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  • Jun 22 / 2020
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Patrice Reid, PhD Experience

Covid series: Today’s Start. By Patrice Reid

This piece is part of a series collecting the experiences of researchers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Patrice Reid is a Commonwealth Scholar pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychological Medicine. Her research is focused on the development and field testing of a culturally grounded digital intervention to address alcohol and marijuana abuse in young Jamaicans. The following is a reflective piece by Patrice on living in lock-down.  

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  • Jun 22 / 2020
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PhD Experience, Sam Brady

Covid series: Lockdown, self-reflection and privilege. By Sam Brady

This piece is part of a series collecting the experiences of researchers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam Brady is an AHRC CDP PhD student at the University of Glasgow, researching the socio-political and technical history of the sports wheelchair in collaboration with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. He also excels at eating, worrying and obsessively tweeting @SamB24. In the following post, Sam reflects on his situation in light of lock-down

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  • Jun 22 / 2020
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PhD Experience, Rachel Thomson

Covid series: Experience as PhD student and NHS public health professional. By Dr Rachel Thomson

This piece is part of a series collecting the experiences of researchers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Rachel Thomson is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow who started a PhD modelling the impacts of welfare policies on population mental health at the University of Glasgow in September 2019. Her clinical background is in public health medicine, and since March 2020 she has returned to clinical practice on a part-time basis to assist with the public health response to COVID-19 in NHS Ayrshire & Arran (A&A). In the following piece, Rachel reflects on her experience of this time as PhD student and public health professional.

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  • Jun 09 / 2016
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Anna Isaacs, Methods, PhD Experience

Fieldwork Reflections

Photo by Telco Kruidenier © 2005. Used with permission under the license of Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

Photo by Telco Kruidenier © 2005. Used with permission under the license of Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

 

By Anna Isaacs

Recently, during one of my PhD interviews, a participant discussed with me her reluctance to engage in preventive health screenings. Part way through the conversation she asked me if I had ever had a cervical smear test and, if so, how I had found it. I paused for a second and then replied that yes, I had, and while it might not have been in my top ten most enjoyable experiences, it was relatively quick and not unduly painful. “Oh”, she responded. “Well if you’ve had one, then maybe I will too….” Continue Reading

  • Jun 01 / 2016
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PhD Experience, Ruth Agbakoba

The Benefits That Voluntary Work Can Bring To Your PhD

By Ruth Agbakoba

No one has ever become poor by giving” – Anne Frank

This inspirational quote illustrates the value of generosity. In this post I would like to share my personal voluntary experiences as they have positively impacted my PhD Research. Moving to a new city can be a very daunting prospect for students. For me, having a close bond with my twin sister Faith, I knew that the adjustments would take time. However, what we do share close to our hearts is our charitable works from childhood. Glasgow is very much a cohesive and friendly city to live and study. The “People Make Glasgow” slogan was unveiled as the new brand name for the largest city in Scotland. It represents distinct warmth with the people of Glasgow being at the heart of this brand. During my time in Glasgow, I have come to experience this warmth for myself, most notably in a volunteering capacity. Continue Reading

  • Aug 26 / 2015
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PhD Experience, Siobhán O’Connor

Big data – how to predict our future health and wellbeing

By Siobhán O’Connor:

As a fledgling researcher, I heard the term ‘Big Data’ several years ago when it appeared on the cover of New Scientist. It was billed as an exciting new field that was evolving at the peripheries of lots of disciplines and one that could potentially revolutionise them all. Having scanned the article briefly I didn’t make much of it at the time and resigned it to the realm of techies, one which would have little impact on me and the way I lived my life. However, as the years ago by and the proliferation of digital data seeps into every facet of life; from monitoring what I eat and the exercise I do via mobile apps, to sharing my personal data on family, friends and life events on social media, I realise I may have missed the central point of the article. The technology to continuously monitor human life (both biological and behavioural) and the environment that surrounds us is here.

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  • Aug 14 / 2015
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Academia, PhD Experience, Ruth Agbakoba

…it’s nice to see you, to see you nice! How to get the best out of a world congress

Photo by Korean Culture and Information Service © 2010. UNESCO WCAE. From Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Korean Culture and Information Service © 2010. UNESCO WCAE. From Wikimedia Commons.

By Ruth Agbakoba

You may be thinking that this week’s blog post is a tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth or a reminder of the classic TV show ‘play your cards right’! I know!! L “Come on down” Unfortunately and I’m sorry to disappoint you but it is not entirely. Hopefully I have succeeded in getting your attention though! In my previous post I talked about my ‘five top tips for writing a conference paper’. Now your paper has been accepted (congratulations!) and you are due to attend this amazing conference! What do you do next? Well the purpose of this post is to really highlight and capture how best to participate and gain the most value from a research conference in particular a World Congress. Continue Reading

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