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Leading Ladies: A Conversation with Three Power Women at UoN

posted 07.03.14 at 6:53pm by The Pulse


Sarah O'Hara, Ellie McWiliam and Sarah GoslingSarah O'Hara, Ellie McWiliam and Sarah Gosling

This Saturday, the 8th March, marks International Women's Day. Around the world, celebrations of respect, appreciation and love take place to honour women from all walks of life. The United Nations' theme for International Women's Day this year is 'Equality for Women is Progress for All'.

Here at the University of Nottingham we decided to celebrate this by speaking to three of the most powerful women on campus.

This is the announcement on URN of Ellie McWilliam becoming SU President this time last year:

Two other women at different stages of their career at the University are the Chief Executive of your Students' Union, Sarah Gosling, and Sarah O'Hara, one of seven Pro-Vice Chancellors here at the University.

We got the three of them together to discuss their experiences as influential women in the Students' Union and in the University.

Hear the interview in full below.

We first asked Ellie about running for the position of the leader of the union:

If you have any thoughts, please comment below.

It's a Big Picture Bonanza! - Podcasts Podcasts Podcasts

posted 05.03.14 at 6:41pm by The Big Picture

We've been a bit slow in getting podcasts on the net recently, but that just means that we've got a load of new material all at once! Follow the links for discussion on:

- Economic Growth, Royal Finances, and Syria:;

- Obama's State of the Union Address, Michael Gove, and Tube Strikes:;

- The floods, banning smoking in cars with children, and LGBTQ Rights in Russia:;

- Scottish independence, the right to recall MPs, and Swiss migration:;

- Unrest in Ukraine and Venezuela, Harriet Harman's links with PIE, and the prospect of a debate on Europe between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage:; and

- Our latest show, on Russian intervention in Ukraine, Trades Union Membership in Labour, and SU Elections.

Happy listening! The Elections Show will be taking our timeslot next week, so the next Big Picture will be on 19th March 2014, at 6pm. Do please listen in live and share your opinions by text (07762 212 434, or send a free web text from!

URN's Sound of Nottingham (3rd March)

posted 03.03.14 at 5:32pm by Web Team

Every week, the team from URN After Dark select two tracks for our lovely colleagues to play on their Daytime shows. This year, we have put a specific emphasis on promoting local talent from Nottingham across all genres, that we at URN are keen to support as much as possible through featuring them on our Sound of Nottingham. Our revamped Track of the Week is a song recently released which is yet to hit the mainstream playlists on National Radio and one that we believe is destined for big things. Consider this our way of helping you discover the very best in new music spanning all genres, be it from Nottingham or nationwide!

Sound of Nottingham

This week, we've turned to a 22 year-old producer from Nottingham called Farrow. He has gained support from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, BBC Introducing, Hannah Wants and B.Traits. Our Sound of Nottingham, Weak has just been featured on Eton Messy and is available to download for free from his Soundcloud. The track features vocal samples from The Isley Brothers which enlighten the record and fit perfectly with its deep, yet relaxing bassline. It has been described by RaveFaced as a "great way to start your morning." We couldn't agree more!

Track of the Week

"A triumph", a quartet and a term packed full with fantastic music - TERM 2 BLOG


"All in all, a fantastic concert that showcased the amazing talent of the students at this university",

Were the final words of Rosie Carter's review from The Tab about the "triumph" of the University of Nottingham Philharmonia's first concert of the term, kicking off what is going to be a term of brilliant live music.

Along with the lunchtime concerts (free entry) at 1:15 every Tuesday and Friday at the Djanogly Recital Hall, we have two mammoth concerts coming up in the next few weeks by the University Choir and the Universities Sinfonia on the 23rd and 30th of March respectively. With tickets only being £5 for UoN students, this is steal and an ideal opportunity for orchestral music skeptics to give live classical music a go!

With familiar tunes like Rossini’s William Tell Overture, to epic choral pieces (RVW’s Toward the Unknown Region, featuring Viva Voce choir) and a piece composed especially for the Sinfonia and Viva Voce by Nottingham University Alumnus, Ed Denham, it is going to be another demonstration of the great and lively music scene at the UoN!


Hannah & Sabrina's Interview with The Jezabels

posted 28.02.14 at 6:13pm by Hannah & Sabrina


When The Jezabels came to Nottingham February 24th to play at Rescue Rooms, Hannah and Sabrina had the pleasure of interviewing the band's lead singer, Hayley!
We really enjoyed our chat with her and hope you might too, have a listen:

If you liked the song in between, that was The End from their new album The Brink.

If you want to hear more, you can find them on Facebook here:
And Twitter:
And listen to their music on thier YouTube account:

Cheers! xx