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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 …

Online Recruitment Part 1: Becoming a JENGA master

Recruiting participants is a challenge for many psychosocial research projects, especially at a graduate level, where resources are scarce and project timelines are tight. Having just completed my online survey recruitment, I feel the urge to pass on my recently acquired knowledge on this topic. I do not claim I …

A Pocket Guide to First Year Annual Review

Annual reviews are deemed important points of progression during the PhD journey.  In addition to being a progression review, the annual review helps to support students to successfully continue and complete their PhD journey. For first–year PhD students, annual reviews may be considered one of the most important points in their year, more so than subsequent annual …

Conference snapshot: Medicine of the Person 71st Annual Meeting 14-17 August 2019, Teplá, Czech Republic

Early in 2019 we discovered the writing of physician and counsellor Paul Tournier (1898-1986), and his approach within medicine that considers the whole person, including psychological, social and spiritual aspects. Delving further into his work, we discovered the International Association for the Medicine of the Person (Médecine de la Personne: …

My experience of organising a self-defense workshop for PGR students

Last year I was attacked by two criminals on the bus. In that moment, my brain was blank, and everything was too quick for me. Not surprisingly, I got injured. My arm was broken and I have been shocked by everything that happened that night. I stopped studying at that …


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