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Tune in on Sunday to watch BBC flagship debate show The Big Questions broadcast live from UEL

Docklands Campus

Nicky Campbell will host an hour of topical debate in SportsDock

All eyes will be on UEL’s SportsDock at the weekend when the University plays host to The Big Questions – BBC 1’s flagship Sunday morning  topical debate show. 

Broadcast live from 10-11am and presented by TV and radio host Nicky Campbell, the show is being screened from the main sports hall at Docklands campus.

A number of UEL staff members will be in the audience, while 13 final-year students from events, media, and journalism from UEL will be gaining useful work experience and contacts after being given the opportunity to work as runners on the show.

The programme will be the first in the new 2018 ‘Big Questions’ series and will invite debate among a panel of experts and audience members. Topics planned for discussion on Sunday include whether there should be a ‘meat tax’ to help improve animal welfare, attitudes in the West towards Buddhism and free speech on university campuses. 

Daniel Blackman, a media and communications officer at UEL who has coordinated bringing the show to campus, said, “Hosting a popular BBC show will put UEL on the map while providing students with useful experience of staging a live TV show.   

“And as we go into 2018, free speech on campus remains an increasingly important topic for universities, so I think it’s good to show that UEL is confident in hosting a show that features a range of strongly held and often strongly expressed opinions on contentious issues.” 

You can watch the show on BBC One, and join in the debate by following @bbcbigquestions on Twitter.