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Robert Young & Rebecca O'Hare

Robert Young and Rebecca O'Hare bring you the latest student services and student affairs podcast for UK Higher Education! We will be interviewing people who have one years experience to those who have thirty (or more!). There is no one Student Services/Affairs voice, but instead, many voices. If you have an idea for an episode, wish to recommend someone we can approach for interview, or better still, are interested in being interviewed, don't be shy. Let us know and pitch your idea by emailing freefoodpod@gmail.com or Tweet us @FreeFoodPod! read less

Ep. 21 Understanding Town & Gown Relationships: Challenges, Success Stories & Digging Deep
Jun 22 2022
Ep. 21 Understanding Town & Gown Relationships: Challenges, Success Stories & Digging Deep
Outside of the University bubble there is often additional work taking place with local stakeholders to ensure the impact of having a University on their doorstep is positive, fruitful and the best it can be. This is particularly true in large university cities where tensions can become strained in local neighbourhoods as long term residents and transient students learn to live side by side. In this episode, I speak with Cooper Healy from Manchester Student Homes and Amanda Jackson from the University of Leeds who take the time to share their many years of experience and knowledge gained. They also bust a few myths about town and gown relationships and how it isn't always the case that students are out to cause problems in their local communities. If you'd like to learn more about the work of Manchester Student Homes - please visit https://www.manchesterstudenthomes.com/Accommodation Free Food, Free Drinks is a podcast aimed at those working in the world of Student Affairs/Student Services, particularly those new to the field or early in their career. Originally created by Robert Young (from UKISA) and Rebecca O'Hare (University of Leeds) - this season sees Rebecca take the lead in producing the podcast. Follow us on social media: Twitter: @FreeFoodPod LinkedIn: Free Food Free Drinks - The Student Affairs/Services Podcast Got an idea? Fancy being on the pod? Email us via freefoodpod@gmail.com This episode was recorded on 25 May 2022
Ep. 20 Compassion Fatigue with Sasha Masoomi
Dec 23 2021
Ep. 20 Compassion Fatigue with Sasha Masoomi
2021 has nearly come to an end and what a year it has been for those working in the world of Higher Education, Student Services and Student Affairs. The topic of Compassion Fatigue may be something you've never heard of or resonate with deeply and typically it is associated with those who work in healthcare professions. However, emerging research suggests that many working in the world of Higher Ed and in caring roles, will experience or have a tendency to experience Compassion Fatigue. In this episode, we chat with Sasha Masoomi, Assistant Director of Residence Life at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Sasha presented on the topic of Compassion Fatigue at the ACUHOI annual conference in 2019 and so we invited her to discuss how it can present itself in Student Services/Affairs professionals and the steps that can be taken to identify and mitigate it. In addition, Sasha shares with us how she implements training and discussions on Compassion Fatigue with early career professionals in the hope that it becomes less taboo. About the podcast: Robert Young & Rebecca O'Hare founded the Free Food, Free Drinks podcast in January 2020 as a means to share free and relevant content with professionals working in the world of Student Services/Affairs. Currently Robert serves as an Advice and Training officer with UKCISA, while Rebecca serves as the Assistant Director (Residence Life & Accommodation Office) at the University of Leeds. Feel free to connect with both Robert and Rebecca via LinkedIn, or alternatively via Twitter - @Rebecca_ResLife & @RobertYoungHE
Ep. 18 The Challenge of Leadership in Higher Education with Mel Loizou
Jul 9 2021
Ep. 18 The Challenge of Leadership in Higher Education with Mel Loizou
We've all experienced at one time in our life, a not so great boss. Or perhaps you aspire to be a leader or currently manage a large team of your own. Whatever your position or experience, we at the Free Food, Free Drinks pod believe there is a fundamental difference between a manager and a leader. Leaders inspire, motivate and develop individuals and teams to be their very best and so to discuss this topic in detail, we were delighted to chat to the passionate expert that is Mel Loizou. With 20 years experience in Higher Education herself, Mel understands the pressure and difficulties that comes with working in HigherEd and so we think, this particular episode will be useful one for all you aspiring Student Services leaders out there. **Resources** There are plenty of resources shared during our chat and link to everything discussed can be found below: Watch Mel's TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ4TQtPD7oI Check out her website: https://www.fishclimbtrees.co.uk/ Find and connect with Mel on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melloizou/ Connect on Twitter via @Mel_Loizou Get Mels book: http://www.fishclimbtrees.co.uk/#book-section Finally Rob mentioned a great careers podcast. Find out more here: http://www.amazingif.com/listen/ About Rebecca & Robert Rebecca O'Hare & Robert Young are two Student Affairs professionals passionate about improving many elements of the student experience. More than that, they want to use this podcast to help other early career professionals hear about the work of others, gain new knowledge and hopefully apply it to their own practice. Follow Rebecca on Twitter via @Rebecca_ResLife and follow Robert on Twitter via @RobertYoungHE. If you have an idea for an episode, don't hesitate to drop us an email at freefoodpod@gmail.com
