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Lockdown won’t get us down

By Giovanna Pasquariello ǀ What a strange time we are getting through right now! It almost seems like we are facing a dystopian reality – the kind you only watch in movies: entire countries locked down, empty streets, people not allowed… Continue reading →

Predation and Punctuation

By Fraser Raeburn | A depressing thing about PhD projects is how ephemeral they often prove. You can put together some great initiatives, but without an established institution buying in, they tend to fade away as your time and effort… Continue reading →

The five types of PhD student: a very scientific survey

By Giovanna Pasquariello ǀ After four months of serious research, dozens of hours of field observation and hundreds of notes, I can finally announce to the world the results of my most ambitious anthropological study: the five types of PhD… Continue reading →

Changes in the Pubs and Publications Committee

At Pubs and Publications we have been blessed with an array of brilliant committee members. Some of the team are now reaching – or have reached – the end of their PhD journeys and are, therefore, scaling back their commitments…. Continue reading →

Changing direction: reflections on pursuing a non-academic career

By Ian MacNeill | Towards the end of last year, I wrote a blog about the choice facing PhD graduates: whether to continue with an academic career or pursue a non-academic option. As this is, sadly, my last post for Pubs and Pubs… Continue reading →

Give yourself a break

Part of Undertaking Difficult Research series.   By Claire Aubin |   This is the first post in a series on undertaking research into particularly sensitive or difficult research topics. The author is the co-founder and co-convenor of the University… Continue reading →

Researching Stigma: how the contested nature of your topic can affect you as the researcher

By Rachel Wilson-Lowe | On my way to interview for my studentship, I remember getting the side-eye from an older gentleman while on the train. I couldn’t figure out what I had done to deserve his ire, until I saw what… Continue reading →

The PhD needs a-changin: amending the PhD to better meet the needs of students

By Ian MacNeill | While British Universities have been offering ‘doctoral’ degrees since the mid-19th Century, the past twenty years have seen some of the most dramatic changes to the PhD experience since the 1st ‘Doctor of Science’ was awarded by… Continue reading →

Experiences of an International Student

By Giulia Engel |   In July 2018 I got a six-month scholarship from the Brazilian government to study abroad and I applied to the University of Edinburgh to work under the supervision of the social historian of medicine, Dr Gayle… Continue reading →

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