ARU Spotlight Podcast

A series of interviews with students, alumni, academic and technical staff from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at ARU exploring their personal experiences of education, career paths, projects and interests, and their advice for anyone hoping to work in the same field.

Hosted by Gareth Long, Faculty Communications Co-ordinator, a new episode will be published every week - follow @ARUCreative on Twitter for details about the latest release, or find it on all top podcast platforms including Spotify and Apple.



ARU Spotlight Podcast #6 - Toby Venables, Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting

Professional screenwriter and novelist Toby talks about his creative work, including BAFTA-winning Netflix horror film "His House"; how he was drawn to both horror and history from an early age by the story of Beowulf and Grendel; and the importance of enthusiasm when teaching to bring a subject to life for students.




ARU Spotlight Podcast #5 - Monique Brown, Technical Officer for Fashion

Monique talks about her work as Animatronic Model Designer on feature films including The Fifth Element and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; the importance of experimentation in creative projects; and how emerging digital technologies might affect both fashion and costume design in the future. This interview was originally recorded in March 2021, when the UK was still under national lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic.




ARU Spotlight Podcast #4 - Joe McCullagh, Head of Cambridge School of Art

Joe talks about how his inspirations like Brian Eno and Roxy Music led him to an appreciation of multidisciplinary practice; his thoughts on how digital culture has shaped art education; and what the future will be like for creative courses and careers. This interview was originally recorded in March 2021, when the UK was still under national lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic.




ARU Spotlight Podcast #3 - Dr Apurba Kundu, Deputy Dean of Education

Apurba talks about his time as Captain of the University of Leeds rowing team, his co-founding of ARU’s Black and Minority Ethnic Network, and what working life was like under the Coronavirus lockdown. This interview was originally recorded in March 2021, when the UK was still under national lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic.




ARU Spotlight Podcast #2 - James Ward, Head of Cambridge School of Creative Industries

James talks about his career route; the inspiration he takes from people who work across a variety of creative disciplines; and the importance of keeping an open mind and seeking out different opinions to your own. This interview was originally recorded in March 2021, when the UK was still under national lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic.




ARU Spotlight Podcast #1 - Chris Draper, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Illustration

Chris talks about his journey as a practising illustrator, from education to professional life; his early experiments with a music career that got him into the top ten of the indie dance charts; and how working as a freelance illustrator, particularly with New Scientist magazine, opened him up to new ideas he had never before considered. This interview was originally recorded in March 2021, when the UK was still under national lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic.