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Podcast focuses on Commonwealth Games

The latest Big Idea Podcast is in the blocks, ready to look at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

From 23 July to 3 August, the city will host six and a half thousand athletes from 71 nations competing in 17 different sports.

Before the Games begin three experts from the University look at the impact it may have on Scotland’s bank balance and waistline, examine the game’s political and historical roots, and explain the mental processes of elite athletes such as Usain Bolt.

How will Team Scotland do?

Professor Grant Jarvie, chair of sport, looks at the proposed benefits that come from hosting a major international sporting event. Will Glasgow 2014 deliver fitter citizens, a happier populace, and boost Scotland's soft power?

A member of the sportscotland board, Professor Jarvie also assesses Team Scotland’s medal chances.

The origins of the Games

The countries that make up the Commonwealth account for a third of the world’s population, but what is the historical and political origin of this group of nations?

Professor Crispin Bates, professor of modern and contemporary South Asian history, traces its roots and assesses its relevance in a post-colonial world.

Is elite sport good for you?

Dr Amanda Martindale, lecturer in sport and performance psychology, has worked with athletes at the highest levels. She was a member of Scotland’s support team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

In a recent public lecture she asked, is elite sport is good for you? On the podcast she looks at the pressures top sportspeople are under but also how they can mentally prepare for competing in events such as Glasgow 2014.

The Big Idea

The Big Idea Podcast is a monthly show featuring academics discussing contemporary issues and sharing their research and expertise.

Previous shows have looked at Russian nationalism, delved into the origins of the First World War, and debated the plans for Scottish independence.

As well as being an accessible way for the public to hear about the University’s work, the Big Idea is also a forum for academics to meet colleagues from different parts of the institution, share ideas, and gain media training in a studio setting.

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