You may now call me ‘Doctor’

The rule is that nothing’s official until it’s been blogged about. Thus, in this spirit, I would like to announce that I am now Dr. Carruthers! This is despite having successfully defended the thesis at my Viva at the end of February with only minor corrections. But having now submitted those corrections, and now in…

1,557 days later…

There has been little activity on this blog for most of this year. The reason? I’ve been busy writing my PhD thesis! And now, finally, I have submitted it. Well, it was submitted a couple of weeks ago now; December 16th 2015 to be precise. That was 1,557 ± 7 days since I started my doctorate…

Flue stack

Edinburgh University fossil fuel divestment decision

Two days ago (12th May 2015) the University of Edinburgh concluded its review of fossil fuel divestment and published the report of the Fossil Fuels Review Group (report link). The accompanying press release summarised the decision as: In reaching its decision, the University does not see choices as limited to ‘no change’ or ‘pull out…

How is our Gradschool Conference Funded? [UPDATE]

This is a short update to the post How is our Gradschool Conference Funded?  At the time of writing that post, I didn’t have the 2014 data to hand. I’ve since been supplied it, so here is the data for 2014 (Fig. 1). This year, fewer Cuddly companies were contacted as a percentage of the…

How is our Gradschool Conference Funded?

[Update 03/12/14: 2014 data here: https://vitaminccs.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/how-is-our-gradschool-conference-funded-update/] We’re very lucky within the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh to have a strong and active community of postgraduate students. The community, diverse as it is, is democratically represented by a committee of PhD students who volunteer a large chunk of their time to make the postgrad…

quiz night

Geosciences Gradschool Conference 2014

One of the highlights of each year for the University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences postgrad cohort is the annual Gradschool Conference.  This year was the 23rd Gradschool, held at the Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa in North Berwick, Scotland, and by all accounts it was another roaring success. The Gradschool Committee is run by…