Tackling the Literature Review

Andreea Bocioaga is in her second of year of doing a PhD in the Adam Smith Business School, looking at sustainable consumption in urban food growing. In this post, she shares her experiences and advice for writing a literature review.  Depending on your research programme, you might be expected to write a literature review as one […]

Social media for PGRs: boosting your academic visibility

There is no doubt that social media have become an important aspect of my daily life. Though I’m a frequent visitor of different social media apps and websites, I haven’t always used these for academic purposes. Instead, I always considered these to be quite private and kept them separate from my work life. However, after […]

The College of Science and Engineering Annual Progress Review

Nobody knows the exact origins of the Annual Progress Review (APR). Legend has it that it began 1451 (the very year the University was established) as a means of cruel and ruthless entertainment for our professor overlords. But the exact origins aren’t important. What is important is that the practice continues today: each year, in […]

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 […]

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The Limbo Time between Ethics Application and Successful Recruitment

The following post on the ethics approval process was written by Lauren Elsie White – a 2nd year PhD student from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing- and follows on from our previous post on where to start with research ethics approval. Lauren is based at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and […]

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 […]