Bossy or the boss? Feminism in academia

Language Reflects the Self Language matters. The words we use to describe ourselves and others around us frames how we think, how we act and what we do. From an early age I was often described as ‘bossy’ or ‘Miss Independent’. As I grew up I often internalised these labels as negative representations of myself,… Continue reading Bossy or the boss? Feminism in academia

A Goodbye Letter to my PhD Life

Today’s post comes from an anonymous PhD woman who wanted to share her experience of having children during her PhD and ultimately making the decision to leave her PhD. There may be other PhD women who relate to this story of juggling many roles and find comfort in this honest and uplifting account. A goodbye… Continue reading A Goodbye Letter to my PhD Life

Behind the scenes at PhD Women Scotland

Spring is in the air, and here at PhD Women Scotland we’re ready for an Easter break before we return with plenty of new posts from April 15th. Before we do that, we thought we’d introduce ourselves to readers who aren’t sure who the faces are behind the scenes! We’ve got our newest member Rosie… Continue reading Behind the scenes at PhD Women Scotland

14 lessons from my Ultrarunner Self to my PhD Self

One of my daily thoughts before and during this PhD journey is “do I have what it takes for a PhD”? People keep reminding me it’s a marathon not a sprint. So as an ultrarunner, I should be well qualified? Lessons learned from ultrarunning can be transferred….can’t they? I’m having a day when my chocolate supplies… Continue reading 14 lessons from my Ultrarunner Self to my PhD Self

Life goes on… my experience of IVF during my PhD

Note to readers: today’s post is a detailed and personal reflection on the IVF journey of one of our PhD women in Scotland, so please be aware that there is sensitive content discussed. As I finished writing this blog post, I realised that it will be posted during Women’s History Month, which has made me… Continue reading Life goes on… my experience of IVF during my PhD

Books, screens and no people: starting my PhD during a pandemic

 I am a first year PhD student at GCU in the school of health and life sciences, within the department of nursing and community health. I am excited to share in this post my experiences of starting a PhD within the COVID-19 pandemic and how working remotely has affected my experience so far.  When I… Continue reading Books, screens and no people: starting my PhD during a pandemic

The struggles of collecting human data during COVID-19

Hi, I’m Tilly, and I’m now in the third year of my PhD at the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. Here is a picture of me looking happy on the first day that my human nutrition study enrolled participants: The reason I was particularly happy on this day was that it had been a long… Continue reading The struggles of collecting human data during COVID-19

Moving out of Scotland to start a PhD during the Coronavirus pandemic

On the 2nd of April 2020, one week into the first national lockdown I opened an email to find a confirmation letter from the admissions board at Bath offering me a SWDTP ESRC studentship. For the last year or so I had been feeling ‘over’ Scotland, I had spent almost 24 years living in and… Continue reading Moving out of Scotland to start a PhD during the Coronavirus pandemic