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 […]

NERDs are Cool: Support Networks for Early Career Researchers

This is a guest blog written by Maddy Cunningham. Maddy is a post-doctoral researcher in the institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, a job that she loves (though she knows it didn’t sound like it). Her work focuses on the autoimmune neuropathy Guillain-Barré syndrome. She also dabbles in teaching undergraduate laboratories, science communication and public […]

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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 […]