Encountering Emotional Conflict during My Research Fieldwork

Isabel Sawkins is a History PhD student investigating the contemporary memorialisation of the Holocaust in the Russian Federation. One of the chosen case studies is the Russian national exhibition, “Tragedy. Valour. Liberation”, at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

As a descendant of Austrian Jews, and more generally as a human-being, I knew that conducting research at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was going to be an upsetting experience.…

Science With a Side of Politics

Pamela Buchan is a final year ESRC funded PhD student investigating marine citizenship at Exeter University, via the SW Doctoral Training Partnership. She was elected a Plymouth City Councillor in 2018

As PhD researchers, whatever the topic that most floats our boat, most of us want to create impact and make change.…

Why do research?

Catherine Cartwright is a visual artist and in last autumn became a Geography PhD student. In this blog she shares her initial experiences and gently encourages you to consider whether formal Research (with a big ‘R’) could take a bigger part in your life and practice.

Undertaking a POST Policy Internship During Your PhD

Robert Mann is a PhD candidate based in the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC), University of Exeter. His research is investigating the typical training practices and injury risk-factors associated with adolescent distance runners. This research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is in collaboration with England Athletics.

How To Stop Putting Tasks Off

Sarah Lane is an Integrative Counsellor and Mindfulness Facilitator based in the Wellbeing Centre

It’s very natural to put off important tasks in favour of other activities which may seem more interesting or enjoyable. In fact, research suggests that approximately 20% of adults are chronic procrastinators and 75-95% of university students procrastinate.…