Working Alone Together

My PhD involves working on an interpretation of artisanal footwear prototyping as an alternative, sustainable fashion system. Artisanal fashion is a design and production approach dedicated to the creation of clothing using traditional methods. At the heart of these small-scale businesses are…

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Sand in my Suitcase: Place Writing research at the most easterly point in the British Isles

My research is based on the area I grew up in, at the most easterly point in the British Isles. As I now live over two hundred miles away, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly made this challenging. Due to restrictions, I was unable to travel to…

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My Friends, My Voices and Me: A Mixed-methods Investigation Exploring Commonalities and Differences of Sensory Hallucinations and Imaginary Companions with Children and Young People

My PhD aims to examine similarities and differences of young people’s experiences with sensory hallucinations and imaginary companions, and the factors influencing those experiences. Due to the limited knowledge around this subject, the research will also analyse the perspectives of parents…

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The writing-up juggling act

I recently submitted my PhD investigating pharmaceuticals as potential environmental contaminants in otters.  As a mature student with caring responsibilities, the writing up process was particularly challenging, so I thought I would share my experiences and a few tips here in…

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Beginning My Research

It’s September again, and I am currently nearing the end of my Research Masters. This year I have been learning about, and researching, some topics in the field of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. I’ve been working on a project that…

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Attending a Conference during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ISTH Congress is one of the most important gatherings of scientists specialised in thrombosis, hemostasis and vascular biology. Thousands of researchers from all over the world attend this conference every year, where the most recent breakthroughs in haematology…

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Returning to the River and Recording the Singing Places

My original thesis was a practice-led examination into the characteristic of acoustic and emotional resonance within landscape with particular reference to the upper reaches of the River Thames. Drawing upon my background as a professional musician, I intended to…

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Half a Conference is Better than None

In late July, I attended the International Conference on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution held in Berlin, Germany. The main aim of the conference was to bring together leading academics to exchange and share their experiences and research results on…

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Material Culture & Bicultural Identity

As a queer bicultural woman, I was born to a British mother and a Greek father. I was born in the UK, raised in Greece, and brought up bilingual. Having dual heritage (with the added extra of being queer)…

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Journal of International Photography

Practice used to be something you did repeatedly on the way to achieving something else. A means to an end repeated so often you no longer had to think without doing it well. Not only could it get you to Carnegie Hall, practice, so they say, would make perfect. These days practice is the beginning, the middle, and the end. It’s…

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