The end of 2020 is rapidly bearing down on us. Sitting here at the end of this year trying to reflect is an almost impossible task. The world, and everyday life, has changed in ways we didn’t think possible this time a year ago. Personally it has been one of the most difficult years, both … Continue reading Well what was all that then?
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
One of the aspects of the covid lockdown is the sudden rise in virtual teaching, conferences and talks. This comes with its own set of challenges and positives. In this post I will share some of my own experiences over the last few months of virtual presenting and attendance and discuss some of the lessons … Continue reading Beyond attending from bed: virtual presenting
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
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging with SGSAH for almost six months. Next week I’ll compose the monthly round-up and after that I’m handing over to a new blogger who is sure to offer a very different perspective on the experience of being an Arts & Humanities PhD student in Scotland. I’ve loved … Continue reading My final SGSAH blog post!
It’s hard to believe it’s already 2018. Around a year ago I started a new hobby: climbing. This was quite an obvious pastime to take up after moving to Lochaber for my PhD: Fort William has been labelled ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK’ after all. Having moved back to the area after many years … Continue reading The PhD Climb
Today’s guest post comes from Lisa Nais, who is a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. She holds an MA in English and Linguistics from the same university. Her doctoral research focuses on American writers in Venice in the late nineteenth century and the intersection of publishing practices with the creative process. Part of … Continue reading Archives & Pseudonyms
Two weeks ago my laptop died. On the plus side, my University department arranged to have it looked at quickly, and sent it off to be repaired within a few days. It finally came back safe and sound on Thursday. In the meantime, West Highland College UHI lent me a laptop to use, which meant … Continue reading My top 5 software recommendations for PhD students