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Welcome to insight! PhySoc's podcast about the lives of academics!
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insight offers a look into the people behind our education, the stories that led to a lecturer writing physics equations on the whiteboard at the front of the your lecture theatre. Is there more to the lives of academics than just academia? When not deciphering the Universe, what drives them? Join us as we interview the academics making St Andrews.

FEATURED EPISODE

Prof Brad Gibson

21 Jul 2020

This interview is with Professor Brad Gibson, who is Head of Physics & Mathematics at the University of Hull and director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics. We discuss his different jobs across the world, science outreach, and his love of comic books.

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 33 | ACADEMICS

Dr Collin Bleak

27 May 2020

In this episode Dr Collin Bleak, of the University’s Maths Department, talks candidly about his journey into academia, through hustling chess on the streets of New York City, to starting a successful Wall Street company, to why he moved to Scotland.

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EPISODE 32 | ACADEMICS

Prof Jerry De Groot

25 Mar 2020

Today emeritus Professor Jerry De Groot, of the university’s history department, discusses his thoughts on history research today, what motivates him to write books, and what he’ll miss from his time teaching.

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EPISODE 31 | ACADEMICS

Prof Natalia Korolkova

26 Feb 2020

This interview features Professor Natalia Korolkova, a theoretical physics professor at the University of St Andrews. We discuss what it takes to become a professor, the differences in education systems across Europe, and her favourite comfort food.

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EPISODE 30 | ACADEMICS

Dr Duncan Robertson

29 Oct 2019

This interview is with Dr Duncan Robertson, Director of Impact and radar expert at the University of St Andrews Physics Department. During our conversation we discuss the fun he has researching, his first job, and his love of photography.

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EPISODE 3 | SPECIALS

Copenhagen with Benjamin Osugo

08 Oct 2019

This interview is a bit different, and features Benjamin Osugo, our first student interviewee. Benjamin is directing a St Andrews performance of the play Copenhagen, a student production supported by the Physics Society.

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EPISODE 2 | SPECIALS

Mental Well-being in Academia

07 May 2019

To support students coping with stress and poor mental well-being around the upcoming exam season, this episode of insight features two open discussions about mental health in academia. We have the privilege of talking to some staff members and students here in St Andrews. We hope this episode will educate you on the realities of mental well-being faced by many in academia, but also on how to surmount issues to succeed.

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