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Manchester Metropolitan University Podcast

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Digging into the research, knowledge and expertise at Manchester Metropolitan University, to explore the world around us.

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February 22nd, 2024


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MetCast February 2024

February 29th, 2024


In this month’s episode we’re looking at the ways Manchester Met drives economic growth. It’s our 200-year anniversary and we’re celebrating two centuries of supporting innovation and progress through excellent …

MetCast January 2024

January 30th, 2024


On this month’s episode, we look at a very special celebration – 200 Years of Manchester Metropolitan University. With roots dating back to 1824 at …

MetCast December 2023

December 5th, 2023


In this month’s episode, we’re embracing Christmas and everything the Festive season has to offer.  

First, we investigate healthy eating and how …

MetCast November 2023

November 15th, 2023


In November's episode, we investigate the causes of diabetes and new treatments. 

And as Christmas is round the corner, we also find out why the new …

MetCast October 2023

October 18th, 2023


In this month’s episode, we speak to Oscar award-winning film director Danny Boyle and students from our School of Digital Arts who are working …

MetCast September 2023

September 18th, 2023


In this month’s episode, we join researchers who have been digging into the latest substance use trends across Greater Manchester and how this helps …

MetCast August 2023

August 14th, 2023


In this month’s episode, we take a look at fast fashion and clothing waste, as we hear from researchers at Manchester Met on new ideas for the fashion industry to make their products more sustainable.

We hear from our …

MetCast - July 2023

July 18th, 2023


In this month’s episode, we we celebrate 75 years of the National Health Service.  

We explore the role Manchester Met plays in supporting the …

MetCast June 2023

June 21st, 2023


In this month’s episode, we discuss the role of unpaid carers in society as we look back at Carers Week - a week to raise awareness of caring, …

MetCast May 2023

May 16th, 2023


In this month’s episode, we focus on sport and health: how to get ready to run a race and why heading footballs could be dangerous. 

First, we dig …

MetCast April 2023

April 11th, 2023


In April's episode, we attend the official launch of the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport.

Harnessing the power of sport, the …

MetCast March 2023

March 7th, 2023


In March's episode, you'll hear from David Lee, Professor of Atmospheric Science, who will be discussing research into Net Zero aviation fuels and his recent report with the Royal Society, one of the world’s leading …

MetCast February 2023

February 8th, 2023


In February’s episode you’ll hear from Jonathan Grix, Professor of Sport Policy, as he discusses the legacy of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Dr Katy …

MetCast Episode 60: FIFA World Cup: Why is Qatar 2022 so controversial?

November 18th, 2022


To mark the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, we spoke to Dr Paul Brannagan, Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management at Manchester …

MetCast Episode 59: COP27 - Can bioplastics provide a solution for plastic pollution?

November 17th, 2022


To mark the final day of COP27 – the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference – we spoke to Research Associate, Dr Carly Fletcher, about the …

MetCast Episode 58: Esme Morgan - football and beyond

November 10th, 2022


In this episode of MetCast we speak to Esme Morgan, Manchester City Women's Football Club defender, and Manchester Metropolitan University BSc (Hons) …

MetCast Episode 57: Working at the Rugby League World Cup

October 14th, 2022


With the 2021 Rugby League World Cup about to begin, we speak to two students from the University's Master of Sport Directorship programme about …

MetCast Episode 56: Supporting businesses

October 11th, 2022


As businesses across the country face a range of challenges, Manchester Met's support continues to help organisations to adapt, innovate and grow.

In …

MetCast Episode 55: The history and future of netball

August 5th, 2022


Ahead of the semi-finals of the netball tournament at the Commonwealth Games, we are joined by a panel of some of the sport's key figures.

Dr Sam Oldfield from the University's Institute of Sport discusses her research …

MetCast Episode 54: Commonwealth Games 2022: Shot putter and alumna Adele Nicoll

August 3rd, 2022


Before the start of the Commonwealth Games 2022, we caught up with Adele Nicoll, shot putter and Manchester Metropolitan alumna who will be …

MetCast Episode 53: Commonwealth Games 2022: Swimmer and former sports scholar Chloe Golding

July 28th, 2022


To mark the start of the Commonwealth Games 2022, we talk to Chloe Golding, backstroke swimmer and former sports scholar at Manchester Metropolitan …

MetCast Episode 52: The impact of major sporting events

July 22nd, 2022


In this episode of MetCast, we speak with Dr Paul Brannagan, Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy at the Manchester Metropolitan University …

Tour de France: The psychology of a mountain stage

July 14th, 2022


With the Tour de France 2022 well underway, and competitors about to embark on an epic climb up Alpe d'Huez, we discuss the psychology involved in a …

MetCast Episode 50: Met Magazine

July 8th, 2022


Issue 10 of Met Magazine includes a number of features about our latest research and stories from some of our alumni about life after Manchester …

Wimbledon - What impact does competing have on bone health?

July 7th, 2022


With Wimbledon 2022 well underway, we discuss the impacts that competing in elite level tennis is having on the bones of players. 

