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India suspend Caribbean tours, Murray wins Vienna Open, and Agueroooo

posted 21.10.14 at 8:55pm by URN Sport

Simon was joined by Adam, Bradley and Jack to discuss the latest stories making headlines in the world of sport.

The panel commented on India's decision to suspend tours to the Caribbean after the West Indies abandoned their tour of India last week due to a pay dispute.

Andy Murray beat David Ferrer to win the Vienna Open. The victory meant Murray pushed back into the top 8 of the men's world rankings, helping his prospects of reaching the Tour Finals at the O2.

The guys also discussed Sergio Aguero and compared him with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Southampton's incredible 8-0 win over Sunderland also led to debate over the two clubs and their differing fortunes.

For more discussion of national and international sports stories, tune into URN Sport next Tuesday from 6pm.

SU Referendum: Should we support Marking Boycotts?

posted 20.10.14 at 7:58pm by The Pulse

Voting today opened in a referendum of you, the students, in which it is to be decided whether your Students Union should support any future marking boycotts held by academic staff.

The issue has become a hot-topic in recent weeks, with many members of academic staff who are a part of the University and College Union (UCU) threatening to refuse to mark students essay's if they do not receive an increase in pay or a rise to their pension fund:

Your Students Union is holding a referendum on the issue, as the SU Council failed to reach a decision on the issue at its meeting on the 4th of April.

In the referendum, students are asked to give a yes/no response to the following motion:

“As some students believe that marking boycotts have a detrimental effect on students’ academic experience, do you think that the Students’ Union should oppose the use of marking boycotts in any industrial action taken by academics?”

The Pulse investigated what the outcome of the referendum will mean for students, and why you should vote, with Anna and Sam guiding you through the results of our interviews with Education Officer Adam BK, Activities Officer Joe Caunce and you, the students:

Ben Flower's punch and Russian Grand Prix

This week Simon was joined by Nick, Bradley and Calum. Rugby League led the agenda after Wigan's Ben Flower was handed a six month suspension for punching St Helens' Lance Hohaia in Saturday's Grand Final.

The next topic on the programme was England's football team after its 1-0 win over Estonia in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying group. The panel began by discussing Raheem Sterling's request to be rested prior to the game.

Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal in England's 1-0 victory, but Bradley questioned whether he was a suitable captain.

Towards the end of the show the guys discussed F1 after the first ever Russian Grand Prix took place at the weekend. They reflected on the narrow gap between Hamilton and Rosberg in the standings, and whether the double points system in place for the last race on the circuit is fair.

To hear more debate on the world's big sports stories, listen to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6pm.

Event: Nottingham Festival of Words

posted 12.10.14 at 4:10pm by The Pulse

All throughout the week of Monday 13th - Saturday 18th October, the whole Nottingham is playing host to the many world famous scholars, literary critics and poets as the Nottingham Festival of Words takes place.

Your Thursday Pulse team took a look at the event, with Sarah first describing what the purpose of it is:

As as a part of the festival, there are also events taking place on University Park itself on Friday 17th October, and so we caught up with event organiser Jacqueline Gabbitas and English lecturer Thomas Legendre to see what the event has to offer to you, the students:

Finally, we in the Studio gave our views on the festival and whether we'd be checking it out ourselves:

There are a wide number of events going on during the Nottingham Festival of Words, ranging in price and location. For more information on what you can see and hear during the jam-packed week, check out their website, http://nottwords.org.uk/.

Keep tuned from to the Pulse every weekday between 5 and 6 where we'll be bringing you more about the news and events that matter to you.

Sports membership: do the changes work for you?

posted 10.10.14 at 4:50pm by URN Sport

On 1st August 2014, the university replaced its old 3-level sports membership pricing structure with a new, flat rate, which is now £135. Sports Editor Patrick Hildred explains...

Table tennis club President Jonathan Spinks gave his views on Thursday's URN Sport.

Sam asked the panel - Ben, James and Calum, for their views on the changes.

The guys also compared the price of sports membership at the University to Nottingham to those of other universities, and found that Nottingham came out favourably.

To hear more coverage of university and local sport, tune into URN Sport from 6pm on Thursdays.