UCL Public Policy


Parliament and Me podcast series

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.

We’re celebrating Parliament Week and the year of VOTE100. In this series of podcasts, we introduce you to current UCL thinkers - experts in their field - and the women who have inspired them along their way. They talk politics, passions and particularly their work with policymakers, with tips and tricks on how to get your research to inform policy.

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

Heritage 2018

How important are the bricks that build our communities?  Are you someone who wants to preserve the past, or clear the way for the future?

We share tales about UCL’s Professor May Cassar, Director of UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Heritage and Baroness Margaret Sharp's work together that led to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Science and Heritage and the bus that’s going around the country to inspire more heritage stories.

Guest speakers

  • UCL’s Professor May Cassar, Director of UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Heritage
  • Baroness Margaret Sharp

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The Big Data Bias 2018

Can you remember a time without computers? When you didn’t need to worry about who can access your data? 

In this podcast UCL’s Michael Veale and the University of Newcastle’s Lilian Edwards talk about their work together with the world of policy and whether we are now all “Slaves to the algorithm?”

Guest speakers 

  • Michael Veale, UCL
  • Lilian Edwards, University of Newcastle

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Space Weather 2018

Radio blackouts, geomagnetic and solar radiation storms, sound more like a scene from Doctor Who, but space weather’s impacts on our daily lives are huge. So much so that Space Weather is listed by the government as one of the highest priority natural hazards in the UK National Risk Register.  

In this episode, UCL’s space weather guru Professor Lucie Green shares experiences with Catherine Burnett from the Met Office and how space weather forecasting can literally save lives. 


  • Professor Lucie Green, UCL’s space weather guru
  • Catherine Burnett, Met Office

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Fellowship - Micheal Fell 2017

Micheal Fell talks about his time working in the House of Commons library on a POST fellowship.

Michael is a research associate in buildings (with a 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.

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Fellowship - Matthew Seren Smith 2017

Matthew Seren Smith is a Learning Technologist within UCL Engineering.

He has developed the Fantasy Frontbench website and app – a tool that he hopes will help engage people of all ages with the democratic process.

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Select Committee evidence 2017

Prof Maria Lee talks about giving evidence to several select committees and her time as a special adviser to a House of Lords committee.

Hear her talk 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".

Prof 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.

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Evidence in Parliament 2017

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.

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Working with Civil Servants 2017

Dr Jason Lotay is a mathematician who wrote the UCL Public Policy briefing, ‘Maths Matters’.

Dr Lotay 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.

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Select committees evidence 2017

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.

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