The Uni Guide Podcast

Key University Guidance, Guest Experts, Student Panel & Always Impartial

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Introducing The Uni Guide Podcast

Supporting students, teachers, careers colleagues and parents with all things university.

In this podcast series, we will be providing listeners with the cutting edge and most up-to-date information and conversations about university. In plain English, without the jargon, and from the lived experience of everyone involved in the process - including guest experts, current students and recent graduates.

We’ll cover topics including:

  • Why and how do students apply for university?
  • How much does university really cost?
  • How can students select a university course or institution?
  • How can they prepare for exams?
  • What do they need to know before starting their course?
  • And many more!

Producers and Presenters

Tim Roe, Host and Producer

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Tim is an experienced higher education widening access professional, with a passion and proven track record for delivering positive change to increase access and opportunity to those from underrepresented backgrounds.

As well as having a wealth of experience in the higher education sector, Tim is the UniTasterDays Uni Guide resident podcast specialist. This responsibility includes presenting and producing each episode - and keeping his fellow-host, Jon, on track.

Tim also produces the Open Circle Podcast for the PURSUE network.

Jon Cheek, Host

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Jon is the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays Ltd. He has spent a career working in higher education, working for over ten years with three universities, followed by schools throughout the UK with UniTasterDays, which Jon established in 2012 to support effective school and college university engagement.

Jon has sat as an Executive Director of the Higher Education External Relations Association and is the editor of the annual Parents’ Guide to University and Teachers’ Guide to University brochures.

Jon is a huge advocate of university guidance and has been published by organisations including Which University, The CDI and National Careers Week.

The Student Panel

Anton Springett

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Anton is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Kent.

He is a diligent and driven computer scientist, tackling some of the most robust and widely applicable programming languages on his course, including SQL, Java, HTML, CSS and more.

He is passionate about widening participation and outreach work and works as a student ambassador at the University of Kent.

Additionally, he is the first in his family to access university and hopes to provide support and guidance to both parents and teachers from his lived experience.

Emma Berwick

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Emma is a BSc International Business with French student at the University of Birmingham and currently completing a study abroad programme.

She has been a student ambassador at her university for the College of Social Sciences, as well as a student rep for languages.

Currently, Emma is on the youth advisory board for BrightSide as well as being a mentor for Zero Gravity, where she supports students with their UCAS applications and transition to university. A Circl future leader, Emma also tutors a Year 13 pupil on a voluntary basis with Tutor the Nation and is currently applying for summer internships.

Emma is a finalist for the Grow mentoring Travers Smith awards for her outstanding commitment to pro-bono work.

Ishan Dwivedi

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Ishan is a Software Engineer, Drummer, and a keen traveller. He completed his studies at the University of Cambridge, where he studied Computer Science, in June 2023. He is now working is working as a Forward Deployed Software Engineer at Palantir Technologies in London.

During his time at University, he won scholarships for his musical ability and travelling. His YouTube channel documents his time at Cambridge and advises students on the application process.

Upon graduating, he spent several months travelling Europe, coaching students on their university and job applications, as well as a week working as a Computer Science ambassador with the Sutton Trust Summer School.

Leah Brooks

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Leah is a current medical student at the University of Sheffield. She was the first in her family to study at university.

Leah is on the committee for Future Frontline a non-for-profit organisation working to inspire and educate young people on the MDT within the NHS.

She recently starred in a YouTube video Open Mic: So You Want To Study Medicine

She has also worked closely with UCAS multiple times filming for their web series discussing university and medical school. She uses her social media platform @wellnessmedic, which has a combined following of over 3000 followers to advocate for mental health, widening participation and work-life balance.

Victoria Ayodeji

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Victoria is a Public Speaker, Coach, Writer and DJ. She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2021.

During her time at university, she was nationally recognised with the Outstanding Achievement Award and UpReach Top 10 Award at the House of Lords for the UK Student Social Mobility Awards and was selected as Powerful Media’s Top 100 Future Leaders. Most recently, she was selected as one of the global winners of the prestigious McKinsey & Company Achievement Award.

Passionate about enacting social change through access to education and powerful storytelling, she has spent the last 9 years engaging in activities that align with this. Her projects and initiatives have positively impacted hundreds of people across the UK and abroad. Victoria uses her personal experiences through public speaking, mentoring, coaching and advocacy work to support people from diverse backgrounds to overcome barriers to education and employment, providing them with access to opportunities to reach their full potential. She is also a keen travel enthusiast and most recently spent 6 months solo traveling across Asia and Europe.

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