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How does it sound? Researchers as musical instruments

By Sam Grinsell and Virginia Calabria | Summer is both silly season and music festival season. Being big fans of music and silliness, this got us wondering whether researchers might be like musical instruments. After all, they each have their… Continue reading →

Imposter Syndrome and Adjusting to the PhD

By Rachel Wilson-Lowe | I have always been extremely competitive, from skidding on the asphalt to gain a run at kickball, to striving to make the top 5% of my extremely competitive high school so I could get a special gold… Continue reading →

Achieving your Summer Writing Goals

By Sarah Thomson | Last week I was asked if I could speak to some postgraduate students about to start writing their Masters dissertations, as part of Historical Perspectives’ new series of summer workshops at the University of Glasgow. The students… Continue reading →

Why on earth would you do a PhD?

By Tim Galsworthy | But why are you doing a PhD? But why are you doing that particular PhD? These are questions every single one of us undertaking a doctorate have been asked. From funding applications, to the first meetings with… Continue reading →

Advice on Presenting Research Overseas

By Ellie Yates | A month before I began my PhD, I was invited to present my proposed research in Lebanon. This was an amazing but intimidating opportunity! I accepted graciously as I had previous experience in sessional teaching for… Continue reading →

Writing mess, a historian and the past

By Sam Grinsell | Think of a lawn. It is simple, clear, smooth, uniformly green. It soaks up a lot of energy through watering and mowing. If you do not mow it regularly, rogue flowers begin to appear. You are… Continue reading →

Abstract writing – how to write a conference proposal

By Sam Grinsell | There is a genre of academic writing upon which much depends, but which does not get discussed as thoroughly as the conference paper, the journal article, the PhD thesis or the monograph. The conference abstract, a… Continue reading →

Experiences of a part-time PhD student

Jake Turbill |   Hi, I’m Jake, and I’m a part-time PhD student. It has taken me a long time to reach this point, due to a number of factors. Initially, I asked myself a few questions: Which University should I… Continue reading →

‘Reimbursement Culture’ and Widening Participation in Academia

By Sarah Thomson | Last week, shortly after booking my first overseas PhD research trip, I found out that I’d had a paper proposal accepted by a major conference. Though both of these events were exciting, I swiftly realised that… Continue reading →

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