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PhD Chats: Diversity and Inclusion

PhD Chats: Diversity and Inclusion

By PhD Chats
This podcast seeks to give a platform to students and educators to discuss the lack of diversity in postgraduate education. This lack is often the result of institutional and societal barriers which inhibit access to postgraduate education. With this podcast we hope to give individuals with experience of these issues a voice to shed light on these barriers. By making those involved in postgraduate research more aware of D&I issues, we can begin to tackle them at a grassroots and institutional level by inspiring volunteers, activists and those in positions of authority to make a change.
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A UK Student Experience with Simran Kukran
The aim of this podcast is to give a platform to students and educators who have experience with the barriers to Diversity and Inclusion in postgraduate education. For the third episode of this series, we chat to Simran Kukran, a UK student currently doing her PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College London. Simran shares with us some of the challenges she faced with regards to diversity and inclusion in university, as someone who comes from a state school background and as a woman of colour in STEM. Simran also emphasises the importance of outreach, and we discuss how we could help foster a sense of belonging and aspiration for students who are from less privileged backgrounds. 
50:56
March 25, 2021
An Academic Perspective with Dr. Ben Britton
The aim of this podcast is to give a platform to students and educators who have experience with the barriers to diversity and inclusion in postgraduate education. In this episode, we chat to Dr. Ben Britton, an associate professor in Materials, who shares his views and opinions on diversity and inclusion in academia, from the standpoint of an established academic. As a staunch and outspoken advocate of Diversity and Inclusion, he speaks about barriers both financial and socio-political in nature, highlighting the issue of postgraduate application fees, touches on topics such as the idea of being 'token' and offers advice to prospective PhD students.
29:33
March 25, 2021
An International Student Experience with JanMell Dugenio
The aim of this podcast is to give a platform to students and educators who have experience with the barriers to diversity and inclusion in postgraduate education. In this episode, web chat to JanMell Dugenio, an international student from the Philippines. JanMell shares her journey from applying for a PhD position, to emigrating from her home country, and the challenges she faced along the way. She describes how international student fees posed as a real barrier to her inclusion in the program and what this means to prospective international students outside the EU and from developing countries, like her.
28:05
March 25, 2021
PhD Chats: Diversity and Inclusion - The Introduction
In this episode, hosts Aoife, Amanz and Becky introduce ourselves and the themes of the podcast. We chat about our backgrounds, why we're here, and explain how getting into a PhD program typically works in our experience.
07:08
March 25, 2021
PhD Chats: Diversity and Inclusion - The Trailer
What does a PhD student look like to you? In the UK, the average PhD student is a white male aged 25-29 years old with no known disability. In fact, BAME students make up just 17% of full-time postgraduate research roles in the UK, despite approximately 35% postgraduate students coming from outside the EU. This disparity is often the result of institutional and societal barriers inhibiting access to postgraduate education. We often assume the applicant has a strong familial base, no dependents, savings for application and relocation fees etc, which isn’t always the case and therefore creates a barrier.  In this trailer, we present snippets of our interviews with several individuals who have experience with these issues, shedding light on the barriers to diversity and inclusion in postgraduate education.
05:02
March 25, 2021