40 episodes

BSI Education Podcast

Join Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil - and their guests along the way - as they podcast about the stories behind the standards.

Standards make life better for everyone. They affect every part of our daily lives – from our work experiences to our personal choices. Whether we’re trying to choose a smartphone or protect our company from cyber-attack, standards make it easier to make good choices. They also help governments to make better decisions, and make organizations more successful and socially and environmentally responsible.

In this podcast, expect conversations on the concepts and history of standards, and the people and organizations involved. Plus, spotlights on individual standards - looking at why and how they were developed, and the impact they have.

The relationship between standards and key economic issues and trends are also covered, as is the role of standards in specific sectors and industries. We showcase the power of standards to drive change, especially in helping countries to achieve their SDGs.

Expect features too, such as our Standards Desk of News - with information about the latest standards, standards in the news, and those out for public consultation - and on how standards can help support your education, research and professional development interests.

As well as our regular episodes, look out for bite-sized specials - where we dip our toes into particular issues. And series too - where we explore key topics over a number of episodes.

And though we never stray too far from standards, we're often prone to the occasional whimsical content digression. You have been warned...

Sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted - though always engaging and informative - this is your regular guide to the world of standards.

Matthew Chiles has 20 years' experience developing partnerships in the education and skills sector for government, agencies, and charities. When he's not supporting the next generation of industry experts through BSI Education, he'll be out running or cycling whenever humanly possible.

Cindy Parokkil is an economist and international development practitioner, who's spent most of her career with the UN. When she’s not helping to solve the world's developmental challenges through BSI International Projects, she'll be out hunting for the best strudel.

Some episodes also include Alan Sellers, former Senior Compliance Manager at Dyson, and Chair of BSI’s Young Professionals Advisory Panel.

BSI Education builds relationships and creates programmes to help raise awareness of the benefits of standards to society and the economy, and to encourage and increase standards-making participation.

Find out more at www.bsigroup.com/education.

Get in touch with the podcast at education@bsigroup.com and share us on social media using #bsiedpod.

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BSI Education Podcast

Join Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil - and their guests along the way - as they podcast about the stories behind the standards.

Standards make life better for everyone. They affect every part of our daily lives – from our work experiences to our personal choices. Whether we’re trying to choose a smartphone or protect our company from cyber-attack, standards make it easier to make good choices. They also help governments to make better decisions, and make organizations more successful and socially and environmentally responsible.

In this podcast, expect conversations on the concepts and history of standards, and the people and organizations involved. Plus, spotlights on individual standards - looking at why and how they were developed, and the impact they have.

The relationship between standards and key economic issues and trends are also covered, as is the role of standards in specific sectors and industries. We showcase the power of standards to drive change, especially in helping countries to achieve their SDGs.

Expect features too, such as our Standards Desk of News - with information about the latest standards, standards in the news, and those out for public consultation - and on how standards can help support your education, research and professional development interests.

As well as our regular episodes, look out for bite-sized specials - where we dip our toes into particular issues. And series too - where we explore key topics over a number of episodes.

And though we never stray too far from standards, we're often prone to the occasional whimsical content digression. You have been warned...

Sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted - though always engaging and informative - this is your regular guide to the world of standards.

Matthew Chiles has 20 years' experience developing partnerships in the education and skills sector for government, agencies, and charities. When he's not supporting the next generation of industry experts through BSI Education, he'll be out running or cycling whenever humanly possible.

Cindy Parokkil is an economist and international development practitioner, who's spent most of her career with the UN. When she’s not helping to solve the world's developmental challenges through BSI International Projects, she'll be out hunting for the best strudel.

Some episodes also include Alan Sellers, former Senior Compliance Manager at Dyson, and Chair of BSI’s Young Professionals Advisory Panel.

BSI Education builds relationships and creates programmes to help raise awareness of the benefits of standards to society and the economy, and to encourage and increase standards-making participation.

