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
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
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
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
I mean, we all knew he would, obviously. He’s pretty smart (don’t tell him I told you that). So you can all now call him Dr P. It’s not every day that your partner becomes a doctor of particle physics so obviously, we had to celebrate. P’s PhD was on Higgs boson physics. During this,… Continue reading P Passed His Viva!