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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

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.

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 29 | ACADEMICS

Dr Pete Barnsley

18 Mar 2019

This interview is with Dr Pete Barnsley, our first industry specialist who has held high-up roles at BT Openreach and is currently a director at AITE Consulting Ltd. We talk about physicists in industry, why physics is so useful, and why Lou Reed and pottery makes him tick.

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EPISODE 28 | ACADEMICS

Dr Oluwasesan Adegoke

01 Mar 2019

In our second interview at the University of Dundee’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, we interview Dr Oluwasesan Adegoke. Dr Adegoke and I discuss his motivations for working in scientific research and the many different cultures and countries that he has worked in.

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EPISODE 27 | ACADEMICS

Prof Niamh Nic Daéid

15 Feb 2019

Today we’re honoured to interview the director of the University of Dundee’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, Professor Niamh Nic Daéid. Professor Nic Daéid talks about what it takes to be a forensic scientist, how she copes with being an eminent researcher in her field, and what she thinks of crime TV shows.

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EPISODE 26 | ACADEMICS

Alison McLure

15 Jan 2019

We talk with Alison McLure, National Manager for Scotland for the IOP, about the fantastic variety of jobs she has had involving physics, the hobbies she gets up to, and about her scientific expeditions to some of the coldest places on Earth.

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EPISODE 25 | ACADEMICS

Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri

23 Nov 2018

Today we sit down with our first humanities interviewee, Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri. We discuss his work here in the School of English at St Andrews, subjectivity in the sciences, and we get a bit meta and talk about his podcast.

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EPISODE 24 | ACADEMICS

Dr Duncan Forgan

15 Oct 2018

St Andrews astrophysicist, Dr Duncan Forgan, talks to us about his extensive work with SETI, the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence; how he would host his perfect dinner party; and how he takes his morning coffee.

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