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 […]

World Health Day: PGR Edition

It’s World Health Day! Celebrated on the 7th of April every year, this day was designed to raise awareness for pressing public health issues and is sponsored by the World Health Organization. The theme this year is Depression: let’s talk. We’ve written a lot about mental health issues in the past months, covering survival strategies, […]

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PGR Experience: Part-Time Reseacher

As someone who researches superhero comics in the name of her thesis, I’m very familiar with the concept of reboots. I’m not a fan- they usually seem to entail cancelling a perfectly good comic and replacing it with yet another Spiderman origin story (urgh Peter Parker, more Gwen Stacy please!). I am, however, willing to make […]

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Diversity is not a Dirty Word

In case you missed it, yesterday was International Women’s Day—and we’ve been celebrating at the blog with a series of posts on equality and diversity. Like many other institutions around the world, there’s a drive within the University of Glasgow to actively promote equality and diversity across all schools and colleges. One of the ways […]

Networking & Mentorship Made Easy

During International Women’s Week, we are writing about topics related to Athena SWAN, the charter recognising excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. As mentorship and networking are recognised as two key determinants of career progression, I would like to share some insight on their importance for us as […]

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Defeating Self-Sabotage

There are many hurdles to overcome when you’re a PGR. Beyond deadlines, networking, and balancing work with self-care, there’s also self-sabotage. This comes in many forms, from procrastination to over-committing and even avoidance—we can be our own worst enemies. Luckily, help is at hand. Last week I was able to attend Hugh Kearns’ workshop on […]

Developing Your Writing Skills

This is a guest blog by Jennifer Boyle, Writing Advisor for Postgraduate Researchers based at the Student Learning Service. She runs writing workshops and boot camps where you can work on your practical writing skills, but also share your writing experiences with other PGRs!   No matter the discipline, no matter the background – anyone undertaking […]