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 […]

Luck? No such thing…

This is a guest post by Dr Sara Shinton, Head of Researcher Development at the University of Edinburgh. Part of my role as Head of Researcher Development involves running leadership programmes, often with guest speakers. This means I listen to a lot of senior and successful people talking about their careers and the challenges they’ve […]

How to Give a Winning Research Presentation

With the annual progress review season starting, I thought I’d run over some pointers for a good research presentation. Mine was last week, and it won me an award, so I hope to be able to give you some winning tips! I’m sure you have some tricks of your own, too: let us know in […]

Getting Started in the College of Social Sciences

Last summer, after months of emailing back and forth with my supervisor, I received an official email from the University of Glasgow. The first sentence I read made me very happy (“I am delighted to inform you that the University of Glasgow is making you an unconditional offer of a place as a research student”), […]

So You Want to Be a Postdoc?

This is a guest blog by Louise Stephen, a postdoc at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow, where she studies ciliopathies and protein trafficking in immune cells. She did her PhD at the University of Manchester and a previous postdoc at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. Louise is co-chair of the UK Research […]

Starting Up: Entrepreneurship for PGRs

PGRs are passionate, self-motivated, independent thinkers, as well as project managers, decision makers, and hard workers that have the tenacity to get back up after failure until they achieve their desired results. Great attributes for being a good researcher, but I’d argue that they also make excellent entrepreneurs! The PhD journey is a road of […]

College Librarians: Supporting Your Research and Development

This is a guest post by Paul Cannon, College Librarian for MVLS here at the UofG. Paul explains how College Librarians can support PGRs at all stages of their research and reminds us why we should make the most of the resources and support that College Librarians can offer.     In December, Andreea Tint […]

What, how, and how much should I read?

This is a guest post written by Dr Dely Lazarte Elliot. She is part of the Creativity Culture and Faith Research and Teaching group in the School of Education, College of Social Sciences. “While writing in doctoral education is increasingly visible as a focus for research and pedagogy, what remains less visible is the role […]

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 […]