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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 →

Keys to the Kingdom: 5 tips to a positive PhD experience

By Ian MacNeill | Offering reflections on our PhD experience and tips for those who follow us down the doctoral path is, to my mind at least, one of the most valuable contributions that we as writers for Pubs and Publications… 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 →

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 →

Connecting internationally as an academic… and a Westerner

Andy Baxter | My PhD project doesn’t inherently seem like it involves a lot of travelling, so when I was given the opportunity to travel to Tanzania it was quite exciting. It’d be my first trip across the equator. It… 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 →

Which British Detective Series is your PhD?

By Tim Galsworthy Last night I settled down to watch an episode of a detective series, something which I have done for as long as I can remember. As the events unfolded and I navigated the whodunnit, it dawned on… Continue reading →

Teaching Is Mostly About Learning: Handling Extreme Student Criticism

Anonymous | Last year while teaching, I got a truly terrible email from a student.  For the sake of privacy and confidentiality, I’m not going to post the entire letter here, but I’ll do my best to give you a… Continue reading →

Grief and the PhD

By Lizzie Evens | It is a truth universally acknowledged that a PhD student confronted with a problem must be in want of a dozen browser tabs following a frantic Google search. But, when confronted with the mammoth problem of bereavement,… Continue reading →

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