June 05, 2014

Keep calm and keep typing!

Hi all,

I can't believe my last entry was in April! It only seems like last week, where is the time going! Well, I must admit the bank holidays were a nice opportunity to relax, spend some time with family and friends and catch up on a bit of work. I enjoy them but seeing as though the end of my PhD is rapidly approaching, I always feel like I'm playing catch-up and panic about taking time off! Despite this, I know a short break does do me good, you can't always be in work mode, so I try and maxmise my productivity when I am!

Well, what else can I report......well last week was interesting! Part of my PhD is with a knowledge transfer company based in Edinburgh, so I got to visit Scotland for three days of training, cake, tea and an early career researcher event. The company looks at collaborations with industry and technology transfer from academia to commercial products so the training is quite different from my PhD. The topics include intellectual property, benchmarking, patents, veterinary research and development and information on technology transfer. On the last day, I presented my PhD work at the researcher event and was horrendously nervous! Ironically, the panic I felt disappeared once I got up and started talking. To my surprise, I was given one of the best presentation awards and have won a day out at a Defra agency involved in food and environment policy regulation! Should be fun!

This week I have been catching up on smaller tasks that have been put to one side, so tying up some loose ends really. I have also been working on an application for a training program post-PhD, so I'm trying to consider options for when I finish as well as focusing on the goal of finishing! Tomorrow I am visiting a local school to run a microbiology based activity. I'm nervous, but looking forward to meeting the students and having a chat! So, this week has been full of variety in tasks. Next week I plan to focus on writing for my thesis so that the following week I can start the last piece of lab work I have left to do. I'm trying to balance writing up with lab work as doing both at the same time is impossible!

All I can do for now is to keep going and keep calm! I'll let you know how that goes!

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