We then discussed this breaking news in the studio:

The Pulse have also since confirmed that the condensed period of Varsity sports over the course of three weeks is set to begin following the Easter break, in the run up to exams.

We bring you the news that matters to you, every day of the week between 5 and 6pm.

If you would like to react to this breaking news, leave a comment below or tweet us @URNPulse.

URN Pulse: The Lowdown on URN

posted 22.09.14 at 10:13am by The Pulse

All of this week on URN, your URN Pulse team has been giving you the ultimate guide to Week One on The Lowdown. Featuring your What's On Guide and all the advice from the people that know, the Lowdown broadcasts from 10am every morning during Week one.


On Monday's Lowdown, you were welcomed to the University of Nottingham, featuring a reveal of what you can expect during Week One from the Week One exec and a guide on how to make the most of your time in halls by Emma from Broadgate Park!


On Tuesday's Lowdown, we gave you a guide to the Socieites available at the University, featuring an explanation of why you should join a society by Joe Caunce. Now, get yourself down to Freshers Fayre and sign up for them!


On Wednesday's Lowdown, you heard a tour round all things extra-curricular, including interviews with the Head of the Careers service and the University's own Student Volunteer team.


Thursday's Lowdown covered all things education - after all, you are here to get a degree! Featuring interviews with your SU Education Officer Adam BK, and Politics lecturer Sue Pryce, you hear about how to get the work/play balance right in first year.


BREAKING NEWS: Fire at Jubilee Campus

posted 12.09.14 at 10:30pm by The Pulse 5 comments



KEY UPDATE:The University of Nottingham have updated their statement on the Jubilee fire. Read more here:

Below are updates on the situation surrounding the Jubilee Fire. . Keep an eye out on this page, and on twitter @URNPulse, for all of the latest news.

22.00: A building at the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus has set alight this evening, and fifty fire-fighters are currently tackling the blaze.

It is currently unknown what started the fire, with reports first having emerged on twitter at approximately 8.30pm.

The new Student Union President Harry Copson has confirmed on twitter that it is the newly developed GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry that is alight.

The Nottingham Fire and Rescue service have confirmed that they dispatched ten fire and rescue crews to the scene and there are currently a number of fire-fighters attempting to keep the fire under control.

UPDATE - 22.45:

Notts Fire Brigade have just tweeted this update of the situation at the scene of the fire: