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About us

Research Bow was launched in March 2019 with the vision to create a platform to share advice, experiences and news with our community of postgraduate research (PGR) students in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. Since then, Research Bow has experienced steady growth with the help of a core editorial PGR and staff team and lots of engaging contributors across the School.


Research Bow acknowledges how our PGR journeys are not always smooth, nor linear. Through our regular blog posts, we want to inspire you, our community, reminding you to celebrate your small wins and reflect on your unavoidable obstacles by sharing our experiences, initiatives, insights, and tips related to the PGR life.

We are a dynamic and truly diverse community, not only in terms of research interests and academic backgrounds but also of experiences, cultures, views and lifestyles – a situation that sometimes makes it harder to see what is the link between all of us… 

Research Bow is an initiative to make our PGR community links stronger. An initiative that promotes peer support and co-existence, making us feel part of a supportive and understanding community by normalising both the ups and downs of our PGR journeys! 

Some exciting news to share!

We would like to proudly share that Research Bow was awarded the ‘Enterprising Student Award 2021’ by the Edinburgh University Student’s Association. We would like to truly thank everyone for nominating us and for being part of our Research Bow community!

We are super excited to announce that in January 2021 Research Bow was awarded a Student Experience Grant to support our growth and help us organise a series of creative and interactive workshops. In 2021-2022, despite all the challenges we organised four workshops which helped our community to…

  • ‘Bake’ your PhD 
  • Create an engaging poster
  • Explore the post-postgraduate journey: Panel Conversation
  • ‘Clay’ your PhD


Would you like to get involved?

We are always looking for more contributors, and why not, also editors! We would love to hear your ideas, questions, experiences, tips and advices! Are you doing a PhD or a MSc by research degree at the School of Health in Social Science? Would you like to actively contribute to our community?

Get in touch at our email, via Twitter @ResearchBow or via BlueSky

If you are interested to write a blog for Research Bow, take a look at our format and content guidelines here:RB_Submission_Guidelines.2023.

Please note that this blog is coordinated by PGR students but it is endorsed by the School of Health in Social Science. All submitted posts are reviewed by staff in the School to ensure they meet the terms of use outlined in the above document. We may also edit posts for spelling, grammar, and formatting, however, any suggested changes to your post will be sent back to you for approval before posting.

The opinions expressed by blog post authors and interviewees do not reflect those of the School of Health in Social Science or The University of Edinburgh and are the authors’ and interviewees’ own.



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