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 […]

How to Impress with Your Conference Research Poster

For many disciplines, conferences go hand-in-hand with poster presentations. Last week, as part of our Conference Success Series, I went over some pointers on How to Give a Winning Research Presentation. While many of the same principles apply to poster presentations, there are some unique aspects to keep in mind while you make your poster. […]

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 […]

Peer mentoring: getting past ‘everything’s fine’

Kay Guccione (@kayguccione) works at the University of Sheffield designing mentoring and coaching partnerships for PhD and postdoc researchers. Here she explains how to keep peer mentoring relationships going if you’re experiencing a six-month slump. Are you a PhD peer-mentor? Or have you been assigned a peer mentor for your PhD first year? If you started […]

The Annual Progress Review: responsibilities and benefits

At this time of year we are all required to reflect on the achievements and challenges that we have faced over the last year during our research. Progression is an important time to remember what your responsibilities are as a postgraduate researcher no matter what stage of research you are at. Equally important is understanding […]

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 […]

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 […]