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Listen to staff and students discussing current topics in UCL teaching and learning.

Welcome to Talking and Learning, a podcast on higher education from UCL's Office of the Vice-Provost for Education and Student Affairs.

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JewCL podcast series

Not part of our own series, but one worth listening to: JewCL podcast series (on iTunes)

A team of unergradate students at UCL produced a series of podcasts. The team writes: ‘We are concerned that antisemitism may be leading to painful experiences for Jewish staff and students, leading to distress as well as exclusions and (as importantly) self-exclusions from political and educational activity on campus. [Our research uses] interpretivist research methods to elicit stories and narratives which will feed into resources for personal tutors including guidance and challenging scenarios.’


Improving the diversity of reading lists in Anthropology

(7 min 40 sec)

Head of Teaching in UCL Anthropology, Dr Caroline Garaway, and undergraduate students Emily Garvin and Mahalia Changlee discuss how they helped improve diversity in the reading lists of the undergraduate Anthropology programme. In a project funded by UCL’s Liberating the Curriculum, the students worked with academic staff evaluate and improve the diversity of the prescribed reading lists.

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Diversifying the curriculum in the UCL Medical School

(6 min 12 sec)

"Through exploring these power imbalances, I wanted to see how us, as medical students, could become better professionals in the future." Hope Chow, second year medical student.

Alongside leads Dr Faye Gishen and Dr Amali Lokugamage, Hope talks about her involvement in a project to diversify the curriculum in the UCL Medical School.

The team are one of six projects recently funded as part of the university's Liberating the Curriculum initiative which aims to challenge Eurocentric, male-dominated curricula at UCL and find ways of fairly representing marginalised voices in the mainstream curriculum, specifically black, queer, disabled and feminist contributions to knowledge.


Learning by taking part in research: building a connected curriculum and the BASc Arts & Sciences

(6 min 58 sec)

How can we give our students the opportunity to "think outside of the box" and take part in research throughout their studies?

Programme Director Carl Gombrich and student Nadzia Laska talk to Professor Anthony Smith (Vice-Provost, Education & Student Affairs) about the success of the BASc Arts & Sciences programme which gives students the opportunity to take part in research right from the start of their first year at UCL.

Their experience highlights how UCL is working towards a Connected Curriculum, encouraging students to participate in research and make strong connections between disciplines and with each other.


What is it like to be a UCL ChangeMaker?

(5 min 23 sec)

Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) talks to UCL student and ChangeMaker Anastasia Vikhanova, a third year Psychology undergraduate.

She shares how she got involved in opportunities to enhance education at UCL and her experience of being an international student.


What does a research based-education mean to students?

(12 min 50 sec)

Professor Anthony Smith, UCL's Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) and Wahida Samie, UCL Union's Education and Campaigns Officer, discuss what a research-based education means for students, and for staff.

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Academic promotions: putting teaching & education leadership on an equal footing with research

(17 min 26 sec)

Professor Anthony Smith, UCL's Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), and Professor Dilly Fung, (former director of the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education) discuss how UCL is proposing to draw up a new academic promotions framework in which education leadership and teaching are of equal importance to research.

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MyFeedback: introducing a tool that allows students to see their grades and marks on one page

(10 min 29 sec)

Dr Fiona Strawbridge, UCL's head of Digital Education, and Dr Simon Banks, a faculty tutor in UCL's Faculty of Engineering Sciences, discuss a successful tool that gives students their marks and assessments all on one page.

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