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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

Dr Aleks Scholz

31 Mar 2022

!This interview was conducted in August 2021! Apologies for keeping it in the backlog for so long O:) Anyway, it's the JGT's (the largest telescope in the Observatory) 60th birthday this month, and we speak about it in the podcast, so there's a bit of up-to-date-ness. Also, did you know that Aleks has written several fiction books? Some of them are now donated to the student societies and you can find them in the Observatory! Enjoy listening (and reading! I recommend)!

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 46 | ACADEMICS

Prof Graham Smith

04 Mar 2022

In this episode, Professor Graham Smith shares memories from when he lived in Uni Hall and gives some advice to students and young people starting their careers. Having created an instrument that is state-of-the-art in his field, and conducting research on it, he doesn't view this as his biggest achievement. So what is it? It's a very heartwarming interview, this one :)

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EPISODE 45 | ACADEMICS

Dr Helen Cammack

14 Jan 2022

Dr Helen Cammack speaks candidly about her research, teaching, and experience in academia. Messy hair and surprised people at the shop counters, the experience of early career researchers... all this and more in this episode of Insight! (This has been in our repository for a while, some references might be out of date, but the message remains ;) )

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EPISODE 5 | SPECIALS

Winter Special 2021

17 Dec 2021

Pop Christmas songs? On the organ? I think it worked great, but don't tell Mariah Carey! As an absolute layman, I was pleasantly surprised by how many different sounds the organ can make! And Matthew's jazzy Jingle Bells and the Mirroir piece really broke my prejudice about the instrument only being fit to play baroque or religious music. Enjoy your holiday, everyone!

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EPISODE 44 | ACADEMICS

Prof Sally Mapstone

19 Oct 2021

Today we are honoured to speak with Prof Sally Mapstone, the principal and Vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews. Who is the person under whose leadership the uni tops ranking tables? What was her research and does she wish for the future? And did you know she was a keen runner?

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EPISODE 43 | ACADEMICS

Sebastian Russel-Smith

17 Sep 2021

Sebastian is a St Andrews graduate who through a Masters in London found his way into Rolls Royce's graduate program. He describes his current job as a "nuclear plumber". Find out about his interesting career path, or what he recommends people look out for when searching for a job in industry!

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EPISODE 42 | ACADEMICS

Patrick Barth

06 Aug 2021

Patrick Barth speaks about his PhD joint between the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Geology and Earth Sciences. We touch upon everything from lightning in exoplanetary atmospheres to SAINTS LGBT+, labwork during the COVID19 pandemic, rowing and sourdough. Enjoy listening!

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