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URN's Sound of Nottingham (27th October)

posted 28.10.14 at 12:17pm by Web Team

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!

BREAKING: New NUS Manifesto Revealed

posted 27.10.14 at 7:55pm by The Pulse


New NUS manifesto for Student's Unions plans to attempt to abolish university tuition fees. We spoke to SU sports officer Kiri Madhani to find out the SU's view on this. You can listen to our interview with Kiri here:

Your Monday Pulse team then discussed the intership part of the manifesto in the studio:

The new manifesto focussed on three key areas: work, education and community, and also addressed the need to pay minimum wage to students undertaking work experience placements of 4 weeks or more. Another idea raised was free bus transport for young persons aged 16-19.

Some of you text us in with your views:

More well off parents are more likely to have good contacts for work experience too. It's not just funding that is an issue, it's harder for some people to even have the chance to acquire work experience

Education is important for all but to be honest society will still always need its binmen and McDonald's workers. There's only so much we can do about things...

Dystopian Fiction, LGBTQ+ Representation in Comics, and South Park: The Popular Table - 26/10/2014

Hey guys, the podcast for this week's show (26/10/2014) is finally up, and it's broken into three easily digestible segments.

In part 1, we review The Maze Runner, and discuss why Dystopian Fiction resonates with young adult audiences:

In part 2, we discuss LGBTQ+ representation in comic books, and if South Park goes too far in its satire:

And on the final segment of this week's show, we discuss British vs. American comedy. What are the differences? What are the similarities?:

Do you agree with our opinions? Let us know at, or

Clips from South Park, Batman (1966), The Maze Runner UK trailer, Fawlty Towers.

Music by Rob Cantor, The Rembrandts, and Taylor Swift.
We hope you enjoy!

India suspend Caribbean tours, Murray wins Vienna Open, and Agueroooo

posted 21.10.14 at 8:55pm by URN Sport

Simon was joined by Adam, Bradley and Jack to discuss the latest stories making headlines in the world of sport.

The panel commented on India's decision to suspend tours to the Caribbean after the West Indies abandoned their tour of India last week due to a pay dispute.

Andy Murray beat David Ferrer to win the Vienna Open. The victory meant Murray pushed back into the top 8 of the men's world rankings, helping his prospects of reaching the Tour Finals at the O2.

The guys also discussed Sergio Aguero and compared him with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Southampton's incredible 8-0 win over Sunderland also led to debate over the two clubs and their differing fortunes.

For more discussion of national and international sports stories, tune into URN Sport next Tuesday from 6pm.

SU Referendum: Should we support Marking Boycotts?

posted 20.10.14 at 7:58pm by The Pulse

Voting today opened in a referendum of you, the students, in which it is to be decided whether your Students Union should support any future marking boycotts held by academic staff.

The issue has become a hot-topic in recent weeks, with many members of academic staff who are a part of the University and College Union (UCU) threatening to refuse to mark students essay's over proposed changes to the USS Pension scheme, which may lead to lecturers losing tens of thousands of pounds in retirement.

Your Students Union is holding a referendum on the issue, as the SU Council failed to reach a decision on the issue at its meeting on the 4th of April.

In the referendum, students are asked to give a yes/no response to the following motion:

“As some students believe that marking boycotts have a detrimental effect on students’ academic experience, do you think that the Students’ Union should oppose the use of marking boycotts in any industrial action taken by academics?”

The Pulse investigated what the outcome of the referendum will mean for students, and why you should vote, with Anna and Sam guiding you through the results of our interviews with Education Officer Adam BK, Activities Officer Joe Caunce and you, the students: