This is my final post! And what a way to go! This is my interview with SGSAH's new president, Professor Claire Squires. The interview took place at SGSAH HQ, on an unbelievably windy day in Glasgow. Claire Squires, and friend. JJ: Your position in Stirling relates to international publishing. Has that been a lifelong interest? … Continue reading Claire Squires Interview
Well, it's nearly time for my tenure as SGSAH blogger to come to an end. It's been great fun reading guest posts, writing about my experiences and lessons as a PGR, and seeing what people think of the blog and the PhD experience in general. It's been a difficult adjustment going from freelance to PGR, … Continue reading Almost done!
The elegant beauty of Golestan province, Iran. This week we have a guest post from Mika Schroder, a third year PhD student at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. Her key interests pertain to the recognition and safeguarding of community rights, knowledges and perspectives within decision-making processes. Her research explores the meaning and … Continue reading Re-immersion into Spaces of Law: Reflecting on research, connections and seas of change
As the year draws to a close, I like to look back and remind myself of what's been given to me in terms of opportunities over the last 12 months. SGSAH has, without doubt, been hugely helpful, not only with funding and providing opportunities for me personally (like writing the blog), but also through the … Continue reading Makin’ Wee Waves
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
This week we look at a very important subject for our guest blog, written by Ewan Bowlby. Ewan is a doctoral student at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) in St Andrews. He is researching ways of using popular artworks to design new forms of art therapy which provide emotional, psychological and … Continue reading PhDs get Personal
I'm told that once you're through your first review, you might slump a little. You might struggle to get back into the swing of research after the decompression of the end of First Year. It might seem like you've climbed one mountain, only to be told that there's another peak a little further up. Then … Continue reading The Slump
This guest post comes from the Transatlantic experience of Kiefer Holland, and is essential reading for anyone at a Scottish HEI planning to fund a research trip! Kiefer is an English Literature PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. His research looks at the writing and speeches of six nineteenth-century African American women: Jarena Lee, … Continue reading Funding a Research Trip
This incredible guest post comes from Janine Mitchell. Janine Mitchell is starting the second year of her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. Her practice-led research examines the ways in which archival material is analysed, selected and implemented in the creation of biographical narratives, and how this process negotiates the shifting boundaries of … Continue reading Freedom Road
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!