Writing Academic Articles

One of the reasons that I applied for the PGR Blog internship is that I have always received good feedback on my writing and I wanted to gain some experience of using a non-academic style. This kind of writing is fun and it’s nice to have freedom of style, grammar, and vocabulary, but writing academically is […]

Waging War with Writer’s Block

I’m going to start this post with an apology (a classic conversation starter, if you ask me). You see, my headline gives the impression that I can help you beat writer’s block—and I’m not sure that I can. Don’t leave yet, though! What I hope that I CAN do, is convince you that writer’s block […]

The Disability Services: My Experience

I don’t know how you spent your childhood, but I whiled away my time pretending I had special powers. My parents tell me that I would often try and overcome conflict by casting magic spells or pretending I was invisible (give me a break, I was only nineteen). As I got older, I began to […]

The College of Science and Engineering Annual Progress Review

Nobody knows the exact origins of the Annual Progress Review (APR). Legend has it that it began 1451 (the very year the University was established) as a means of cruel and ruthless entertainment for our professor overlords. But the exact origins aren’t important. What is important is that the practice continues today: each year, in […]

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Courses That Can Help Communication

Recently, communication has become something of a buzzword in academic circles. And rightly so. As researchers, it’s important that we are able to communicate our work effectively to the general public. But we also need to communicate competently with each other, if we’re going to make any progress. As I recently learned on The Postgraduate […]

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Diversity is not a Dirty Word

In case you missed it, yesterday was International Women’s Day—and we’ve been celebrating at the blog with a series of posts on equality and diversity. Like many other institutions around the world, there’s a drive within the University of Glasgow to actively promote equality and diversity across all schools and colleges. One of the ways […]

Managing Mental Health: Simple Survival Strategies

Would you be surprised if I told you that around one in four people will be affected by negative mental health at some point in their life? As I mentioned previously, the Guardian has an entire section on what they call the mental health crisis going on at UK universities. Most people feel too uncomfortable […]

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Managing Mental Health: Standout Support Services

What does a PhD mean to you? Expert Knowledge, Overwhelming Workload; responsibility, Expectations; independence, Accountability; collaboration, Alienation; international travel, Disconnection; supportive environment, Isolation … Loneliness, Detachment, Depression, Anxiety.   The fruits of research come in many flavours. Some people appear to sail through their projects but, for others, it can feel more like sinking. If […]