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URN Presents: The Big Debate

URN Presents: The Big DebateURN Presents: The Big Debate

On Thursday 26th March, URN and the Politics Society invited all of the candidate standing to be the next Member of Parliament of Nottingham South, which includes the Lenton and Dunkirk areas, onto campus to answer all the questions University of Nottingham student's want answered before the May 7th election.

In attendance was the incumbent, Lilian Greenwood MP (Labour), Jane Hunt (Conservative), Adam McGregor (Green Party) and David Hollas (UKIP).


The evening began with a question surrounding how each of the parties would seek to tackle youth apathy in Politics. Lilian Greenwood said some young people don't engage in politics as 'they don't think it has anything to do with them', whilst Adam McGregor argued 'it's not so much apathy, as disillusionment'.

Current MP Lilian Greenwood attended the debateCurrent MP Lilian Greenwood attended the debate

Voices: Lilian Greenwood speaks first, followed by Jane Hunt then David Hollas and Adam McGregor.


URN Sport Special: Drinks and Disciplinaries

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Earlier this year, members of the men's football club were banned from this year's Varsity fixture for holding an "initiation-style event".

In a URN Sport Special, we told the story of the club's Varsity ban. In addition to hearing the thoughts of the student community, a URN Sport panel also debated the Students' Union's decision.

URN questioned UoNSU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani about the disciplinary action, as well as the wider problem of initiations in university sports clubs. We also spoke to incoming Sports Officer James Bramley about his proposals to further tackle initiations, which are banned by the Students' Union, next year.

You can listen to the programme below.

URN Sport: Drinks and Disciplinaries

In the first part of the programme Sam, Hannah and Patrick explained what had happened to the men's football club this year, and heard statements from both NUFC and the Students' Union regarding the matter. URN also went out and about on campus to gather students' opinions on the Varsity ban decision.

Six Nations climax, Alonso recovers and Gerrard red-faced

Adam was joined by Nick, David and Jack to talk all the big talking points from the last seven days in the sporting world.

The boys began by discussing the exciting climax to the Six Nations, where England finished 2nd to Ireland on points difference.

Next on the agenda was the Cricket World Cup and a potential final between the co-host nations.

The panel also chatted about the announcement that Fernando Alonso is soon to return to the F1 circuit after his crash in winter testing.

Finally, the panel also discussed Steven Gerrard's red card within 38 seconds of coming on against Manchester United.

For more national and international sports discussion, tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

Lady Thor, Mallrats 2, Criticism, Age-Appropriateness of Cosplay, and Humans as Property in NLMG: The Popular Table - 22/03/2015

Hello, and welcome to URN's top pop culture blogcast.

In part 1 of today's show, David, Mike, and Ibi look at the week in pop culture news, from Lady Thor outselling Dude Thor to Kevin Smith's upcoming film, 'Mallrats 2'. There's also a bit about the new 'Ultron' TV spot. Exciting!

In part 2, we look at criticism and discuss how it can veer into something offensive, before discussing the age appropriateness of certain kinds of cosplay.

And in our final segment, which happens to be this week's Ibi's Corner, we discuss how humans are used as property in Never Let Me Go.

And that's that! Previous shows can be heard at

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Clips used in this show are from the new Age of Ultron TV spot, Conan, X-Factor New Zealand, and a YouTube video interviewing kids in cosplay at SDCC (

Special thanks to Mike for producing this week.

Breaking: Lecturer to be Deported

A University of Nottingham lecturer has been refused permission by the Home Office to remain in the UK. Dr Miwa Hirono, has been at the University since 2008 on a five-year Research Councils UK Fellowship, that was supposed to become a permanent lecturer position automatically.

However, Dr Hirono's application was denied because she had spent 200 days outside of the UK between 2009 and 2010, breaching a rule which stated she must not leave the country for more than 180 days at any time during her stay.

Dr Hirono has a one-year-old child who was born in Nottingham, and the majority of her visits abroad have been for research into China's foreign peacekeeping operations as a part of her academic commitments. Having successfully appealed the initial decision the grounds that the removal was a breach of her human right to a family life, the Home Office appealed the ruling noting that Dr Hirono knew her stay in the country was 'precarious'.

Without her passport for the past 12 months, Dr Hirono has now abandoned her attempts to stay in Nottingham, and accepted a position at Kyoto University in Japan, having said that she 'can't live like this' and that 'what has happened to me is absolutely wrong and everyone understands my point except the home office'.