The Big Debate

The Surge Radio News Team are a group of passionate volunteers who strive to deliver impartial coverage of current affairs, transforming this information into a digestible format, through the mediums of both live radio and prerecorded podcasts and packages, for the students of the University of Southampton.

A result of our efforts, Surge were the first student radio station in the UK to broadcast hourly news updates during a station’s manned broadcast hours, and we continue to innovate through numerous informative podcasts, investigations alongside ‘Surge Presents: The Big Debate’, a weekly live radio programme pitting a panel of members of different societies against each other with the weeks major headlines. ANYBODY can get involved with any aspect of our programming.

As for our successes, the News Team were the first ever student news team to receive the ‘Team of the Year’ Award at the national I Love Student Radio Awards in 2018, have brought home best news coverage at the SUSU Media Awards of 2018 and 2019, and continue to rack up award wins across all areas of our coverage.

If any of this interests you, please feel free to contact the Head of News (, or request to join the Facebook group. The News Team is always looking for fresh faces and YOU could be one of them!