We are now 10 whole days into 2017, and so far (fingers crossed), nobody famous has died. However, this analysis by MIT researchers suggests that 2017 might be worse. Anyway, after much careful thought, deliberation and coffee, here are my 'Top New Years Resolutions That I Will Forget About By February'. Be More Organised This … Continue reading New Year, new m…yeah nothing’s changed.
We've all walked into a lab and seen benches in varying states of disarray. Now you can tell who's who thanks to my new handy guide. 1. The 'Organised' Bench There are two main possibilities as to who this very neat bench belongs to. The first is a new PhD student, desperate to start in … Continue reading How to identify a scientist according to their bench
At my institute, we have a strong public engagement commitment. At first I was wary to get involved, but once I did, I absolutely loved it. We’re very lucky to have a brilliant public engagement manager that organises events and coerces convinces us to take part in everything from fashion shows to open days … Continue reading Why you should make public engagement a priority
Also known as the Second Year blues (but I prefer the alliteration). If I'd have known about this before it hit me, I wouldn't have been so worried. As it turns out, the second year slump is a 'normal' part of the PhD process, as normal as any PhD can be. Saying that, we need … Continue reading The Second Year Slump
I have been in full time education for 22 years. That's 22 'first days at school'. As we start the new school year, I thought I’d take some time to think about what I wish I’d known when I first started my PhD. Usually, it’s a difficult time. You’ve just moved to a new city, probably … Continue reading Things I wish I’d known before starting a PhD
On a rare sunny afternoon in Manchester, Network Pharma Ltd organised a careers event aimed at people looking to find more out about what a career in medical communication involves. It was a packed afternoon, with three presentations from people already in the industry, followed by a mix of junior and senior staff from some … Continue reading What about Med Comms?
Short incubations are the bane of my life. Anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes of my life disappears in the blink of an eye, usually when doing washes for western blots or IHC. This is made infinitely worse as my office is two floors down from my desk, so returning for a quick cup of … Continue reading Ten things to do in a 10 minute incubation