I started my PhD as a part-time student at Goldsmiths, then moved to full-time status once I secured funding. My funding is a collaborative ESRC studentship, which means that I still have links with my former employer and can see ways that my research can be applied outside the academic environment. I think this is a strength of Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department, which feels to me to be very outward-looking and open to new ideas. Certainly I have had many opportunities during my time here to work with colleagues on projects, conferences and publications both within the department and College and outside, even internationally.
There have been many opportunities to try new things and test boundaries, which I really appreciate, and the large number of active research students really helps to counter the risk of isolation which sometimes comes with a research degree.