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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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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 19 - Life After Coronavirus: Health and Wellbeing

August 19th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of life from schooling, to the economy, to work and travel – and of course, health.

Thousands of …

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 14 - Mental Health and Young People in Manchester

October 10th, 2019



In this latest episode of MetCast, we discuss mental health in young people, and how research in this field continues to be a vital part of the wider conversation.

The show features a roundtable discussion with Dr …

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 …

MetCast Episode 2 - Guy Garvey interview

December 3rd, 2018


In our second MetCast, we bring you an exclusive interview with Ivor Novello winning Elbow frontman and Visiting Professor of Songwriting Guy Garvey.

MetCast Episode 1 - Anatomy of a World Cup

July 11th, 2018


In this first edition of The Manchester Metropolitan University Podcast, we dig deeper into the wider machinations of the 2018 World Cup.

We hear …

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