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Compulsory Sexual Consent Classes: Do we need them at Nottingham?

posted 04.10.14 at 2:35pm by The Pulse

Compulsory sexual consent workshops are being held at Cambridge University for first year students from next week and on The Pulse we asked whether there is a need for them here in Nottingham.

Women’s officer at Cambridge University, Amelia Horgan, is one of the people organising the workshops and tells us why they are needed:

After some discussion on the show one reporter felt uncomfortable that these classes were compulsory. Amelia responded to this concern:

We then looked to the idea of introducing these workshops at the University of Nottingham and spoke to Welfare Officer, Chloe Averill, about her thoughts on this:

Georgia Durham is from UoN Feminists and explains why these consent classes are needed here in Nottingham:

SU Initative: Safer Taxi Scheme

posted 03.10.14 at 4:55pm by The Pulse

Your Student's Union are re-emphasising the importance of a scheme that they have launched in conjunction with D&G taxi services over the past few years, which aims to ensure that you get home safely on a night out.

Named the Safer Taxi Scheme, the service is comprised of two parts - The Fixed Price scheme, and the Emergency Taxi Service - and we caught up with your Students Union Equal Opportunities and Welfare officer, Chloe Averill, to discuss what the whole scheme was about, initially focusing on the Fixed Price element:

Your Thursday Pulse team of Sam, Annabel, Joe Archer, Mike and Joe Ireland then discussed the Fixed Price scheme in particular and whether they themselves would use it.

We also spoke to Chloe about the Emergency Taxi service, as she highlighted the dangers of students using unlicensed taxi's on a night out:

The team in the studio then also gave there opinions on the service, with views split over whether it would work in practice and whether not students should simply be responsible for their own Welfare:

Tryouts: fun or fear?

posted 02.10.14 at 11:42pm by URN Sport

At the beginning of a new university year, tryouts are taking place at many of the University of Nottingham's sports clubs.

But what is the experience like for students?

This was the question asked on URN Sport earlier tonight.

Sports Editor Patrick Hildred went out and about on campus to find out...

Sam Barker was joined by Calum Scotland and Jordan Rinsler in the studio to give their take on tryouts. They began by discussing how appropriate they were for clubs of different sizes, and also highlighted how for some sports, finances can also be a factor in students trying to make teams.

The panel finished by considering to what extent tryouts can be intimidating, and discussed what could be done to promote more inclusivity in the university's sports clubs.

Ryder Cup, Verstappen, and Pardew on the brink?

posted 01.10.14 at 12:00pm by URN Sport

On the first Tuesday show of the new semester, Simon was joined by Elliott, Jack and Ollie to discuss the latest stories dominating the world of sport.

First up was Europe's success in the Ryder Cup. Up for discussion was the lack of harmony in the USA's squad.

Next up the guys turned to boxing and dissected Paul Smith's defeat by Arthur Abraham.

Max Verstappen will become the youngest ever driver to participate at an F1 grand prix weekend during Friday's first practice in Japan. The panel discussed the up-and-coming driver as well whether the championship is now Lewis Hamilton's to lose.

In football, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is under increasing pressure as the club lie bottom of the Premier League table. While Ollie said that Pardew was not a bad manager, Elliott claimed that the Magpies' boss has no plan b.

For more national sports discussion, tune into URN Sport this Tuesday from 6pm.

Nottingham named City of Football

posted 26.09.14 at 5:00pm by URN Sport


Nottingham has been chosen by Sport England as England's first 'City of Football', meaning it is set to receive £1.6 million to help increase the numbers of 14 to 25 year olds playing football regularly.

The money will fund initiatives such as pop-up facilities and an electronic 'playbook' that will monitor football participation in the city.

Reacting to the news, UoNSU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani said she hoped the award will help develop links to reduce drop-off in football participation after students finish university.

Nigel Cooke, head of the bid team One Nottingham, told URN that he hopes the City of Football initiative will reduce post-university drop-off. Mr Cooke also said that traditional means of getting people to play football had failed, and that the strength of Nottingham's bid was its "non-footballing solutions to a footballing problem".