We Are The University

We Are The University

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Welcome to We are the University, a podcast which opens a window on to the people that make Cambridge University unique. Students, archivists, professors, alumni: all have a story to share.


How to create racial equality at the workplace - Kamal Munir
Oct 14 • 28 min
In this episode Dr Kamal Munir, reader in strategy and policy at the Cambridge Judge Business School, joins us to talk about how racial inequality is reproduced in organisations and why it continues to escape scrutiny. We think about how the Black Lives…
Left out of the conversation: Teenagers and Covid-19 - Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Sep 29 • 24 min
In this episode we speak to Professor Sarah-Jane Blakemore from the Department of Psychology, about the adolescent brain and the return to school. We think about the effects of social isolation on teenagers, the long term impact of Covid-19 and we ask if…
Reimagining the future of the post Covid-19 university - Simone Eringfeld
Sep 9 • 31 min
In this episode, we speak to Simone Eringfeld, MPhil student at the Faculty of Education and producer of the Cambridge Quaranchats (https://open.spotify.com/show/4uSKKUKsoKHzve3UC7TRCC) podcast. We talk about education in the time of Covid-19, how the…
Working Parents in the Age of Coronavirus - Helen McCarthy
Aug 26 • 30 min
In this episode:We speak to Dr Helen McCarthy, a Historian of Modern Britain at the Faculty of History and Author of Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood. In recent months, many working parents have had to juggle looking after kids at home with…
Taking care of your digital wellbeing - Tyler Shores
Aug 5 • 36 min
In this episode we talk to Tyler Shores about digital fatigue and distraction, and how we can all take care of our digital wellbeing. We also talk about his experience of setting up an entirely online high school, and how we can think about online…
The social media professional who’s passionate about helping his community - Ibrahim Rahman
Jul 10 • 25 min
In this episode we talk to Ibrahim Rahman about how he’s been raising money for Cambridge City foodbank and helping Muslim families struggling with hardships during the pandemic. We also talk about his journey from Wimbledon to the social media team at…
How building cars is a bit like studying the brain - Nicole Horst
Jun 11 • 34 min
We talk to Nicole Horst about her journey from the body shop of a car manufacturing plant to a research project studying obsessive compulsive disorder, and about finding her true passion for advocacy and supporting other young researchers. As this is our…
The polar explorer using Grime to break the ice - Prem Gill
Jan 24 • 32 min
It’s not often someone compares the voices of seals to the sounds of space set to a Grime beat. But when he’s not monitoring seals from space, PhD student Prem Gill is using ‘Seal Grime’ as one way to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to…
AI and the classroom. Using machine learning to identify why children struggle at school - Duncan Astle
Nov 11, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode we chat to Duncan Astle, a developmental neuroscientist, who’s based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Duncan and I talk about his recent study that uses machine learning to identify learning difficulties and why children may…
The Doctor Using Smartphones to Save Lives in War Zones - Waheed Arian
Nov 11, 2019 • 39 min
Having survived the civil war in Afghanistan, Waheed Arian arrived alone in the UK aged 15. He went on to study medicine at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Today he’s using smartphones and volunteer specialists to provide life-saving medical advice to doctors…
The Woman who Brought Space Invaders to the UK - Pat Marsh
Nov 11, 2019 • 21 min
In this episode, Charis and I speak to Cambridge University alumna, Pat Marsh. When we recorded the interview, we didn’t have any of the studio equipment with us, just a phone, but we thought it would be a crime not to share Pat’s incredible story. Pat…
The Neuroscientist Working To Prevent Suicide In Teenagers - Anne - Laura Van Harmelen
Nov 11, 2019 • 28 min
We talk to Dr Anne-Laura van Harmelen, a neuroscientist, who became fascinated by the brain as a teenager, after her dad gave her a copy of Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Today she’s investigating adversity and resilience and is…
From Discovering So Solid Crew to Researching Hate Crimes - Julian Hargreaves
Nov 11, 2019 • 31 min
Welcome to We are the University. A podcast about the alumni, staff and students who make Cambridge University unique. In this episode we chat to Julian Hargreaves about his life in the music industry discovering talent like So Solid Crew and why he chose…
Releasing the Imagination: the University of Cambridge Primary School - James Biddulph
Nov 11, 2019 • 34 min
Welcome to We are the University. A podcast about the people who make Cambridge University unique. In this episode we meet James Biddulph, the headmaster of the University of Cambridge Primary School. www.cam.ac.uk/primaryschool…
The Student Working to Make Education Accessible to Everyone- Shadab Ahmed
Nov 11, 2019 • 22 min
Final-year chemist Shadab Ahmed reflects on his sabbatical year as Cambridge University Student Union Access and Funding Officer, the importance of role models, and how increasing diversity within universities could be the start of seeing real change in…
The star rower whose research examines teachers’ perceptions of intelligence - Daphne Martschenko
Nov 11, 2019 • 24 min
Daphne Martschenko, president of Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, is determined to make the sport of rowing more accessible. Her mission to pave the way for greater diversity in rowing chimes with her study of the charged concepts of race,…