Podcasts are being used at Oxford to support a variety of diferent activities in a wide range of departments. The Medieval English lectures and PodOxford have frequently been in the top twenty-five downloads from Apple's 'Higher Education' category.
TORCH -- The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
Launched in May 2013, TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) has continuously hosted a range of interdisciplinary projects. It collaborates with all 9 humanties faculties, as well as departments in the sciences and cultural organisations. Since its inception, TORCH has consistently provided a platform for Oxford's scholars in the humanities to develop new ideas in an open forum. They have also been quite active on publishing these events as podcasts, and work intimitely with Educational Media Services (EMS), which assists in the audio-video production of many of these open forums and collaborative projects. To date, TORCH and EMS together have published the following podcasts series:
- The Remedy (a series explores different religious and secular approaches to healing)
- Unlocking Late Schumann (Professor Laura Tunbridge from the Faculty of Music, introduces Schumann's music)
- Perceptions of Inequality (a two-day Ford Foundation-funded Inequality Seminar)
- Gender and Authority (in collaboration with the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute)
- Medieval German Studies (the literary, cultural and linguistic heritage of the German speaking lands from 800 to 1600)
- Death at the Museum (Oxford academics exploring the theme of death at the Ashmolean Museum's Halloween DEADFriday event)
- RightsUp - Global perspectives on human rights law (in collaboration with the Oxford Human Rights Hub)
- TORCH | The Oxford Research in the Humanities (a hodgepodge of talks sponsored by the TORCH network)
Medieval English Lectures
In the English Faculty, Dr. Stuart Lee uses podcasts to deliver a series of lectures and readings from Old English texts with support material to his students. He has also produced an "enhanced" podcast that is a step-by-step guide with slides to accompany one through the Anglo-Saxon exhibits on display in the British Museum's Early Medieval Room.
The Great War Archive
This is a major project run by the University to digitize material related to the First World War held by members of the public. The Great War Archive podcasts a range of interviews, seminars and tours from key speakers on First World War literature and the War in general. This includes the historians Richard Holmes and Max Arthur, and broadcaster Ian Hislop.