This is the second part of our guest report from Kiefer Holland on his trip to the US. The title says it all! When thinking about how I could create a blog post that reflected upon a five-week research to the US the best form I could come up with was to do an “expectations … Continue reading Expectations vs Reality on the US Trip
It’s all getting a little bit fraught in the UK at the minute. There’s a general election happening in three weeks. The media and government are at each other’s throats. Fake news abounds. There are strikers outside nearly every HEI in Scotland right now. And I’ve run out of milk. If you're doing a PhD, … Continue reading Politics.
We live in a time when people all over the world are actively making changes. People are planting trees, reforesting, irrigating deserts, eschewing combustion engines, boycotting single-use plastics, and even cleaning the oceans. And you can make changes too. Not always on a grand scale, but certainly on a local scale. And at your HEI … Continue reading Making a Change
PhDs are relentless, and they can obviously be very stressful. It's a good idea to take a break regularly. As my therapist said, you have to rest before you burn out to avoid burnout! So here are some ideas for decompressing days out near the main HEIs of Scotland, going north to south. If I … Continue reading Take a Break!
This week we have a guest post from the incredibly busy Morven Gow. Morven is a second year doctoral researcher at the University of Stirling, researching the negotiation of authenticity in 21st Century book publishing. She spent most of her working life in advertising and marketing. Currently, she is in her fifth decade. I thought … Continue reading Advice for the IMDR (Incredibly Mature Doctoral Researcher) – but which may be useful for all
This is the second part of the story of Aileen Lichtenstein's fantastic research trip to Berlin. In case you missed it, here's her bio! Aileen Lichtenstein is starting her third year of her PhD in History at the University of Glasgow. Her research examines the transatlantic connections of German anarchism in Berlin, London and New … Continue reading I Still Keep a Suitcase in Berlin- Part Two
This terrific two-part guest post comes from Aileen Lichtenstein. Aileen is starting her third year of her PhD in History at the University of Glasgow. Her fascinating research examines the transatlantic connections of German anarchism in Berlin, London and New York between 1880 and 1914. She is especially interested in how people and ideas circulated … Continue reading I still keep a suitcase in Berlin-Part 1
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
The first year is a tough one. It can involve moving house, quitting jobs, inductions, new routines, and a fair bit of travel. Working alongside all that can be daunting. Have a little blog post on what it’s been like for me, and how I’ve balanced things. New town, who dis? When you start the … Continue reading Working Alongside the PhD
This guest post is by Perin Westerhof Nyman. Perin is entering the fourth year of her PhD in the School of History at the University of St Andrews. Her research considers the use of dress as a political tool in the Scottish royal household, particularly during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. She also works … Continue reading Changing Direction