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In conversation with podcast – Bath Spa University

In this podcast series, Bath Spa academics discuss how their research addresses contemporary issues, such as employability, the environment and beyond

The 'In conversation with...' podcast series emerged from a desire to make academic research more accessible to a wider audience, especially our current and prospective students.

By showcasing exciting initiatives and the work carried out by our Research Centres, we want to inspire our students to think about ways in which they can get involved in addressing current issues, even before they begin their studies with us.

Podcast episodes

Episode one - How does Bath Spa equip its students with creative media skills?

Employers value creative media skills, especially when it comes to creative careers, such as communications, advertising or design. So how does Bath Spa ensure that its graduates are equipped with vital digital skills?

In this episode, we're in conversation with Professor Kate Pullinger, the Director of the Centre for Culture and Creative Industries (CCCI).

Kate talks about The Southwest Creative Technology Network, a government initiative that has received £6.4m worth of funding to shape the way digital technologies are used across the South West to inspire new forms of creative digital media. As one of its leading partners, Bath Spa will be able to provide a wealth of opportunities for our graduates.

Episode two - How can Bath Spa students get involved in addressing environmental issues?

It’s no news that we are in the midst of an environmental crisis. With the impending threat of climate change, issues of sustainability and our environment are no longer a realm relegated only to scientists, biologists and geographers - these are challenges faced by us all. 

In this episode, we're in conversation with Professor Kate Rigby, Director of our Research Centre for Environmental Humanities (RCEH) and author of Dancing with Disaster. We discuss the ways in which Bath Spa, a Green Focus University, seeks to foster a global and ethically aware mindset in all its students. 

Kate also shares some exciting projects that our students have been getting involved with, and discusses the little known option - available for all undergraduates - to study an open module in Sustainability alongside their main subject.

Episode three - How can we work together to solve environmental problems?

Can humanities scholars, artists, writers, natural and social scientists work together to produce ethical, creative, historically informed and culturally sensitive responses to environmental issues?

Our Research Centre for Environmental Humanities (RCEH) believes this is possible. In this episode of the podcast series, we're again in conversation with Professor Kate Rigby, Director of RCEH and author of Dancing with Disaster.

There's a number of environmental issues facing the world, including air pollution, habitat destruction and sustainable development. Kate shares the latest news about the Centre’s initiatives that are already making a positive impact in society.

A featured project discussed is Hydrocitizenship, an initiative funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which investigated and contributed to ways in which communities live with each other and their environment in relation to water.

Episode four - What creative careers are open to you, if you study a creative writing degree?

As a University that delivers one of the best creative writing courses in the UK, we're aware that many students ask what creative writing degree careers would be open to them after graduating.

Whether you're interested in creative writing for children, or you wish to take up studies in travel writing, our courses will equip you with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, opening the doors to an array of creative careers in such areas as communications, new and digital media, or advertising.

In this episode, we're in conversation with Lucy Sweetman, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and author of Exploring Consensual Leadership in Higher Education: Co-operation, Collaboration and Partnership that was recently published by Bloomsbury. We discuss the importance of creativity and collaboration, and how Bath Spa nurtures these vital skills in all its students.

Lucy also talks about the impact of Paper Nations, an initiative supported by the Arts Council England, with an aim to change the state of creative writing for young people and schools all across the UK. Paper Nations sits within our Research Centre for Transnational Creativity and Education (TRACE)

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