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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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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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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The higher the mountain, the better the view

Daniel Gallant reflects on keeping motivated in your research

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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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