2020: a year in review

WHAT. A. YEAR! We friggin’ made it!! Little did we know what was around the corner when we blissfully stepped into the year 2020! This year has been difficult for everyone and it really just goes to show how resilient we are as humans. It has been tough. There have been tears, anxiousness, depression, youContinue reading “2020: a year in review”

Day 2 of Lockdown 2.0

Here in England we went into a 4 week Lockdown yesterday (5th Nov 2020) and I’m feeling pretty anxious about it. This was inevitable really and I’m not going to go on about what we should have done and when, I’ll be here all day otherwise and I think I’m tired of the frustration aboutContinue reading “Day 2 of Lockdown 2.0”

August Favourites

Goodbye August, hello September! Where has the time gone?! I don’t know whether it’s because I’m still in an academic environment but I always like to reflect and check in when it comes to September. Since we’re now coming to the end of summer here in the UK, I thought I’d do a round upContinue reading “August Favourites”

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”

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…”

Tinnitus Tuesdays: ‘Zoom Fatigue’

It’s week 8 of lockdown here in the UK and that’s meant that a lot of us are working from home and now more than ever we are using video calling for pretty much everything. While video calling is a great use of tech and allows us to see those we cannot physically be with,Continue reading “Tinnitus Tuesdays: ‘Zoom Fatigue’”

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…”

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… “