Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Emily, PhD student investigating lung cancer.

Hello everyone! My name is Emily Richardson (click here for Instagram) and I am a PhD student at the University of Leicester, UK. My work centres around a specific type of lung cancer – Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – caused by an EML4-ALK fusion protein. I’m looking at the mechanisms which cause its increased migration and invasion, which leads to […]

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Why Life After Education Is Tricky

**Collaboration** Education (including a PhD) to some is just a nightmare. To others (like me) it is a dream. But one thing we know is that it is a long process. From a young age you’re tied into the schooling way of life. But without it, we wouldn’t learn the life lessons we have today. We wouldn’t have the qualifications we […]

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Networking for beginners

“It is not what you know, but who you know”. Although I do not 100% agree with this statement, as I believe hard work can never be underestimated, I do believe that the people you know are very important. Therefore, ‘networking’, which has always made those butterflies in my stomach partake in gymnastics training, is important. I am not particularly […]

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Why I stopped reading “those” articles I saw on Facebook

I, like a lot of people enjoy the odd scroll through my Facebook newsfeed and I used to make the mistake of clicking on those articles from the ‘gossip/news’ pages (which I won’t name but I am sure you know) which have a headline something along the lines of 10 signs that…. I am not talking about the articles filled with perfect ‘gifs’ to describe situations (I actually greatly appreciate these), or the list of movies you must watch (although I sometimes disagree with the list I also often find some great new options- plus I wrote one of these types of articles myself!) or the articles about the latest celebrity drama (Kayne vs Taylor, which I may find irrelevant but not an issue). I am talking about the articles that tell you “the 10 signs you need to know that you do not love your partner”, or “the 10 reasons why getting married in your 20s is leaving the party early”, only to be followed the very next day by “10 reasons why getting married young is the best decision you could make”, or the “10 reasons why you should quit your job and travel the world”. As a woman in my young 20s, I am still deciding exactly who I am and what sort of life I want for myself. This is why I have sworn off these types of articles. Just like horoscopes, you will be able to […]

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