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.

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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Study, stress and self-care: getting the right balance

My research is focused on how stress and alcohol (both individually and in combination) impact brain activity and cognitive performance, as prolonged stress exposure may be a potential pathway to alcohol and substance misuse. Since our brains are still…

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Finding your Own Style

Joseph Massey reflects on the pleasures and challenges of research through the lockdown.

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Partners, Pets, and PhDs

April 2020 A few weeks ago, when the world was different, I began to write my second entry to this blog. With all the changes that have happened since then, the blog felt miniscule, irrelevant. It is only as…

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