Day 8 - PhD Experience

PhD Student photo gallery summarising the PhD experience at GCU

PhD students are part of a larger community here within the Yunus Centre

A flashmob with Yunus Centre research students and staff as part of World Refugee Day celebrations across Glasgow in 2018.

MSc students frequently join the Yunus Centre as PhD students

Didi, Hao, Jack and Pedro, all part of the inaugural 2014-2015 MSc in Social Business and Microfinance (now Social Innovation) cohort, get together for a reunion. Didi and Jack are currently pursuing PhDs with the Yunus Centre.

PhD students often continue to affiliate with the Yunus Centre either teaching or researching

Left: Prof Michael Roy poses with PhD supervisors Prof Rachel Baker and Prof Cam Donaldson after his viva exam. Right: Dr Neil McHugh with Cam and Rachel on his graduation day. Both Michael and Neil have continued with the Yunus Centre as research faculty.

The physical Yunus Centre provides PhD students opportunities to forge personal friendships and professional collaborations

The "lunch table" is a favourite for chats, and general life and/or PhD specific support for all PhD students.  Sometimes special guests like Professor Muhammad Yunus join the conversations at the lunch table. Also pictured, PhD student Elena Magli.

PhD students get involved with community events giving back in Glasgow and beyond

The Yunus Centre 'Y' Team at the Pretty Muddy 5K for breast cancer research.

PhD students attend world class conferences, training schools and other programmes

Yunus Centre PhD students and researchers Benedetta, Dani, Enrico, Francesca and Jack enjoy dinner together during the EMES conference in Louvain-la-Neuve in 2017.

PhD students get to know their supervisors beyond GCU

Top: Prof Helen Mason and Kat Papadopoulou in New York City. Right: Prof Michael Roy and Jack Rendall cycling Wolfe Island, Canada, where they were visiting for the EMPOWER-SE programme. Bottom: Fatma Ibrahim and Enrico Bellazzecca visit Paris with their supervisor Dr Olga Biosca.

PhD students from the Yunus Centre share their research at conferences around the world

Michael Marshall, Fatma Ibrahim and Kat Papadopoulou presented at the 2019 Social Business in Academia Conference in Berlin. Yunus Centre students frequently attend and benefit from the experience together.

Our PhD students excel in their research, receiving many awards

Kylie Fagan received the Merchants House Magnusson Award in 2016, which supported her to visit an innovative community-owned healthcare system in Alaska. She is joined by Yunus Centre PhD students at the awards ceremony. Fatma Ibrahim was a receipient in 2015.

Collecting data for a PhD isn't always glamorous, but the celebrations after PhD vivas are

Varying stages of the PhD journey from interview questionnaires to cake - as submitted by Dr Linda Fenocchi.