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 […]

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#PGresearchspace: And the winner is…

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of our #PGresearchspace competition is Allyson Keehan. Congratulations Allyson! It seems that Allyson’s motivational Post-It message resonated with both the blogger team and UofG PGRs too! We hope that Allyson enjoys her voucher, and some smaller prizes are winging their way to Bryony, Dawn and Demelza for their […]

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 […]