To celebrate International Podcast Day on Sunday 30th September, we have taken a closer look at the types of podcasts UK universities produce for their students, as well as the ways you can take advantage of commercial podcasts to accentuate the learning of your course.
Podcasts continue to grow in popularity and for the most part are completely free, easy to digest and a fantastic way to complete mundane tasks (think of your commute or household chores) whilst also learning.
Learn more about a select number of podcasts below and, if you want to study in the UK, arrange your free consultation with SI-UK in Qatar today.
Podcasts by UK Universities
There are a wide variety of topics covered by universities on their own in-house podcasts, including interviews with members of staff, recordings of lectures and the latest on issues both local and international.
- University of Oxford
- University of Liverpool
University of Liverpool podcasts “aims to bring you closer to some of the academic experts, authors and innovative thinkers from the University”. Recent podcasts have covered ‘Click farms and digital slavery’, ‘Predicting a volcanic eruption’ and ‘Extreme decision making‘. > Listen.
- University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh have a variety of lecture series, including the Enlightenment Lectures, the Medical Detectives series and the historic Gifford Lectures. This is in addition to the Big Idea podcast which brings together academics from the University to discuss big ideas and topical issues. > Listen.
Podcasts for Students
For History students… Hardcore History
Hardcore History explores topics throughout history in a stimulating and though provoking way. Host Dan Carlin focusses on dramatic moments to create an engaging listen, suitable for history students of all ages.
For Business students… The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferris’s extremely popular business podcast delves into the minds of successful business people, learning more about what motivates them and how their methods get results.
For Art students… The Conversation: Art Podcast
The Conversation looks at artists, collectors, curators, writers and ealers/gallerists, and is a unique insight into the world of art.
For Science students… The Infinite Monkey Cage
The Infinite Monkey Cage is hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince and is described as a "witty and irreverent look at the world according to science".
For all students…TED Talks
The TED Talk podcasts features presentations from people of all walks of life. If you are looking for inspiration, then you will find it as a variety of speakers give thought-provoking ideas and talks on every subject imaginable. In the future, it could be you presenting at a TED Talk which is watched and listened to by millions across the world.