The 1st October 2020 was the first “official” day of my PhD Research. It was one of those days – rainy and sunny at the same time. No doubt that’s a metaphor. The rain was a nuisance, but there was a fabulous rainbow as I walked my kids down to school. My 6-year-old asked his … Continue reading MIND THE (interdisciplinary) GAP!
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
Keep an annotated bibliography. It helps to know what books you've read, but it helps even more to know which books were useful, and had good points and ideas to remember later on. If you write a lit review as part of your first year it also pays for itself many times over! Keep it … Continue reading Ten Things I learned in the First Year of my PhD
Hello! I'm Jimmy, and for the next six months, I'm running the SGSAH blog. I'm really excited to try some new things, and pretty nervous to fill Lizzie's shoes. I'm a first-year PhD researcher at the University of Stirling, looking at Gaelic and Welsh gravestones as a comparitive study of Celtic language funerary traditions (I … Continue reading A Graveyard Grabber of Grub
Every year of the PhD is hard. Year 2 is host to the dreaded ‘second year slump’, when you still have a long way to go, but the novelty and newness of doing your PhD is wearing off. Year 3 is full of the pressure of writing and editing, picking examiners and choosing when you … Continue reading Top 4 tips for surviving the first year of your PhD
I entered my PhD full of determination and expecting to hit the ground running. I knew what I wanted, and I was determined to make the most out of this opportunity. It felt like the clock started ticking the moment I stepped off the train in Dumfries. I was ready to get box ticking out … Continue reading Starting a PhD: 8 Things I wish I had known and Done
This post comes from Brittnee Leysen, a first-year self-funded international PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow in Celtic and Gaelic. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology, and MLitt in Celtic Studies, she now explores the Scottish diaspora through place-names in the Otago region of New Zealand. You can connect with her on Twitter … Continue reading Like a Band-Aid: pulling off your first conference paper