Meet the Team series: The PGR Lifecycle Project

The first in the Graduate School’s ‘Meet the Team’ series, we’ve asked Justine Abbott, Graduate School Consultant leading on the PGR Lifecycle Project to tell us more about the project and what it means for PGRs. What is the…

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Countersilence: voicing Manchester’s streets through sound

I entered the 3MT® competition in 2021 just toward the end of my first year as a part-time PhD researcher at the School of Digital Arts (SODA).  I saw the competition as a challenge which could help me to…

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A Visual Language for Impact

I was intrigued by the Images of Research competition, so I attended a Graduate School Coffee Chat to find out more, and I am so glad I did. I realised that this competition was going to be a fantastic…

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Doing a PhD with an energy-limiting illness

Before Long COVID many people were unaware of post-viral illnesses; I was too until I became ill a few years ago. I was diagnosed with ME/CFS (Myalgic encephalomyelitis), or chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition characterised by widespread pain, immune and nervous system dysfunction, and a whole host of other symptoms on top of bone-crushing…

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No Pressure

I had a title for my project— Memorial Benches: A Cultural Marker in the Landscape — and a starting date for my PhD of 1st January 2021. When I look back on it now it seems a bit crazy but, within days of…

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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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