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The latest campus, Nottingham and student news from our news team. from 6PM on Fri 27th Feb

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URN is the University of Nottingham's award winning student radio station.You can listen online, on 1350AM on campus or in some of the university's shops and bars.

Gender-Neutral Toilets at The University of Nottingham

Our first story on The Pulse today was about an article in The Independent which called on all universities to have gender-neutral toilets. These toilets are for trans students which means someone who feels like the opposite gender to which they were born, or that they classify themselves as non-binary, neither male nor female.

Some have critized this move to build and encorporate gender-neutral in new buildings. We spoke to Zoe, a transgender student at the university about her views on why this change is so welcomed…

Some universities have already introduced gender-neutral toilets, Manchester passed a policy on this back in 2008. We caught up with the LGBT officer, Pheebs Lau, to discuss what progress the University of Nottingham has made and whether it prirotises introducing these facilities.

Since recording that interview it came to light that new gender-neutral toilets are going to be introduced in both the new Sports Centre and new George Green library although it remains to be seen what efforts will be made in other toilets in buildings around campus.

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New sports village announced

The new sports village will be named after alumnus and project supporter David RossThe new sports village will be named after alumnus and project supporter David Ross

The University of Nottingham has announced it is to build a new £40 million sports village on University Park campus.

The village will be a redevelopment of the current sports centre, which will triple in size, and will include an all-glass squash show court, an indoor sprint track, and a sports hall with seating.

Speaking to URN, Students' Union Sports Officer Kiri Madhani described the project as "fantastic news for the university and fantastic news for the students".

Construction is expected to start in February 2015 and conclude in June 2016. A temporary facility will be erected on Nightingale Field next to the current sports centre.

Kiri Madhani admitted that there would be a "rocky patch" while the University is in between facilities, but said she was working with sports clubs presidents to minimise any negative impact.

The Sports Officer also told URN it would not be possible to incorporate all clubs currently operating in the University Park sports centre into the temporary set-up, meaning clubs such as basketball will move to Jubilee campus.


Stuart Pearce at URN

Nottingham Forest manager and England legend Stuart Pearce dropped into URN's studios this week during a visit to the University of Nottingham.

"Psycho", as he's also as known by fans, won 78 caps for England and his managerial role at the City Ground follows spells in charge of Manchester City and the England national under-21 team.

Chatting to Sports Editor Patrick Hildred, Pearce discussed Forest's start to the season, the controversial sale of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow in the summer, and the discontinuation of the Team GB men's football team which he managed at London 2012.

The 52-year-old also said that the University of Nottingham puts "heart and soul" into the city of Nottingham.


After playing the interview for the first time on Tuesday's URN Sport, Simon discussed what Pearce had had to say with panelists Adam, Nick and Ben.

Tune into URN Sport every Tuesday from 6pm for lively sports discussion, and every Thursday - also from 6pm - to hear weekly analysis of Forest's progress in their 2014/15 season.

SU Referendum: Result to Marking Boycott Referendum Announced

In a follow up to last week's Marking Boycott referendum, the result has been announced.

For more details on the referendum, you can see our blog from last week:


1199 students voted in favor of the Student's Union campaigning to oppose future marking boycotts by academics, with 600 voting against. 685 students registered their abstentions. Therefore, 46% of students who either voted or willingly abstained voted in favor of opposing future marking boycotts.

However, as less than 10% of the student body voted, this means that the SU has failed to reach the required number of votes for the policy to have become binding.

This afternoon, we spoke to Joe Caunce about whether he was disappointed by how many students turned up to vote as he stated he would hope to see more students vote in similar issues in the future, whilst the SU will look at how to ensure that would happen:

Your Student's Union will be releasing a statement later this afternoon regarding how the failure to reach 10% of voters will affect their stance on the policy, although Joe said he was confident the vote 'was indicative of what students think'.

URN's Sound of Nottingham (27th October)

Every week, the team from URN After Dark's Under the Radar select a track for our lovely colleagues to play on their Daytime shows. 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. Consider this our way of helping you discover the very best in new music spanning all genres!


Our Sound of Nottingham for this week comes from none other than April Towers with their brand new single, Arcadia. Made up of Alex Noble and Charlie Burley, the duo have had an incredible year. Known for their infectious charisma and startling quality in their live performances, along with their truly unique sound, it seems only fitting that Arcadia was released on Monday 27th October as their debut single. With their first headline show at The Bodega in Nottingham on the 6th November on the horizon, it's clear to see that the boys are destined for big things! The track combines sweeping piano and synth riffs with Alex's perfectly fitted voice to create a song sounding like the real deal. It's catchy, fantastically produced and impossible not to sing along to!