PhD Student Writes for Arts & Humanities Blog

Neil Ackerman, one of our PhD students at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, is taking over the reins of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities blog (

The blog is run by PhD students, with a new student taking on the role every six months.

Neil Ackerman said, “I am excited to take on this role, especially at such an uncertain and crucial time for many PhD Students. The impact of leaving Europe is still to be understood for universities in Scotland, which in turn creates uncertainty for PhD students. Covid lockdown has also had a big impact on how studies have continued to happen.”

One of the things I will look to focus on in the blog is the experience of PhD students who live and/or work in rural areas. The University of the Highlands & Islands has made it increasingly possible for students, such as me, to carry out their studies without having to move to a city.

Part of the blogging role is to have regular guest bloggers, so I hope to have PhD students from across the Highlands & Islands discuss their experiences as well as those based in the larger towns and cities across Scotland.”

If you have any ideas for blog posts, you can get in touch with Neil through the blog’s twitter account @sgsahblog or at his dedicated blog email address:

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