Durham University Student Blogs

Category - Research

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...

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...

Seeing stars at the new Ogden Centre building

  The Odgen Centre for Fundamental Physics will be officially opened today and to mark the occasion there is a celebration of astronomy which includes a spectacular light show projected on to the new building. I went along to see the show last night and it really is amazing!  The light show is entitled Worlds, Systems & Creations and...

Where to go from a PhD

Perhaps the most daunting choice facing any PhD student is where to go following their PhD. Discussions among PhD students in my time at Durham seemed to focus on the binary choice of either staying in academia or moving to London, both of which have positives and negatives. Hopefully I can convince you all that by no means are you restricted to...

My research internship

The project In the Summer between first and second year, I was lucky enough to take part in an internship research project offered by BP to Durham students across a range of subjects. It may come as a surprise that as a geology student, the research project I embarked upon had nothing to do with rocks. Instead it focused on how we can use the...