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”), […]

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 […]

PGR Scholarship Applications: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

So you are one of those poor souls that decided to sign your life away and embark on the PhD journey? By accepting the long days, little pay, inevitable caffeine addiction, and pale complexion that comes with this decision you may think the tough part is over – think again! The next step is applying […]

Building Community: What, Why, and How

As a starting postgraduate researcher (PGR), the most important relationship seems to be the one with your supervisor (and by extension, your second supervisor and review panel). In second place you might see the colleagues in your research group and others with whom you will collaborate. Thirdly, perhaps the support staff that will teach you […]

Getting Started in Research (College of Science & Engineering)

When given the task of researching something in depth as a postgraduate researcher it can be difficult to know where to begin. Luckily some advice and resources are on hand to help you in getting started with your own research. This post aims to guide you towards feeling comfortable with independent research. It’s packed full […]

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Navigating first year: Introduction from a 3rd year PG researcher

Sapphire Wanmer   As a 3rd year postgraduate researcher I know how exciting and daunting the first year of a PhD can be. It is exciting because you have the chance to start a project about something you are really interested in, and do some real independent research. It can be daunting because it’s all […]