This post is my final post as the SGSAH Blogger – I can’t believe how quickly the last 6 months have flown in! I certainly didn’t expect most of them to take place during a pandemic… I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. When I started this position, I wanted to get to know as many … Continue reading Goodbye from me!
As I write the opening to this blog post, it’s 5pm on a Sunday. Oops. My plan to have the entire weekend off didn’t exactly go to plan – a situation I’m all too familiar with, particularly since starting my PhD in October. It’s easy to feel guilty trying to take some time off when … Continue reading Reclaiming your ‘Weekend’
Whether you love it or hate it, networking throughout our PhDs is something we’re told to do. This post features some tips and advice from researchers on how to make it a little easier. The word ‘networking’ isn’t exactly a pleasant word for everyone. When I read it, over-eager LinkedIn profiles pop into my head. … Continue reading Networking in Academia
PhD researchers share how they’re making progress with their work despite restrictions posed by the lockdown. For some, being forced to stay indoors and get some work done has worked out to be advantageous. But for others – with caring and/or childcare responsibilities, anxiety, disrupted research trips and halted field research – it’s difficult to … Continue reading PhDs During Lockdown
Don’t worry – this isn’t one of those ‘rise and grind’ type posts, encouraging you to make the most of self-isolation by completing your PhD in record time whilst establishing a new side hustle… For some of us, PhD work will go on almost as normal during this stage of pandemic-related disruption. Disrupted field research, … Continue reading PhDs, Pandemics, Productivity.
Although at times it feels like I’ve been doing my PhD for years (usually in the days just before a deadline…) I recently realised it hasn’t even been six months! The first few months of a PhD have been a whirlwind of new experiences, so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned … Continue reading Reflections On PhD Life So Far
Even if you’re surrounded by a great cohort, colleagues, and friends, sometimes having an online space to vent about your problems or look for advice can do you a world of good. Here are a few PhD communities across social media designed to help get you through these trying (!) years, from hashtags that help … Continue reading Online Communities for PhD Researchers
When it all becomes a bit much and the thought of reading or writing another word becomes nauseating, there’s a whole host of ways in which PhD researchers unwind… It’s 11am. The morning has crawled by in a series of difficult contract law terms I need to get my head around. An imposing Word … Continue reading Running from the PhD (Literally!)
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. The email lands in your inbox. ‘Feedback attached.’ You download the document – the filename is slightly different from when you sent it, your supervisor’s initials plastered on the end. You click ‘open’ and… are blinded by the sheer amount of tracked changes and comments in the Word … Continue reading ‘Hey, Editor – I’m undeniable!’ Dealing with feedback and criticism during your PhD
Hi all! I’m Chiara, and I’ll be running the SGSAH blog for the next six months. I’m a first-year PhD researcher at the University of Stirling. I’m still getting to grips with describing my research succinctly (perhaps that’s one of the things I’ll be able to improve on after speaking to more of you!) but … Continue reading From Publishing to PhD