GUSA Gym Buddy Scheme

Interested in joining the gym (great for PGR Self Care!) but feeling a little unsure about going alone? Look no further than this guest post on GUSA’s Buddy Scheme from Ellie Haberlin-Chambers, the GUSA Welfare Convenor.    As a GUSA Freshers’ Helper for the last two years I‘ve found that students can sometimes arrive with […]

On Dealing with Failure

When PGR life is getting me particularly down, I curl up underneath a pile of blankets and escape into old movies. This time it was Wonderboys, where Michael Douglas plays an English professor who hasn’t published anything in years and is generally messing up all areas of his life. Surprising choice, eh? In the film, […]

*VLOG* Successful Supervision: Interview with Dr Matteo Ceriotti

Dr. Matteo Ceriotti, lecturer in Space Systems Engineering at UofG, is what we’d call a ‘rock star supervisor’ (thanks to The Thesis Whisperer for the apt term). His rock star status was firmly established though his recent nomination for ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards. Here, Matteo talks […]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: on Competition in Postgraduate Research

We are taught to compete from the very first day we enter an academic institution. Golden stars, class rankings, honours degrees, scholarships, and university status all contribute to our being primed for competition. The fact that the reward system in academia is largely based on a prestige-based publication system does not help, either. Additionally, we […]

The Difficulties of Finding your Daily Work Routine

Although PGRs have many similar experiences, their individual work lives vary greatly. If you work in a lab or within a research team, you’ll have a completely different daily routine than if you work on your own without set office hours. As a PhD student in Sociology, I belong to the latter category. I meet […]