Every month I set myself the challeng of trying 5 new things. They can be big things like visiting a country for the first time, or small things like trying a new app or a new type of food. Even so, to find 5 every month can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, and… Continue reading Favourite new things I tried in 2017
Last week, after work, I found myself wandering down to the English Speaking Union, of all places. A strange enough venue (and Google Maps told me that the Edinburgh Toastmasters meet there, though how it knows that I can’t guess). I was there to see a lecture by Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell. I am… Continue reading Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Careering Through Astronomy
Last Friday I attended a conference called ReConEvent. It was all about “Publishing for Early Career Researchers – Immortalisation, Recognition and Metrics.” I know, I know, I’ll be a scientist my whole life but, coincidence of coincidences, last Friday was also the last day when I could technically call myself a researcher. Nevertheless, I had… Continue reading ReConEvent 2017
Wow, this post is late. Sorry, I guess it’s been kind of a busy few weeks. Anyway, way back on 8th June, it was my penultimate day of work as a postdoctoral researcher at Glasgow University. In my research group there, the Institute for Gravitational Research (or IGR) it’s kind of a tradition that when people… Continue reading Dinner at Balbir’s
As usual, this month I’ve been going out of my way to try new things. It’s a habit I strongly recommend and I always enjoy looking back at the end of the month to see what I’ve been able to try. This month I’ve tried: 1. Graduating! Ok, technically I’ve graduated before, but… Continue reading New things I tried in June
Back in 2012, I graduated with my MSci in physics. In October of the same year, I started my PhD in physics. I completed my thesis in September 2016, passed my viva in December 2016, and handed in the final, bound, corrected and updated copy, along with all the paperwork, in January 2017. Perhaps expectedly,… Continue reading Graduation!
Today I’m attending a graduation ball*. It’s my second one. Last time I was graduating with my MSci in Physics and I knew basically the entire graduating class. This year, most of us who picked up MScis last time around are now collecting their PhDs. Seriously, most of them – although several went to other… Continue reading Grad ball outfit plans