Switchboard Ep 2Olivia Hylton-Pennant

What is Switchboard?

Switchboard is Varsity’s flagship podcast. This term, Switchboard connects you to an eclectic array of voices & sounds, from the Cambridge community and beyond.

Episodes are released every Friday on all major podcasting apps and on Sundays you can listen live from 16:30 to 17:00 on CamFM. 

In Episode 2 (May 1st), we discuss the importance of colleges working with Cambridge Council to house those in need during the pandemic and the problematic nature of fundraising attempts for the NHS. We hear how one student society is keeping community spirit at this time and why journaling has taken on a new significance for one student. Closing out the episode, we recommend 5 events happening across the collegiate university that might be of interest to you.

Cambridge & Beyond 

We explore the implications of colleges working with the Cambridge City Council to house vulnerable people during the pandemic. We hear from Stella Swain, CUSU Welfare & Rights Officer and Matt Mahmoudi, one of three PhD students who co-authored a motion encouraging colleges to make their vacant accommodation available to the council.


We speak to Cameron White, a Varsity contributor and Dr Priya Gopal, both of whom have penned critical pieces about the outpouring of recent charitable activities for the NHS.

Varsity Out Loud 

Olivia Emily, Deputy Editor of Varsity, reads her article documenting life in lockdown and what journaling has taught her during this time.

Virtual Ramadan

With Ramadan falling in Easter Term this year, we caught up with Rahat Uddin, Publicity Officer of Cambridge University Islamic Society to find out how the society is staying connected during lockdown.

The Plug 

We present a selection of 5 exciting events coming up during Week 2, from a baking challenge to a radical design workshop.