Postgraduate

  • Publishing

    Publishing scientific papers is key for career progression, and it’s not until you start thinking about what should go into a paper that you realise how much work goes into one – for example, it’s taken me most of my...

  • Choices…

    Life is full of decisions we need to make, and sometimes that’s not easy. Right now, being in the latter stages of my PhD, the big decisions I need to make is “what next?”. “What are my options?”. “What do...

  • Adventures in Germany

    My research involves using an atomic force microscope (AFM) to see into the tiny world of atoms and molecules. I was lucky, then, to find out that there's a week-long summer school focussed on AFM that comes around every three...

  • The social side of a PhD

    Being a PhD student is time consuming, but this does not have to mean that you spend all your time working. In fact, I think it’s very important to socialise with other people, as it can otherwise become very intense!...

  • Welcome to Another Academic Year

    Once you get into the swing of things, days begin to merge. When summer arrives, things go quiet. Having about three months of quiet, you quickly get used to that. Then, the next academic year starts… New students start, others return, leading to...

  • Starting PhD life

    Being a first-year postgraduate, this is my first summer at Bath Uni. I thought campus would be somewhat deserted – undergrads are away on holiday and we postgraduates who don’t get that luxury make up a quarter of the student population....

  • “We need to do more for women in science”

    This is the title of an article I found online, in the journal Science. Clearly, there are still issues in terms of bias against women in science/academia – and I’m sure this is not something that’s limited to science and...

  • My Motivation

    One of the reasons I chose to do my PhD in microbiology is that I believe a lot of modern medicine relies on the ability to treat infections. For example, without that ability, things like surgery, transplants and immune suppression...

  • The difference between an MSc and an MRes

    I would like to share a big factor I really had to consider when I applied for a scientific master's degree. Like many people, more than I realised, I started my application well into the summer, after my third year...

  • Reality of doing research

    Things don’t always work. I know I've mentioned this before, but it’s the truth! This time last year, I was in the middle of trying to get a Western blot to work. A Western blot is a technique with which...