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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 […]

Postgrad and Pregnant

What is it like to go through pregnancy as a PGR? Stuart previously wrote about his experience of being a father during his PhD studies, but today we are looking at it from the mothers side. In this multi-guest post we start by hearing from Mary Beth Kneafsey, who takes us through official UofG policy […]

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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 […]

Wrangling MyCampus

There are countless PGR workshops designed to help PGRs expand their skills and to make the most of their time at the UofG over the course of their studies: opportunities to learn about writing for publications, discover handy tips and tricks for presenting at conferences…there’s even sometimes coffee and biscuits- it’s great! Choosing which workshops […]

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 […]

Happy holidays in Glasgow (and beyond)

  University of Glasgow Cloisters, photo by @UofGlasgow Christmas holidays, Winter Break, the Festive Season – however you choose to describe it, this time of the year is associated with happy celebrations, family gatherings, laughter and joy. Over the past few weeks I have enjoyed Christmas lunches with my lab, made several trips to Glasgow’s […]

PhDs and Parenting: How to Juggle Two Very Different Demands

Once upon a time, during my undergraduate degree, I used to get up at 5am to go for an hour long run before heading into university. It was a great way to kick off my day and mentally prepare for whatever lay ahead. That was before my daughter was born. Now, I sometimes get up […]

Getting started in MVLS – Admin

Sapphire recently shared some insight on navigating life as a first year postgraduate researcher (PGR). Today, I would like to add some specific advice for those of you in the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences (MVLS)! I’ll give you an overview of the college and provide some pointers to helpful webpages, so you […]