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The Big Picture Podcast - Latest Edition Now Live!

The latest edition of the Big Picture podcast is now available to listen to and download - just follow the link:

This time, Matt takes the chair for the last time ever, putting questions to the panel about:

- The exchange of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for US Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, and what it means for peace in the Middle East;

- The controversy over the appointment of the President of the European Commission in the wake of David Cameron's threat to move his proposed British membership referendum forward to 2016 if current front-runner Jean-Claude Juncker is appointed; and

- The privatisation of public services, with a particular focus on Michael Gove's plans to take certain child protection functions out of State hands.

Thoughts? Comments? Post them below, or tune in next week to join the discussion live! The next (and second-last) Big Picture will be broadcast on Weds. 11th June at 6pm, live on URN. Tune in!

Hannah interviews Ella Eyre

posted 04.06.14 at 2:42pm by Hannah & Sabrina

Hear when I met Ella Eyre before her show at Rescue rooms. Discover the star beneath all that crazy curly hair!

Bad Exams: Error in Physics Paper Forces Resits.

posted 03.06.14 at 6:08pm by The Pulse

A third year physics exam can be resat on Friday.A third year physics exam can be resat on Friday.

Here at the University of Nottingham we are in the midst of exams. Exams are pretty stressful anyway, but for some students they are even MORE stressful because the exam itself contains errors.

This has come to light recently as a recent third year Physics paper had so many errors in it that they have offered the students a resit this Friday – an unprecedented drastic solution.

We spoke to a Physics student who took this exam to get the full story:

We spoke to the Physics department and found out that the original paper had been proofread and did not have mistakes in it, but it was actually the fault of the printing company. Apparently the printers couldn’t read all the scientific symbols and so some were missed off. Clearly though, once the paper got back from the printers no-one checked it before it was given to students.

We spoke to Professor Bowtell, the Head of Physics, to see what they are doing about this massive mistake:

We asked our Physics student how this has affected him and what he thinks of the resit opportunity:

This isn’t a rare occurrence as there seem to be mistakes in lots of exams. We’ve had some tweets in about exam errors:

Student Stories: Imagine balancing a degree and a baby

posted 02.06.14 at 6:04pm by The Pulse


Managing a degree with societies and a social life can seem like a challenge, but imagine also adding a baby into the equation.

We spoke to an English & Philosophy second year student about how she manages being a parent and a student:

She was very positive about her experience, but that's not always the case. We spoke to Dasha Karzunina, the SU Education Officer, about the support available from the Union.

The Student Advice Centre are a fantastic resource to help students, and they give particular help to students with children. The issues range from getting academic support and extenuating circumstances, to getting advice about which school to send their kids to.

The majority of these students are mature students, but lots of students come in who are recently pregnant and need help figuring out how much time they can take out of their degree, and whether they'll be able to come back.

There is a group for students with caring responsibilities, but it's currently very underused. There is also a mature students' network, but there is nothing specialised for students with children.

Martin Luke Brown - Session & Interview

Last week, we welcomed Martin Luke Brown to the URN Studios for an exclusive session and interview, where he performed a fantastic rendition of Coldplay's Magic, before a stunning stripped-back version of his brand new single Nostalgia.

About Martin:

Martin has been championed by BBC Introducing, also performed in the 2012 Olympic Park and in late 2013, he won the GIGS: Big Busk competition ran by Mayor of London. His music fuses elements of soul and funk with a modern edge. He is comfortable performing solo or with his band (acoustic or electric) and is guaranteed to deliver his performance with infectious energy.

BBC's Tom Robinson described Martin as "A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, writing and performing since the tender age of 14. Packing gutsy vocals with toe-tapping rhythms, Martin writes a real eclectic mix of songs with a distinct 'from the heart out the mouth' feel unifying them.”

Now after having spent the last 6 months working with a host of producers and writers, Martin is releasing his first official video as the first look and listen to his new material.

Check out his Facebook Page.