University Radio Nottingham (URN) become first to retain Best Student Station award

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University Radio Nottingham (URN) has been described as a “fantastic ambassador of student radio,” after it’s team became the first to retain the ‘Best Station’ prize at the Student Radio Awards 2011.

The University of Nottingham’s student run station, which has now won the main prize four times in the last six years, also added the ‘Best Student Station’ and ‘Best Marketing and Sound’ gongs at the awards ceremony on Thursday 9 November.

Over 130 industry professionals, including URN alumni Anna Jones, now a senior broadcast journalist at Heart, and Dave Cribb, who works as a comedy producer at BBC Radio 5 Live, chose Nottingham after considering entries from 56 stations across the UK.

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When announcing the winner, they said: “The winning entry demonstrates the creativity and free thinking innovation that the judges expect from of a student radio station. The station is incredibly connected to its student audience, producing well-rounded innovative ideas, fantastic features and very strong coverage of news and sport alongside music and events.

“With well produced programming that reflects students’ interests and needs, this station gives the audience lots of reasons to listen and get involved, creating a real sense of community on campus. Overall, this station is a fantastic ambassador of student radio as a whole.”

The team were also delighted to receive the runners-up prize in the ‘Best Journalistic Programming’ and ‘Outside Broadcast’ categories, during a fantastic night for the Students’ Union’s student run service.

Emma Lautman, Deputy Station Editor at URN, said afterwards: “We are very proud of our achievements at the Student Radio Awards and want to thank everyone involved in the station and at the University who have shown us so much support.”

Daniel Barry, Democracy and Communications Officer at the Students’ Union, added: “The University of Nottingham Students’ Union is unbelievably proud of URN for their achievements. Their outstanding haul at these awards is a testament to the incredible efforts of all of the students involved throughout not only this year, but a number of years preceding this one.

“Their continued success can be attributed to a host of factors, with special mention to their thoroughly well established in-house training programmes, an enduring drive and energy to entertain every one of their listeners and extraordinary levels of commitment from every student involved. We are confident in their ability and determination to maintain their status as the leading force in student radio and cannot wait to see them achieve similar success this year!”

The Student Radio Awards took place at IndigO2 in the O2 Arena, London. It was hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Scott Mills, who were on stage to congratulate the URN team on their success.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia. Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fund-raising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. For more details, visit:  

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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The University of Nottingham Students’ Union is one of the largest in the sector with over 35,800 members on campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia from over 140 different countries. The Union exists to represent the interests of its members to relevant stakeholders and to provide quality services and development opportunities for its membership.

The Union operates almost 200 student-led societies and 77 sports clubs for its members. Its student-run fundraising organisation, Karnival, is one of the largest in Europe raising over £1,000,000 for good causes throughout 2009/20010. It boasts the oldest Student Community Action (now the Student Volunteer Centre) which has approximately 2,000 students participating in over 120 projects. URN, the student radio station, and Impact, the student magazine, have won a clutch of recent national accolades.

As well as this the Union also operates three retail outlets, two bars and a print shop to serve its members. Profits are passed back into the Union to fund member-based activities.

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