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Black Future Dr

Showcasing the experiences of black doctoral students in the UK

Black Future Dr is a brand new podcast dedicated to showcasing the experiences of black and black mixed doctoral students in the UK (including those pursuing PhDs, as well as professional and medical doctorates). Episode
Latest Episode5/10/2021

Doing a PhD in Law, with Rees Johnson

Season 1, Ep. 2
Episode trigger warnings: Mental health, mentions of substance abuse and domestic violence.In this episode, I have a chat with Rees Johnson who is studying for a PhD in Law at the University of Manchester. We touch on Foucault, have a bit of a discussion about the subject of assisted dying, but mainly we focus on supervision, which is a key component of all PhD projects. We speak about some of the challenges Rees has faced in supervision, how he overcame them, and how his experiences have changed him and his plans for the future.Guest speaker bioRees Johnson is a final year PhD student in the Department of Law at the University of Manchester. His PhD is self-funded and examines the ideological and historical contexts of assisted death. He applies a critical historiographical method to uncover the machinations of power that underpin the debate and that are so often overlooked within the conventional narrative of assisted death.Prior to attending the University of Manchester, Rees graduated Newcastle University with a Distinction and 80% in his dissertation that examined European nature conservation law through an accommodationist lens. Alongside his PhD, Rees also sits as a the found Chair of the Manchester Think Tank, a student led consortium of PGR/PGT researchers from the University of Manchester, Man Met and Salford University. Rees also actively campaigns for widening participation within legal doctoral study through the Black Legal Scholarship Fund. You can follow this initiative on Twitter (@BLSFund).Host bioNina Higson-Sweeney is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. Her PhD is funded by the ESRC through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership, and she is using mixed methods to explore the symptom of fatigue within adolescent depression. Prior to her PhD, Nina completed a BSc in Psychology and a MSc Health Psychology at the University of the West of England. Nina has contributed to several peer-reviewed journal articles throughout her degrees, exploring topics such as depression, CFS/ME, HIV, and loneliness and mental health in children and young people. You can follow her on Twitter (@n_higsonsweeney) and ResearchGate.CreditsFunding for this podcast is provided by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (@_SWDTP on Twitter).Cover art is by the talented Hannah Balogun (@hannah_balogun on Instagram).Intro music is ‘I Was Messed Up (Instrumental Version)’ by Ella Faye, from Epidemic Sound.Outro music is ‘Stereo (Instrumental Version)’ by Ella Faye, from Epidemic Sound.
5/10/2021

Doing a PhD in Law, with Rees Johnson

Season 1, Ep. 2
Episode trigger warnings: Mental health, mentions of substance abuse and domestic violence.In this episode, I have a chat with Rees Johnson who is studying for a PhD in Law at the University of Manchester. We touch on Foucault, have a bit of a discussion about the subject of assisted dying, but mainly we focus on supervision, which is a key component of all PhD projects. We speak about some of the challenges Rees has faced in supervision, how he overcame them, and how his experiences have changed him and his plans for the future.Guest speaker bioRees Johnson is a final year PhD student in the Department of Law at the University of Manchester. His PhD is self-funded and examines the ideological and historical contexts of assisted death. He applies a critical historiographical method to uncover the machinations of power that underpin the debate and that are so often overlooked within the conventional narrative of assisted death.Prior to attending the University of Manchester, Rees graduated Newcastle University with a Distinction and 80% in his dissertation that examined European nature conservation law through an accommodationist lens. Alongside his PhD, Rees also sits as a the found Chair of the Manchester Think Tank, a student led consortium of PGR/PGT researchers from the University of Manchester, Man Met and Salford University. Rees also actively campaigns for widening participation within legal doctoral study through the Black Legal Scholarship Fund. You can follow this initiative on Twitter (@BLSFund).Host bioNina Higson-Sweeney is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. Her PhD is funded by the ESRC through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership, and she is using mixed methods to explore the symptom of fatigue within adolescent depression. Prior to her PhD, Nina completed a BSc in Psychology and a MSc Health Psychology at the University of the West of England. Nina has contributed to several peer-reviewed journal articles throughout her degrees, exploring topics such as depression, CFS/ME, HIV, and loneliness and mental health in children and young people. You can follow her on Twitter (@n_higsonsweeney) and ResearchGate.CreditsFunding for this podcast is provided by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (@_SWDTP on Twitter).Cover art is by the talented Hannah Balogun (@hannah_balogun on Instagram).Intro music is ‘I Was Messed Up (Instrumental Version)’ by Ella Faye, from Epidemic Sound.Outro music is ‘Stereo (Instrumental Version)’ by Ella Faye, from Epidemic Sound.
5/3/2021

