Nikita Samanta's Arrival onto the Project
The project's second funded PhD Student has now arrived in the UK and settled into the project. Here is Nikita's account of her arrival:
Having lived in the UK before, arriving at Coventry wasn't much of a culture shock but it was quite a departure from London, where I'd previously spent a year. Having the project team to support and guide me through the initial few weeks of turmoil that is usual when trying to uproot and relocate was a welcome relief and provided me with much-needed comfort and reassurance. The student union organised multiple events and activities in the first week, which helped me get acquainted not only with the campus and my surroundings but also with several peers from all around the world who quickly became friends. I've managed to get involved pretty quickly with me representing my class as a PGR SSLC member, auditing 3 modules in rather diverse topics but all of which relate and will aid my research, taking up the responsibility of the project blog and joining various societies on campus besides juggling my own research. I was also able to give a short presentation at a conference in London at the SRHE within just two weeks of arriving at Warwick.
I've had a few meetings with the project team and my supervisor, Ann Stewart since my arrival and we've discussed my role in the project but also my own research within the project and the ways forward. I am excited to get started on my proposal for my upgrade and am hoping that all will be smooth sailing.
All in all, it has been a rather exciting and productive one month since I've arrived and I can only imagine how much more exciting (and busy) the next couple of months will get.