PGR Experience: Battling Imposter Syndrome

As PGRs we quickly become very comfortable in our own bubbles since we are so focussed on the details of our project. However, that’s not to say that for some of us, being a PGR doesn’t bring a whole host of anxieties. Some of the most common experiences include feeling isolated and lonely during our […]

PGR Experience: Battling Isolation

This is a guest post by Ayesha Abida. Ayesha is a first-year PGR based in the School of Education. Her PhD is in Applied Linguistics/TESOL. As someone who loves travelling and socialising, Ayesha shares her advice on combatting the common feeling of isolation for PGRs and offers some tips for getting to know other researchers here […]

World Health Day: PGR Edition

It’s World Health Day! Celebrated on the 7th of April every year, this day was designed to raise awareness for pressing public health issues and is sponsored by the World Health Organization. The theme this year is Depression: let’s talk. We’ve written a lot about mental health issues in the past months, covering survival strategies, […]

Life After the PhD

This is a guest post by Rachel K. Cheng. Rachel was a PGR in History from October 2013 to November 2016 working with Professors Callum Brown and Alex Shepard. Here, she tells us what has happened to her after the viva and her graduation and shares her advice for life after the PhD. Rachel K. […]

NERDs are Cool: Support Networks for Early Career Researchers

This is a guest blog written by Maddy Cunningham. Maddy is a post-doctoral researcher in the institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, a job that she loves (though she knows it didn’t sound like it). Her work focuses on the autoimmune neuropathy Guillain-Barré syndrome. She also dabbles in teaching undergraduate laboratories, science communication and public […]

The Viva Exam

This post was written by Niamh Brown. Niamh has just completed her PhD in English Literature. Her thesis examined the exchange of ideas and images between scientific texts and religious poetry in the nineteenth-century. She had her viva examination in December and is currently completing her corrections. After the stress that accompanies the last few […]

Submitting the Thesis

So, something wonderful has happened, I have submitted my thesis! At the end of last month, I handed in three soft-bound copies of my thesis to the College of Arts Graduate School. Now I am waiting to hear when my viva examination will take place, a meeting where I will orally defend my work, responding […]