Digging into the research, knowledge and expertise at Manchester Metropolitan University, to explore the world around us.
MetCast Episode 42: Improving health in the UK
12:25In 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 NHS as more and more people are diagnosed with chronic illnesses including diabetes and obesity each year, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the issue. He also discusses the correlation between deprivation and health expectancy across the country and offers recommendations for an improved quality of life for all.
MetCast Episode 41: Fertility journeys in the workplace
14:10In 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 fertility treatments, or experiencing miscarriage. Researchers in the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity are looking into the experiences of those going through these journeys in the workplace, in order to find out more and fill a gap in knowledge around fertility and help organisations better support employees going through these challenging journeys. We speak to Dr Krystal Wilkinson, a senior lecturer in human resource management at Manchester Metropolitan University, who is part of the research team.
MetCast Episode 40 – COP26: Saving the Amazon to capture carbon
11:05In 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 with Dr Alex Lees, a researcher from Manchester Metropolitan, who has spent several years working in the Amazon to learn more about how best we can protect it. Dr Lees has also contributed to a major new report being launched at COP26, which brings together experts from all over the world to look at all aspects of Amazon sustainability.
MetCast Episode 39 – COP26: How and why Greater Manchester must adapt to the risks brought by climate change
11:01In 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 temperatures bring. Senior Lecturer, Dr Paul O'hare discusses his work with the Manchester Climate Change Agency as he supports the refreshment of the climate change policy in the region.
MetCast Episode 38 – COP26: Learning how to live cleaner and greener through Carbon Literacy
13:48In 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 by Dr Rachel Dunk, Carbon Literacy is training and teaching people about the steps they and their organisations can take to live cleaner and greener lives. So far, thousands have been trained in Carbon Literacy around the world thanks to the University.
MetCast Episode 37 - What will be announced in the Autumn Budget?
17:19On 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 Future Economies Analytics in Manchester Metropolitan’s Future Economies Research Centre, about what we can expect to hear from the Chancellor and where the Government’s spending priorities may lie. Feedback is always welcome, as are reviews and ratings on iTunes, so please head there to let us know what you think. If you’d like to contact us – or feel you’ve got a story we should cover – please get in touch via [email protected]
MetCast Episode 36: Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre experts discuss UK Hydrogen Strategy
18:06In this episode of MetCast, we speak to four experts from the Manchester Metropolitan University Fuel Cell Innovation Centre about the Government's newly launched UK Hydrogen Strategy. In August 2021, the Government announced its plan for a world-leading hydrogen economy – the first of its kind in the UK. Amer Gaffar, Dr Ian Madley, Dr Yagya Regmi and Dr Laurie King from the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre – a £4 million technology hub leading the way in harnessing renewable energy – delve into the role hydrogen will play in helping us move towards a NetZero world and discuss the impacts of the new strategy in the UK.
MetCast Episode 35: Alumna and coaching director Jackie Newton on preparing athletes for the Olympics and Paralympics
23:10In 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 summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games, helping to prepare athletes for the biggest competition of their lives. She is now starting a new role as Head of Coaching Development for British Athletics. In this episode, recorded before the Olympics got underway, you'll hear everything from how Jackie's time at Manchester Met helped her to embrace a career in elite sport, to how she prepared for this summer and a competition like no other.
MetCast Episode 34 - Paralympics: Student and track cyclist Helen Scott
12:27In 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 events with her stoker Aileen McGlynn. Helen and Aileen last competed together at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where the pair walked away with a silver and bronze medal. In this episode you'll hear about the challenges Helen has faced in the last 18 months, her hopes for the games and life while studying and training for the Paralympics.
MetCast Episode 33 - Olympics: Transgender athletes
9:41On 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 Metropolitan University's Institute of Sport about the current rules and regulations and the science behind the International Olympic Committee's transgender guidelines. Feedback is always welcome, as are reviews and ratings on iTunes, so please head there to let us know what you think. If you’d like to contact us – or feel you’ve got a story we should cover – please get in touch via [email protected]