Competition Time! #PGRSelfCare

Whether you’re battling with data, or juggling ethics approval with publication deadlines, being a PGR can be tough. PGR well-being, maintaining a work-life balance, and where PGRs can find support are themes we’ve encountered a lot over the past year, and are very close to the blog team’s hearts. Taking time away from your PhD […]

A Place to Stay

This is a guest post from Alexander Campbell, a History PhD candidate and Allocations Assistant with the University of Glasgow’s Accommodation Services. In this post, Alexander shares all you need to know about UofG accommodation for PGRs. Aside from selecting your course and university, one of the most important decisions that you will make as […]

The work-life balance: thoughts from IBAHCM Director Prof. Dan Haydon

Striking the ideal work-life balance is a challenge faced by many in academia. In this guest post, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine Director Professor Daniel (Dan) Haydon shares his thoughts on the topic. Originally published on the IBAHCM blog Naturally Speaking, and with more of a focus on post-PhD research, we are re-blogging […]

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 […]

PGR Experience: Battling Isolation

This is a guest post by Ayesha Abida. Ayesha is a first-year PGR based in the School of Education. Her PhD is in Applied Linguistics/TESOL. As someone who loves travelling and socialising, Ayesha shares her advice on combatting the common feeling of isolation for PGRs and offers some tips for getting to know other researchers here […]

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 […]

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 […]

PhD Self-Care

Jam Frog (CC BY-SA 2.0) Via Flickr Feeling overwhelmed? It’s important to remember that yes, your thesis is a huge project, but you will reach the end. Whether you are at the very beginning of your research thinking: “where do I start?” Or you have just received feedback on your final chapter and want to […]