With players such as Rafael Nadal recently suffering from bone injuries that have …

MetCast Episode 48: Wimbledon - How the evolution of the tennis racket has changed the game

July 4th, 2022


In this episode of MetCast, we discuss the history of the tennis racket, its mechanics, and importantly, how this has changed the game of tennis through the years. 

Dr Tom Allen, Senior Lecturer in Sports Engineering at …

MetCast Episode 47: Winter Olympics: At the games with former sport scholar and British bobsleigh reserve Adele Nicoll

February 17th, 2022


In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester …

MetCast Episode 46: Winter Olympics: Sports apparel

February 16th, 2022


In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester …

MetCast Episode 45: Winter Olympics: Sport psychology

February 14th, 2022


In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester …

MetCast Episode 44: Winter Olympics: Sports nutrition

February 11th, 2022


In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester …

MetCast Episode 43: Winter Olympics: Sports technology

February 7th, 2022


In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester …

MetCast Episode 42: Improving health in the UK

January 18th, 2022


In this episode of MetCast, we discuss the state of health in the UK and what needs to be done to become a healthier nation. 

Professor Bill Ollier, author of Saving Sick Britain, talks about the challenges faced by the …

MetCast Episode 41: Fertility journeys in the workplace

November 24th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we talk about the issues of going through complex fertility journeys at work. 

There are 3.5 million people in the UK facing fertility issues, whether that be infertility, going through …

MetCast Episode 40 – COP26: Saving the Amazon to capture carbon

November 10th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we look at the vital role the Amazon rainforest plays in capturing carbon and what needs to be done to save it.

We spoke …

MetCast Episode 39 – COP26: How and why Greater Manchester must adapt to the risks brought by climate change

November 8th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we talk about how Greater Manchester is planning to adapt to mitigate some of the risks that climate change will bring in the future – from increased risk of flooding, to the dangers rising …

MetCast Episode 38 – COP26: Learning how to live cleaner and greener through Carbon Literacy

November 4th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we chat about Carbon Literacy at Manchester Met – and how it’s being used to help councils, schools and businesses.

Led …

MetCast Episode 37 - What will be announced in the Autumn Budget?

October 25th, 2021


On Wednesday, October 27, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will deliver his next Budget and Spending Review to the House of Commons.

In the latest episode of MetCast we hear from Christian Spence, Head of …

MetCast Episode 36: Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre experts discuss UK Hydrogen Strategy

September 20th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we speak to four experts from the Manchester Metropolitan University Fuel Cell Innovation Centre about the Government's …

MetCast Episode 35: Alumna and coaching director Jackie Newton on preparing athletes for the Olympics and Paralympics

September 1st, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we chat to Jackie Newton, Manchester Met Exercise and Sports Science MA graduate. 

Jackie was Director of Coaching and Athlete Development for Athletics Northern Ireland going into this …

MetCast Episode 34 - Paralympics: Student and track cyclist Helen Scott

August 23rd, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we chat to Helen Scott, Manchester Met sport and exercise science student and Paralympic track cyclist.

Helen is currently out in Tokyo ready to compete in the kilo and individual pursuit …

MetCast Episode 33 - Olympics: Transgender athletes

August 2nd, 2021


On Monday, August 2, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to make history as the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

In the latest episode of MetCast we speak to experts from Manchester …

MetCast Episode 32 – Olympics: The running shoe revolution

July 29th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast we chat to Dr Thomas Allen from Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport about the latest technology in …

MetCast Episode 31 – At the games with sport science alumna and Grenada Olympic swimming coach Valencia Nathaly Sihera

July 27th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, we chat to Valencia Nathaly Sihera, Manchester Met sport science graduate and head coach for the Grenada Olympic swimming team.

Valencia has been out in Tokyo supporting two young swimmers …

MetCast Episode 30 - The Olympics and the future of sports mega-events

July 23rd, 2021


With the Olympic Games beginning in Tokyo, Japan, Professor Jonathan Grix and Dr Paul Brannagan, from the Institute of Sport at Manchester …

MetCast Episode 29 - Euro 2020: The psychological effect of home advantage and crowds

July 7th, 2021


With England due to compete in final of the Euros in front of 60,000 fans at their home ground Wembley, we talk to Dr Martin Turner about the …

MetCast Episode 28 - Euro 2020: How does anxiety affect players when taking penalties?

June 25th, 2021


With the knockout stages of the UEFA European football championship kicking off on 26 June, in this episode, we will be exploring how anxiety can affect players who are called up to take penalties.

When we consider that …

MetCast Episode 27 - Euro 2020: Predicting the England vs Scotland result

June 18th, 2021


On Friday, June 18, England will meet Scotland at Wembley stadium in the UEFA European Football Championship.

Fans of both teams will have their own predictions on the outcome of the game, but is there a proven way of …

MetCast Episode 26 - Euro 2020

June 9th, 2021


On Friday, June 11, the postponed European Football Championship, otherwise known as the Euros will begin. 

