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!
Every month I do a quick round up of at least five of the new things I’ve been trying. I find it’s a fun way of looking back on what I’ve been getting up to and a good way to keep track of things. I’ll put links to previous months’ posts at the end of today’s… Continue reading New things I tried in March
One of the side effects of being able to do public speaking is that people ask you to do it. If you’ve given a few successful talks and you aren’t terrified of standing up in front of a room full of people, then you’re going to get asked favours that involve public speaking. Especially if… Continue reading Speaking to new graduate students at Firbush, Loch Tay
Way back in August I got an email from Dr Lily Asquith of the University of Sussex, asking if I could be available in February to give a seminar about LIGO and gravitational waves to the experimental particle physics group there. I was flattered, but a little confused. I emailed back saying I’d be happy… Continue reading Gravitational Waves seminar at the University of Sussex
As I’ve mentioned to a few people recently, the end of a PhD is a bit like the end of The Return of the King. Do you remember? I don’t think it was as obvious in the book, but in the film, there seemed to be about ten endings, one after another. Just when you… Continue reading Thesis corrections are in!
My viva (phd thesis defence/exam thing) was yesterday and I passed! I met with my examiners at 13:00. The first thing my external examiner said was “I enjoyed reading your thesis, I think the research is interesting and important, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t pass you – I just have a few… Continue reading I passed my viva!
I handed in my PhD thesis on 23rd September. For PhD candidates, almost every country (and probably every university) has a slightly different way of dealing with what comes next. In some instances, simply handing in the thesis with a supervisor’s approval would be enough. If you’re doing a PhD in one of those places,… Continue reading The PhD viva