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The balancing act: PhD research and internships

by Nkem Nwaobi, PhD student © via Unsplash by Campaign Creators Embarking on a PhD journey is a commendable feat that involves a deep dive into research, critical thinking, and academic prowess. However, as a PhD student, I often encounter the challenge of balancing research commitments with the preparation for a future career, whether within …

A first-timer’s guide to international conferences

Nkem Nwaobi, PhD student Embarking on my first conference was a journey filled with excitement, nervousness and countless opportunities for growth. This past summer I attended the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) conference in Italy, it was eye-opening and frankly quite scary. In this blog I will share my guide to your first …

My Experience as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate

By Leonardo Rodrigues, PhD researcher Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a UK-wide part grant-funded scheme helping businesses of all sizes to innovate using the knowledge and expertise of qualified graduates, with the capability to lead a strategic business project. My experience as a KTP Associate with XAIS Asset Management Ltd has been transformative. Choosing KTP …

From PhD to Higher Education Professional Services

By Dr Ruby Hawley-Sibbett, PhD in English Literature (2023) and Graduate Management Trainee at the University of Nottingham Starting my PhD I decided to do a PhD because I was enjoying my MA and wanted to continue to research early nineteenth-century women writers. I had an idea for a project shedding light on Jane Austen’s …

Researcher Careers Week Reflections

By Hiba Azim, postgraduate researcher Our Researcher Careers Week was a couple of weeks ago and attending the Networking Brunch was great, bringing together researchers and a wide variety of employers over coffee, croissants and nibbles. Now that I’ve had some time to reflect on my experience, I’ve made some interesting observations about why attending …

Building Confidence Whilst Job Hunting as a Postgraduate

By Hiba Azim, postgraduate researcher So, you’ve completed your thesis and now you’re faced with the daunting task of job hunting. You log in to LinkedIn and come across a post from someone you know from your undergraduate days who just got promoted to a senior management position. You can’t help but feel a twinge …

What to Expect From Researcher Careers Week

By Hiba Azim, postgraduate researcher It’s that time of year again! Researcher Careers Week is almost here and it’s packed with activities to help postgraduate researchers explore careers outside of academia. As an attendee of the event last year, I can say that it was a great opportunity for me to be more intentional with …

Connecting Researchers and Employers: Insights from the PGR Networking Brunch

By Yulan Lyu, postgraduate researcher This year’s Employer Networking Brunch for researchers is scheduled for Tuesday 16 May, which reminds me of the first time I attended this event last year. As a researcher hoping to work in industry after graduation, I wasn’t quite sure how employers viewed people with PhDs. Therefore, I decided to …

Career Planning in Uncertain Times

By Hiba Azim, PhD researcher There’s a lot going on in the world right now and all that extra noise can be incredibly unhelpful as it simply sits – a cherry on top – of your career-planning anxiety sundae. I find myself see-sawing between frantically researching different career paths, to complete apathy and not wanting …

Knowledge Transfer Partnership – My Time as an Associate Working on a Collaborative Project

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way project between a recent graduate (KTP Associate), a business and a university. KTPs offer you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to real-world challenges. Projects are varied, spanning all academic disciplines and organisations of any size and in any industry.  As a KTP associate, you will: …