Political PGR

With the recent announcement of a snap general election in the UK, you are either feeling serious voter fatigue or giddy excitement. Me? I got so animated by the alert on my phone that I interrupted a colleagues’ practice conference talk to spread the word…they did not receive the news as enthusiastically as I had! […]

Does Academia Struggle with Integrity?

Academia has a noble reputation; sometimes it can be hard to remember that researchers are just people, as human as everyone else. Here at the UofG, as with other institutions, research integrity is taken very seriously and the University has in place procedures, systems and training to promote high quality, ethical and valuable research. However, […]

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Diversity is not a Dirty Word

In case you missed it, yesterday was International Women’s Day—and we’ve been celebrating at the blog with a series of posts on equality and diversity. Like many other institutions around the world, there’s a drive within the University of Glasgow to actively promote equality and diversity across all schools and colleges. One of the ways […]

Postgrad and Pregnant

What is it like to go through pregnancy as a PGR? Stuart previously wrote about his experience of being a father during his PhD studies, but today we are looking at it from the mothers side. In this multi-guest post we start by hearing from Mary Beth Kneafsey, who takes us through official UofG policy […]

Researcher Development at the College of Science & Engineering

Can you take part in training and activities that aren’t directly related to your research? You certainly can! The skills that you gain alongside those required for your research go towards your ‘researcher development’.  As the Graduate School of Science and Engineering explains: ‘Research is not just about the work you undertake in your lab […]

5 Tips on Surviving Ethical Approval for Your Research

Studies involving human participants or animals often require ethics approval. While standard practice, this process can seem both daunting and complex to those unfamiliar with it. Here, Jie Zhang (a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Education) shares her experience of going through the ethics application process for the first time, and offers […]

Getting started in MVLS – Admin

Sapphire recently shared some insight on navigating life as a first year postgraduate researcher (PGR). Today, I would like to add some specific advice for those of you in the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences (MVLS)! I’ll give you an overview of the college and provide some pointers to helpful webpages, so you […]