When you’re hyper-focussed on working on your PhD, especially when you get towards deadlines and you’re furiously writing or editing, it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks, and for other areas of your life to start going awry. This always reminds me of Bridget Jones saying, ‘it's a truth universally acknowledged that the … Continue reading Having a life outside the PhD
Every PhD student has their health struggles. Be it a short-term illness, stress, anxiety, or just needing someone to remind you how to function normally (cue Birdie, the adorable PhD assistant) we've been there. There's an immediate connection that forms when you join up with a group of PhD students and someone throws out 'and … Continue reading Invisible Illness and the PhD
Hello everyone! Today we are trying something a bit different at the SGSAH blog... our first VLOG! Hopefully we'll add more new content to the blog along the lines of Vlogs, Podcasts, and the recent photo blog we had, so keep an eye out! In honour of World Mental Health Day, I'm here discussing some … Continue reading SGSAH Vlog 1: World Mental Health Day
I’ve been writing a conference paper and it felt like being in Plato’s allegory of the cave, but in reverse. Strapped to a chair, but instead of shadows on the wall it was 18th century works and journal articles on philosophy, law and history in the dim light of a desk lamp and the Scottish … Continue reading Public Engagement and Plato’s Cave
Personally, I’m great at procrastinating, but I’m terrible at taking a real break from work. I never feel like I’ve done enough to deserve it. There always seems to be one more task to accomplish before I feel like I’ve really earned a break. Which means normally my ‘breaks’ only come when my body forces … Continue reading Being Human: the value of a sabbatical
This week we've got a fantastic guest post from Alice Tarbuck on the importance of having hobbies outside you PhD and the exciting world of holistic food gathering. Alice is a final year PhD student at the University of Dundee and the Scottish Poetry Library. You can usually find her buried in a hedge. Its always … Continue reading GUEST POST: Gathering food (and thoughts) from the earth
Hello! Hope you're all well and safe and getting loads of 100% satisfying/useful research done. I know I'm enjoying sitting indoors on the first sunny day of August that Scotland has seen this year, reading all about D.H. Lawrence's theories of the dark, intuitive "blood-self" and the intellectually clear "nerve-brain-self"...*smile* We're staying in the Borders … Continue reading Do you ever feel like your PhD is trying to kill you?