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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

Samuel Lavery

17 Jan 2021

Sam Lavery is the founder of insight and the host of 31 interviews and 3 specials. He has graduated and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Now it's his turn to be interviewed! He talks about what led him to start the podcast, shares some tips about module choices and explains why he ended up running in the rain as a part of his summer internship. Thanks, Sam! Enjoy listening, everyone!

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 4 | SPECIALS

Winter Special 2020

04 Jan 2021

We are presenting to you a special episode of Insight. Our Honorary Vice-President Dr Chris Hooley kindly agreed to record some songs and poems that were missed this semester due to the absence of lectures. He has chosen a trio of trios with a winter or Christmas theme. Enjoy listening! Additional music credits: O Come O Come Emmanuel Exzel Music Publishing (freemusicpublicdomain.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Church Bell "Free Sounds Library" Free Sound Effects Site. License: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) http://www.freesoundslibrary.com

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EPISODE 35 | ACADEMICS

Prof Joseph McGeough

18 Dec 2020

This episode features former Regius Professor of Engineering Joseph McGeough, an engineer at the University of Edinburgh. We find out about his presidency of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, his meeting with a very famous physicist, and the most beautiful place that he worked at.

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EPISODE 34 | ACADEMICS

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.

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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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