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Mocking Around with my PhD Thesis

Mocking Around with my PhD Thesis

Have you ever been on one of those journeys that just doesn’t seem to end, and not in a good way? You know like when you’re visiting London for the first time with your parents and you’re next stop is the London Eye but because it’s a nice day your parents insist on walking along the riverfront. It’s only ‘round the corner’ they insist. Several corners and good 45mins later you finally make it there. I still don’t let them…

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Submission Day!

Submission Day!

So a couple of hours ago I handed over my thesis to the University. I’m now sat in Wetherspoons after having some food just trying digesting the whole situation.

Reflecting on my PhD

Reflecting on my PhD

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while. In fact I think I have probably wrote it in a my head several times already

The Thesis Wall

The Thesis Wall

You know how they say that when you run a marathon (or do any distance/endurance sport) that somewhere along the way you hit ‘the wall’ and it all suddenly gets a whole lot harder than a minute ago? Well in this scenario my thesis is my marathon and this week I have hit that wall. Now don’t get me wrong the previous few months haven’t been plain sailing but this week has just been horrible. I’ve found myself just sat…

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Fixing the Leak

Fixing the Leak

So as I am spending the majority of my time writing my thesis right now (I know, it’s got to get done somehow) I thought I’d share with you a bit about what I’ve been researching. WAIT! Before you decide this post is going to be too heavy and techy for you give me a moment to persuade you otherwise.

Hunting Leprechauns

Hunting Leprechauns

So a couple of weeks ago my studies took me to Dublin for a long weekend of conferencing allowing to cross off a place on my Bucket list. Now firstly I don’t get all the hype around the whole conference thing. Yes, you can get to travel to places you don’t normally get to go to – but its for work so you never really get to see all the things you would if you were there just for leisure….

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The End of the Nottingham Chapter

The End of the Nottingham Chapter

So I’ve been pretty quiet for a few weeks and there has been good reason for it. I have been super busy trying to make sure I had all my lab work tied up before I finished up and moved back home to Manchester. Somehow I just about managed it. While there was always going to be experiments that would be nice to have but didn’t quite have the time to do, all the ones that I needed to create…

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I Can Do Science Me!

I Can Do Science Me!

A couple of Saturdays ago I did something that I am not known at all. Work. Yes I am one of what seems to be a small minority of PhD students that try at all costs not to work on a weekend – I need that time to re-charge! Ok so I’m not telling entirely the whole truth. Yes I was in the lab but it wasn’t to do any real work. I was there to talk about my science…

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The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

Today’s daily prompt; Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded. The last major change in my life (and probably the biggest so far) was deciding to accept the offer to do a PhD at Nottingham Uni. I had spent the previous 9 months or so researching and applying to various different PhD projects and had a few, unsuccessful interviews. I had now finished…

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Stuck in ‘Jail’

Stuck in ‘Jail’

Doing a PhD (and academia as a whole) you find yourself in it’s own little world and I often find myself peering out into the ‘real’ world which is where the difficulties begin. While I chose to invest further in education by continuing on and doing a PhD sometimes I feel a little bit stuck in Limbo. You know, that feeling where you can neither go back or forwards but are just stuck where you are and there isn’t anything…

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