If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll end up somewhere else

When I was growing up in a small farming community in the west of Ireland there weren’t many options for a teenager on a Saturday night. The nearest town was five miles away, and all too often a Saturday night meant a trip to its only night club, Cleo’s. One of those fine night venues […]

So it begins…

We are now at the start of the academic term, when students at different stages of academic endeavour begin another year. We are currently welcoming new PhD researchers to the beginning of their research degree journey. Whilst the focus of every new PhD candidate will be on the research ahead, I would like to take […]

Close your eyes and pull like a dog.

Now that the Olympics and Paralympics are all done, it appears that once again the four-yearly sports fest has produced a blend of the good, the bad and the ugly. The good has been the honest endeavour of so many athletes from around the globe. The bad and the ugly are not for comment within this […]

Autonomy in the Workplace

The life of a student, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, is often seen as one where the individual has significant autonomy in there day to day activities. However, when moving to the workplace there is often a need to adapt to organisational norms, which on occasion may make the individual feel like they have little […]

Work Life Balance

So, I am aware that the summer is nearly over and soon it will be the start of another University year. Seems reasonable to reflect on work-life balance. There is a whole area of Occupational research on work-life balance. Some people have built a portion of their academic career on it. However, the question remains, […]

Close your eyes and pull like a dog.

As I write this Olympics 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, are in their final days. Once again the four-yearly sports fest has produced a blend of the good, the bad and the ugly. The good has been the honest endeavour of so many athletes from around the globe. The bad and the ugly are not […]

Professionalism – the Wisdom of the Minions

Following from the release of the Minions movie, and of course not forgetting their impact via ‘Despicable me’, I must confess to having a feed from their “wisdom of the minions”. Indeed some of it is very wise. After all, how someone treats a minion says as much (read more) about them, and their professionalism, […]

Editing the Post-Graduate Research Magazine Frontier – by Felicity Easton (PhD researcher)

The University of Leicester boasts a diverse range of research schools and departments. The life of a post-graduate researcher is usually an inconspicuous one. Day to day working away within our department, we impress our progress on colleagues who can elicit appreciation being familiar with our research frontiers and tribulations. But what is happening elsewhere […]

Work Life Balance

So yesterday saw the end of David Cameron’s time as UK Prime Minister. A role that no doubt engrossed a large portion of his waking hours. Perhaps 16 hour days as the norm and then of course there would be working at the weekends. Allied to all of this he would have to endure a […]

It’s not me, it’s you.

So, we have all been there, on the receiving end of unreasonable behaviour from another person; be it lover, relative, friend, customer etc… When I deliver a Coping with Stress session, for PhD researchers, I focus on the fact that we always have ultimate control over our own feelings and responses to the behaviour of […]

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