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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 60: FIFA World Cup: Why is Qatar 2022 so controversial?
To mark the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, we spoke to Dr Paul Brannagan, Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management at Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport, about the controversies that have surrounded Qatar 2022 since it won the bid to host the tournament in 2010.  Dr Brannagan is the co-author of the book 'Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Politics, Controversy and Change'. In this episode of MetCast, we discuss why this World Cup is so controversial, the political motivations of Qatar, whether this was a good move for FIFA as a business, changes we have seen in the country,  and what the future might hold for Qatar. 
24:01 11/18/2022
MetCast Episode 59: COP27 - Can bioplastics provide a solution for plastic pollution?
To mark the final day of COP27 – the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference – we spoke to Research Associate, Dr Carly Fletcher, about the potential for bioplastics to help reduce the impacts of plastic pollution. Bioplastics are plastics made from biological substances as opposed to petroleum or are materials that can biodegrade – making them more sustainable than conventional plastic materials, which are causing a great deal of harm to the planet. Dr Fletcher discusses the project she is involved in, which is looking at how bioplastic products can be developed and implemented in a safe and sustainable way. 
08:57 11/17/2022
MetCast Episode 58: Esme Morgan - football and beyond
In this episode of MetCast we speak to Esme Morgan, Manchester City Women's Football Club defender, and Manchester Metropolitan University BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science student.  Esme recently made her England national team debut and will be back with the squad again for their upcoming friendlies.  We caught up with her to discuss not just being called up to play for England, but also her experience playing for her home team Manchester City.  We also find out how she manages to fit in her studies around a full-time football career, and how she hopes her degree will support her not only whilst playing, but beyond football. 
13:59 11/10/2022
MetCast Episode 57: Working at the Rugby League World Cup
With the 2021 Rugby League World Cup about to begin, we speak to two students from the University's Master of Sport Directorship programme about their roles in the sport of rugby league. We are joined by Danny Kazandjian, Secretary General of International Rugby League, and Doug Hammond, the England Men's First Team Doctor, as we look ahead to the tournament and find out more about their careers and university experiences.
30:55 10/14/2022
MetCast Episode 56: Supporting businesses
As businesses across the country face a range of challenges, Manchester Met's support continues to help organisations to adapt, innovate and grow. In this episode of MetCast we are joined by Ann Mulhaney from the University's Centre for Enterprise, along with Dawn Duggan from the GC Business Growth Hub and the owners of digital platform company Niftyz.io and fast-food chain Archies. We discover how support from the University has helped them navigate challenges and grow their organisations. 
19:25 10/11/2022
MetCast Episode 55: The history and future of netball
Ahead of the semi-finals of the netball tournament at the Commonwealth Games, we are joined by a panel of some of the sport's key figures. Dr Sam Oldfield from the University's Institute of Sport discusses her research into the history of the game, with the President of England Netball, Joan Mills, explaining the vision for the future. The former President of England Netball, Lindsay Satori, also joins us alongside Man Met alumna Imogen Greatbatch who now leads England Netball's volunteering.
24:51 08/05/2022
MetCast Episode 54: Commonwealth Games 2022: Shot putter and alumna Adele Nicoll
Before the start of the Commonwealth Games 2022, we caught up with Adele Nicoll, shot putter and Manchester Metropolitan alumna who will be representing Team Wales at the Games. Adele talks about recently becoming a champion at the British Championships in Manchester, as well as her experience on the Team GB bobsleigh team at the Beijing Winter Olympics. She also talks about her hopes for the Commonwealth Games and gives an insight into the training and preparation of an elite athlete.
19:25 08/03/2022
MetCast Episode 53: Commonwealth Games 2022: Swimmer and former sports scholar Chloe Golding
To mark the start of the Commonwealth Games 2022, we talk to Chloe Golding, backstroke swimmer and former sports scholar at Manchester Metropolitan who won a place at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Chloe looks back on her experience of competing in the 200m backstroke heats at her first Commonwealth Games at just 19. She talks about what she has learned from this experience, how our sports scholarship programme supported with her competitions and degree course, and how she is now helping to support athletes in her current role as Performance Lifestyle Officer at Manchester Metropolitan.
14:38 07/28/2022
MetCast Episode 52: The impact of major sporting events
In this episode of MetCast, we speak with Dr Paul Brannagan, Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy at the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport about how nation states and brands use sport and sporting events as a vehicle to gain soft power and boost their country's reputation and their social, political and economical goals. With the Tour de France coming to an end, Dr Brannagan discusses how the event might be used in the same way, and more generally on how and why world leaders do this and whether it works.
18:51 07/22/2022
Tour de France: The psychology of a mountain stage
With the Tour de France 2022 well underway, and competitors about to embark on an epic climb up Alpe d'Huez, we discuss the psychology involved in a mountain stage and how cyclists prepare for the ultimate test of endurance.  We speak to Dr Ben Marshall, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University's Institute of Sport, who as well as an expert sports psychologist is also a huge cycling fan. 
17:41 07/14/2022
MetCast Episode 50: Met Magazine
Issue 10 of Met Magazine includes a number of features about our latest research and stories from some of our alumni about life after Manchester Metropolitan University. In this episode of MetCast, hear some of the interviews that made up the latest edition, including on our research into healthy ageing, climate adaptation, the Manchester Voices project, the impact of COVID-19 on the theatre industry and interviews with some of our elite athletes.
37:15 07/08/2022
Wimbledon - What impact does competing have on bone health?
