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What is a successful research career, and how do I have one?

What is a successful research career, and how do I have one?

I recently had a read of a great blog post by Dr Manu Saunders who talked about people’s opinions that it is necessary to move abroad in order to have a ‘successful’ research career. I think there is much more to it, and wanted to add a few opinions from my own perspective, but in the wider context of what is and how do I have a successful research career.…

CITER Biofilms Workshop: “Finding solutions for sticky problems”

reduced-size-CITER-email-signature-v2 28.09.17The Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER for short) hosted it’s first ever biofilms workshop this year, at the Haydn Ellis building of the Cardiff University School of Biosciences. The event was sponsored by those closely involved in microbiology and biofilms research; The Society for Applied Microbiology, The Microbiology Society, and GAMA Healthcare. The overall aim was to bring together established experts, researchers and students alike, with a common goal of furthering biofilm research within the UK. There were a number of excellent talks, and a couple of networking periods that stimulated many discussions about …

Beyond the limbo period

Been some time since I last updated with a progress post, but since the start of the year, I’ve been pretty hectic with a few different things.

Firstly, I passed my PhD viva in December and spent some much needed time with my family over the Christmas break which was excellent. In January I did a bit of ad hoc work with REF (Research Excellence Framework) case studies. For those that don’t know what that is, for every x number of researchers a university has, they have to submit a case study showcasing the impact research that is being completed …