Ep. 16 Understanding Student Drug & Alcohol Use and Addiction with Liam Watson from DrugsTraining.com
Apr 12 2021
Ep. 16 Understanding Student Drug & Alcohol Use and Addiction with Liam Watson from DrugsTraining.com
Drugstraining.com was formed by Liam Watson in 1999 and is now one of the leading independent substance misuse training agencies in the U.K Liam has extensive experience in the drugs field and has been responsible for the development and implementation of a range of initiatives with drugs services, local authorities, police drugs squads, criminal justice, universities and commercial businesses. He was Chair of the Welsh Forum of Drug Specialists for five years and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Health and Social Care at the University of The West of England in Bristol. While working at the University of Wales College of Medicine Liam was the author of “Helping Patients Quit: Guidelines for GPs”. Previously he carried out research into the beliefs and perceptions of recreational Ecstasy users. The findings of the study, entitled “Coming Up On Ecstasy’ were presented at the International Public Health Conference, organised by the World Health Organisation. Liam has worked as a Consultant for DrugScope, Addaction, Lifeline, Welsh Government, Barnardos and various Police Forces. He previously sat on the ‘New Psychoactives’ sub group of APOSM and presented on the theme of online drugs marketplaces at the Club Health Conference in Prague. He has appeared on BBC, ITN and other news outlets over the years talking about substance misuse issues. Liam’s courses are always very highly evaluated. He is an engaging and dynamic trainer who is able to communicate ideas and information with clarity and humour. Discount: Liam is running his next online course 'STUDENTS: drugs, booze and smart pills in early May and has kindly offered a 20% discount to FreeFood, Free Drinks listeners - Simply quote 'FreeFood' to avail of a discount for you and your team. Keep up with all things Free Food, Free Drinks by subscribing to the podcast and following us on Twitter via @FreeFoodPod Got an idea for the show? Drop us a line at freefoodpod@gmail.com
Ep. 15 #UniMentalHealthDay 2021 with Dr. Dominique Thompson
Mar 4 2021
Ep. 15 #UniMentalHealthDay 2021 with Dr. Dominique Thompson
Our latest episode is being released on University Mental Health Day 2021, an initiative run by Student Minds and UHMAN. The day is designed to inspire conversations and so we thought what better way to mark the day than to bring you this episode with Dr. Dominique Thompson. Dr. Dominique Thompson is an award winning GP, young people’s mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with over 20 years of clinical experience caring for students, including as a police and expedition doctor, and as Director of Service at the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service. She was named Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year 2017. In 2019 she was nominated as one of the Top 100 West Women of the Year. We are massively grateful to Dominique for sharing some of her precious time with us - we spend the episode discussing her professional journey, the state of student mental health in 2021, the impact that Covid-19 has had on students, parents and supporters and the challenges they face in supporting modern students and so much more. We really hope you enjoy this episode. Dr. Dominique Thompson’s website Books: buzzconsulting.co.uk/books Ted Talks: What I learned from 78,000 GP consultations with university students Understanding why: What young people wish we knew Follow Dr. Dominique Thompson on social media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube Keep in touch with all things 'Free Food, Free Drinks' by following us on Twitter (@FreeFoodPod) or never miss a podcast episode by subscribing to the pod via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more
Ep. 12 Rising Stars in Res Life: Supporting students through a global pandemic with Tom Truman from Coventry University
Dec 9 2020
Ep. 12 Rising Stars in Res Life: Supporting students through a global pandemic with Tom Truman from Coventry University
This week our Rising Stars in Res Life series continues as we speak with Tom Truman, Res Life Manager at Coventry University. 2020 has not been an easy year for anyone working with and for students and Tom takes the time to share with us the behind the scenes work that goes on in ensuring students in living in accommodation at Coventry University have everything they need. We often talk about hosting virtual events and Res Life being the fun team, but the reality is often that working in Res Life requires a lot of physicial, emotional and mental labour. Often difficult to measure, Tom takes the time to share some stats about just how much he and his team have been working hard to remain in contact with their student residents. From creating video content, making 100s of phones and delivering 1000s of meals, Tom and his team have worked hard like many Res Life teams to keep students safe and ensure their wellbeing is of paramount importance. Free Food, Free Drinks is available on a range of podcast platforms including apple podcasts and spotify. You can follow us on Twitter by following @FreeFoodPod and stay in touch with co-founders and hosts, Rebecca O'Hare and Robert Young by following us on twitter via @Rebecca_ResLife and via @RobertYoungHE. We love to hear your feedback and ideas and should you wish to pitch an idea for an episode, you can email us via freefoodpod@gmail.com
