Why I’m doing a PhD in cardiovascular disease…

What is a PhD? A PhD (doctorate of philosophy) is a postgraduate doctoral degree, which is awarded to students who complete an original thesis offering a significant new contribution to the knowledge of their field. In the UK, a PhD project is typically 3-4 years full time and 5-7 years part-time. A PhD project is quiteContinue reading “Why I’m doing a PhD in cardiovascular disease…”

Acing that journal club presentation

If my Instagram post has led you here then you’re probably looking for advice on how to ace that journal club presentation. Everyone has a different way of working so what might work for me may not work for you but it’s great that you’ve found yourself here and want to learn, and hopefully thisContinue reading “Acing that journal club presentation”

Tinnitus Tuesdays: Lockdown

I don’t know about you but my tinnitus has been much worse since lockdown, and it’s likely a result of the anxiety that has come with lockdown and a global pandemic. While I don’t think lockdown should be lifted just yet here in the UK, I am getting sick of it. I have to remindContinue reading “Tinnitus Tuesdays: Lockdown”

Sunday ramblings: digital detox

While I know this sounds hypocritical writing about a digital detox on a digital platform. Believe me, the irony isn’t lost on me, but I’m here to talk about why I’m having an Instagram detox during lockdown.  On the lines of being hypocritical,  I do still have my @_bethology Instagram account up and running inContinue reading “Sunday ramblings: digital detox”

10 years of tinnitus, 10 things I’ve learnt

Here’s a video about 10 things I’ve learnt in 10 years of living with tinnitus. If you don’t fancy watching the video, here’s everything I talk about below: That it is annoying, yes, but it’s more annoying when people say to you “oh that must be annoying”. The “annoying’ factor is something that is hardContinue reading “10 years of tinnitus, 10 things I’ve learnt”

Trying to get used to a ‘new normal’ as a PhD student… 

It’s been 5 weeks since lockdown here in the UK and 5 weeks since we’ve all had to rapidly change our ways of working. For a lot of people that will be mean working from home and for some that will probably mean working from home for the first time.  While some people are justContinue reading “Trying to get used to a ‘new normal’ as a PhD student… “

My tinnitus story…

*LONG POST ALERT* First of all, what is tinnitus? Tinnitus is classed as the perception of noise or ringing in one or both ears. Tinnitus has not been recognised as a condition itself, it is typically a symptom of an underlying condition e.g. age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder (Mayo Clinic). TodayContinue reading “My tinnitus story…”

5 things I’m grateful for during this time of uncertainty

My wonderful boyfriend Zach Cheeeesssy… I know, but I also don’t care! My awesome friends and family I can’t wait to give you all a big ol’ squeeze when this is over! A roof over my head Our small 1 bed plant-filled flat in Leeds is our little sanctuary Food in the fridge No stockpilingContinue reading “5 things I’m grateful for during this time of uncertainty”

Research and COVID-19, what does this all mean for PhD students?

Across the UK, labs and universities have closed (apart from those working on a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19), leaving many researchers like myself feeling uncertain about the future.  Some people have suggested that this time could be used as a “writing retreat” to write papers, reviews and grant applications. I think we can allContinue reading “Research and COVID-19, what does this all mean for PhD students?”