Introducing the New RISE Podcast!

In our new podcast, members of the RISE community will highlight the stories and ‘big picture’ ideas that inspire their work in education.


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Lillie Kilburn

RISE Directorate

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

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Joseph Bullough

RISE Directorate

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

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Katie Cooper

RISE Directorate

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Stories, not standard deviations

RISE is very excited to announce the arrival of the RISE Podcast, a regular podcast series in which members of our community will discuss the big ideas and personal stories that inspire their work. Centred around ‘stories, rather than standard deviations’, these conversations will shed light on the human perspective behind research, practice, and policymaking.

Why a podcast?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have felt the loss of the opportunity to gather together as we usually would to share stories and perspectives from our work.

While online events have continued to provide chances to connect, some of the best moments for learning and exchange happen informally on the side-lines of events.

The new RISE Podcast aims to re-create this atmosphere of close, personal storytelling to showcase the individual journeys that make up the global education community’s endeavours.

Each episode of the RISE Podcast features a conversation with a member of the RISE community. Our guests bring with them stories and expertise from a variety of experiences in research, practice, and policy, and it's our hope that their insights will illuminate many different facets of education systems.

What’s in our first episode?

In our first podcast episode, RISE Research Manager Marla Spivack speaks to Dr. Dzingai Mutumbuka, the current chair of the RISE Delivery Board and the first Minister of Education and Culture of Zimbabwe upon its independence. In the episode, Dr. Mutumbuka shares a wealth of insights from his career as a leader in education. He speaks about the importance of purpose and priorities in education, the challenges ministers face, and ways in which government and development partners can work together to produce better results for children.


Where can I subscribe and listen to the RISE Podcast?

You can subscribe to the RISE Podcast via a number of platforms including: SpotifyApple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Alternatively, you can listen to the podcast on the RISE website, where we will post all new episodes when they are released.

Any hints about next episode(s)?

Coming soon, our next episode will feature Laura Savage, Senior Education Adviser and Deputy Head of Education Research at the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), speaking to FCDO Chief Economist Rachel Glennerster.

We’ve got a range of fantastic speakers lined up, so stay tuned for more great episodes. The best way to stay updated is to subscribe to one of the services above, or sign up for the latest news updates from RISE. You can also follow the podcast series via #RISEedpodcast on Twitter.

We hope you enjoy the episodes!

RISE blog posts and podcasts reflect the views of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the organisation or our funders.