Introducing the Blogger Team for 2017/18
College of Arts
In 2015, Victoria moved from North Carolina to Glasgow to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing. Her critical research and creative writing focus on the impact of inherited narratives on identity (re)construction. While the odd poem and short story emerge, she is currently focused on completing her debut novel, a fictionalised memoir in which a derelict debutante struggling with a chronic illness is rescued by Dobermans and drag queens. A cancer survivor with a wicked sense of humour, Victoria is a lover of all dogs, cigars, books, fine dining, beach houses, art, music, jigsaw puzzles, and Netflix. Her pet peeves are seahorse birdbaths, cypress clocks, and velvet paintings of Elvis.
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
Robert is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology where he is investigating the effects of hypertension and diabetes within the brain using functional MRI. Originally from the South Wales valleys, where he grew up surrounded by mountains and greenery, Rob wasn't always a huge fan of city living. However, he loves how well Glasgow combines city life with parks and green spaces; it's the best of both worlds! One of his favourite places is Kelvingrove Park – especially in the autumn, when all the leaves are changing.
When not working on his PhD, Rob enjoys keeping active by going for walks and runs, and checking out the latest Marvel superhero movies on the big screen.
Robyn (@RobynJWomack) is a third year PhD student studying the circadian clocks of wild birds, and how clocks interact with features in the environment such as light pollution. Robyn is originally from a small town on the Isle of Wight, and although moving to Glasgow was a big jump at first, she now loves living in such a lively and friendly city! When not in the lab or field, Robyn enjoys sketching, comedy shows, catching birds and blogging about all things zoological.
College of Science and Engineering
Bianca is a PhD candidate in Physics, and is studying the small scale structure of steels using electron microscopy. She loves Glasgow and studying here, as everyone is so friendly and helpful and there’s always interesting courses and lectures going on. Glasgow being only a short train ride away from the Highlands definitely helps as well! Her favourite place in Glasgow is Pollok park, where she can be often found hanging out with the Highland cows. When she’s not working on her PhD, Bianca loves making friends with all animals (she adopted a rhino, and has a particularly soft spot for cows), hill walking and spending time outdoors, as well as baking endless amounts of cake.
College of Social Sciences
Andreea is a 3rd year PhD student in the Adam Smith Business School. Her research is about sustainable consumption and food growing. She is specifically looking at how people learning to grow food in urban community gardens engage with sustainable issues. She has been in Glasgow for over 7 years now and right now, would not live anywhere else. She likes to reflect a lot on her experience of doing a PhD. She also spends her time telling people why Glasgow is so amazing and doing things across the city. When she's not in her office she's probably cooking something with potatoes grown locally or doing something 'kind of outdoorsy'. To taker her mind of her work she tries to do creative things and see her friends.
Elli is doing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies on UofG’s Dumfries campus. Specifically, she’s looking at the DIY and Maker movement, and how people making things can potentially affect the environment. When coming to Glasgow for the first time around 5 years ago, she fell in love with the city and Scotland. Whenever she visits Glasgow today, she loves the atmosphere on main campus and the diversity of UofG’s community – it’s such a joy to have so many likeminded and curious people around oneself.
In her free time Elli loves to sew her own clothing (well tries to, anyway), get stuck in a good jigsaw puzzle or spend time goofing around with her flatmates.
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