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Discover the University of Portsmouth through our podcasts. Here you'll find interviews with researchers, lecturers, as well as graduates and current students highlighting some of the best parts of being at our university.

Discover the University of Portsmouth through our podcasts. Here you'll find interviews with researchers, lecturers, as well as graduates and current students highlighting some of the best parts of being at our university.


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Discover the University of Portsmouth through our podcasts. Here you'll find interviews with researchers, lecturers, as well as graduates and current students highlighting some of the best parts of being at our university.






News Update - The Hubble Space Telescope

The world’s most iconic space telescope has orbited Earth for 31 years peering back into the Universe’s distant past and producing over 1.5 million scientific observations. In this short podcast, astrophysicist Dr Or Graur talks about how he uses the Hubble Space Telescope to inform his research on supernovae - the explosions of stars. He also talks about the Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, and what will happen to the Hubble once it’s eventually discontinued.


News Update - Tackling abuse towards sport officials

A number of UK sporting National Governing Bodies (NGB) are coming together to help tackle the issue of abuse towards officials and how to support them and protect their mental health. In a new podcast, Dr Tom Webb explains how he is trying to increase and develop the conversations between sports and so to be able to get these different sports to discuss the abuse, support and mental health of officials and to look at what can be done across sports to combat these issues. In a fascinating...


News Update - Facemask and glove litter during COVID lockdown

Dr Keiron Roberts discusses new findings in a study being published today in the Nature Journal.


News Update - Reshaping the future of marine heritage

In this short podcast, Dr Ann Coats talks about a new project with a huge ambition: to bring the UK's marine history to life. The University of Portsmouth is one of several partners to receive a share of £14.5 million funding to transform online exploration of the UK’s culture and heritage collections through harnessing innovative AI. Listen to Dr Coats, Senior Lecturer from the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying and project lead for Portsmouth, discuss exploring underwater shipwrecks...


COP News Update - In the COP26 Greenzone with Dr Cressida Bowyer

The team from Revolution Plastics talk about bringing creative solutions to plastic pollution at COP26.


News Update - Launch of the Global Plastics Policy Centre at COP26

Professor Steve Fletcher talks about the launch of the Global Plastics Policy Centre in Glasgow at COP26.


News Update - Using energy from space to decarbonise our planet

It might sound like science fiction, but in this short podcast, Dr Jovana Radulovic talks about harnessing solar energy in space to transfer to earth as a realistic solution to decarbonise our planet. Listen to Dr Radulovic, Head of the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, discuss disruptive technologies relating to energy systems, how we can achieve net zero and her views on the installation of heat pumps. It's part of the podcast series the media team is doing and I'm happy for it...


News Update - The hidden front in covid war

Throughout the covid pandemic, Dr Simon Kolstoe has been fighting on a front very few even know exists -- the ethics of research. Here, he talks about vaccine hesitancy, mask-wearing, vaccine passports and more.


News Update - Election violence in the Philippines

A new report published in Pacific Affairs, co-authored by Dr Tom Smith, Principal Lecturer in International Relations and Terrorism, investigates election violence in the Philippines. It is the first academic research published on the issue in 23 years and with new elections taking place next year, the research suggests they could be the bloodiest ever. In a new podcast, Dr Smith examines the increasing violence, the armed groups involved and murky role of state security forces across the...


Remembering the past – 100 years after one of the UK’s most fatal railway staff accident

The centenary of one of the UK’s worst railway track worker accidents will be remembered on Sunday 26 September 2021. Dr Mike Esbester, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, has been investigating the tragic accident in Bristol as part of the 'Railway Work, Life & Death' project.


News Update - Making football a Fair Game

In a new podcast, Christina Philippou talks about her role with Fair Game, who recently revealed a new vision for our national game. Christina has joined 25 clubs from the English Football League, 40 world-renowned experts and 19 leading politicians to launch their new vision for football. Christina is the Director of Policy of Fair Game and has joined 25 clubs from the English Football League, 40 world-renowned experts and 19 leading politicians to launch a new vision for our national game....


News Update - Do older lives matter?

In a new podcast, Dr Bethany Simmonds talks about her research that examines aging and the health and social care crisis, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. In her new book, ‘Ageing and the crisis in health and social care: global and national perspectives’ Dr Simmonds, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education & Sociology, explores how Neoliberalism has been successful in perpetuating ‘New Ageism’ and driving intergenerational conflict by suggesting that older people’s wellbeing is...


News Update - Protecting the Solent's marine environment

In a new podcast, Dr Ian Hendy talks about his research that will greatly improve the vibrant wildlife, the environment and benefit communities local to the Solent. Dr Hendy, Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, is involved in a number of exciting marine conversation projects on the South Coast of England including a re-wilding project that aims to create a safe habitat for one of the UK’s native seahorse species, the protected Short Snouted Seahorse and a Sir David...


Fingerprinting pangolin scales to fight wildlife crime with Dr Nick Pamment

In this episode of Life Solved, we hear about a cross-disciplinary project to help fight the illegal trade in plants and animals. Dr Nick Pamment tells us about his Wildlife Crime module and how this led to a collaboration with Jac Reed, a lecturer in Criminology and Dr Paul Smith, a Reader in Crime Science. Together the team have combined their expertise in criminology and forensics to help tackle the illegal wildlife trade. Rangers working in the field can find themselves in dangerous...


Episode 5 - Where could university take you?

With so many subjects to choose from at university, it can be daunting for a young person to decide which they would prefer, which is best for them and which provides them with the best prospects. In this episode, current student Andrew talks about his own challenges of choosing a university course and his experience of transferring courses in his first year of university and the career considerations he had along the way. We look at the independence and transferable skills university...


Episode 4 - Living independently at university

Many students move away from home to study at university; some receive a lot of support from their parents and relatives, some now need to live completely independently. Ruth is estranged from her parents, and in this episode, she talks about her experiences of moving to university and learning to support herself as an independent student. Talking through her experiences of independent living, Ruth discusses the ‘fresh start’ that university gave her and the importance of the friends she...


Episode 3 - Looking after your mental health

Different things in our lives can impact our mental health in different ways. In this episode, current students Andrew and Tia discuss the ways that relationships, personal circumstances and education can affect our mental health and wellness. Andrew and Tia stress the importance of checking in with yourself regularly and promoting mental wellness. As well as discussing possible activities and interventions individuals can try themselves, the students also explore the various ways a young...


Episode 2 - University housing, landlords and flatmates

This episode explores the various housing options available to students at university. Current students Ruth & Charlie discuss the pros and cons of both halls of residence and private renting. Sharing their own experiences of moving away to university, the students talk us through what it was like to live with new people and make new friends. Ruth and Charlie also chat about how they found their student housing and the processes involved in working with landlords and estate agents. This...


Episode 1 - Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

In this episode, we hear from students currently studying at both the University of Portsmouth and the University of Southampton. The students chat about what it’s been like to study during the pandemic, the impact of the lockdown measures on their personal lives, and their time at university. We also take a look at some of the steps people have taken to look after themselves and their mental health during this challenging time. This series has been created as part of our Moving UP outreach...


News Update - New source of gravitational waves discovered

For the first time, scientists have picked up the ripples in space-time caused by the death spiral of two celestial juggernauts – a neutron star and a black hole. Listen to a podcast with Dr Ian Harry and Dr Laura Nuttall from the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation about this brand new source of gravitational waves.