Made at UCL



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

Welcome to Season Two!

UCL's award-winning campaign, Disruptive Thinking Since 1826 and hashtag #MadeAtUCL, has been phenomenal in its scope with hoardings at UCL East in London, graphics and animations on our website; a festival, podcast series, and involvement of the wider public to vote for their favourite breakthrough UCL research.

This year, we continue to feature more UCL breakthrough stories through Season Two of the podcast! This time, we are also sharing stories from our community, our pioneering researchers, staff, students and alumni who have or are achieving great things that impact society and help change the world for the better.

Listen to the trailer

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Meet the team

Cerys Bradley
Cerys Bradley, Producer

Cerys is a podcaster and stand-up comedian. They have a PhD from the UCL Crime and Security Science Department and, whilst a student, collaborated on two audio projects to understand UCL's legacy of eugenics: Bricks+Mortals and Living With Eugenics. In addition to the #MadeAtUCL podcast, they edit Coronavirus: The Whole Story, Public Health Disrupted and Building Better: the Bartlett Podcast.

Cassandra Martin
Cassidy Martin, Host

Hello! My name is Cassidy Martin, and I am a postgraduate student, a drag performer named Cy Coco, and season 2’s host of #MadeAtUCL: The Podcast. While studying abroad at UCL from 2019 to 2020, I took a number of media courses that helped to build my skills and solidified my love of storytelling. Then this past summer, I got the opportunity to assistant produce on this series and now I am back to flex my hosting skills. I hope you find our talented, caring, and passionate guests as inspiring as I do. Happy Listening!

Executive production team:

  • Jane Yelloly - Interim Campaign Manager, CAM
  • Stephanie Limuaco, Campaigns Manager, CAM (on maternity leave)
  • Halle McCarthy - Campaign Officer, CAM
  • Anna Cornelius, Head of Communications, Strategy and Planning, CAM


Catch up on Season One

In Season One, recent UCL graduate Suzie McCarthy, talked to UCL researchers answering life's big questions -- from green infrastructure to artificial intelligence, space exploration to treating cancer.

Meet our host

Suzie McCarthy
Suzie McCarthy, Host

I graduated from UCL in 2018 in BASc Arts and Sciences. It was a wonderful course for somebody with an interest in everything, covering topics from romantic literature and video game studies to field ecology and data visualisation. Most importantly, I studied documentary radio with documentary maker Isis Thompson, which opened my ears to the joy of audio. Sound is an intimate medium, inviting us to connect with other's stories. I want to make audio that brings people together and sparks positive change in the world.

Listen to the podcasts 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

Read more about the stories here:

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Episode 1 transcript



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.

Read more about the stories here:

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Episode 2 transcript


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

Read more about the stories here:

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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

Read more about the stories here:

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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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Episode 6: Perspectives

This episode we reflect on the need to listen to a whole range of different perspectives. We follow the flight of a senior Nazi and ask 'why do people do terrible things?'. We tour London's ever-changing Queer scene, imagining the night-life of the future. And we venture to South America, where we seek the path to paradise with the Guarani and Ashaninka peoples, who have important environmental wisdom that we can't afford to lose. 

Join Suzie as she explores these perspectives with:

•    Prof Philippe Sands (Laws)
•    Prof Ben Campin (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Urban Laboratory) and Lo Marshall (Geography)
•    Prof Jerome Lewis (Anthropology)

Read more about the stories here:

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Episode 7: Levelling the playing field

For this final episode of Series 1, we’re looking at how UCL research is helping to level out various playing fields. We’ll hear how legal experts are helping people to get the support they are entitled to, share thoughts with London’s commuters on how advertising can be more representative. And, for our first story, we’re taking a look at the creation of new technologies which make our world more accessible.

Join UCL alumna, Suzie McCarthy, as she explores these topics with UCL experts:

Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Researcher in Assistive Technology, UCL Interaction Centre, GDI Hub Prof Jessica Ringrose, Professor of the Sociology of Gender and Education, UCL Institute of Education Rachel Knowles & the UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic (UCL iLAC) team


Read more about the stories here:


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Episode 7 transcript