Durham University Student Blogs

Category - Postgraduate

Modelling the invisible at the Royal Society

This summer, for the first time, the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) had the chance to bring a few students and staff members to London for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition. With a group of around 20 physicists, we set out to engage the public with an interactive exhibition that would represent part of the research carried...

Voyages d’une Parisienne au Népal (PhD student research in Nepal)

I was an undergraduate and later an MA student in the Department of Archaeology here in Durham and, after an interval of a few years in Paris, I am now back as a PhD student. One of the (many) reasons why I have kept coming back to Durham is the opportunities that I have been given here to get involved in a variety of projects, ranging from field...

Day in the life of a Masters student

I arrived in Durham in October to start my Master’s by Research in French. It’s a great course  because you’re completely free to choose your own topic and then it’s up to you to structure your time and your research; apart from meetings with my supervisors, I don’t have any compulsory contact hours. This means that...

The two stories inside every PhD

I enrolled at Durham University for the first time a few days after my 18th birthday. I had never lived in the UK or away from home before and I felt like I’d landed on another planet where I couldn’t understand the language (Geordie). But I quickly found my way, my people, and my confidence. I spent my twenties doing a Masters, travelling the...

The Power of Positivity

Sometimes staying positive can sometimes feel like an impossible task. In truth, everyone has moments when they feel as though things are piling on top of them, but this is natural (as long as it is temporary!) Sometimes all it takes to feel brighter is a burst of fresh air, half an hour spent chatting with a friend or treating yourself to a...