Academic Podcasting

Podcasting is one of the most successful activites at the University of Oxford in terms of online outreach and impact on a global scale. This year we reached a total of 20 million downloads from our ItunesU site, and new items continue to be added every day. The collection currently includes more than 5,000 items.

These awards are for the people who make this possible by helping to keep a steady stream of unique, up-to-date, inspirational, research-led content flowing in from departments and units.

Our winners are all creators of open educational resources (OER), which means that the podcasts are given freely under Creative Commons licences.

We couldn’t do it without you!

Ida Persson, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society: COMPAS Podcasts

The mission of COMPAS – the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society – is to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research in the field of migration. The mobility of people is now firmly recognised as a key dimension shaping society today, but the relationship between migration and societal change is only partly understood. Research at COMPAS is geared to deepen the understanding of this relationship, and the Centre has core funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

Ida Persson is Research and Communications Officer at COMPAS. She is responsible for organising the department’s external events, maintaining its website, and maintaining its social media profile. She also provides research assistance for the European Migrant Integration Academy project. Before joining COMPAS Ida worked as Events Officer at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Ida is responsible for recording, cataloguing, and editing the COMPAS collection of podcasts, which now has 83 items and is steadily clocking up 20,000 downloads all over the world.

Rebecca Edwards, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Reuters Institute podcasts

Reuters Institute is Oxford University’s international research centre in the comparative study of news media. It has 65 podcasts in its feed, recorded and supplied by Rebecca Edwards.

The Institute’s podcasts have amassed nearly 50,00o downloads in two years. They are all released under Creative Commons licences, sometimes following some tricky paperwork to gather permissions from their many high-profile visiting speakers.

Lucy Crittendon, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict: ELAC Podcasts

Lucy gathers recordings of seminars and events held at the Institute and adds them to their website, from where they are copied into the ItunesU feed. The Institute has  88 items in its feed which reach an wide audience. Downloads now total more than 700,000 since 2009.


Wilma Minty, Bodeleian Library: Bodleian Events Podcasts

Wilma works as Events Officer in the Bodleian Library and is amazingly supportive in working with the IT Services Podcasting team. Her work includes helping us to record many VIP lectures and exhibitions at the Bodleian, and dealing with the paperwork to obtain permission from speakers to release their material.


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