Find out more at www.bsigroup.com/education.

Get in touch with the podcast at education@bsigroup.com and share us on social media using #bsiedpod.

    Trading places

    Trading places

    Episode 39. Standards and international trade. In this episode we speak to Erik Wijkstrom from the World Trade Organization and BSI’s Frank Faraday about the important relationship between standards, international trade, and trade agreements. Oh, and Peruvian sardines. And Harry Potter. The internationalist BSI Education Podcast is hosted by Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil. #bsiedpod. education@bsigroup.com. http://www.bsigroup.com/education (bsigroup.com/education).

    • 1 hr 33 min
    The future has begun

    The future has begun

    Episode 38. The Standards Experience is a new exhibition for visitors to explore how consensus standards are made and to learn how to participate in shaping standards for the future, hosted at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). In this episode we speak to BSI Director-General of Standards Scott Steedman about the exhibition’s theme - #TheFutureHasBegun - and ICE librarian Debbie Francis gives us a guided tour. http://www.standardsexperience.co.uk/ (standardsexperience.co.uk). The BSI Education Podcast is hosted by Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil. #bsiedpod. education@bsigroup.com. http://www.bsigroup.com/education (bsigroup.com/education).

    • 23 min
    A walk on the wild(er) side

    A walk on the wild(er) side

    Episode 37. This is an episode about standards and pavements, and in particular an important highways engineering standard - BS 7533-101. But it's also a story of patience, perseverance and the power of consensus in standards-making, as told by two of the people involved - Tim Yates of BRE Group and Richard Scrivener of Arup. The BSI Education Podcast is hosted by Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil. #bsiedpod. education@bsigroup.com. http://www.bsigroup.com/education (bsigroup.com/education).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    And the nominees are....

    And the nominees are....

    Episode 36. BSI Standards Awards. In this episode we speak to Gracia Molaso about this annual celebration standards, and the people who make and use standards. And also to Irina Brass from UCL, a previous Award winner for the education category, about what winning meant to her and her university. http://www.bsigroup.com/standardsawards (bsigroup.com/standardsawards). The award-aspiring BSI Education Podcast is hosted by Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil. #bsiedpod. education@bsigroup.com. http://www.bsigroup.com/education (bsigroup.com/education).

    • 15 min
    CPIN series | Episode 4 | Consumer safety

    CPIN series | Episode 4 | Consumer safety

    Part of the BSI Education Podcast - Consumers and standards series in association with CPIN - the consumer and public interest network. bsigroup.com/consumers. Consumers have a right to safety when using products and services. The Grenfell Tower fire, the Whirlpool tumble dryer recall and exploding Samsung Galaxy Note batteries have shown that, when things go wrong, the consequences can be devastating. In this 4th episode of the series we hear from Geraldine Cosh (Geraldine Cosh Consulting), Michelle McKenna (North Lanarkshire Council Trading Standards), Neena Bhati (Which?), and Sarah Smith (Office for Public Safety and Standards). We discuss how CPIN and standards play an important role in improving the safety of products and services for consumers, by detailing good practice for government, regulators, manufacturers and retailers. The BSI Education Podcast is hosted by Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil. #bsiedpod. education@bsigroup.com. https://my.captivate.fm/www.bsigroup.com/education (bsigroup.com/education).

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Faster, higher, stronger

    Faster, higher, stronger

    Episode 34. Standards at the Olympics. To coincide with Tokyo 2020, we take a look at some of the standards involved in the only 5 sports to have appeared at every Olympic Summer Games in the modern era – athletics, gymnastics, cycling, swimming, and…….well, listen to find out. It’s not an obvious one, that’s for sure! And we also throw in generous portions of sports history and some childhood memories too. The gold medal-aspiring BSI Education Podcast is hosted by Matthew Chiles and Cindy Parokkil. #bsiedpod. education@bsigroup.com. http://www.bsigroup.com/education (bsigroup.com/education).

    • 46 min

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