A new podcast – exploring the world of research and how it shapes the world we live in – is being launched by University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

Research Matters explores the world-changing impact of academics at UWS, by taking an in-depth look at the work they do, and how it affects every day lives.

The debut episode is hosted by Journalism lecturer – and ITV News reporter – Dr James Mahon, as he interviews respected sports scientist Professor Chris Easton about the scientific route to fitness, busting several fitness myths along the way.

The pair also explore the importance of diet – looking at so-called “superfoods”, and whether or not they actually work.

Professor Easton said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the debut episode of the Research Matters podcast. When it comes to health and fitness, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction in terms of what actually helps.

“I hope that listeners find the debut episode of the podcast interesting, and genuinely helpful, as we explore this fascinating subject.”

The second episode is hosted by David Scott – from acclaimed Glasgow music collective The Pearlfishers – and features an interview with Dr Jo Collinson-Scott, a UWS academic and singer-songwriter who has used music to share real experiences of those affected by Scotland’s criminal justice system.

It features several songs produced as part of the project, along with the stories behind them.

David – who is also Head of Division for Arts & Media at the University, said: “When it comes to research, it’s very easy to overlook non-traditional methods of study; such the type of output produced by academics on our creative industries courses.

“Often, research like this is very easy to engage with; and communicates challenging subjects in surprising, innovative ways. Jo’s research is a great example of this – it’s genuinely impactful, interesting and very easy to engage with.”

The Research Matters podcast is available to download on most major podcast platforms, including SpotifyAmazon and Apple Podcasts.