Political PGR

With the recent announcement of a snap general election in the UK, you are either feeling serious voter fatigue or giddy excitement. Me? I got so animated by the alert on my phone that I interrupted a colleagues’ practice conference talk to spread the word…they did not receive the news as enthusiastically as I had! […]

Does Academia Struggle with Integrity?

Academia has a noble reputation; sometimes it can be hard to remember that researchers are just people, as human as everyone else. Here at the UofG, as with other institutions, research integrity is taken very seriously and the University has in place procedures, systems and training to promote high quality, ethical and valuable research. However, […]

Hidden Gems in Glasgow’s West End

Glasgow is a wonderful place, full of hidden little gems. In some cases very hidden. Perhaps too hidden! Office outings to “this cool new place I found” have helped me discover many wonderful areas. To help those new to the city, I have crowd sourced (from my fellow PhD students) a few of the best […]

5 Tips on Surviving Ethical Approval for Your Research

Studies involving human participants or animals often require ethics approval. While standard practice, this process can seem both daunting and complex to those unfamiliar with it. Here, Jie Zhang (a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Education) shares her experience of going through the ethics application process for the first time, and offers […]

Sparking our conversation

The Greek philosopher Paracelsus knew them for what they were—fire elementals; beings with the power to endure flames without harm. With scorched black skin emblazoned with brilliant yellow, the Greeks named them “fire-lizards”. We call them salamanders! While not quite the beasts of myth and legend, European fire salamanders are fascinating animals. With a superficial […]