Beyond the PhD

Doing a PhD is a great challenge that requires discipline, vision, organization, motivation and passion. Throughout the three, four, or more years of the program, you will focus on a single project, trying to improve it, whilst learning more about the topic, and learning how to explain and defend every …

Learning by Doing – Get the most out of an internship with the Scottish Government!

Each PhD journey is unique whether we want it or not. We sometimes find ourselves running through smooth valleys and other times struggling to even make one step in a steep hill. Can you completely avoid steep hills? Well, the quick answer is no, but you can definitely plant a …

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 …

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