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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Introducing the new Researcher Development Officer

Dr Richard Marshall is the new Researcher Development Officer for RSIO, tasked with overseeing the Postgraduate Researcher training programme, including course planning and provision, evaluation, and development. After taking his doctorate in Classical Languages and Literature (think Latin and Ancient Greek), he has worked as a lecturer and researcher at Oxford and UofG. Coming from […]

Can you see me in the distance? (A blog about distance learning)

This is a guest post by Catherine Aitken, a first year PhD researcher within Management at the UofG. Catherine is currently researching Social Enterprise Business Models.   The majority of PhD researchers live in and around campus, immersed in a vibrant research environment with likeminded peers and daily support staff. These supportive conditions can ignite […]

Data Management: How to look after your research materials in Science & Engineering and MVLS

An interview with Dr Niels Cadée conducted and written by Sapphire Wanmer Dr Niels Cadée has been in our shoes: those of a PGR student who is producing lots of data but does not necessarily know what to do with it. Niels now works within the Research Data Management (RDM) Service at the university, a team […]