Getting ready for uni?

Whether it’s your first time at uni, you’re heading back for another year or you’re started a post-graduate degree this September, here are some tips and advice after being in uni for approx. 7 years (wow that’s scary) that will help you get prepared. I know things are a little different this year (thanks COVID)Continue reading “Getting ready for uni?”

Returning to the labs

It’s been a few weeks since starting our phased return to the labs here at Leeds. I’m very fortunate to be part of the early phase of returning. I’ve been very eager to get back in the lab, I definitely missed the lab during lockdown but I was also pretty nervous about heading back. It’sContinue reading “Returning to the labs”

COVID-19 & Platelets

I’m sure you’re overwhelmed with the amount of information out there about the current coronavirus outbreak but while it can be overwhelming, it’s really great to see the work that scientists are doing to tackle this outbreak. Having information that’s readily available to the general public is great and helps to bridge the gap betweenContinue reading “COVID-19 & Platelets”

My PhD application journey…

I’m halfway through my 2nd year of my PhD which sounds mad, I never thought I’d ever end up doing a PhD. I recently gave a STEM Ambassador career talk to a group of A-level biology students and I thought I’d share my PhD application journey with you all. I have to say my PhDContinue reading “My PhD application journey…”

My PhD project…

As you’ll find with a lot of research, certain projects can be confidential, particularly if it is novel or has a novel technique/model involved.  That’s the case with my project, I’m unable to discuss data and findings until it’s published so I’m going to give a general background of my PhD project.  In my ‘AboutContinue reading “My PhD project…”

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”

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… “

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?”