Ep. 11 Working in PBSA - Exploring the roles of Accommodation Manager & Deputy Accommodation Manager with Rebecca O'Hare
Nov 9 2020
Ep. 11 Working in PBSA - Exploring the roles of Accommodation Manager & Deputy Accommodation Manager with Rebecca O'Hare
This week the interview mic is turned towards one half of our podcast co founders Rebecca O'Hare as she discusses her recent Masters thesis research. Her research focus drew her to the world of Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) where she has spent half of her career, and to the challenging roles of Accommodation Manager and Deputy Accommodation Manager. In particular, given the rise of PBSA development in the UK, Rebecca chose to explore if and how individuals undertaking these roles are adequately inducted in to the student accommodation sector especially as many transfer from the world of hospitality.  In this episode, Rebecca discusses key facts pertaining to PBSA development, how research currently available is undertaken and written with investors in mind, how PBSA roles are advertised and how generally, the UK understands little about whether PBSA positively or negatively contributes to the wider student experience. Keen to provide a voice to a cohort of people not often heard from or discussed in the sector,  her research saw her interview 9 Accommodation Managers with experience working for 11 UK operators. The qualitative data gathered was vast, a statement to the eagerness of those keen to share their experiences and while the thesis word count prevented Rebecca from discussing all themes identified, she choose to explore and discuss in this episode the 5 key themes of 'Student Mental Health', 'Conflict Management and Threatening Behaviour', 'Cultural Awareness and Understanding', 'Critical Incident Management' and 'University Partnerships'.  The intention of this research and episode is to start a conversation about how best we can improve the initial induction and subsequent training provided to Accommodation Managers and their deputies and if you work in student accommodation, we hope this episode sparks a conversation in you too. Keen to be part of the Free Food, Free Drinks podcast? Know someone who might be? We love to hear from our listeners, so don't hesitate to tweet us @FreeFoodPod or drop us an email at freefoodpod@gmail.com  You can also reach out to Robert Young via @RobertYoungHE or to Rebecca via @Rebecca_ResLife
Ep. 9 Chatting with Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive of UKCISA
Aug 31 2020
Ep. 9 Chatting with Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive of UKCISA
On this episode of Free Food Free Drinks we're extremely happy to have spoken with Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive of UKCISA. Anne-Marie kindly gave up an hour of her time to talk to us about the major topics in international education and what UKCISA do as an organisation. We discuss the *busy* first year that Anne-Marie has had in her role at UKCISA and the work that they do, the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, Brexit and the new immigration rules we're due to see from January 2021, and UKCISA's new policy position paper. This newly released paper outlines 15 key asks from UKCISA, written in collaboration with UKCISA members and other sector bodies, with a view to making the UK the world's most attractive destination for international students. Take a look at their paper here: UKCISA Policy Paper. For more information on UKCISA and what they do, take a look at their website.  A big thank you to Anne-Marie for taking the time out of her hectic schedule to talk to us, we hope that you enjoy this episode! If you have an idea for an episode, wish to recommend someone we can approach for interview, or better still are interested in being interviewed, don't be shy. Let us know and pitch your idea by emailing freefoodpod@gmail.com or Tweet us @FreeFoodPod. Robert Young has been working in Student Services for 10 years, is an International Student Adviser at Royal Holloway University and an Executive Committee member of the Association for International Student Advisers (Twitter: @RobertYoungHE) Rebecca O'Hare has been working in the student accommodation sector for 11 years, is the Head of Partnerships and Resident Experience at Student First Group and the Chair-Elect for the ACUHO-I Global Initiatives Network (Twitter: @Rebecca_ResLife)
Ep. 8 Sexual Violence on Campus (Part Two): Holistic Institutional Approaches with Ian Munton
Jul 27 2020
Ep. 8 Sexual Violence on Campus (Part Two): Holistic Institutional Approaches with Ian Munton
