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The official podcast featuring our academics, alumni, students and other brave thinkers, brought to you by IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society. We're the world's leading centre for education and social science research, courses and teaching, and a faculty of University College London (UCL). More from IOE: https://ucl.ac.uk/ioe

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Episodes
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Improving childcare and early years education | Research for the Real World

7/15/2024
What changes would benefit the UK early years education system? And what’s it like dealing with government and parliament to make funding and policy changes possible? Dr Claire Crawford’s research focuses on childcare and education and is particularly interested in understanding inequalities and how policy can help reduce these gaps. She also has a strong track record of high-impact research, including giving evidence to select committees on education, social mobility, and diversity and inclusion issues. Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jul/improving-childcare-and-early-years-education-rftrw-s23e02

Duration:00:26:54

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‘PhD from A to Z’: What can I do to maximise my PhD journey? | Academia et al.

7/10/2024
Is being a PhD researcher just a continuation of being a university student? No! This episode's guest, Dr. Jenny Chanfreau, shares advice on how to treat your PhD like a full-time job. Drawing from her experience of embarking on a PhD after working at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), the UK's largest independent social research institute, Dr Chanfreau offers valuable insights. Join hosts Alina and Keri as they and Jenny compare their journeys into PhD life, think about how to make the most of their new academic communities, and air some thoughts about the unique 'twilight' status of PhD researchers within universities - more professional than students but not quite fully-fledged staff - while discussing what universities can do to recognise and protect the contributions PhD researchers make to their department's operation. And as you approach the end of your PhD, the big question arises: now what? The episode explores the challenges of job applications, potential visa stress for international scholars, and the skills needed to stay in academia. It also covers the importance of showcasing your research, exploring post-doctoral opportunities, and dealing with feedback or rejection - it can be emotional! The discussion includes how to process feedback constructively and the surprising usefulness of memes in navigating this journey. Full show notes: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jul/phd-z-what-can-i-do-maximise-my-phd-journey-academia-et-al-s03e02

Duration:00:56:06

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How can researchers help politicians and policymakers do their jobs better? | Research for the Real World

7/1/2024
The winners of elections in the UK and abroad need to ensure the right conditions are in place to allow cutting-edge ideas developed by experts in our universities to meet today’s policy challenges, and vice versa. Dr Laura Outhwaite talks to our guests, Professors Marc Stears and Huw Morris about their approaches to undertaking research that informs policy, their experiences working across the academic/political divide, and what they’d do if they had a direct line to the next UK government. Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jul/how-can-researchers-help-politicians-and-policymakers-do-their-jobs-better-rftrw-s23e01

Duration:00:29:39

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Why engaging with the media (as a PhD) will help your career | Academia et al

6/24/2024
Academia et al is back with three new episodes exploring life as an early career academic! Today we're thinking about how to use media engagement as a vehicle for making an impact. Dr Alina Pelikh speaks to in-house media relations expert Chris Lane, who works in UCL's central press office team. We discuss the ins and outs of communicating research and expertise to the wider world via the media. Where do the media headlines about research come from? As an early career researcher, how do I write for the media and bring my expertise to life in the minds of the public? Full show notes: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jun/why-engaging-media-phd-will-help-your-career-academia-et-al-s03e01 Transcript: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/about-ioe/ioe-life/digital-and-social-media/podcasts/academia-et-al/transcript-academia-et-al-s03e01

Duration:00:37:59

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Preview: Politics, policy and protest | Research for the Real World

6/17/2024
Did you know that in 2024, more voters than ever in history will take part in elections across the world? In this season of Research for the Real World, it’s all about how research evidence informs policy. How could we not cover it when we know that policies implemented by the winning parties will prove consequential for years to come, shaping the future of democracy around the world? Guests: More episodes of Research for the Real World: ⁠⁠bit.ly/researchfortherealworld⁠⁠ The IOE Podcast: ⁠⁠bit.ly/ioepodcast⁠

Duration:00:05:08

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What’s the link between decision-making and eating disorders? | Research for the Real World

6/10/2024
In this podcast we hear about research that seeks to understand the causes of eating disorders and develop innovative treatments and support. Dr Amy Harrison talks in detail about a project funded by the Medical Research Council looking into how decision-making skills in childhood is associated with eating disorder symptoms in adolescence. Full show notes and link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jun/whats-link-between-decision-making-and-eating-disorders-rftrw-s22e03

Duration:00:50:18

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How do we know if mental health support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies is working? | Research for the Real World

