Competition Time! #PGRSelfCare

Whether you’re battling with data, or juggling ethics approval with publication deadlines, being a PGR can be tough. PGR well-being, maintaining a work-life balance, and where PGRs can find support are themes we’ve encountered a lot over the past year, and are very close to the blog team’s hearts. Taking time away from your PhD […]

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 […]

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 […]

Managing Mental Health: Simple Survival Strategies

Would you be surprised if I told you that around one in four people will be affected by negative mental health at some point in their life? As I mentioned previously, the Guardian has an entire section on what they call the mental health crisis going on at UK universities. Most people feel too uncomfortable […]