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Paige Mackenzie chats to care leavers and estranged students as they journey through university and beyond, guided by 3 songs that they associate with significant times in their lives. Produced with the Unite Foundation.
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Episode 12: Jax

Episode 12: Jax

2021-02-1630:26

It's the first episode of our 3rd series! Paige talks to Journalism student, Jax, about self confidence and belief, nights out in Aberdeen and Jax's work with This is Us, raising awareness of food insecurity through the #DineInFor2Pounds campaign - with the 1975, The Magician and Lil Peep for company!
Episode 11: Emily

Episode 11: Emily

2020-12-2242:55

In the final episode of 2020 Paige chats to Emily who's studying International Business and Marketing at De Montfort University. Emily talks about her experience being part of the Unite Foundation and her role in the recent rebrand and launch of This is Us, starring in the movie of her own life and Emily and Paige discuss their shared love of Justin Bieber!This chat is guided by Dave and Fredo, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, naturally.
Episode 10: Lewis

Episode 10: Lewis

2020-12-0941:57

In this episode of This is Us, Lewis chats to Paige about the power of a positive mindset, his reconnection with his parents, defying expectations and the society he’s setting up for care experienced and estranged students in Manchester – with Miguel, Tame Impala and Big Sean for company.
Episode 9: Stephen

Episode 9: Stephen

2020-11-2432:22

In Episode 3 or our second series, Stephen – a 3rd year Graphic Design student at DMU – talks to Paige about relationships, his journey to and through university and discovering his career path – with some little detours along the way. Sometimes you need to try the things you don’t want, to find the things you do! Their chat is guided by Coldplay, Talamasca and Hard-Fi.Stephen has been integral in creating the visual identity for this podcast and the wider This is Us brand – led by the students on the Unite Foundation scholarship. Look up @thisisusatuni across social media and visit thisisusatuni.org for more information about the scholarship.
Episode 8: Tiyana

Episode 8: Tiyana

2020-11-0943:41

In episode 2 of our second series, Paige chats to Tiyana who's studying at Kings College London and keeps very busy alongside her studies as a stylist on fashion shoots and music videos and writing for Woman to Woman.Paige and Tiyana discuss feminism, racism, meeting parents for the first time and the power of being true to and confident in yourself. Their chat is guided by Sevana, Kelis and Andre 3000 and DaBaby - your homework is to listen to Off the Rip!
Hello and welcome to series 2 of the This is Us podcast! We're starting the season with something a little bit different. In this first episode, Paige chats to Beki from the Unite Foundation. There's a lot of talk about tea (it's serious business), Paige and Beki's respective university experiences and a bit of an intro to the podcast if you've not listened before.Hope everyone is settling into uni life. We'll be back with the usual format in a fortnight with our first student guest of the new term!
Episode 6: Kayleigh

Episode 6: Kayleigh

2020-06-2229:49

In episode 6, Kayleigh (who graduated last year and is now a paediatric nurse) and Paige reminisce about the beautiful city of Liverpool, making the most of student opportunities and the importance of having good friends around you who understand where you come from. Via the Beatles, Otis Reading and Married Life from the Disney movie, Up, they talk about how great hugs are, life working on the ward and Kayleigh's amazing (and a little bit famous) Granda. 
Episode 5: Connor

Episode 5: Connor

2020-06-0534:38

"Imagine the only high school in a run-down town, left abandoned by austerity. Now imagine a twelve-year-old in a music lesson, about to perform a punk-rock song for the class. He doesn’t really understand the lyrics, but something resonates with him...". In Episode 5 of This Is Us, Creative Writing student, Connor, takes Paige on a journey through school, Liverpool and Wales with Green Day, The Devil Makes Three, and Will Wood and the Tapeworms for company. 
Episode 4: David

Episode 4: David

2020-05-1327:49

David is in his first year at Glasgow Caledonian University studying Social Work. He talks to Paige about art, poetry, his chosen path of study and what it's like to go to university as a mature student. They also talk about the importance of role models, how they can't wait to party when lockdown is lifted and how you can't fail to feel good listening to Nina Simone. The conversation is guided by Lewis Capaldi, Linkin Park and Nina - of course!
Episode 3: Nyomi

Episode 3: Nyomi

2020-04-3036:49

In Episode 3, Paige meets Nyomi, an Event Management student at Manchester Metropolitan University. Nyomi talks about her course, her friends, going out in Manchester and the virtual events she's organising for students during lockdown. Their conversation is guided by The Courteeners, Ariana Grande and the Kooks - who all hold a special place in Manchester's heart as well as Nyomi's! NOTE: This episode does touch on some sensitive content on the subject of assault. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised, Victim Support is a great independent charity that can offer support or point you in the right direction, you can find them at victimsupport.org.uk.
Episode 2: Diana

Episode 2: Diana

2020-04-1626:52

In Episode 2, Paige chats to Diana who's studying Medical Science at De Montfort University in Leicester. Diana talks about her studies, extra curricular activities and what it's like to be alone in halls on lockdown - guided by James Bay, Hailee Steinfeld and Paramore.
Episode 1: Maddie

Episode 1: Maddie

2020-03-1929:01

Paige is reunited with her good friend Maddie, they studied together at Liverpool John Moores University. Guided by Judy Garland, Ben Howard and Little Mix, they discuss everything from UCAS applications and teacher training through to matching tattoos and why the world needs Lizzo.
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