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Video clip: During Anna’s DPhil there were ‘highs’ and ‘lows’. She had difficulties with her supervisors. This experience taught her how to manage relationships, which has helped her throughout her career.

What was it like doing your PhD?

It was different to how I imagined it would be. And different to the experience I’d had in London. Every lab is different, every supervisor is different. And every research project is different. There were highs, there were lows. There were quite a few lows. There were differences of opinion. There were difficulties with supervisor relationships but I found by the end of my time that I had learned a great deal about not only how to manage my research but how to manage my relationships with others. And to work out those that I really needed to cultivate and work on and those where I just needed to move on and realise that you couldn’t fix it and there were other ways to continue your research without that becoming a barrier.

So that was, that was quite a big important learning experience which I think has stood me in good stead as I forged my own independent path because right from that early stage I had to, deal with some of the issues and complications of working. I think anywhere, not just in academia, but it gave me an experience to sort of build on.