Growing up in Anfield within ‘the most deprived area’ in England, didn’t really mean anything as a young person. I didn’t feel ‘poor’. Only when I was old enough to think about university did I begin to notice a difference between what I saw on TV or heard on the radio regarding ‘UCAS points’ and ‘clearing’, and what me and my friends were doing – none of us were planning to apply to university, all were encouraged by parents to find a job as the next step, shrugging off poor A Level results (for some of us) as unnecessary formalities. No one had older brothers or sisters who were students.
Methods North West will be running a series of short, online Methods Sessions between July – December 2020. The sessions will be held over zoom and delivered by experts in their fields.
Initial sessions include Doing Twitter Recruitment and Research, Open Access Resources, Learning for Wellbeing, Conceptual Analysis and Researching Film Online. A full list of sessions can be found here. New sessions are still being added, so do keep checking back!
Due to COVID-19, we have all been working from home since March. This unprecedented situation is something that I, like many others, was not expecting or prepared for when I started my PhD only five months ago. My PhD routine prior to lockdown consisted of coming to the office every day and having face-to-face meetings with supervisors, as well as including a social aspect of receiving peer support through regular coffee breaks and in-person chats. This came to a halt 11 weeks ago and since then I have been working, alone, in a make-shift “office” in my living room.
Peers for PhDs is a student-led group to support wellbeing of PhD students at the University of Liverpool. It was initially started by three postgraduate researchers from different parts of the university (including Natasha Bradley, an ESRC funded student). We initially met at personal development workshops and wanted to provide more opportunities for PhD students to network outside of their department. We hosted focus groups with other students, who often described a PhD as a lonely experience. Looking at the published evidence on postgraduate student mental health, it seemed to us that increasing opportunities for PhD students to support each other would be beneficial.