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Britain’s Unspoken Wildlife Tragedy

Please note, this blog post contains imagery that readers may find disturbing, depicting a hare killed by collision with a car. My research explores the animal conservation and welfare dilemma of animals killed on our roads. It was an…

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Corporate ‘security’ responsibility

Traditionally, I am not one to participate in competitions. However, when I first received the email about the 2020 Images of Research competition, asking for image entries, I immediately knew I needed to share my images of the conflict…

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Kiritimati and the Bomb: A Tale of Two Churches

Kiritimati is a tiny atoll at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. It is also known “Christmas Island” and forms a part of the larger nation state of Kiribati – an archipelago that stretches horizontally across the Pacific Ocean….

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The long trail ahead in stroke recovery

Rebecca’s image was named the Judge’s Choice in the postgraduate research category in the 2020 Images of Research competition.

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Inside the Influence Factory

In June, I was awarded some funds by MMU’s Graduate School to support my research. Unlike others, who may have used the money to go to a conference, I spent this award on people. 1,139 people to be exact….

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Do what you’re passionate about: combining travel, art, and research

I arrived in Manchester roughly one and a half years ago. This meant moving to a foreign city in a foreign country. I was extremely curious and excited about discovering this new place, and ambitious to finally meet my…

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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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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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