With Wimbledon 2022 well underway, we discuss the impacts that competing in elite level tennis is having on the bones of players.  With players such as Rafael Nadal recently suffering from bone injuries that have effected their performance, we wanted to talk to Dr Alex Ireland from the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport, about his research in this area, and the work he has done with tennis players around bone health.     
11:52 07/07/2022
MetCast Episode 48: Wimbledon - How the evolution of the tennis racket has changed the game
In this episode of MetCast, we discuss the history of the tennis racket, its mechanics, and importantly, how this has changed the game of tennis through the years.  Dr Tom Allen, Senior Lecturer in Sports Engineering at the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport, explains how the transformation of the racket, including the evolution of its shape and the materials used to make it, have changed the pace of the game as well as the gameplay of competitors.   He also explains what the future of the tennis racket, and game, might look like. 
11:35 07/04/2022
MetCast Episode 47: Winter Olympics: At the games with former sport scholar and British bobsleigh reserve Adele Nicoll
In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester Metropolitan University's Institute of Sport is influencing sporting performance and supporting healthy living. In this episode, we talk to Adele Nicoll, MSc Psychology graduate, former sport scholar and current British bobsleigh reserve. Adele started as a ShotPut athlete until an impressive training video on Instagram in 2020 led her to be scouted by the British bobsleigh team. Sixteen months later, Adele is now a Bobsleigh World Cup silver medalist and is part of the British team at the Winter Olympics as a reserve. She talks about her journey from the shot put field to the bobsleigh track, her experience so far, how she did all of this while studying for her degree and her hopes for the future.
15:12 02/17/2022
MetCast Episode 46: Winter Olympics: Sports apparel
In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester Metropolitan University's Institute of Sport is influencing sporting performance and supporting healthy living. In this episode, we talk to Sarah Collins, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Technology, about the different types of sports apparel that we will see athletes wearing at the Winter Olympic games. Sarah Collins talks about the different design, styles and fashions as well as discussing how this technical clothing can help with performance.
14:17 02/16/2022
MetCast Episode 45: Winter Olympics: Sport psychology
In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester Metropolitan University's Institute of Sport is influencing sporting performance and supporting healthy living. In this episode, we talk to sports psychologist Dr Martin Turner  about how winter athletes mentally prepare for the Olympic Games and how mental visualisation can help them land perfect routine or recover from a fall.  
14:22 02/14/2022
MetCast Episode 44: Winter Olympics: Sports nutrition
In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester Metropolitan University's Institute of Sport is influencing sporting performance and supporting healthy living. In this episode, we talk to sports nutrition experts Dr James Cameron and Ozcan Esen about how winter athletes get themselves in peak condition to compete.  They give rare insight into the different challenges of fuelling for winter sports, including the role of sports nutritionists in helping athletes contend with high altitude, low temperatures and dehydration.  They also discuss how nutrition and psychology can interact, and how to help an athlete combat race day nerves before the biggest event of their lives. 
18:17 02/11/2022
MetCast Episode 43: Winter Olympics: Sports technology
In our latest series of episodes of MetCast, we’re looking at the Winter Olympics and exploring how expertise and research from Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport is influencing sporting performance and supporting healthy living. In this episode, we talk to Dr Thomas Allen, Senior Lecturer in Sports Engineering, about the emerging trends in the sports equipment and technology we will see showcased at the Winter Olympics games. Dr Allen talks about how new technology can help athletes with their training, improve performance and reduce injuries. We also discuss some of the latest trends in consumer products linked to the sports we will see at the games and how people can be inspired to take up a new sport.
09:07 02/07/2022
MetCast Episode 42: Improving health in the UK
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 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. 
12:25 01/18/2022
MetCast Episode 41: Fertility journeys in the workplace
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 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.  
14:10 11/24/2021
MetCast Episode 40 – COP26: Saving the Amazon to capture carbon
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 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.
11:05 11/10/2021
MetCast Episode 39 – COP26: How and why Greater Manchester must adapt to the risks brought by climate change
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 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.     
11:01 11/08/2021
MetCast Episode 38 – COP26: Learning how to live cleaner and greener through Carbon Literacy
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 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.
13:48 11/04/2021
MetCast Episode 37 - What will be announced in the Autumn Budget?
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 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 content@mmu.ac.uk.
17:19 10/25/2021
MetCast Episode 36: Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre experts discuss UK Hydrogen Strategy
In 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. 
18:06 09/20/2021
MetCast Episode 35: Alumna and coaching director Jackie Newton on preparing athletes for the Olympics and Paralympics
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 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. 
23:10 09/01/2021
MetCast Episode 34 - Paralympics: Student and track cyclist Helen Scott
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 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.
12:27 08/23/2021
MetCast Episode 33 - Olympics: Transgender athletes
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 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 content@mmu.ac.uk.
09:41 08/02/2021
MetCast Episode 32 – Olympics: The running shoe revolution
In this episode of MetCast we chat to Dr Thomas Allen from Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport about the latest technology in running shoes and running spikes which could break new records at the Olympics. Over recent years shoe technology has jumped ahead with innovations such as carbon plates in the shoes and feather-light materials. They’re not without their critics, however. What makes them so special, are they fair and do they actually make a difference?
15:25 07/29/2021
MetCast Episode 31 – At the games with sport science alumna and Grenada Olympic swimming coach Valencia Nathaly Sihera
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 from the Caribbean island nation at their first games, Kimberley Ince who has since competed in the 100m backstroke and Delron Felix, who has since competed in the 100m freestyle. In this episode you'll hear everything from Valencia's time at Manchester Met to the challenges and hopes for the Grenada swimming team – and what life has been like out in Tokyo.
15:44 07/27/2021