Graduate Library Trainee

Stratford-upon-Avon

When you think "British playwright," or even just "playwright" who first comes to mind? If we were to conduct a survey family-feud style, undoubtably "Shakesepeare" would be one of the most popular answers. And while there are many places commemorating his life and work, I would argue that none are more popular/known than Stratford-upon-Avon. A small(ish) [...]

Training Programme: Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation

  Beyond all work directly related to my thesis, I have been getting my feet wet in a number of other departmental projects. For instance, I recently volunteered at a week-long training program entitled "Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation." This program, put on by the ICCS (Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security), "focused on the role of mediation [...]

Weekend in Birmingham

This weekend was my first uninterrupted, plan-less one in Birmingham. It's always a bit alarming to have a free weekend in a new city, and it requires a great deal of independence and planning. However, I was determined to take advantage and not spend the whole time writing my dissertation and binging on (more) Terrace House. So I took [...]

Moving on

After a hectic period of exams, January was a welcome break. Passing all necessary theoretical courses in December, I've since taken "Academic Skills and Research Proposal," a ten-unit practical course designed to prepare students for our upcoming internships and thesis writing. This course consisted of statistics seminars, ethics lectures and writing tutorials. I wrote (and then re-wrote and re-wrote again) my [...]

Den Haag

Den Haag (aka the Hague) was on my Netherlands "bucket list" from the beginning. Perhaps most famous for the Peace Palace/International Court of Justice, it also is very beautiful and has a lovely coast. While recently the temperature hasn't gone over 5degrees, on Sunday we decided to take a picnic up to the sand dunes of Den [...]