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What our postgraduate research students say

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Vicky Booth
"My experience of completing my PhD with the School of Medicine and the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing has been extraordinary.  The division has some of the most inspiring, talented and knowledgeable researchers in the world, all of whom value the contribution of you as a PhD student, make you feel welcome in their world, and support you to be the best researcher you can be.  My supervisors have been incredible, supporting me when needed and allowing me to grow and develop my skills through experience and opportunities.  I could not have done my PhD in a better place and have, and will continue, to promote the School of Medicine and Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing as an exemplary environment to conduct your research and gain your qualifications.  The Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research has developed in my time within the Division, and I feel strongly that the opportunity to study and work alongside other clinicians and clinical-academics has been a cornerstone of my success."


Lilian Nwosu

"Studying at The University of Nottingham has been really memorable and since starting my PhD degree, I have never had second thoughts about doing it at the University.

My research project in the field of arthritis pain at the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre widened my experience on pain research and gave me opportunities to present my research at international conferences thus facilitating new connections and collaborations. The international research excellence scholarships offered by the University is one of the many positives about the University in addition to the various facilities including advice on different career options made available to its students. The diversity of the University and its location in the multicultural city of Nottingham makes it an ideal place to study."


Laura Wyatt

"I have extremely enjoyed studying for my PhD in the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at The University of Nottingham. Throughout my time at Nottingham I have had endless opportunities to enhance my professional development, through undertaking science outreach activities, presenting my research at national and international conferences and forming collaborations with experts from different disciplines within the School of Medicine. The school offers an excellent range of post-graduate training courses from preparing for the PhD viva, career advice, statistical help, and courses to enhance presentation skills, as well as many more. There is an excellent support network within the school and regular progress meetings to provide extra guidance if needed. Nottingham is a great city and I would thoroughly recommend studying for a PhD here."


Katie Robinson

Katie is a physiotherapist currently undertaking a full time PhD looking at the development of a chair based exercise programme for older people supported by a CLAHRC East Midlands studentship.

"Being part of the CDT has helped me to combine my clinical and academic work by developing and delivering an exercise programme as part of my research. I chose Nottingham as the CDT has a vibrant community of clinical academics from a range of disciplines which provides a great peer support network. It also has international leaders in therapy research who have been invaluable in providing advice and support to develop my career."

(September 2015)


Miriam Gray
PhD (Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology), Oct 2010-May 2014
"The University of Nottingham has been a great place to study for my PhD. Throughout my years here I have been well supported by members of staff and my fellow students. There is an atmosphere of interdisciplinary collaboration which, in a field such as dementia, was invaluable. Being part of the Centre for Dementia within the Institute of Mental Health meant that I could see my research within the context of other dementia research being carried out and it is an inspirational forum for sharing ideas and collaborating on projects. Studying at such a prestigious university has given weight to my research at the national and international level and given me opportunities to work with some of the most well-known names in healthcare research. I would definitely recommend the University of Nottingham to anyone considering studying for a PhD."


Mariel Slater

"I chose to come to Nottingham because of its high standing (Russell group), good location and because I had a good rapport with the people who interviewed me. I think that it is in an excellent place to carry out a PhD from my experience in the School of Medicine because the University offers N-trans training, support from an internal examiner, admin staff and the postgraduate school, external training opportunities, travel prizes, excellent supervisory support, career advice/courses, a counselling service and plenty of social events or clubs to join. I recently dedicated my PhD thesis to my PhD supervisor/line manager for being such a supportive and influential role model and attending/working at this University has had a very positive impact on my life."

(July 2014)


Stuart Smith, PhD (Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre )

Stuart talks about making a difference to children's lives.





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