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Viva 60-Second Interview: Dr Karen Patel

Hi Karen, congratulations on passing your viva! How does it feel?! Great! It took about a week to sink in, people calling me ‘Dr’ helped but it was a strange moment when I was told I had passed. For 3 years the viva was this big scary thing that I was dreading, but in...

Viva 60-Second Interview: Dr Gregory Dunn

Hi Gregory, congratulations on passing your viva! How does it feel?! Thank you, it feels lovely.  Even though I have work (minor amendments) to complete, it’s great to have gotten this far and fulfilled the promise that I made to my family, friends and to myself. What...

A Day in the Life: Hassan Hussain

Hi, my name is Hassan Hussain and I am second-year PhD student in the School of English at Birmingham City University. My research explores the de/construction of gay men and the representation of homosexuality in 21st century British Theatre. I am a Research...

Talking Heads: Media Training Event

Talking Heads: Media Training Event 28th July 2017 Angela English (School of Media, Birmingham City University) Selina Schmidt (School of English, Birmingham City University) Emily Bettison (School of Media, Birmingham City University) The Idea Talking Heads 2017 was...

Making Futures Conference 2017 by John Grayson

The Mayflowers Steps, Plymouth, 8am - It’s raining. The ocean vista, sky and sea, appear a seamless painted wash of grey - no horizon. By the quay, people mustered together, pointlessly seeking protection from the inclement weather. The group, made up of potters,...

My mentoring journey by Chris Hill

Meeting my mentee for the first time was a bit like going on a blind date. I had no idea who I was going to meet or the nature of their interests. I was nervous in anticipation. In late autumn last year, a group of mentors and mentees all gathered in the bottom floor...

Are you ‘up’ for it?

An anonymous blog post by a current PhD student ... Start a blog, they said at the beginning, you need to write every day. Not a problem. Writing, it seems, has become my life, from partial ideas jotted down in numerous hardback notebooks to the never-ending task of...

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