Posted on 07/11/2011
‘I started my PhD at RHUL in Sept 2004 and successfully defended my thesis in March 2009. My experience of studying at RHUL was extremely positive. The department was extremely supportive in creating a suitable atmosphere for me to carry out my research by providing me access to a good infrastructure and mechanisms of support from staff and students. My faculty also helped me create links with other administrative departments in the university where I was later able to get a part time administrative position to support myself.
I also had access to excellent facilities such as the careers centre, a very good library on campus as well as easy access to libraries in London.
My supervisor was brilliant. She was sensitive to my needs as an international student and supported me to be able to live and study well at RHUL. She also encouraged and supported me to attend various conferences, apply for grants and subsequently plan my future after my research.
Doing a PhD away from home was challenging in many ways that I had not previously anticipated. However, I received support and encouragement from the University, my department and particularly my supervisor which was crucial in my completing my programme of study.’
Dr Chaitali Das, Lecturer, Queen’s University, Belfast
I came to Royal Holloway from Hong Kong in 2005 to study for a PhD in Sociology, and was awarded my degree in 2011. The student life at RHUL was unbeatable. The college provided a friendly atmosphere for study and research, which brought together international students and UK students in a supportive community. A range of scholarships and bursaries were offered by RHUL in addition to external funding bodies. The scholarship offered by the College enabled me to concentrate on my studies. Also, the Department provided financial support for postgraduate students to attend conferences. Meeting people in different parts of the UK and elsewhere was an eye-opening experience. Interacting with some of the best minds from across the globe was fascinating.
A wide range of library services are provided by the college and the University of London. Also, the Department is very supportive towards students and has a friendly atmosphere. Both my supervisors closely monitored the progress of my thesis and provided me with intensive supervision. They also introduced me to the relevant academic network, pointed out sources for research funding and helped me to apply for grants. After I completed my PhD successfully, my supervisors discussed my plans for the future with me and offered me excellent advice.
Studying abroad is challenging but exciting. My study would simply not have been feasible without the support provided by the College, the Department and my supervisors.
Dr Olive N.Y. Cheung, Consultant, The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds
My time at Royal Holloway as an EU postgraduate student has been transformative. I started my PhD in medical sociology in 2007 and I will submit my thesis in June 2012. The time spent here has enriched me in many ways. I would probably single out learning how to network and cooperate with different people as the most important aspect of my education. As a result, I now feel more confident about myself as a researcher.
The Centre has given me all the support I have needed, including good infrastructure, courses and conference funding and access to other libraries in London, all of which has proved to be very helpful for my research. The college has also supported me by providing courses to improve my English and by offering a well-integrated Generic Skills Programme which has enhanced my research and teaching skills.
My supervisor has had an immeasurable role in my progress as a researcher throughout my time at Royal Holloway. He is an excellent supervisor and a world-leading expert in medical sociology and I certainly would not be where I am now without his encouragement and guidance.
For me, an important part of Royal Holloway and its surroundings is the natural beauty and the stunning Founder’s building. Also very appealing is the college’s location – being close to London, it provides all a big city has to offer. I have made friends for life during my stay in the UK and I will certainly never forget my time at RHUL.’
Joana Almeida, PhD candidate, Centre for Criminology & Sociology, RHUL