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UCL academics share their stories on Parliament and Me podcast series

15 November 2017

As part of Parliament Week 2017, UCL Public Policy is launching a series of podcasts from across the breadth of UCL, showcasing how our research impacts parliament and the public beyond. UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.

This edition of the podcast features Professor Dame Anne Johnson.

The podcast series ‘Parliament and Me’ takes an in-depth look at the way UCL research speaks to people outside of academia, and how Parliament can be a gateway to the community around us.

Listen to the full 'Parliament and Me' podcast series on SoundCloud

UCL participants in the series are:

  • Dr Jason Lotay is a mathematician who wrote the UCL Public Policy briefing, ‘Maths Matters’. He seeks to demonstrate the importance of maths and maths education; in this podcast he speaks about embarking on the Royal Society pairing scheme, working with civil servants.
  • Michael Fell is a research associate in buildings (with focus on domestic energy and behaviour) at the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology based at the UCL Energy Institute. His current research interests lie in the study of social aspects of energy demand flexibility and the use of systematic review methods in energy demand research. His previous work has explored consumer demand for domestic demand-side response product offerings such as ‘time of use’ electricity tariffs. Other research interests include energy feedback and energy education. In this podcast he talks about his time working in the House of Commons library on a POST fellowship.
  • Matthew Seren Smith is a Learning Technologist within UCL Engineering. He has developed the Fantasy Frontbench website and app – a tool which he hopes will help engage people of all ages with the democratic process.
  • Dr Jennie Golding is based in the Institute of Education and is also Immediate Past President of the Mathematical Association. She has given evidence to Parliament in many forms throughout her career, arguing for the importance of maths teaching in schools.
  • Professor Dame Anne Johnson is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at UCL, as well as Chair of the Population and Lifelong Health Domain and Vice-Dean for External and International Relations. She has given evidence to select committees, served as an expert adviser and helped to shape Parliamentary enquiries, particularly on  the epidemiology and prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections and other infectious diseases.
  • Professor Maria Lee is from the Faculty of Laws, co-director of the Centre for Law and the Environment, and a member of the Centre for Ethics and Law and Centre for Law and Governance in Europe. She was a member of the Lancet/UCL Commission on climate change and health, which reported in 2009. She’s given evidence to several select committees and has been a special adviser to a House of Lords committee. In this podcast she speaks about how Brexit is affecting the evidence she's giving and how she has to keep repeating key points about Brexit; she also speaks about the "fragility of expertise".