PhD: First day!

Today was a very big day: I started my PhD! I decided to write a quick post about how my first day went to give other readers some idea of what to expect if they're due to embark a PhD; there's nothing worse than having that awful 'fear of the unknown' feeling. 

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Why social media is good for science

"You simply must have an online presence" - Karen Peterson (Director of Scientific Career Development, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre). There are many pros and cons surrounding social media, and it has often faced controversy due to privacy issues and cyber bullying. There are undeniably a LOT of disadvantages to social media, and I believe that... Continue Reading →

Favourite things: August 2017

Each month I'm posting a few of my favourite (mostly science related) things. You can read my July favourites here. Favourite blog 'Tell me about your research, this time with feeling' -  Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen L. Macknik This is an excellent blog post about how science communication needs to build emotional relationships with the... Continue Reading →

Preparing to start a PhD

In just over 6 weeks, I'm leaving my job as a research technician to begin my PhD at Exeter. Eeek! I've done a few things in preparation: I've secured a room in Exeter. I am still going to live in Bristol most of the time (we have a lovely apartment, I love the city, and my... Continue Reading →

CCTV in abattoirs: problem solved?

As a small part of my role as a research technician, I make weekly visits to an abattoir to collect blood for my biting fly colony. It's a University abattoir, so follows strict welfare guidelines, but it still isn't exactly a nice place to visit. I've becoming increasingly concerned when considering what abattoirs with low... Continue Reading →

Favourite things: July 2017

Each month I'm going to write a post about some (mostly science related) things I've enjoyed. Firstly, I'm loving this blog! Her posts have given me inspiration for when I begin my PhD in October. I like this blog too, in particular her post about bats and why we should learn to live alongside them (I'm a major... Continue Reading →

Speaking at a conference…eek!

So I recently gave my first ever talk at a conference. Not the biggest conference in the world, but ~80 delegates felt like a lot when I'm used to speaking to an audience of around 25! I am pleased to say that I think the talk went pretty well. The audience engaged, I didn't see... Continue Reading →

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