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 …

Emerging From The Bottom

‘Emerging From The Bottom’ is Claudia’s third short story published in Research Bow and completes her first short story trilogy. Claudia’s journey is unique, but we know that many of us struggle with similar experiences, so we hope that sharing these experiences will make us all feel a little less …

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 …

Post Traumatic… Growth?! A Short Musical Documentary

An excerpt from my participatory research, following the experience of a young person at the Center for Adolescent Mental Health, and supporting them in turning their advice to a music video.  Mental health is a positive. That’s what Sam* told me at the Centre for Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), where …

The Whirlpool

This short story is a sequel to Claudia’s first story “The Scottish Newen: A Short Story Of My Journey To Open My Soul“. With this second short story, Claudia continues her lyrical journey and shares some advice on how to deal with mental health issues during a PhD. All of …

Being aware, or not being aware: that is the question – Mental Health Awareness as a postgraduate student

Could mental health awareness be the key to a successful PhD application?  To answer this question, a good starting point could be sharing a little bit about myself. My name is Koraima, I am from Quito (Ecuador), and I am a first year PhD student in Clinical Psychology. My interests …

The Scottish Newen: A Short Story Of My Journey To Open My Soul.

This short story was written by Claudia in the context of a series of writing workshops, lead by Janis Mackay, a Scottish writer and storyteller. The learning process of the English language was one of the most challenging tasks for Claudia. Striving to enhance her writing skills, Claudia discovered the …

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