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UNM students develop podcast to discuss COVID-19 issues


Going Viral is a podcast series that was developed by Adesh Chopra, Maryam Ahmad Zambri, Rebekah Cheng and Zoe Liow, students from the School of Media, Language and Culture at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM).

This student-led initiative brings to light the perspectives of university students in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic whilst exploring their crises and conflicts.

It was not something that the students had initially decided on but when the idea came up in a group discussion, they pitched it to their lecturer, who thought it was a good idea.

“The topics are decided within the group and so far we have covered a number of topics including safety, classes, relationships, graduation, life after graduation and even racism,” explained Chopra.

The response thus far has been positive with the common consensus being that the series is relevant and relatable. And if there is a great demand for the podcast, the team is excited and open to continuing the series with more relevant and exciting topics. 

Professor Graham Kendall, CEO and Provost of UNM said, “This podcast is an excellent platform for students to discuss the issues that they are facing during this pandemic. We hope that with this initiative inspires more students to turn this difficult time into something productive.”

Listen to the podcast here


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

Posted on 25th June 2020

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