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Staying afloat 💰while doing your Ph. D

I’ve written about the logistics of doing a Ph. D before. In it, I mentioned the need to get a scholarship that gives you a fee offset (so that your degree is paid for) and a stipend (so you can actually live). Not everyone can get both, or even one […]

Autumn update 2022

Bloody hell it’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog! This year is flying by. 😵‍💫 Where to start, really? Let’s go with the latest changes to the fish tanks… 🐟 First the sad news. Our dear snail Gary has passed on 😞 (24.4.22), which was a bit […]

A post for new Lab students

Hey there newbie. Yes you, with all your nerves, excitement, and enthusiasm. Welcome to the lab. Maybe you’ve already been introduced to everyone, but lets face it- you’ve already forgotten whose name was whose. So long as you still remember your supervisor’s name, that’s the main thing. Don’t worry- you’ll […]

When to decide to stop

It would be naïve (and impractical) to suggest that you should feel ‘happy’ all the time. Life just isn’t like that. Life is full of ups and downs, at extremely irregular intervals- just to keep you on your toes. But sometimes, you have to draw a line on what your […]

Academia vs Industry

This is definitely one of those hotly debated topics amongst people on both sides of the spectrum. As one approaches the end of their studies (whether it be Bachelors, Masters, or Ph. D), one must face the inevitable existential crisis that arises from trying to figure out what to do […]

Never-ending story

One important aspect of scientific research is that no project is ever going to be ‘complete’. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. If you enjoy the feeling of closure, then it’s very unlikely that you’ll get it. It makes things very difficult for a researcher, […]