Remembering There is Life Outside the Lab

We’ve written a lot about wellbeing over the past year and found that doing sports helps many of you to remain balanced in the face of PGR challenges. But have you ever realised that training for sports is a lot like training for a PhD? In this guest blog, Grace McGregor draws parallels between running […]

Competition Time! #PGRSelfCare

Whether you’re battling with data, or juggling ethics approval with publication deadlines, being a PGR can be tough. PGR well-being, maintaining a work-life balance, and where PGRs can find support are themes we’ve encountered a lot over the past year, and are very close to the blog team’s hearts. Taking time away from your PhD […]

A Place to Stay

This is a guest post from Alexander Campbell, a History PhD candidate and Allocations Assistant with the University of Glasgow’s Accommodation Services. In this post, Alexander shares all you need to know about UofG accommodation for PGRs. Aside from selecting your course and university, one of the most important decisions that you will make as […]

The work-life balance: thoughts from IBAHCM Director Prof. Dan Haydon

Striking the ideal work-life balance is a challenge faced by many in academia. In this guest post, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine Director Professor Daniel (Dan) Haydon shares his thoughts on the topic. Originally published on the IBAHCM blog Naturally Speaking, and with more of a focus on post-PhD research, we are re-blogging […]

The Glasgow postgraduate experience through an international lens

This is a guest post by Sara Hosseinzadeh (@sarahoss70), a third year neuroscience PhD student in the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the UofG. The good, the bad and the sideways rain: the Glasgow postgraduate experience through an international lens What would you give up for your PhD? A few years of your […]

Peer mentoring: getting past ‘everything’s fine’

Kay Guccione (@kayguccione) works at the University of Sheffield designing mentoring and coaching partnerships for PhD and postdoc researchers. Here she explains how to keep peer mentoring relationships going if you’re experiencing a six-month slump. Are you a PhD peer-mentor? Or have you been assigned a peer mentor for your PhD first year? If you started […]

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, […]