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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 Kate Sang

03 Jul 2021

Prof Kate Sang from Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University focuses on inclusion in the workplace in her research. We speak about disability in high-skilled professions. How is academia doing compared to industry, and what can be improved? What are some real-life stories that she found in her research? And why is the most challenging part of her research the flipside of the most rewarding aspect?

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 40 | ACADEMICS

Early Career Researchers

08 May 2021

We know them as helpful tutors and life-saving lab demonstrators. But what is it like to be a PhD student or a postdoc, and how do you even become one? We discuss all aspects like passion for research, but also job security, family, and mental health. We had a good laugh with Kristin, Rose, Ian and Viktor. You can hear dogs and babies in the background, too. Enjoy listening!

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EPISODE 39 | ACADEMICS

Dr Peter Woitke

03 Apr 2021

In this interview with Dr Peter Woitke, we discuss his research in modelling protoplanetary disks and exoplanets' atmosphere, the obstacles that he faced during his academic career, his worries about climate change, and much more. What do pre-recorded lectures feel like to someone who's recording them? What is drink does Peter recommend? Listen to find out!

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EPISODE 38 | ACADEMICS

Dr Lucy Hadfield

09 Mar 2021

Dr Lucy Hadfield describes her memories from teaching at a boarding school or being an astronomer in the USA. She speaks about equality and diversity in science, as well as her experience on the Rector's Committee and why she watches the Great British Bake Off.

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EPISODE 37 | ACADEMICS

Dr Rita Tojeiro

22 Feb 2021

With Dr Rita Tojeiro we talk about international research collaborations and outreach activities, her dog, why she went to Borneo and under what circumstances she would like to return there. Enjoy listening!

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EPISODE 36 | ACADEMICS

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!

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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 Holy Night and 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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