It is unfortunately no longer possible to hope that the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak won’t have an impact on research activity and your research programme. Of course, many of us will also be affected personally, through restrictions on our activities or health-related issues for ourselves and loved ones. We have seen it coming, but yesterday marked a step-change with the announcement that campus operations will be restricted after the end of this term and government recommendations to work from home where possible.
In this post, we will explore some of the things that PGRs can do to stay up-to-date with the latest advice, consider the impact of the outbreak on their research, and protect their mental health.
In this post, Yaru Chen, a new UoB PGR in Corpus Linguistics, tells us about an event on “Building a Supportive Network” she attended in the College of Arts and Law on Wednesday 15 January 2020.
What was “Building a Supportive Network” about?
This event, organised by the Postgraduate Student Experience Officer (a recently graduated PhD from CAL, also a trustworthy person from whom I always seek advice) in the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, was designed to help us improve our networking skills and develop our supportive networks. These supportive networks are not only beneficial in offering us emotional and academic support during our PhD study, but are also helpful for giving us career support once we have graduated.
Happy New Year and welcome back. Or just welcome, if you’re starting your research programme this month.
It’s traditional at this time of year to make (and perhaps break!) a few resolutions. The media is full of articles about diet and exercise, but what about resolving to make lasting improvements in your research processes? It’s easy to say “I will do more” or “I will do better” but what exactly does that look like in practice and how can you make it stick? Continue reading “Happy and productive 2020!”
Oh, how easy it is to put things off, especially if those things are difficult, ill-defined or repetitive. Or if your deadline isn’t for a few years yet. Unfortunately, that’s a pretty good description of postgraduate research, so a postgraduate research degree is fertile ground for a tendency for procrastination to flourish.
procrastination, n. The action or habit of postponing or putting something off. [OED]
Let’s learn a little bit more about procrastination and why it happens, but note that procrastination can become a habit for lots of reasons (or a combination of reasons) so if you are struggling with persistent procrastination, you may want to explore some of the counselling options available to you via the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. Continue reading “Fighting procrastination”