Advice and tips from our current postgraduate researchers. If you would like to contribute advice, of it there’s a topic you would like us to cover, please contact us on gscommunications@mmu.ac.uk.

The leafcutters

Leafcutter ants are an iconic image of the rainforest, with their large leaf trails making the forest floor come alive. They mimic a busy highway, moving to the sound of nature.  But why all the leaves? Leaf fragments are cut…

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From monkeys to modelling – adapting from fieldwork to deskwork during a pandemic

I started my PhD in Conservation Ecology at Manchester Met in October 2019 and planned to go to conduct fieldwork in Peru soon after, but COVID… Like many others, I have had to drastically change my trajectory, postponing my fieldwork by many months.  When I began my…

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Adjusting Research Methods and Other Lessons From the Pandemic

As a lifelong fan of horror film, with many queer friends and communities who are as well, I had a hypothesis that many members of the LGBTQ+ community have a distinctive (distinctively queer) relationship with the horror genre. Therefore, I set…

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You are not alone in this

For something that almost every student will experience whilst at university, especially during your PhD, loneliness is not a thing that students talk about on a daily basis. Doing a PhD during a pandemic is hard enough without the added stress of loneliness and anxiety.  Recently I had an…

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The research assemblage: re-imagining the PhD ‘mess’

I’m currently in my final year of a PhD exploring transition to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities. It is a PhD which has taken far longer than anticipated thanks to a pause for maternity leave and a…

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Blog Entry: Don’t just survive, thrive…

I must admit, if you were to ask me 8 months ago when I started my journey as a postgraduate researcher, what they actually did, I probably would have given you some sort of wise crack about just getting…

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‘I’m just wired differently’ (or, what’s it like being dyslexic in the academic world!).

I moved to the UK when I was 17 to do my A-levels and then progress to university. I had previously struggled with some academic subjects both in Russia and in the UK, but when I started my A-levels, I clearly had some problems with my…

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Virtual conferences- the new frontier?

I recently attended my first virtual conference, in the era of the ‘new normal’. This experience had both pros and cons. As a PhD researcher I am going to reflect on this experience, in the hope that going forward…

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Autism, Acceptance and Abstinence in Research

Jake Sheppard shares his experience and advice on studying for a PhD with autism, and why development activities and events can be great for building your confidence as an academic.

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How to focus when you can’t – and other tips(!)

It’s always a pleasure to meet new research students at the beginning of your journey at my Managing your Research Project development session each year. However, I’m aware right now that there are lots of you (us!) having to…

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