In this episode, Robert and Rebecca interview Ian Munton, Director of Library and Student Services at Staffordshire University. We continue the discussion about sexual violence on campus from last episode, moving away from the research side and into the practicalities of supporting survivors on campus. Ian speaks on the importance of approaching the topic holistically within an institution, and how collaborating with stakeholders leads to successful implementation of support mechanisms for students. We discuss the “behind the scenes” side of student support and Ian’s experience of addressing sexual violence and providing effective support, working effectively with student unions, running campaigns, and the difficulties of tackling major topics in a modern student affairs environment. We thoroughly enjoyed our chat with Ian, and we hope you do too. If you have an idea for an episode, wish to recommend someone we can approach for interview, or better still are interested in being interviewed, don't be shy. Let us know and pitch your idea by emailing freefoodpod@gmail.com or Tweet us @FreeFoodPod. Robert Young has been working in Student Services for 10 years, is an International Student Adviser at Royal Holloway University and an Executive Committee member of the Association for International Student Advisers (Twitter: @RobertYoungHE) Rebecca O'Hare has been working in the student accommodation sector for 11 years, is the Head of Partnerships and Resident Experience at Student First Group and the Chair-Elect for the ACUHO-I Global Initiatives Network (Twitter: @Rebecca_ResLife)
Ep. 7 Sexual Violence on Campus (Part One): Ensuring Support & Creating Awareness with Claire Slater
Jul 6 2020
Ep. 7 Sexual Violence on Campus (Part One): Ensuring Support & Creating Awareness with Claire Slater
Trigger Warning: This episode as you may have gathered from it's title discusses the topic of sexual violence amongst the student body. While we do not discuss in detail any particular case, we broadly discuss the topics of assault, consent, rape and the negative impact sexual violence has had on the lives of survivors who have experienced it. We also discuss in detail research in the area and campaigns which university teams and accommodation providers can undertake to raise awareness about sexual violence and how it is #NeverOK Episode Details: In this episode, Robert and Rebecca interview Claire Slater, Deputy Director (Residence Life & Wellbeing) from the University of Bristol. Claire, a recent graduate of the MA Student Affairs in Higher Education chose to undertake qualitative research and interview a number of survivors about the positive role a Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) made in assisting them. Claire shares in detail the literature review she undertook and the information currently available in the UK, comparing it to the US and the vast range of research available there. She also shares with us the important role of the SVLO and the appropriate staffing model universities can and should adopt in order to effectively support any student who experiences sexual violence when at university. She also provides insight on a number of campaigns she was part of while working at Keele University and also at the University of Bristol and shares how off campus PBSA operators can work with university teams to raise awareness and deliver effective programs.  During this episode, Claire listed and recommended a resources for those keen to learn more and do better in this space. They are as follows: Why Women Are Blamed For Everything - Dr Jessica Taylor (available here https://victimfocus-resources.com/products/why-women-are-blamed-for-everything-exploring-victim-blaming-of-women-subjected-to-violence-and-trauma-by-dr-jessica-eaton) Addressing Student Sexual Violence in Higher Education - A Good Practice Guide - Clariss Humphreys and Graham Towl (available here https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Addressing-Student-Sexual-Violence-in-Higher-Education/?K=9781838671419&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ace_humphries-towl_20200429) Tackling Sexual Violence at Universities - An International Perspective - Graham Towl & Tammi Walker (available here https://www.routledge.com/Tackling-Sexual-Violence-at-Universities-An-International-Perspective/Towl-Walker/p/book/9780815385288)
Ep. 6 Equality, diversity, and inclusion with Erk Gunce
Jun 15 2020
Ep. 6 Equality, diversity, and inclusion with Erk Gunce
Rebecca and Robert would like to note that this episode was recorded before the killing of George Floyd in the United States, and the subsequent protests that have occurred across the world. The Black Lives Matter movement is of critical importance to the social fabric of the world, and we stand in solidarity against racism in all forms. We are discussing how best we, as two privileged white content creators, can best provide a platform for the voice of our black colleagues in Higher Education across the world. On this episode of Free Food Free Drinks we speak to Erk Gunce (@erkgunce; pronouns: he/his/him) from King's College London. Erk is currently working at King's as a Diversity & Inclusion Project Intern and came onto the Free Food Free Drinks podcast to chat about everything equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). With professional experience from various universities, the NHS, the Office for Students, and the Mental Health Foundation, Erk had a lot to share on EDI in Higher Education. We discussed language and its importance in EDI, the Equality Act, pedagogy, and much more. We hope you enjoy this episode! If you have an idea for an episode, wish to recommend someone we can approach for interview, or better still are interested in being interviewed, don't be shy. Let us know and pitch your idea by emailing freefoodpod@gmail.com or Tweet us @FreeFoodPod. Robert Young has been working in Student Services for 10 years, is an International Student Adviser at Royal Holloway University and an Executive Committee member of the Association for International Student Advisers (Twitter: @RobertYoungHE) Rebecca O'Hare has been working in the student accommodation sector for 11 years, is the Head of Partnerships and Resident Experience at Student First Group and the Chair-Elect for the ACUHO-I Global Initiatives Network (Twitter: @Rebecca_ResLife)