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Pathways Podcast

Pathways is the Warwick Chemistry podcast that explores our people, our work, and what life is like in our amazing department. Whether you're thinking of studying with us, have graduated, or are somewhere in between, we'll be uploading different episodes each month.

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In the latest episode, Tom takes the reins in a special session with an external co-design and co-creation expert (Tom Baines) we have a special episode. Together they discuss and reflect on their paper at the RAISE 2023 (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement). RAISE is a worldwide network of staff and students in Higher Education who work to research and promote Student Engagement. The RAISE Conference took place on September 6-7th 2023 at the University of Leeds with a focus on ‘a sense of belonging’. They ran a session together, with the title ‘Designing with, not just for: Inclusive and design-led student engagement’, which had over 60 people attend, representing a range of roles and universities, as well as those from private, public, and third sector organisations. In the session, participants spoke about barriers to co-design in Higher Education and the impact that the 'We are Chemistry' programme has had on the student experience at Warwick. A transcript for this episode can be found here.

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In the first episode of a brand new season of Pathways, recent graduate Jess joins Adam and Tom to reflect on the past year's 'We are Chemistry' programme, discussing their highlights and lowlights from 2022/23. They also provide a sneak peek into the new opportunities that await in the 2023/24 academic year, including new co-designed student-led activities, a brand new Chemistry Student Common Room, and a new careers support and development stream. Tune in to get a comprehensive overview of what's in store for Warwick Chemistry in the upcoming year through the We are Chemistry programme, including our projects around empowering Women Chemists, supporting Black Chemists through Project InVISIBLE, and our work on a project with King's College and the University of York to provide greater support and resources for neurodiverse students and staff. As with all our podcasts, the topics are chosen by you, so if you have any ideas for what you would like to hear in the future, or want to host a podcast with some friends, get in touch! A transcript for this episode can be found here

Meet the team behind the mic

As we head into the new academic year, we welcome new faces to the podcast team. Meet them here:

Dr Tom Ritchie

Dr Tom Ritchie

Assistant Professor and Director of Student Experience.

Could you be our new host?

We need a new student to host the podcast and help us come with ideas for what to talk about.

Email us at if you're interested. We will organise and edit the podcast sessions, so you can focus on ideas and hosting.

Adam Alcock

Adam Alcock

Student Engagement and Experience Coordinator

Resources and feedback


We'll be covering a wide range of themes. The below will signpost you to useful resources.


We always like to hear what you think and welcome feedback. You can reach us via email to share your thoughts.

Got an idea for a topic or would like to join us on the Podcast? Get in touch and let us know!