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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 […]

Networking & Mentorship Made Easy

During International Women’s Week, we are writing about topics related to Athena SWAN, the charter recognising excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. As mentorship and networking are recognised as two key determinants of career progression, I would like to share some insight on their importance for us as […]

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 […]

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Defeating Self-Sabotage

There are many hurdles to overcome when you’re a PGR. Beyond deadlines, networking, and balancing work with self-care, there’s also self-sabotage. This comes in many forms, from procrastination to over-committing and even avoidance—we can be our own worst enemies. Luckily, help is at hand. Last week I was able to attend Hugh Kearns’ workshop on […]

Developing Your Writing Skills

This is a guest blog by Jennifer Boyle, Writing Advisor for Postgraduate Researchers based at the Student Learning Service. She runs writing workshops and boot camps where you can work on your practical writing skills, but also share your writing experiences with other PGRs!   No matter the discipline, no matter the background – anyone undertaking […]

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 […]

Being a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)

Working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) is a way to strengthen transferable skills, such as supporting senior colleagues, collaborating with team-members and building administrative experience. Moreover, if you hope to remain in academia after you complete your PGR research, building practical experience of teaching can be essential for future job applications. Whatever your motivations, being a GTA […]