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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.…

I’m A Scientist Profile: Haylo Roberts

I’m A Scientist Profile: Haylo Roberts

It’s time for another I’m A (Featured) Scientist. I am delighted to introduce Haylo Roberts. Haylo is an early-stage PhD student that I’ve followed¬†on Instagram for some time now, and genuinely love the posts – mainly science related, but with an aspect into Haylo’s personal life too. It’s really a great opportunity to learn more about the people working in science – we are all different, but very much the same.

Without further ado, I introduce to you, Haylo.…

The PhD – looking back as a postdoc

The PhD – looking back as a postdoc

It wasn’t long ago that I finished my PhD. I vividly remember the moment that the binders handed back my final (not final final..just for hand-in) printed and bound version. The feeling of elation that I had completed the journey and was ready to provide written proof that I have trained sufficiently as an independent researcher. The feeling of relief that I am free from the long hours, long days, constant thought about experiments, data, analysis and presentations, the worry about not making enough progress, the ever-present imposter syndrome too. The relief was relatively short lived, and these things seemed …

I did it! #CardiffGrad

I did it! #CardiffGrad

Lets set the scene a bit for a moment before I run into the main point of this post. I’m an ordinary person, fairly average academically. I had good GCSE results, and admittedly, very disappointing A-level results (post-16 year old exams in Wales (for those reading outside of the UK)). But 12 years ago, I managed to get on to my first choice university course; Human Biology at the University of the West of England. One semester in, I really wanted the opportunity to experience microbiology and immunology as I was not a big fan of the anatomy/physiology conent of …

Some things to do (and avoid doing) during your PhD

Pursuing a postgraduate degree is a huge undertaking, particularly at the level of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D). It is a long commitment and huge expectations lie with those that are fortunate enough to be accepted onto one. Many people go through years of education; school, then undergraduate degree, then onto a PhD either via a masters, industrial expecience, or for some high ahievers, directly after their bachelor’s degree. Does this prepare them sufficiently? Are they mature enough/ready to do a PhD. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Life experience is really important, as well as maturity and passion for wanting to pursue …

My year in review: 2017

The year 2017 was always going to be a pretty stressful year. It symbolised the culmination of four years hard work; long days, nights, weekends; continous mental angst with the whole imposter syndrome, and “why me to do a PhD”, hours and hours of data anslysis, interpretation, and much more. It was the year that this all came to an end. So let’s have a look at the highlights of what actually happened this year.

IADR, San Francisco.¬†In March, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel again to the west coast of the USA to attend the …

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

It seems as though my last blog post was way back in April of this year, about 7 months ago!

A lot can, and has happened in those 7 months, so I’ll do a recap over the next few posts coming in the next few days. I’ll try and do them in chronological order, so we can appreciate the happenings as they occurred.

I’ll be writing a few motivational posts to promote positivity and wellbeing for those also going through academia, pre- or post-PhD (and everyone else studing for that matter!), and it’d be great to try and give a …

Stepping up the game

Despite having started writing my thesis some time ago, it is steadily becoming the sole priority.

There’s still practical/lab work to complete, but the process of populating the content foe the final thesis, the ratio of time spent on each of these at least is beginning to skew toward the thesis. Sure, you can’t get a PhD without the thesis.. So it has to be done in good time for edits, reviews, changed etc.. But you can’t write a thesis without having the data to go in there. This has been the dilemma. When is enough, enough? How much of …