In the latest episode of MetCast, …

MetCast Episode 25 - World Poetry Day: Malika Booker on Andrew McMillan

March 19th, 2021


In the second of our two podcasts celebrating World Poetry Day, Malika Booker chats with fellow poet and Manchester Writing School lecturer Andrew …

MetCast Episode 24 - World Poetry Day: Andrew McMillan on Malika Booker

March 19th, 2021


In the first of two podcasts celebrating World Poetry Day, Andrew McMillan chats with fellow poet and Manchester Writing School lecturer Malika …

MetCast Episode 23 - Brexit: what happens next?

February 15th, 2021


At the end of 2020 a new era for the United Kingdom began after the country completed its formal separation from the European Union.

In the latest …

MetCast Episode 22 - Interview: Monique Roffey on The Mermaid of Black Conch

February 2nd, 2021


Hot on the heels of her Costa Book of the Year win for her novel The Mermaid of Black Conch, MetCast speaks exclusively to writer and Manchester …

MetCast Episode 21 - COVID-19 vaccination roll-out: Opportunities and Obstacles

January 27th, 2021


In this episode of MetCast, Chris Morris speaks to Dr Stephanie Steels, Lecturer in Global Public Health, about the COVID-19 vaccinations taking place across the world.

The vaccination programme currently underway in …

MetCast Episode 20 - Interview: Alex Wheatle on Small Axe

November 30th, 2020


We bring you an exclusive interview with Alex Wheatle MBE, Manchester Writing School lecturer and subject of one of acclaimed director Steve …

MetCast Episode 18 - Life After Coronavirus: Sport

July 13th, 2020


The sports industry has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic just like every other aspect of modern life.

Academics from Manchester Metropolitan …

MetCast Episode 17 - Higher education in Industry 4.0

January 17th, 2020


How will Industry 4.0 affect higher education and change the workforce of tomorrow? What skills and partnerships will Universities need to focus on as sectors adapt to new innovations in the field?

As the University …

MetCast Episode 16 - Storytelling and the digital future

November 18th, 2019


What does the future of storytelling look like? How will technology shape the way we create film, television, music, videogames and other forms of …

MetCast Episode 15 - Making Manchester Gothic

October 28th, 2019


Just in time for Halloween, MetCast explores the dark and demented world of our very own Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, and looks at how the gothic mode has never been more relevant.

Featuring interviews with the …

MetCast Episode 13 - Danny Boyle 'Will Robots Love Jesus?'

September 27th, 2019


In the first of a series of talks ahead of the 2021 launch of Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Digital Arts, Danny Boyle asks: 'Will …

MetCast Episode 12 - Women in sport World Cup special

June 24th, 2019


To coincide with the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we talk to experts from across the University about some of the challenges professional athletes face during a high profile global tournament.

We hear from Sports and …

MetCast Episode 11 - Alumni stories: Simcha Weinstein

June 3rd, 2019


In the first of our alumni stories episodes, we catch up with Simcha Weinstein, a man who’s been described as ‘New York’s Hippest Rabbi’ to talk Manchester, football, faith, movies, superheroes and much more. 

Having …

MetCast Episode 10 - Alex Lees, Senior Lecturer in Ecology

May 24th, 2019


In this episode we hear from Dr Alexander Lees, Senior Lecturer in Ecology, on protecting the long-term future of the Amazon rainforest, while …

MetCast Episode 9 - Alice Webb Director of BBC Children's and BBC North

May 14th, 2019


In this episode, we hear from Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s and BBC North, who spoke to Michael Taylor about digital growth in Manchester and how universities can help bridge the digital skills gap.

Alice also …

MetCast Episode 8 - Anthony Burgess and The Clockwork Condition

April 24th, 2019


Following the uncovering of a lost sequel to Anthony Burgess' controversial novel A Clockwork Orange, MetCast speaks to Professor Andrew Biswell …

MetCast Episode 7 - Industry 4.0 in Action Part 2

March 4th, 2019


Part two of our panel debate around the opportunities and challenges of Industry 4.0. Recorded as part of our Industry 4.0 in Action event, the …

MetCast Episode 6 - Industry 4.0 in Action Part 1

February 18th, 2019


Part one of a two part panel debate around the opportunities and challenges of Industry 4.0. Recorded as part of our Industry 4.0 in Action event, …

MetCast Episode 5 - Sports scholarships and a bright sporting future

February 1st, 2019


In this fifth episode we speak to our sports scholars about the support our programmes provide and how they balance training with a degree. We also …

MetCast Episode 4 - Cyber security research, resilience and training

December 31st, 2018


In our fourth MetCast, we speak to experts in cyber security about the University's partnership with GM Cyber Foundry, which seeks to help small businesses protect themselves against malware, ransomware and other online …

MetCast Episode 3 - IVF and reproductive science

December 17th, 2018


For our third MetCast episode, we speak to experts and partners of the University's unique in vitro fertilisation (IVF) training programme, as well as one IVF parent highlighting the importance of the science and the …

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