As I mentioned in my most recent post, last week I was fortunate enough to attend the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, in Louisville, Kentucky – home of Muhammad Ali, The KFC Colonel and Bourbon! All of which featured in my trip! This conference was extremely timely and relevant to me and my thesis as the overall theme was ‘Optimizing Health and Resilience in a Changing World’. Most conferences lead me to make lots of notes and although I have the best intentions, beyond typing them up I rarely look at them again. But during this conference I felt compelled… View Post

Hello! I am seven days post conference in (very) sunny Seville and am right back into the swing of things. I was once again reminded during my week away of the importance of stepping out of routine and day-to-day life once in a while to get inspiration and creative juices flowing. And talking of creative juices, that’s what I want to talk to you about today.… View Post

We all have times in our lives when things just suck. When things aren’t going quite as we would have hoped personally and yet we still have a job to do – we still have to get our PhD’s. The pressure of this can become exceedingly clear when personal issues crop up and it can add to the difficulties we are facing.Sometimes we can do things to overcome the hard times, sometimes it’s just a case of making the ride a little gentler. Rather than burying our heads in the sand, which can be oh so tempting, there are ways… View Post

It was around this time two years ago that I had (finally!) submitted my PhD research proposal and applied for both a position and ESRC funding here at the University of Bath. The six weeks following the application date were a bit nerve-wracking to say the least, but that period of time confirmed my strong desire to do a PhD. I got the email to confirm an interview that took place on March 23rd, and I found out I had been successful in my application the next day. Interviews for PhD positions and funding tend to take place around this… View Post