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UCL News podcast: UCL Baking Project & Platypuses at the Grant Museum

10 December 2012

The UCL News podcast gives you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening. 

In the news section this week we are joined by Niko van Poortvliet who recently joined UCL to help develop student focused video content. One of his first projects has been the London for Free Film competition, which he’s here to tell us about. As well as the news, this week our roving reporter Henry caught up with a new student volunteering initiative, the UCL Baking Project, as they bake cakes for the St Pancras Community Association. Lastly, George visits the Grant Museum of Zoology and learns about its manager’s favourite specimen – a platypus!

Part 1 - News

This week our new multimedia producer Niko van Poortvliet is with us in the podcast cave to talk about how he’s developing our student YouTube channel. To encourage budding film makers at UCL, he’s recently launched the London for Free film competition in collaboration with Raindance Film. There’s also news for cyclists with new research from UCL that shows that cycling is a safer way to travel than driving in the UK. Lastly, we encourage our listeners to go to a Christmas concert run by the UCLU Music Society.

Part 2 – UCL Baking Project

This week our roving report Henry Green was invited by UCL’s Volunteering Services Unit to visit a new initiative, run by students, called the UCL Baking Project. He spoke to Baking Project member Linda Mao whilst she made some cakes for the St Pancras Community Association. Henry also seems to have made some fans with the Association’s patrons…

Part 3 – Platypuses at the Grant Museum

To round off this week’s podcast George went down to the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology to speak to their manager Jack Ashby about his favourite specimen – a duck-billed platypus. Amongst other revelations, they explain how the platypus is can detect electricity and why you wouldn’t want to be spiked by one of their horny spurs.

Links:

London for Free film competition
UCL Volunteering Unit
UCLU Music Society

UCL Grant Museum of Zoology