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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Data Management: How to look after your research materials in Arts & Social Sciences

An interview with Dr Niels Cadée conducted and written by Sapphire Wanmer Research material is any digital or physical information that you may use to underpin your  thesis. For example, an interview recording or transcript, results of a questionnaire, a list of manuscripts you studied, your own notes, a dance routine or a video of […]

‘Research Away’: Archives and Libraries

No matter your discipline, your PhD research might require you to travel away from the UofG. In my case, I had the privilege to visit both private and public archives to consult manuscripts from the sixteenth-century. Summer is a great time to embark on a research trip – if you are visiting another university then […]

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”), […]