Holly Giles

Role: Guest Contributor

Postgraduate expertise

Holly is a second year PhD student at the University of Reading. Her undergraduate degree was in Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff University during the pandemic. Following this she moved to the University of Liverpool for an MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing, before coming back home for a PhD in Food and Nutritional Sciences. Her research focuses on food science for older adults in the prevention of ageing diseases. She also has four dogs and loves walking them as a break from research.


Latest blogs from Holly Giles

Understanding the Publication Process

Holly shares her top tips for getting your work published while doing your PhD.

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Being Both Student and Teacher During the PhD

Holly talks about the different ways PhD students can get teaching experience and how she found it.

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Surviving the Confirmation Viva

After one year of PhD study, Holly passed her doctoral confirmation review. Here's her advice.

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Getting involved in your department during your PhD

Now in her second year, Holly shares the many ways PhD students can get involved in their university department.

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Starting My Second Year: Goal Setting and Words of Advice

We've been following Holly along throughout her first year of PhD study. Now she's officially starting second year, she's got some words of advice for new students.

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Writing Your Confirmation Report

At the end of your first year you'll be expected to undergo a confirmation review and submit a report. Here's Holly's experience.

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Reflections on the First Year

Holly is officially coming to the end of her first year of PhD study. She talks to some other students to compare experiences and lessons learnt along the way.

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Conferencing 101: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Attending My First Conference

Academic conferences are a great place to present your work, find out about the latest research and network with like-minded people. After her first event, Holly share's some advice.

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Month 8: Sharing your research during your PhD

Now in her eighth month, PhD student Holly prepares for her first poster presentation and offers advice for the various ways to share your doctoral research.

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7 Months to Realise I Have Imposter Syndrome

Our guest blogger, Holly sat down with an expert on Imposter Syndrome to find out what it really is and how to tackle it.

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The First 6 Months - Tackling the Literature Review

Half-way through her first year, Holly shares advice for constructing a literature review for the Confirmation Review.

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Getting Started in the Lab

Have you been following Holly's PhD journey? This month she finally enters the lab and offers some advice to other new scientists.

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Month Four: New Year, New Me, Same PhD

Now four months into her PhD, Holly shares some of the things she's learnt about being a doctoral researcher and offers tips to other new and prospective students.

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3 Months In: My First Time Taking Annual Leave

Did you know PhD students don't get the same holiday as other undergraduates and postgraduates. Instead, you request annual leave like you would in a job. Here's Holly's experience navigating the holiday system.

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Two Months Down, 46 to Go: Reflections on the First Two Months of My PhD

Interested in what it's really like to study a PhD? Holly's just started studying her degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences and she'll be taking us along for the ride in this new diary series!

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