Becoming A Resilient Researcher

PhD students have some of the highest rates of mental fatigue of any part of the research system. Some studies even show PhD students as having the worst mental health of all professions and students. Why is this the case? And what can the sector do about it? We look at some of the data […]

Six Steps to A More Competitive and Organised Grant Application

1. Prewrite as much as you can Most grants require sections that are similar to other grants. These include applicant bios; organisation bios; budget; and track record. Not to mention if you’re doing something that fits into a larger piece of work you like have a good idea of what it is you want to […]

Building your career – moving streams

Across all areas of training there are essentially five streams of work: (1) Practitioner – doing the work you were trained to do. (2) Researcher – investigating a topic of interest. As an academic you are simultaneously a Practitioner and a Researcher (3) Educator – Training others based on your skills, experience and training. (4) […]

Ten Questions for Your (STEM) Career

Here are some questions I got asked at a recent careers event. It was aimed at those in third year science. They were considering all of their options – further study in science or research, changing tack and joining the workforce. They were a VERY well prepared group. I thought the questions (and my thoughts) […]