*VLOG* Successful Supervision: Interview with Dr Matteo Ceriotti

Dr. Matteo Ceriotti, lecturer in Space Systems Engineering at UofG, is what we’d call a ‘rock star supervisor’ (thanks to The Thesis Whisperer for the apt term). His rock star status was firmly established though his recent nomination for ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards. Here, Matteo talks […]

Introducing the new Researcher Development Officer

Dr Richard Marshall is the new Researcher Development Officer for RSIO, tasked with overseeing the Postgraduate Researcher training programme, including course planning and provision, evaluation, and development. After taking his doctorate in Classical Languages and Literature (think Latin and Ancient Greek), he has worked as a lecturer and researcher at Oxford and UofG. Coming from […]

Hello from Sian & the launch of PGR Lunchtime Walks 2.0

I feel like a bit of an imposter featuring here as I haven’t embarked upon a PhD nor a career in research… but I’ve heard you’re a welcoming bunch and I want to re-instate the PGR lunchtime walks: so read on and hear me out!     My name is Sian and I will be […]

Social media for PGRs: boosting your academic visibility

There is no doubt that social media have become an important aspect of my daily life. Though I’m a frequent visitor of different social media apps and websites, I haven’t always used these for academic purposes. Instead, I always considered these to be quite private and kept them separate from my work life. However, after […]

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 […]

Waging War with Writer’s Block

I’m going to start this post with an apology (a classic conversation starter, if you ask me). You see, my headline gives the impression that I can help you beat writer’s block—and I’m not sure that I can. Don’t leave yet, though! What I hope that I CAN do, is convince you that writer’s block […]

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 […]

The Disability Services: My Experience

I don’t know how you spent your childhood, but I whiled away my time pretending I had special powers. My parents tell me that I would often try and overcome conflict by casting magic spells or pretending I was invisible (give me a break, I was only nineteen). As I got older, I began to […]