Conducting Research the ‘Ethical’ Way- An overview of the ethics process

There are a lot of milestones in the PGR experience, all of which can be pretty intimidating on the first encounter. For me, one of those milestones was completing the ethics application forms.  As a self-confessed nerd, who actually enjoys filling out paperwork, even I was anxious after downloading a form that was …

Transition from Sporting to Geeking

Back in October 2015, I was competing for an elusive space in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. My sport was canoe slalom; a technically, physically, and mentally demanding sport that requires its athletes to navigate a canoe/kayak through a set course of gates, without touching or missing any of them, …

How to Be a Savvy Scholar

The way that we find and consume information is constantly changing – from traditional (such as watching television) through online searches (think of Google) to digital (mobile apps). These changes are also having some significant effects on research, as well as everywhere else. Traditionally, researchers disseminate their work by attending …

Virtual working retreat: a PGR reps initiative

Last year was one of the most challenging years for not only our school, but the whole world. The COVID-19 pandemic not only changed the way we perceive interpersonal communication, but it highlighted how student and academic communities can interact with each other whilst social distancing. As this year’s PGR …

Settling in as the Postgraduate Research Director amid the lockdown

Not long ago, an email was circulated to all PhD students in our School introducing Dr. Sheila Rodgers as the School’s Postgraduate Research (PGR) director. Being a student in the School for some years now, I know that the PGR director deals with matters related to PGR students. But I wasn’t clued up about its roles and responsibilities and what these entail for PhD students.   Apparently, the Research Bow’s team was in the same boat. We discussed what kind of situations PhD …

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