The PhD and the Pandemic Part Two: The ‘New Normal’ for a PhD Student

The PhD and the Pandemic Part Two: The ‘New Normal’ for a PhD Student

Back at the beginning of April, I wrote a short blog post sharing my experiences of some of the challenges of doing a PhD during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes we might have been in lockdown, but the sun was shining and the colours of spring were beginning to bloom around us. Ok, I’m talking about Paisley here so it might be more accurate to say that it was getting slightly less cold and the sky had gone from grey to a slightly lighter shade of grey, but two things were certain: it wasn’t winter, and we had no idea how long the purgatory of the lockdown would continue. As summer drew in, the days grew longer and life eased slightly closer to normal. One by one, the zoom quizzes disappeared, the travel restrictions eased and family and friends were reunited during those glorious nights we sat, socially distanced, in local beer-gardens. But it wasn’t to last, the nights closed in as the days grew shorted and I find myself once again resigned to my flat trying to keep writing, presenting, teaching and researching during this strange, strange year. (more…)

The Pandemic and the PhD

The Pandemic and the PhD

When I started my PhD just a little over a year ago, I made a mental list of all of the things that might happen over the next three years, and all of the challenges I might face. That life happens around and throughout your PhD journey is something that all researchers must confront at some point during their studies, and doing a doctorate requires an intricate management of the world beyond the PhD. (more…)

CCSE Seminar Series Details Announced!

The CCSE PhD research student team are delighted to announce the details of the first CCSE Seminar series! The CCSE will host three lunchtime seminars across January and February 2020. We have invited researchers and professionals to deliver presentations across on topics relevant to the work of the Centre. Each session will feature two 15 minute presentations, with 25 minutes for Q+A. (more…)

Self-Discipline at the Beginning of your PhD

Self-Discipline at the Beginning of your PhD

I’m about to make a small confession I’ve had it in my diary to write this blog post for longer than I care to admit. The reason I’m making such an, admittedly risky, confession is to show that self-discipline is hard to achieve. I’m sure we all procrastinate from time to time, but when you’re an independent researcher there isn’t really anyone to tell you not to. (more…)

My PhD Journey So Far: Interdisciplinary Imposter Syndrome?

I was chatting with some PhD colleagues last week about the first few months of our research, and if there is one thing that we all seemingly had in common, it was the dreaded imposter syndrome. While it was certainly comforting to know that I wasn’t alone in feeling slightly overwhelmed at the beginning of my PhD, I still feel that there is something unique, and often unspoken, about the experience imposter syndrome when doing interdisciplinary research. (more…)