Cover photo from the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition by Mark Fisher, National Geographic.

Loughborough University launches ‘Cuppa with a Scientist’ podcast

Loughborough University has officially launched ‘Cuppa with a Scientist’, a brand new podcast led by the PR team that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Cuppa with a Scientist logo.

Hosted by PR and Communications Officer and aspiring scientist, Meg Cox, the series sees a different scientist interviewed each episode about their academic journey to the top.

The show will explore how some of Loughborough’s academic stars went from confused teenagers choosing A-Level subjects, to leaders in their field – with plenty of weird and wonderful stories and golden nuggets of advice shared along the way.

As well as keeping your ears and brain entertained, ‘Cuppa with a Scientist’ aims to dispel the myth that all scientists wear white lab coats and provide an insight into how vast the world of science really is.

And because the makers of this show are painfully British, they’ll be doing it all over a good cuppa.

The podcast will appeal to anyone with an interest in science and will be of particular benefit to those considering returning to university, A-Level students trying to decide what to study at higher education, and students already enjoying uni life wanting career advice.

When asked why such a podcast is needed, host Meg said: “Last year, I made the tough decision to return to university part-time and explore my love of Biology.

“When trying to decide whether to go ahead and take the plunge, I found resources such as podcasts incredibly useful, but I could only find field-specific shows – so one specifically on physics and another focused on marine biology, for example.

“I personally wanted to create something that gives an overview of all the different fields scientists can work in and this is what this show aims to do.

“From health sciences to computer sciences, to environmental sciences and social sciences, we’re going to cover it all and hopefully help listeners on their journey to becoming a scientist.”

The series begins with Dr Tom Matthews, a Climate Scientist in the University’s Geography and Environment department, who made headlines in 2019 after installing the world’s highest weather station on Mount Everest.

Dr Matthews discusses his academic journey (from GCSEs to PhD), frosty fieldwork trips, ongoing research, and the importance of studying climate science and science as a whole.

Future episodes will see Meg joined by Professor Amanda Daley, an expert in behavioural medicine; Professor Elizabeth Stokoe, a leader in social interaction and conversation analysis; physicist Dr Sarah Bugby, whose research interests include nuclear medicine; and Dr Gemma Witcomb, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology exploring the impact of gender on everyday psychological functioning – to name but a few!  

‘Cuppa with a Scientist’ is available to download from iTunes, Spotify, and other mainstream podcast platforms. Listeners can subscribe to the channel and will receive an alert once new episodes are published.

You can also subscribe to the Loughborough University YouTube channel if you prefer to watch the show. ‌

Teacup graphic


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 21/18

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.