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4 Feb 2021

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.

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 iTunesSpotify, 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.

 

Cuppa with a Scientist is available on multiple podcast platforms, including:

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/cuppa-with-a-scientist/id1551303356

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3WqIHxPzOsAXfm4790Stpl?si=X7MYXY_WTQiZNvb74SShag

TuneIn Radio: http://tun.in/pkcmL

Buzzsprout: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1652563/7646713

YouTube: https://youtu.be/bfHHRdwWIwQ