In this guest post, Manos Apostolidis discusses how to navigate the waters of a PhD and personal development when we have to face our own barriers. It presents a guide of his own techniques for how to navigate this and be kind to yourself. It also features some lovely images of Greece, somewhere I spent … Continue reading Obsessive Compulsive Disasters
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!
This is not a particularly new subject to write about, however it is something I have been thinking about lately. How much of our identity is wrapped up in our identity as a PhD student and as a researcher, and how much remains of who we were before? I, like many of you, am lucky … Continue reading Are we human, or are we researcher?
This latest guest blog post comes from Juliette Irretier, a PhD candidate in Film & TV Stuidies and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow. She gives us a review of the training event TV PhD, put on as part of the Edinburgh TV Festival. As well as being of interest to anyone interested in … Continue reading A Foot in the Door: Taking Part in the Edinburgh TV Festival’s TV PhD Training Scheme
To end the week, I wanted to take a moment to consider those who help many of us get through the day, keep us grounded and keep things in perspective. I am, of course, talking about pets. I put out a call for the pets of PhD students who are based at Scottish universities and … Continue reading The importance of research assistants
One of the impacts of the closure of campuses during lockdown is being cut off from library resources. Having spent a lot of time in libraries as a child, the experience of browsing a physical shelf and finding related sources is a difficult experience to replace. Having a physically present and knowledgeable librarian who can … Continue reading Top 5 digital resources when working from home
I am excited to present the first of our guest bloggers since I took over the blog. Fleur is based on Orkney and PhD looks at connectivity in rural life. COVID-19 lockdowns meant Fleur's research and personal life became further entangled, as she discusses below. To undertake my PhD research, I moved halfway around the … Continue reading An international state of affairs
Being almost 3 years into my PhD, I’ve written my fair share of academic writing. This also means that I’ve had a huge amount of feedback from my supervisor on my writing style. There are some mistakes that I’ve made (and continue making), which I wish I had got out of the habit of doing … Continue reading Top 5 tips for writing your PhD
I don’t know if it’s just my intense perfectionism, but I have a real fear of finishing things, signing off, and saying I’m done. I’ve always been terrible at doing so, handing in essays right on the deadline during my undergrad. Once or twice, I even edited an essay within an inch of its life … Continue reading Perfectionism and the PhD: the dread of completion
Matthew Payne is in the fourth year of his PhD at the University of St Andrews. Before moving up to Scotland, Matthew completed his undergraduate and Master’s studies at the University of Cambridge. Matthew works on Seneca the Younger, the Roman politician, philosopher, poet, and infamously the tutor and adviser of the Emperor Nero. Matthew’s research is on aberration in Seneca’s tragedies, … Continue reading 3 Months in the Netherlands