Doing a PhD in Psychology, with Lateesha Osbourne

Season 1, Ep. 1
Welcome to the very first episode of Black Future Dr! In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing a great friend and mentor, Lateesha Osbourne. Lateesha is currently finishing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Bath, which is focused on exploring the experiences and identities of black undergraduates at the university. In this episode we discuss her research, but mostly we focus on Lateesha’s non-traditional journey to a PhD, how she navigated the application process, and what she has learnt along the way. If you’re looking for some sound advice or words of wisdom, look no further!Guest speaker bioLateesha is a doctoral researcher and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant. Her doctoral research focuses on Black students’ identity and sense of belonging in higher education. She uses qualitative methods to focus on how social identities are constructed, negotiated and threatened in different social contexts. Lateesha is a psychologist whose expertise includes gender, race, sexuality and other equalities communities.Lateesha specialises in BAME engagement and has conducted interviews and focus groups with students and staff. She is experienced in facilitating open, honest and strategic discussions which identify key issues affecting the BAME community. Her knowledge of specific race equality issues has seen Lateesha liaise with key stakeholders to recommend, influence and inform Widening Participation and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies.Prior to her PhD, Lateesha completed a BA in Communication and Media at Bournemouth University and an MA in Gender Studies at SOAS. In her spare time she is a mentor for young women who want to pursue Higher Education. You can follow Lateesha on Twitter (@LTeesha) and connect with her on LinkedIn.Host bioNina Higson-Sweeney is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. Her PhD is funded by the ESRC through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership, and she is using mixed methods to explore the symptom of fatigue within adolescent depression. Prior to her PhD, Nina completed a BSc in Psychology and a MSc Health Psychology at the University of the West of England. Nina has contributed to several peer-reviewed journal articles throughout her degrees, exploring topics such as depression, CFS/ME, HIV, and loneliness and mental health in children and young people. You can follow her on Twitter (@n_higsonsweeney) and ResearchGate.Links to organisationsIf you want to check out the African-Caribbean Research Collective, you can join us here.CreditsFunding for this podcast is provided by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (@_SWDTP on Twitter).Cover art is by the talented Hannah Balogun (@hannah_balogun on Instagram).Intro music is ‘I Was Messed Up (Instrumental Version)’ by Ella Faye, from Epidemic Sound.Outro music is ‘Stereo (Instrumental Version)’ by Ella Faye, from Epidemic Sound.
4/1/2021

Black Future Dr Promo Trailer

Season 100
Black Future Dr is a brand new podcast dedicated to showcasing the experiences of black and black mixed doctoral students in the UK (including those pursuing PhDs, as well as professional and medical doctorates).This is a promo trailer with some snippets from interviews you can expect to hear from our guests (featuring Lateesha Osbourne, Alanah Mortlock, Louisa Brotherson, Adewale Kukoyi, and Rees Johnson).The first full episode will be released on Monday 3rd May 2021, and will be released weekly going forwards.Until then, you can keep up to date with us by following us on Twitter @BlackFutureDr. Host bioNina Higson-Sweeney is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. Her PhD is funded by the ESRC through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership, and she is using mixed methods to explore the symptom of fatigue within adolescent depression. Prior to her PhD, Nina completed a BSc in Psychology and a MSc Health Psychology at the University of the West of England. Nina has contributed to several peer-reviewed journal articles throughout her degrees, exploring topics such as depression, CFS/ME, HIV, and loneliness and mental health in children and young people. You can follow her on Twitter (@n_higsonsweeney) and ResearchGate.Funding for this podcast is provided by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (@_SWDTP).Cover art is by the talented Hannah Balogun (@hannah_balogun).Music is ‘I Was Messed Up (Instrumental Version)’ by Ella Faye, from Epidemic Sounds.