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January 2019 will mark my 2nd PhD Viva-versary. 2 years since the stress of being grilled on my PhD by two examiners. Two years since the celebrations. This December, I’ve been invited to be a keynote at the BPS Careers in Psychology event in London, speaking to undergraduate and postgraduate students about my psychology career so far. The opportunity to present at this exciting event and write a ‘Dear Undergraduate Me’ piece for The Psychologist
I often refer to myself as a ‘hybrid of ology’s’. My undergraduate degree is in Biology and I have a masters in Medical Sciences… Yet I’m here, writing for the PsyPAG blog as I approach the final year of my PhD in Psychology. My particular field of research is Nutritional Neuropsychology; specifically looking at the effect of female iron status and nutritional supplementation on a bunch of cognitive and mood outcomes, combining both biology and
We all strive for perfection to some extent. Some might want a perfectly clean house, others a perfectly worded thesis. It’s human to want a little control over something, and to want to be the best at something: to succeed in fulfilling our wishes for perfection. But it’s fallacy. Nothing in this world is perfect. And generally, lots will go wrong. For all the PhDs out there who may feel downtrodden, a failure, and imperfect:
I was elected to represent the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Welsh Branch in July 2016. I took over from Dr Gareth Richards who at that time had stepped down as representative. Dr Richards was very vocal about how PsyPAG was an incredible community that truly valued its friendly environment and welcoming culture for all postgraduate psychology students. At the time, I could not have envisioned the influence that
‘An extremely unique and positive experience’ This year was my first time attending the PsyPAG annual conference and it was such a memorable and inspiring few days! If, like me, you had been away from academia for a while and you have now begun a postgraduate course, I urge you to attend the next PsyPAG conference and become involved, as, for me, it was an extremely unique and positive experience. The conference was also particularly