“[Upon hearing I had won this award] I thought that my PD students, past and present are absolutely wonderful. I am so grateful that they took the time to complete yet another form when they are already so busy! I feel lucky to have the most amazing research community and I cannot wait to celebrate this with them in person!
"I think PGR students are doing an incredible job in tough conditions. Even in ‘normal times’, being a research student is a very tough job, where students experience intense pressure without knowing exactly what the rules of the game are. Academia is a bit of a maze where PhD students are thrown in blindfolded. They then have three years to find the exit while rushing through a great number of hurdles and obstacles… and all this with no clear job prospects! Deciding to become a PGR student means having an incredible motivation and passion, being driven and deeply committed to research. I respect and admire this commitment very much
"In the last few weeks, the situation of PGR students has worsened, with job and budget freezes, and I deeply hope the university steps up its game to provide PGR students with the opportunities and support they need. I am not talking about charity here, investing in our students is a win-win situation – as I have learnt it - PGR students give back whatever you give them tenfold.
"I love working with students, I appreciate their passion and their fresh perspectives. I actually still feel like a student myself, as we are in the business of creating new knowledge as researchers.”