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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 Paul Cruickshank

22 May 2018

We interview the St Andrews physicist, Dr Paul Cruickshank. Our discussion includes the perfect music gig, what he expected more of in academia, and his experiences with hair dye in the past and possibly the future.

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 18 | ACADEMICS

Prof Andrew Cameron

05 Apr 2018

We interview Prof Andrew Cameron, an astrophysicist at St Andrews. We discuss his research and its impact, what academia has taught him about travelling, his favourite science communicator and dreams coming true.

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EPISODE 17 | ACADEMICS

Prof Ian Bonnell

08 Mar 2018

Professor Ian Bonnell, an astrophysicist within the School of Physics and Astronomy at St Andrews, talks to us about what qualities he needed to become a successful academic, his favourite sport at the Winter Olympics and the one snack food he couldn’t live without.

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EPISODE 16 | ACADEMICS

Dr Isobel Falconer

19 Jan 2018

This interview is with Dr Isobel Falconer, from St Andrews' School of Maths and Stats. We discuss the history of maths and science generally, what sports she can’t abide watching and her hobbies, ranging from the intense to the more relaxed. Enjoy listening!

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EPISODE 15 | ACADEMICS

Dr Antonia Wilmot-Smith

13 Dec 2017

In this interview we talk with Dr Antonia Wilmot-Smith, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at St Andrews. We discuss the festive season, some of her favourite things about being a lecturer and why she left academia before later returning. Enjoy listening!

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EPISODE 1 | SPECIALS

Winter Special 2017

04 Dec 2017

To bring to the end of a year of fantastic interviews we thought we’d present a special gift to you for the holiday season. We’re welcoming staff from the School of Physics and Astronomy to bring us some of their favourite seasonal stories and songs. Happy holidays from the St Andrews Physics Society, and enjoy listening.

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EPISODE 14 | ACADEMICS

Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

15 Nov 2017

This time on insight Sam interviews Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff, a lecturer in the School of Biology. We discuss the challenges of fieldwork with animals, how she remembers her students and her surprising taste in music.

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