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, […]

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 […]

Do you have the tastiest research at UofG?

We have some delicious news for you: PGR Bake-Off is back this September in the Gilchrist! Forget showstoppers and technical challenges, PGR Bake-Off is all about the lesser-known Research Bake- not to be mistaken for your latest chapter draft served up beneath a delicious crumble topping or crème pâtissière. The challenge for UofG PGRs and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summer Reading

When we’re not busy working on new blog posts, jetsetting to conferences or working on our latest chapter drafts, we’re big fans of finding out what other UofG PGRs and staff are getting up to, from new and exciting research projects, to cheeky glimpses into their offices, or #PGRSelfCare routines. One of the many things […]