Life Beyond the PhD 

Taran Young shares his experience of attending the Cumberland Lodge ‘Life beyond the PhD Conference’ with funding from the Researcher Academy. After a quick turnaround from application to outcome, I was thrilled to find out I’d secured a fully funded spot from the Researcher Academy to attend the unforgettable Life Beyond the PhD conference. Run …

Carbon transparency and cost accuracy

Tim Barbary, Company Director at Benchmark Consulting Ltd talks about his experience of hosting University of Nottingham postgraduates through the Researcher Academy’s award-winning placements scheme.  Benchmark Consulting Ltd has been supporting the packaging industry for over 10 years providing commercial estimating, financial measures, and workflow management software to some of the largest producers of plastic, …

Patience is a Virtue

Ella Wydrzynska is a 4th year PhD candidate in the School of English. She specialises in the study of stylistics, with a particular focus on contemporary children’s literature. Financial support from the Researcher Academy’s Conference, Travel and Training Fund allowed Ella to present her research at the most recent Poetics and Linguistics Association conference. Picture the …

My trip to Ven, Sweden

Jane Crowley shares her experience of attending a conference in Sweden, with support from the Researcher Academy. In June, I had the opportunity to attend the 10th International Graduate Summer School for Biophotonics, on the island of Ven, with help from the Researcher Academy Conferences, Travel and Training Fund. Over 60 postgraduate biophotonics students from …

My first in-person conference in four years

Edward Peake, a postgraduate in the Faculty of Medicine, on attending the Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 2022 conference with help from the Researcher Academy’s CTTF Fund. I was heading to London on the train for the first time in two years. The last in-person conferences I’d attended were in Montreal and Toronto …

My placement with the Digital Nottingham project

Katherine Bird, a PhD student from the School of Psychology, on her placement with Digital Nottingham. I am a PhD student in the School of Psychology. I began my PhD during the Covid-19 pandemic. So, I spent the first year at home and missed out on a lot of research, teaching, and learning opportunities usually …

‘Petunia’s friends’ – a wonderful renunion for plant researchers

I am Mohamed Abdulla originally from Libya. I have been studying at The University of Nottingham since 2015. BSc, MSc and a PhD here at the School of Plant Sciences. I would like to express my great appreciation to UON Researcher Academy for their CTTF Award which helped enable me to participate in the 19th …

My first project endeavour at Ecophon UK

Nishal Thampan, a postgraduate at Nottingham University Business School, talks about his Researcher Academy placement with Saint-Gobain Ecophon UK. Walking back through an empty road of West Bridgford on a bright sunny day, I was filled with a feeling of satisfaction and peace, something that was unusual for me after an interview!  Ok that was …

What if you caught Covid during an international conference?

Tien Thuy Quach, a PhD Candidate in School of Pharmacy, talks about her experience of catching COVID-19 at an international conference, and what she learnt about managing her mental health. I was fortunately awarded a Travel Prize (£500) from the Researcher Academy, Travel Award (£500) from the United Kingdom Surface Analysis Forum (UKSAF), and CR …

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Actively seek out changes rather than waiting to adapt

Xijing Chen on doing a Researcher Academy postgraduate placement at Spenbeck, an award-winning family business specialising in providing bespoke, sustainable and inclusive creative spaces. I was a 1st-year PhD student in Architecture, Culture and Tectonics Research Group during the period of joining this Placement for Spenbeck, 2021-22. The research project I participated in during my …