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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 …

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 …