Made at UCL



Our #MadeAtUCL podcasts explore the disruptive discoveries emerging from UCL.

Our host, recent UCL graduate Suzie McCarthy, talks to UCL researchers answering life's big questions - from green infrastructure to artificial intelligence, space exploration to treating cancer.

NEW! Episode 5: What came before

This episode was created during lockdown and a timely reflection on what came before us.

Hear about historical figures from World War 1 to extinct species because of climate change and unearthed ancient fossils as Suzie takes you back in time with our UCL experts:

  • Vicky Price, Head of Outreach at UCL Special Collections, Library Services
  • Professor Richard Pearson, Professor of Ecology, Genetics, Evolution & Environment in the Division of Biosciences
  • Dr Dominic Papineau, Lecturer in Geochemistry and Astrobiology

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See previous episodes below...

Episode 1: A second look

There's often more than meets the eye and it's worth taking a second look. In our first episode of '#MadeAtUCL Disruptive Discoveries', our host Suzie McCarthy goes beyond the surface to discover stories about the face of Britain’s oldest near-complete skeleton, the characters of the London Underground, and the potential pitfalls of forensic evidence.

Find out more, listen to Suzie's conversations with:

  • Professor Mark Thomas, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Division of Biosciences;
  • Professor Dryden Goodwin, Professor of Fine Art in the Slade School of Fine Art;
  • Professor Ruth Morgan, Professor of Crime and Forensic Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences

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Episode 2: Transfer

On episode two, we talk about things that transfer from one place to another. Discover how traces of DNA can transfer onto things you’ve never touched, leading to wrongful convictions. Hear about future technology that will send information on light waves rather than radio waves, and learn how antiretroviral drugs prevent the transmission of HIV between partners.

Join our host, Suzie McCarthy, as she explores these topics with:

  • Professor Ruth Morgan, Professor of Crime and Forensic Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences;
  • Dr Paul Haigh, a visiting lecturer and a former senior research associate within the Communications and Information Systems Group;
  • Professor Alison Rodger, Professor of Infectious Diseases and consultant at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and Simon Collins, HIV positive treatment advocate at i-Base, an organisation that provides information about HIV treatment to HIV positive people and healthcare professionals.

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Episode 3: Repurposing

This episode is about giving things a new life. How do we take something that has served one purpose and give it another?

Discover the diabetes drug being used to treat Parkinson’s disease; find out how one artist is using old industrial sites to produce unconventional new paint colours; and learn how used coffee grounds can be turned into sustainable fuel for the future.

Join our host, Suzie McCarthy, as she explores these topics with three UCL researchers:

  • Tom Foltynie, Professor of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences;
  • Onya McCausland, Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art;
  • and Paul Hellier, Lecturer in Engines and Fuels in the Engineering Department

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Episode 4: Maps

Episode 4 of #MadeAtUCL is all about maps! Join Suzie as we bring you the glamour of prostate imaging, decoding a document of hidden histories from Northern Ireland and learning how maps can protect forests around the world.

  • Mark Emberton, Dean of Faculty of Medical Sciences and Professor of Interventional Oncology
  • Tim Weyrich, Professor of Visual Computing in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group in the Department of Computer Science; and Philippa Smith from the London Metropolitan Archives
  • Jerome Lewis, Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology

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