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AccessGranted Podcast


Welcome to AccessGranted: The Stories of UCL's Most Inspiring Students!

The podcast series is particularly aimed at underrepresented students, their stories, their successes, or simply their ambitions and interests.

The purpose is to highlight the stories and experiences of these students, with a particular focus on the challenges they face in pursuing higher education and the strategies they use to overcome these challenges.

The series will consist of interviews conducted by a team of UCL students. In each episode, we'll peel back the layers and reveal the unique experiences of our guests, from conquering daunting academic challenges and socio-economic barriers to battling the dragons of self-doubt.

These stories will remind us of all that obstacles can be overcome, dreams can be realized, and change is within our reach. Contrary to your average storytelling podcast, we tend to infuse some wit, playfulness, and a dash of the unexpected into each episode. Sit back, adjust your headphones, and get ready to be inspired, and moved.

Your access is now granted!

This podcast series is created and directed by Takoua Jendoubi (Dr).

Funder: UCL SSF.

Episode 1. Beth Woolley: My Mental Health Can't Define Me

'Overcoming' can be a difficult and daunting task, especially when faced with personal struggles and academic pressures. In our first episode, Beth, who is autistic, anxiety-ridden, and a trauma survivor, recounts her struggles and her life-long journey of self-discovery. Rather than trying to fit into preconceived molds or forcing oneself to conform to certain expectations, Beth encourages everyone to explore your own ways of managing well-being. Your mental health does not define who you are.
Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcast and SoundCloud. Full-text transcript.

Date of episode recording: 2023-06-30
Duration: 00:32:18
Language of episode: English
Presenter: Zhitong Li; Yuxin Zhu
Guests: Beth Woolley
Producer: Zhitong Li, Yuxin Zhu

Episode 2. Amelia Meade: Dreams and Duties

How do you chase your dreams while supporting others? Amelia, a devoted UCL student, offers a unique perspective on balancing academic demands and being a steadfast anchor for her family, and long commutes and social life at uni. We invite you to dive into the rarely shared stories of a student who pursues her educational aspirations against all odds. Tune in. Your access is now granted.
Listen on RSS and SoudCloud. Full-text transcript.

Date of episode recording: 2023-07-18
Duration: 27:43:00
Language of episode: English
Presenter:Zhitong Li; Kaixin Zhang
Guests: Jean-Marie Meade Amelia
Producer: Jendoubi Takoua, Zhitong Li, Yuxin Zhu, Kaixin Zhang

Next Episode...

Discover the transformative power of finding your place in education with our latest podcast episode of AccessGranted, where Scott, a clinical sciences student at UCL, shares his story of resilience, self-discovery, and the pursuit of happiness. In the words of Scott himself, 'If you feel like you belong at a certain university or in a certain city, trust that instinct.' Whether you're a student, educator, or simply someone passionate about personal growth, I invite you to be captivated by the ebbs and flows of choosing the right learning environment and the impact it can have on your future. Don't miss out on this thought-provoking piece that reminds us all of the power of finding our true path.