Postgraduate

  • How to be a positive man in 2018

    Gender inequality is a problem in many parts of our society including universities and the engineering sector. What are some simple, practical ways in which men can make a positive contribution? Before looking to the rosy future, it’s fair to...

  • Keeping watch

    Author: Fiona Gleed This blog has previously been published at SARAID-CRT As a student at the University of Bath, the river is a very visible feature - especially so for a mature postgraduate commuting in to research flood resilience. With...

  • Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

    Author: Fiona Gleed This blog has previously been published in Public Engagement at Bath Five years ago, I did something crazy... A colleague in the Civil Engineering cluster at UWE had been approached by Dr. Helen Featherstone, then with the...

  • Why we're looking to the Global South to guide construction materials research

    It’s always nice to receive an invitation to a talk – but especially on those rare occasions when you are asked to be on the stage rather than in the audience! Following an article I wrote in Materials World magazine,...

  • Learning to love learning

    Author: Fiona Gleed I've learnt so much in Bath - and not always what, where or when I expected it. The lunchtime research seminars are great for that - who knew plankton and bricks had so much in common?! And...

  • An everyday tale of country folk - and everyday heroes

    Author: Fiona Gleed I grew up on the edge of a village where the nearest neighbours were the junior school, the Scout hut and a herd of Friesan cows. It was the kind of village where small happenings were big...

  • Clay Scientists of the world, unite!

    The 16th International Clays Conference (16ICC) began in the beautiful surroundings of the Carmen de los Martires, Granada, on a very balmy Sunday evening in July. This being my first major conference, I was unsure what to expect. Being the...

  • The Paris Agreement will succeed without the USA

    Alastair Marsh believes the USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a reminder that populous, industrialising countries deserve more attention. To twist a common saying, there’s no USA in team. The USA has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement – an...

  • Live from the HIVE

    Some days experimental research is just adding data points to a developing time series but other days mark a turning point. Today is such a day Walls built; Mortar cured; Cavities closed; Time to turn on the taps! Well not...

  • The importance of being pretentious - Part Two

    In Part One of this entry, I argued how more pretentiousness could lead to better engagement between scientists and non-scientists. In Part Two, I’ll use myself as a guinea pig to give an example of how this might work in...