4/22/2024
In this podcast we take a closer look at international development and global health research that shapes the way we respond during times of crisis. Dr Mukdarut Bangpan and Dr Kelly Dickson's work with governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) includes research on the impact of mental health and psychosocial support programmes to inform their policy and practice. Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/apr/how-do-we-know-if-mental-health-support-people-affected-humanitarian-emergencies-working

Duration:00:35:18

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Sleep and the tales our mental health might tell | Research for the Real World

4/8/2024
You’re not dreaming! There’s so much going on in the field of sleep and research right now. We take a closer look at how things have crossed over into tech and AI, cancer and our wellbeing. Professor Dagmara Dimitriou leads a lab that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to examine sleep’s role in affecting our cognitive, behavioural and academic abilities and has also been working with the likes of the NHS and the US Army on a wide variety of projects. Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/apr/sleep-and-tales-our-mental-health-might-tell-rftrw-s22e01

Duration:00:34:56

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Preview: 3 ways we're looking at mental health research | Research for the Real World

3/14/2024
This season of Research for the Real World is all about mental health, and we’ll be hearing from researchers whose work encompasses such wide-ranging areas and offer solutions to address these challenges. More episodes of Research for the Real World: ⁠⁠https://bit.ly/researchfortherealworld⁠⁠ The IOE Podcast: ⁠⁠https://bit.ly/ioepodcast⁠

Duration:00:04:51

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"If participants don’t value their learning, then what is left?" | ECF Staffroom

3/8/2024
In this podcast, Mark Quinn and Dr Polly Glegg talk about what makes great professional learning for teachers and leaders. Polly and Mark, the masterminds behind UCL’s High Quality Outcomes for Great Professional Learning, explain how their thinking about professional learning has been influenced by research and practice. They also let us into some of their secrets about how they, as seasoned facilitators, make sure participants encounter these high quality outcome in their professional learning sessions. Full show notes, transcript and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/mar/if-participants-dont-value-their-learning-then-what-left-ecf-staffroom-s03e08 ECF Staffroom speaks to Early Career Teachers, mentors and participants at all levels of the UCL Early Career Teacher Development programme.

Duration:00:59:08

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Two men and their experiences of eating disorders

2/27/2024
In this podcast, we discuss how eating disorder symptoms affect men. We cover what our guests have learned about how to ask for help and care for themselves. We speak about how eating disorders affect friendships and sexual relationships, and reflect on what our guests have learned through their experiences about how to cope with challenges in life. Content warning: this podcast contains information about eating disorders, experiences of mental health difficulties and sex and sexual experiences. There is some language that may offend. Full show notes, transcript and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/feb/two-men-and-their-experiences-eating-disorders

Duration:00:44:53

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‘Giving ECTs springs to run a marathon’: enthusiasm for UCL’s ECF programme | ECF Staffroom

2/1/2024
Mark and Elaine speak to Louise Dwyer, Assistant Headteacher at the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, and discuss how the ECF builds upon a growing movement of evidence-informed practice, enabling a more accessible exchange of ideas. "There will still be that joy to be found in teaching." Louise says that if we want to keep teachers in the profession, we need them to see the joy that is to be found in the classroom. And the ECF, she says, gives new teachers a shared language that helps them to ‘grow together'. In this episode, she also talks about her love of delivering training and challenging early career teachers through continuing professional development (CPD), and through modelling the realities of the classroom. Full show notes, transcript and links: www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2023/dec/giving-ects-springs-run-marathon-louise-dwyers-enthusiasm-ucls-ecf-programme ECF Staffroom speaks to Early Career Teachers, mentors and participants at all levels of the UCL Early Career Teacher Development programme.

Duration:00:41:03

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‘Be ambitious and fail, but don't fail to be ambitious' | ECF Staffroom

1/26/2024
In this podcast, George Wolstenholme talks about messing up, forgiveness, and being on the way to becoming the teacher he wishes to be. "Everyone's experience with neurodiversity is going to be different." George Wolstenholme – or Mr. W to his pupils – tells us how his practitioner inquiries have granted him his independence, liberating him to try things out and learn from his failures as well as his successes. He explains why neurodivergent teachers should be given their moment, and how he is learning to handle his environment and himself within it. Full show notes, transcript and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jan/be-ambitious-and-fail-dont-fail-be-ambitious-s03e07 ECF Staffroom speaks to Early Career Teachers, mentors and participants at all levels of the UCL Early Career Teacher Development programme.

Duration:00:41:14

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The history of free school meals: how its past dishes out lessons for future servings | Research for the Real World

1/15/2024
This podcast hears about the impact of the UK's School Meals Service on schools and their communities since its inception in 1906, and how it can adapt to the challenges of food insecurity and the impact of the economic crisis on children's learning. Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jan/history-free-school-meals-how-its-past-dishes-out-lessons-future-servings-rftrw-s21e03 Research for the Real World is an IOE Podcast series featuring conversations about education and social science research and its impact on policy, practice and our everyday lives.

