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Activism through art… (Part 2)

… Loughborough’s IAS features film-maker, Chris Ivey! By Agostinho Pinnock Below is the continuation and final part of our feature on Chris Ivey’s recent showing of his film ‘We are Here: Charlottesville Two Years Later’. The Pittsburgh artist and film-maker, was a recent guest of Loughborough’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS). Ivey is an eternal […]

Activism through art… (Part 1)

… Loughborough’s IAS features film-maker, Chris Ivey! By Agostinho Pinnock “…I am an artist first, then a filmmaker… One of the goals with my film work is to give the audience a view of life from the perspective of marginalised people and how the events around them affect them, directly and indirectly. This is what […]

It is difficult, but…?

Ending up on a PhD program means that you have probably been very good at what you have been doing up to this point in time. The choice to commence a PhD often positively reflects passion, commitment, and the willingness to go through the work and experience required to earn this degree. But what happens, […]

Note to ‘self’

In this first of blog series on her PhD journey, Chidinma Okorie writes a note to remind herself and anyone reading this blog of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Happy reading! 😊 Dearest self, How are you today? Did you manage to get enough rest? Have you eaten? How did your exercise session […]

My bucket-list PhD

September 1978: I went up to Brasenose College Oxford to begin a DPhil in Economics with some trepidation and a research council bursary, having survived an interview with Joe Stiglitz, who was later to win a Nobel Prize. I was 23. My Mum had died at the age of 42 not long before. It was […]

Volunteering and the Skills Matrix

Volunteering with a local organisation can reap great rewards. Whilst research and writing up take up the lion’s share of undertaking a PhD, there is the Skills Matrix that also has to be completed, especially when working towards the progression panel meeting. Often referred to as ‘The Wheel of Fortune’, the Skills Matrix has four […]

LSU Shakespeare Society

There may be budding thespians among you who are looking for an opportunity to ‘tread the boards’. PhDs are hard work and often isolating, so joining a society could be conducive to finding a distracting relaxation. The LSU Shakespeare Society may be the answer, whether an actor or a beholder, it promises exceptional productions. Find […]

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