Category: Survivor’s Guide to Academia

The survivor’s guide to academia — posts that are about the highs, lows, processes and pitfalls inherent to researchers and academia.

Episode 16 – Gender inequality in Science

This latest episode of the Naturally Speaking podcast explores the increasingly prominent issue of gender inequality in science and engineering. With the help of four Institute researchers: Prof. Dan Haydon, Dr Michelle Bellingham, Dr Winnie Boner and Dr Richard Orton, we first explore the evidence for women being underrepresented in scientific research and why this bias exists. Then, we discuss […]

Episode 14 – Linking science and policy

FEATURED: Our most visited post of 2014 – in this episode we chat to colleagues across the Institute about how they’ve successfully communicated science into policy.

Episode 8 – How to get research funding

In the last podcast of 2012 we discuss how to source research funding and how to write successful grant proposals. Tune in for some top tips and advice from Barbara Mable, Neil Metcalfe and Kathy Dunlop! Episode 8 – How to get research funding There are hundreds of organisations that fund research, but here are a few links to the […]

Episode 5 – How to Survive a Conference

With several big conferences rapidly approaching, many students will find themselves at their first scientific conference this summer!  In this edition of the Survivor’s Guide to Academia, David Bailey, Rob Critchlow, Zara Gladman, and Shaun Killen chat about how to survive a conference. Tune in for tips on talks and posters, effective networking, making the most out of social events and […]

Episode 1 – Surviving Your Viva!

Finally! Our first ever podcast episode, in which Zara Gladman, Leoni de Wert, Rowland Kao, and Shaun Killen discuss how to survive your viva – the oral examination that every PhD student must pass before receiving their degree. Have a listen and let us know what you think! Naturally Speaking Episode 1 UPDATE: We revisited this topic in a later […]