Duration:00:26:49

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The history of free school meals: how its past dishes out lessons for future servings | Research for the Real World

1/15/2024
This podcast hears about the impact of the UK's School Meals Service on schools and their communities since its inception in 1906, and how it can adapt to the challenges of food insecurity and the impact of the economic crisis on children's learning. Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jan/history-free-school-meals-how-its-past-dishes-out-lessons-future-servings-rftrw-s21e03 Research for the Real World is an IOE Podcast series featuring conversations about education and social science research and its impact on policy, practice and our everyday lives.

Duration:00:26:49

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Fostering strong professional relationships: Find your staffroom friends | ECF Staffroom

1/12/2024
Nancy Karmali-Belmonte and Farzana Akther respond to our ECTs' questions, and remind us that looking after wellbeing and being a good teacher are two sides of the same coin. "It is up to the induction tutors, I think, to set the school culture so that those more challenging feedback conversations are couched in a framework of support and everyone moving forward and growing." Mark and Elaine hear Nancy and Farzana discuss the importance of Induction Tutors, and the important role of ensuring ECTs find their advocates in the staffroom and are able to build their supportive communities. They discuss building a culture that is open and filled with a willingness to share advice and listen – which includes listening to ECTs and knowing what they need. Full show notes, transcript and links: www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2024/jan/fostering-strong-professional-relationships-find-your-staffroom-friends ECF Staffroom speaks to Early Career Teachers, mentors and participants at all levels of the UCL Early Career Teacher Development programme.

Duration:00:56:16

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What impact do food banks in schools have on children’s learning? | Research for the Real World

12/11/2023
In the context of a cost-of-living crisis and increased child poverty, this podcast hears about the growing use of food banks, how they operate and the impact this has on children whose families use them. Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2023/dec/what-impact-do-food-banks-schools-have-childrens-learning-rftrw-s21e02

Duration:00:25:07

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Poverty’s impact on mental health, food insecurity and academic performance | Research for the Real World

11/27/2023
This podcast hears how mental health and life chances of young people and their parents are being dramatically affected by post-pandemic cost of living pressures. Not only is there an elevated risk of psychological distress, the research also found food bank use and long-term poverty is associated with lower GCSE attainment. This sparks additional concerns about the long-term impact of the current cost-of-living crisis. Full show notes and links: coming soon More IOE podcasts: https://bit.ly/ioepodcast

Duration:00:32:47

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Preview: Cost of living crisis and food insecurity - impact on children and schools | Research for the Real World

11/13/2023
In January 2023, the Food Foundation estimated that 24% of UK households with children were living in food insecurity. This staggering figure brings to light issues affecting their life chances. We’ll hear about how IOE research is raising awareness and informing policies and efforts in the midst of a new school and academic year now underway, another challenging winter and a general election in 2024. This season's guests: More episodes of Research for the Real World: ⁠⁠https://bit.ly/researchfortherealworld⁠⁠ The IOE Podcast: ⁠https://bit.ly/ioepodcast --- Audio snippets featured: Children’s health chief calls for free school meals for all to end ‘disturbing’ food povertyRishi Sunak rejects Marcus Rashford’s call for free school meals extensionSadiq Khan says making free school meals programme permanent is his ‘aspiration’'Inside the Factory', Series 7: Rice Pudding

Duration:00:08:18

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‘Speak up and speak out even if your voice shakes’: Anti-racism is too important to leave to chance | ECF Staffroom

11/3/2023
Alison Wiggins, a PGCE and anti-racist lecturer, emphasises the need for teachers to develop their racial literacy – 'naming it changes the power of it.' She talks about building positive relationships and the connection she forges with mentees and students. One of her highlights, she explains, is they joy of being able to pass on her experiences of teaching, and the opportunity to see mentees' progress as they grow. In this episode, she also shares her thoughts on a culturally responsive pedagogy as well as the need for racial literacy: 'we can't tackle something if we can't name it'. Alison says that we've been socialised to avoid racism as an issue in schools, which creates a greater call to action to do something about the issue, and develop a shared language and understanding of the central aspects of race and racism. Full show notes, transcript and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2023/nov/speak-and-speak-out-even-if-your-voice-shakes-anti-racism-too-important-leave-chance ECF Staffroom speaks to Early Career Teachers, mentors and participants at all levels of the UCL Early Career Teacher Development programme.

Duration:00:42:44