In the FST podcast, weekly one to one interviews allow a more in depth discussion of both topics being explored in Foundation events, and one-off discussions with senior figures across science, research, technology and innovation. It's available here, and can also be accessed on the main podcast hosting platforms.

We would welcome ideas for potential podcast topics or interviewees - please contact Gavin Costigan (

Professor Tansy Jessop - Online higher education

In this podcast, Professor Tansy Jessop, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol, discusses online teaching and learning in universities, including the question of what does high quality look like, student outcomes, and the wider student experience.

Stephanie Smith - Research policy

In this podcast, Stephanie Smith, Head of Policy for Research & International, Russell Group, discusses UK research policy, levelling up R&D expenditure, and the contribution of the UK research to tackling coronavirus.

Priya Guha - the innovation ecosystem and UKRI

In this podcast, Priya Guha, Venture Partner, Merian Ventures and a Council Member of Innovate UK, discusses the UK innovation system, scale-ups and ensuring the innovation system is inclusive.

Lizzie Crowley - Skills resilience

In this podcast, Lizzie Crowley, Senior Skills Advisor, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), discusses workplace skills and how they are changing, including human skills and life long learning.

Professor Gerry McKenna - R&D in Northern Ireland

In this podcast, Professor Gerry McKenna, Senior Vice-President, Royal Irish Academy, discusses R&D in Northern Ireland, including levelling up and the R&D roadmap, and EU Structural funds and implications of Brexit.

Stephen Phipson, MakeUK - Skills resilience

In this podcast Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive, MakeUK discusses skills resilience, retraining at work, and the role of MakeUK.

Dr Stuart Fancey - The R&D Roadmap and implications for research in Scotland

In this podcast, Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council, discusses the implications for research in Scotland of UK Government’s R&D Roadmap and the co-ordination between Scottish and UK Governments.

Professor Richard Jones - R&D Roadmap and Levelling Up across the UK

In this podcast, Professor Richard Jones, Professor of Materials Physics and Innovation Policy at the University of Manchester discusses the variation of R&D intensity across the UK and the link between R&D and economic performance.

Dr Michael Short - Science and evidence in international trade

In this podcast, Dr Michael Short, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for International Trade discusses the role of science and evidence in international trade. Including DIT’s “Areas of Research Interest”, what makes a good trade agreement, and trade and the environment.

Professor Judith Petts CBE - University teaching during Covid-19

In this podcast, Professor Judith Petts CBE, University of Plymouth Vice-Chancellor, discusses preparing for the new academic year in times of Covid – including arrangements for teaching and learning, student wellbeing and the effect of the A-Level exam issues.