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 […]

Aamer Anwar’s Address to PGRs

Aamer Anwar, the newly installed University Rector, recently addressed staff and students at the PGR Experience Event in June. The aim of this event was to stimulate discussion and develop strategies to help improve life for UofG PGRs, and Anwar’s address outlined what he considered to be the most pressing issues they face. This post […]

‘Hustle’ Your Way to an Academic Career in Social Sciences

Hustling might not be a verb you would immediately associate with academic progression, but after an insightful event held by CoSS Employability: ‘Careers in Academia’, it’s taken on a whole new meaning (thanks Dr Yates)! Whether you’re based in Social Sciences or a different College, the advice offered by Dr Donna Yates, Dr Claire Bynner […]

Pitch Perfect: Winning the MVLS Science Den

What do you want to get out of your PhD? To prolong your student days before having to get serious in life, contribute something useful to your field, publish good papers, land that dream job… All valid reasons! But what if one day, you stumbled across something in your research that could actually solve a […]

Welcome to #TeamUofG! Advice for New Researchers

This time of year often beckons a flurry of excitement and anticipation for those finding out they’ve been accepted to study at University and the #TeamUofG campaign seeks to welcome those arriving here with open arms! Whether you are about to be an undergraduate, postgrad or researcher at UofG, there are always piling uncertainties about […]

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 […]

Maximising Your Conference Experience

Academic conferences may not top most people’s Summer Perks list, but for PGRs the summer months are peak conference season. Maybe not be as relaxing as a holiday, but they almost always involve travel, adventure, and meeting cool new people; and if you’re hailing from Scotland like us, they will certainly be in a sunnier […]