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”), […]

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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 […]

Hidden Gems in Glasgow’s West End

Glasgow is a wonderful place, full of hidden little gems. In some cases very hidden. Perhaps too hidden! Office outings to “this cool new place I found” have helped me discover many wonderful areas. To help those new to the city, I have crowd sourced (from my fellow PhD students) a few of the best […]

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 […]

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Managing Mental Health: Standout Support Services

What does a PhD mean to you? Expert Knowledge, Overwhelming Workload; responsibility, Expectations; independence, Accountability; collaboration, Alienation; international travel, Disconnection; supportive environment, Isolation … Loneliness, Detachment, Depression, Anxiety.   The fruits of research come in many flavours. Some people appear to sail through their projects but, for others, it can feel more like sinking. If […]

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 […]

An Invisible Storm: Reflections on my Intercultural Academic Transitions

This is a guest post written by Dr Dely Lazarte Elliot about her experiences as an international student. She is part of the Creativity Culture and Faith Research and Teaching group in the School of Education, College of Social Sciences. I now work as a lecturer in the University of Glasgow, but a good few […]

New Year, New You – What Support is Available to Help?

If you haven’t read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss, you probably should (especially if we’re going to continue this friendship). You don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy the story and you definitely don’t have to be a child to enjoy Dr Seuss. The story follows a grumpy individual, known as the […]

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017 from all of us at the PGR blog team – may your research be fruitful, your publications plentiful, and your thesis successful! I hope you managed to get some rest during Winter Break and feel ready to take on another PGR year. For me, it has been fabulous to catch up with friends […]