From Al-Qassim, to Durham Graduation with a PhD
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From Al-Qassim, to Durham Graduation with a PhD

Since undergraduate level, I was a straight-A student. I was also very ambitious with high dreams. I was always dreaming about pursuing my postgraduate studies in the UK. After getting my BA from the department of English language and translation at Qassim university, I was nominated by the staff members in the department to be…
My transformation from UG to PG
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My transformation from UG to PG

The poet T. S. Eliot once noted that he measured out his life in coffee spoons. As a recent graduate, this is a sentiment I can relate to with painful certainty. For three years, I would embark upon a daily schedule of coffee breaks, punctuated with lectures, essay-writing, rowing, and the occasional appearance in Tutor…
My research: watching babies sleep
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My research: watching babies sleep

When I tell people that I spent the last year of my life watching babies sleeping I get some funny looks! However that is exactly what we do in Durham University Parent Infant Sleep Lab. The Sleep Lab, set up by Professor Helen Ball 18 years ago, has been pioneering research into parent-infant sleep behaviour. As one of the only…
Voyages d’une Parisienne au Népal (PhD student research in Nepal)
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Voyages d’une Parisienne au Népal (PhD student research in Nepal)

I was an undergraduate and later an MA student in the Department of Archaeology here in Durham and, after an interval of a few years in Paris, I am now back as a PhD student. One of the (many) reasons why I have kept coming back to Durham is the opportunities that I have been given here to get involved in a variety of projects…
Day in the life of a Masters student
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Day in the life of a Masters student

I arrived in Durham in October to start my Master’s by Research in French. It’s a great course  because you’re completely free to choose your own topic and then it’s up to you to structure your time and your research; apart from meetings with my supervisors, I don’t have any compulsory contact…