I am going to let you in on a secret. A few months ago, after giving up on a woefully technical journal article I was trying to read, I was scrolling through social media and I discovered something. An undercover world, of sorts. I, like most people, spend a hefty amount of time every day on my phone. According to the newly installed ‘screen time’ indicator on iPhone (thanks but no thanks for that, Apple),
My first experience of death happened when I was working on a hospital ward. I was devastated. We had bonded over a very lengthy hospital stay; while I made sure their room was clean and supported their nutrition, we shared several conversations about death and the future which were difficult, but important. I think such conversations are an important part of what a ‘good death’ looks like. As someone training to be a psychologist I
First of all, before anybody makes the joke, no this blog is not about the scam PPI calls we all too often receive. Rather, Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) or Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) refers to the concept of research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. At the core, PPIE is getting the public involved and actively engaged in our research, as opposed to being involved only at the level
Being a postgraduate is hard enough as is. We are told repeatedly of the mental health crises and long hours we are not just expected to have happen but we see those around us experiencing every day. Masters courses and beyond are there to ready us for the realities of conducting research, meeting tight deadlines and compiling large projects over increasingly shorter amounts of time. Stress and increased pressure are things that we can ‘accept’
Alex Lloyd The first day of my PhD had come with a lot of anticipation. Having received my offer to study at Royal Holloway, University of London some months prior, I had been waiting for my start date with nervous excitement. For those who haven’t visited (which I highly recommend) the University campus is situated on Egham Hill, surrounded by greenery and overlooked by the impressive Founder’s building. I arrived with time to spare before