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The two stories inside every PhD

Radio tracking collared leopards while pregnant Recording data on eartagged samango monkeys for my job, while wearing my son 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…
Seeing stars at the new Ogden Centre building
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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…
International Women's Day guest lecture
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International Women's Day guest lecture

On 7 March, Durham University welcomed Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell as their guest Women in Science lecturer for International Women’s Day. Her talk, titled Careering through Astronomy, was about her journey from early education to her scientific achievements, most notably the discovery of pulsars, as well as her…
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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…
But what is “proper” research?
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But what is “proper” research?

“Research is what goes on when students are doing other things”, as I’m pretty sure I heard someone somewhere say. So I decided to stay around Durham over summer to take part in it myself while my friends were indeed doing other things, things perhaps involving beaches in Mediterranean climates. But Durham’s nice too.
My research internship
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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…
Research in one of Asia’s most well-known slums
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Research in one of Asia’s most well-known slums

Entering my final year at Durham I decided to write my dissertation on something exciting and unique… so I chose Dharavi. It is said to be one of Asia’s largest slums located in India’s modern megacity Mumbai. Having been to India before it has always intrigued me, so I decided to conduct research there during the months…