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The Big Picture - Clegg vs. Farage, French Elections, and "Books for Prisoners"

posted 09.04.14 at 1:36pm by The Big Picture

The latest version of the Big Picture podcast is now live at the following link:

This edition features Kieron in the chair and sees the panel talking about:

- The radio and TV debates between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage over Britain's membership of the EU;

- Francois Hollande's chances in power over France after the hammering of his Socialist party at the local elections; and

- The "Books for Prisoners" scandal engulfing Chris Grayling after the Howard League for Penal Reform attacked new prison regulations limiting prisoners' rights to receive parcels from outside prison.

Have a listen, and comment below if you want to have your say! Remember to listen in every Wednesday of term - live at 6pm, right here on URN.

The next Big Picture will be broadcast on 9th April 2014. We then take a break for Easter, but we're back from the 14th May.

Proposal to Help Muslim Students Restricted by Sharia Law

posted 08.04.14 at 7:30pm by The Pulse

On today’s Pulse we tackled the issue of Sharia law impacting on the decision for Muslim students to go to university. We outline why this is an issue for Muslim students and why it is in the news at the moment.

You’ll now hear from Noorulann Shahid who is a Masters student at the University of Nottingham and is also a blogger.

I also spoke to Ismail who is a student at King's College London, studying political economy. Ismail was part of a conference that was held in London entitled “How to beat the 9K” and was directed at alternative ways Muslim students could financially get through university. Here Ismail tells us about the conference and his opinions on the government proposals.

The proposal is expected to receive criticism as it is only in its consultation stage and one argument that is expected to emerge is that this ‘special treatment’ for Muslim students will see them paying less than athetist students or students of other religions. I posed this question to Ismail.

The proposed law has received a lot of attention amongst Muslim campaign groups. Here is a summary of how the news has been received and some history behind the issue.

URN's Sound of Nottingham (6th April)

posted 07.04.14 at 5:20pm 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

5-a-day Fruit and Veg goes up to 7

posted 01.04.14 at 6:20pm by The Pulse

The Pulse spoke to Dr Mike Knapton from The British Heart Foundation about the increase in the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables rising from 5 to 7.

Dr Knapton explained the reasons behind the increase, if he thinks it will work and shares some advice with students on how to achieve this.

Uni Take 7-5 Varsity lead after Hockey

posted 31.03.14 at 4:18pm by URN Sport

Beeston hockey club was the location of perhaps one of the most one dominant victories in Varsity series. Uni would take on Trent in 9 games over the course of the day winning, incredibly, all 9.

The two most important of these victories came in the Mens and Ladies first teams victories over their trent counterparts, securing UNI 2 points in the Varstiy sereis.

The ladies game was up first and the UNI team were dominant right from the off taking control of possession and terrority. It didnt take them long to turn this domination into points taking the lead after just 7 minutes. UNI never looked back and extending their lead at regular intervals running out 7-0 winners.

We spoke to the UNI captain Lucy after the game.

The men were also dominant in their game looking far too powerful and skillful for trent right from the early stages. It was only the Trent keeper who was in great form that kept the score 0-0 in the early stages. UNI would break the deadlock from a short corner which was impressively hit and extended their lead to 2-0 on the stroke of half time. The second half was a slightly more even contest, however Trent could not get back on level terms UNI running out 3-1 victors.

Next up in the Varsity series is Football at Meadow Lane just after easter.