Research Reimagined Podcast Series

10 Episodes

By: Nottingham Trent University

Get closer to the researchers who inspire change and find answers to the questions that really matter to you.

Ep.27 - Unveiling the unknown: exploring conspiracy theories and their appeal

From fake moon landings and alien encounters to history’s most talked-about assassinations, conspiracy theories capture our imagination and encourage us to question our understanding of the world. But have you ever stopped to think about why conspiracy theories are so popular, or the risks that come with them? In this eye-opening episode of the Re:search Re:imagined podcast, we delve into the fascinating world of conspiracy theories and their impact on society.

Join us as we talk to Senior Lecturer, Darel Cookson from the School of Social Sciences. Darel’s research focuses on understanding why peop...

Ep.26 - From the Polling Booths to Parliament: Decoding the next UK General Election

The next UK General Election has been announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and is set to take place on Thursday 4 July. But what exactly happens in a General Election, and what happens afterwards? In this episode, our political experts from the School of Social Sciences, Dr Tom Caygill and Dr Matthew Mokhefi-Ashton break down the entire process.

Listen as they explain how political parties campaign to win our votes, how voting works, and how a new government is formed once elected. Join us as we explore constituencies, voting systems, and exit polls, and gain a deeper...

Ep.25 - Managing wellbeing at work: are we thriving or just surviving?

Mental health issues can affect one in for people at some point in their lives, and can have a profound influence on employee welfare – often leading to prolonged absences from the workplace. Amidst the prevalence of hybrid working, what actions can employees, managers and employers take to support mental health in the workplace?

In this episode of the Re:search Re:imagined podcast, we sit down with Zara Whysall and Steve Brown from Nottingham Business School, who offer actionable insights and guidance on fostering a positive culture of mental health in the workplace.

Zara is an...

Ep.24 - Written in the stars: exploring the influence of the sky on art, science and culture

In this episode, we’re delving into the wonders of space and exploring the intersections between science, art and culture. We’re joined by Dr Dan Brown, an astronomer from Nottingham Trent University who oversees the university’s observatory and planetarium.

We spend nearly half of our time under the open sky – it’s a canvas that has inspired humanity since the beginning of time. But how does it influence us, and how do we engage with the sky?

Dan will be guiding us through the connections we have as humans with the sky and the creati...

Ep.23 - Understanding the menopause: from lab to life

The menopause journey represents a significant time within the female lifespan. For some this may be a relatively straightforward process, but for others, the menopause can be very challenging. Most females are likely to experience menopause, yet it remains a topic that is rarely spoken about — by the females experiencing it and the health professionals trying to support them.

In the weeks following the Equality and Human Rights Commission announcing their new guidance for employers on their legal obligations to those experiencing menopause, we shed light on the physiological changes that happen during the transition - what ha...

Ep.22 - Hidden voices: Promoting equity and justice for the LGBTQ+ community

In this episode, we speak with Dr Beth Jones, Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Psychology, and Liam Cahill, Lecturer in LGBTQ+ Psychology. Both Liam and Beth are part of Nottingham Trent University’s LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing Research Group and share their insights on why it’s so important to celebrate and give a voice to those within the community.

The media has influenced public opinion of those in the community and it plays an influential role in shaping attitudes towards sexual and gender minority people in general. In recent years, new TV shows like Netflix’s Hear...

Ep.21 - A pint of British Culture: Toasting the history of the public house

The origin of pubs can be identified in the taverns of Roman Britain and the alehouses of Anglo-Saxon times, but today the nation’s pubs are closing at an alarming rate, with over 400 lost in the UK in 2002 alone. Even Wetherspoons have been left feeling the pressure, putting 32 pubs up for sale in recent years.

But with more and more pubs closing, are we losing something more significant than just a place to drink? Dr Claire Markham of NTU's School of Social Sciences has been researching the rural pub for over 13 years and explores the importance of th...

Ep.20 - A beginner’s guide to cryptocurrency: what is it and how does it work?

Ever since Bitcoin was launched in 2009, there's been a lot of chatter about cryptocurrencies, and interest in how these digital currencies can impact our daily lives has been steadily growing.

The landscape is now populated by thousands of cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin, the most actively traded cryptocurrency, has soared in price by 160 percent this month to a 20-month high of $44,000 (Financial Times, December 2023).

There's a prevailing notion that digital currencies like Bitcoin might eventually replace traditional methods of buying and selling goods and services.

But how are cryptocurrencies actually created? Are they a fad or...

Ep.19 - Anti-Bullying Week 2023: Banter and belonging – when does banter cross the line?

Research shows that friendly teasing can foster a stronger sense of belonging. Banter, described as an interactive way of bonding, is usually perceived as fun between friends and is common in many environments, from education to the workplace. It’s also been regarded by many sports leaders and coaches as a way of developing strong connections and promoting team unity. We see this in sports clubs and teams at universities - banter is often regarded as the “glue” bonding team mates together, representing trust and camaraderie.

However, banter isn't always positive; sometimes, it can be used to mask m...

Ep.18 - Anti-Bullying Week 2023 – Banter vs Bullying: influencing classroom culture (Teacher’s special)

In this episode of the Re:search Re:imagined podcast, we're joined by experts Lucy Betts and Oonagh Steer from NTU's School of Social Sciences. Together, they explore ways in which teachers can foster open conversations among children and young people about banter, encouraging them to consider how jokes might be perceived differently than intended. The episode also delves into the ambiguous nature of banter, emphasising how factors such as context can be important in determining meaning behind messaging. In this episode, we’re also joined by Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Martha Evans, who provides an oversight into th...