The Pulse Breakdown: January

14th February 2020


Britain’s impending departure from the European Union on Brexit Day

The UK officially left the EU at 23:00 GMT after 47 years of membership. This brought an end to more than three years of political argument following the 2016 referendum, in which 52% of UK voters backed leaving the EU. On the show, our student panellists talked about the three-year leaving process and made some predictions regarding the outcomes of this political move. In relation to the article, the panellists discussed the following:

  • The ongoing disparity in the UK because of Brexit
  • Expected outcomes of Brexit on the economy, legislation and the EU
  • How much trust the British public can place in political parties.
  • Probable outcomes in education regarding the agreements between British and European Universities and Erasmus/Student Exchange Programmes

Panellists, Ben, Naiya, Holly and Bersun concluded that the outstanding statement was “everything is changing but at the same time nothing is changing” for the near future.

Reference: BBC News


Most children sleep with their mobile phone beside their bed

Recent research has shown that 57% of children always have their phone beside their bed with 44% feeling “uncomfortable” if they are ever without phone signal. Furthermore, 42% said that they keep their phone on them at all times and never turn it off. The panellists discussed whether children now spend too much time on their phones compared to when they were growing up themselves. During the show Grayson, Annie, Naiya and Anna discussed the effect this may have on mental health and emotional development and considered the positives and negatives of social media, focusing on cyberbullying, and how mobile phones are being incorporated into the classroom.

Reference: BBC News


China coronavirus: Misinformation spreads online about origin and scale

At least 170 people have died as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus. The number of confirmed cases of the virus in China has risen to 7,711 and infections have been reported in at least 15 other countries. From the very beginning, people speculated online about the origin of the coronavirus. This was exacerbated by a slew of videos said to be showing Chinese people eating bats amid the deadly outbreak in Wuhan. One such clip shows a smiling Chinese woman holding a cooked bat on camera, before admitting it tastes “like chicken meat”. The video prompted outrage online, with some users blaming Chinese eating habits for the outbreak. Rebecca, Helena, Bersun and Tamarah talked about increases in prejudice and racism through the sharing of online videos and social media posts. They also mentioned the possible outcomes of the coronavirus in the near future.

Reference: BBC News


Plans for new student accommodation and living in Lenton

The growth of the two universities has outpaced the increase in the amount of student accommodation in recent years, leaving some students having to stay in Derby, while others have been placed in temporary accommodation. The 703-bed block in Deakins Place, near the Lidl on Wollaton Road, will feature a cinema room, 217 bicycle spaces, and just six car parking spaces. As part of the development, a new footbridge will be built to connect the accommodation to the existing pedestrian and cycle routes to the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. The application was unanimously approved by the city council’s planning committee on Wednesday 18th December. Councillor Sally Longford represents Lenton and Wollaton East for Labour and said: “I’m very pleased to see that the flood risk issue is being taken very seriously. Because it’s crucial and to see that there’s a plan for the naturalisation of what is a very heavily engineered channel at the moment.”

Panellists evaluated both bad and good outcomes of this change. Helena, Liv, Lucy and Ben considered prices for student accommodation, high student residents number in the area and suggestions about what the university of Nottingham should do.

Reference: Nottingham Post


The Vatican City’s appointment of Francesca De Giovanni as the first woman to a senior role in the Church Francesca

Di Giovanni, 66, will serve as undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Secretariat of State. She will be responsible for coordinating the Holy See’s relations with groups, including the United Nations Pope Francis has been vocal in his support for women holding greater positions of authority in the Vatican. Di Giovanni is specialised in various areas including migration and refugees, the status of women, intellectual property and tourism “The Holy Father has made an unprecedented decision, certainly, which, beyond myself personally, represents an indication of an attention towards women” The long process of women to be getting higher roles in the Catholic Church talked by Annie and Rebecca. Sphere of influence of Pope in the 21st century, women & Church, future of church hierarchy, comparisons of other Catholic churches outside Vatican, Netflix & Popes were touched on by panellists.

Reference: BBC News

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Written by Bersun