Groans, drones, and Game of Thrones

What’s in the box? That’s right – a drone! (More on that later.)

This month has certainly been interesting. For the first half, it was all about the EU Referendum. Fortunately for me, one University of Leicester Financial Economics professor just so happens to be the former governor of the Bank of Cyprus. Pre-referendum, Professor Panicos Demetriades explained to me what a British exit could mean for the UK economy and why he can’t see a good side to Britain leaving the EU:

I also spoke to his colleague Dr Sarah Lemos also why leaving is bad for Britain, and Pascale Lorber from the Leicester Law School who told me how leaving the EU could affect workers’ rights.

This month also saw the launch of the PROUD Podcast (finally)! After producing the pilot four months ago, the first episode is now live, highlighting the university’s corporate social responsibility activities. Rather than tell you what each of the letters in PROUD stand for, I’ll leave you with the episode so that you can hear for yourself:

One PhD student is hoping for a little bit of luck in the next coming months as a project co-produced by her has been nominated for a National Lottery Award.

“Slave Trade Legacies: The Colour of Money” is nominated in the heritage category and beat off more than 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage.

History PhD student Helen Bates co-produced the Heritage Lottery funded community history project with Bright Ideas Nottingham.

Here’s Helen telling me more about the project:

It’s believed that half a million children in Britain have been misdiagnosed with asthma. While some tools to help with diagnosis already exist, current tests are neither perfect nor applicable to children under the age of five, and this is why the University of Leicester is looking for better alternatives in the E-NOSE study.

Funded by both the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association and the Medical Research Council, the E-NOSE project hopes to find more precise ways of diagnosing and monitoring children with asthma. Using state-of-the-art electronic chemical analysers, the project will allow medical professionals to “sniff” out the respiratory condition from childrens’ breath.

With no asthma diagnosing device currently in existence, the pioneering work being carried out by University of Leicester researchers could even be a world first. Here’s what happened when I was examined with current methods by the team at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

One episode of the Bulletin got more listens that the others this month and part of me wonders if it’s anything to do with the fact that a Game of Thrones’ actor is in it…

…and seamlessly from thrones to drones, let me explain why Chris (pictured above) is unboxing his drone. It’s been flying over different parts of the uni filming aerial shots for future use. You’ll see me in a few of the shots that were taken, so see if you can tell which dot is me.

In less than 10 minutes, I put together a little video of the drone launch using my iPhone (and a very cool app called Splice) and will definitely be using it for more complicated projects in the future. Have a look at the video and let me know what you think!

At the end of the month, I put on my best suit to meet the heads of the newly announced research institutes. After interviewing six academics about them, I haven’t had time to edit them yet, so I’ll make sure to put them into next month’s post.

Meanwhile, Project Kościuszko (aka is ticking along nicely. I’m currently creating a flashcard deck of the most common 1,000 words in context by hand. I’ve made 787 cards already, so am hoping that I’ll have it finished and available on the site by next month. Wish me luck! I’m also currently working on an e-book which will detail 20 ways to instantly improve your Polish. So far only about three of the tips have been written, but by August, I’m hoping that’ll be ready too.

As for voice over work, I had the pleasure of being the “Voice of God” for this year’s University of Leicester Student Awards. Here’s a glimpse of what it sounded like on the night…

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Also this month, I stumbled across an old podcast of when I presented “State of the Union”, the union news and sport show on LUSH Radio.

You can listen to the episode here:

It’s not very often I’m in the news, but my reporting has made it onto the most unlikely of all places –, a portal for vegan news!

The article reads “In an interview with radio host Nathan Ifill, Suzuki revealed that red meat, egg yolks, and any cholesterol-based dietary sources contain organic products that later become disease-causing metabolites.” Radio host! I’ve been called many things before (most of them unflattering), but never that!

[dropcap background=”yes” color=”#333333″]And finally…[/dropcap] It was the last month for intern Mohan Harihar. He’s now off to finish off his PhD at the University of Leicester after three months with the press office. In the meantime, he’s behind some of the biggest stories of the year, notably deciding who would win a superhero showdown using science.


We said our farewell to the superhero scientist at our favourite Portuguese/South African chicken restaurant, but I was little bit confused by the olive oil which appeared to read like a lonely hearts ad:


What next? Food Tinder?


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