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 […]

Post PGR Experience: Learning to Love the ‘Limbo’ Period

So you have submitted your PhD and passed your viva? Congratulations! What happens next can often be a surprisingly tricky time for PGRs. We have explored life after the PhD before, but what about that period between finishing your PhD and starting your next project or new job? For me, those months after submitting my […]

Data Management: How to look after your research materials in Arts & Social Sciences

An interview with Dr Niels Cadée conducted and written by Sapphire Wanmer Research material is any digital or physical information that you may use to underpin your  thesis. For example, an interview recording or transcript, results of a questionnaire, a list of manuscripts you studied, your own notes, a dance routine or a video of […]

‘Research Away’: Archives and Libraries

No matter your discipline, your PhD research might require you to travel away from the UofG. In my case, I had the privilege to visit both private and public archives to consult manuscripts from the sixteenth-century. Summer is a great time to embark on a research trip – if you are visiting another university then […]

Luck? No such thing…

This is a guest post by Dr Sara Shinton, Head of Researcher Development at the University of Edinburgh. Part of my role as Head of Researcher Development involves running leadership programmes, often with guest speakers. This means I listen to a lot of senior and successful people talking about their careers and the challenges they’ve […]

How to Give a Winning Research Presentation

With the annual progress review season starting, I thought I’d run over some pointers for a good research presentation. Mine was last week, and it won me an award, so I hope to be able to give you some winning tips! I’m sure you have some tricks of your own, too: let us know in […]

So You Want to Be a Postdoc?

This is a guest blog by Louise Stephen, a postdoc at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow, where she studies ciliopathies and protein trafficking in immune cells. She did her PhD at the University of Manchester and a previous postdoc at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. Louise is co-chair of the UK Research […]

Starting Up: Entrepreneurship for PGRs

PGRs are passionate, self-motivated, independent thinkers, as well as project managers, decision makers, and hard workers that have the tenacity to get back up after failure until they achieve their desired results. Great attributes for being a good researcher, but I’d argue that they also make excellent entrepreneurs! The PhD journey is a road of […]