Postgraduate Research Student Case Studies


Phil BegleyPhil Begley

PhD student in the Lincoln School of Humanities

“I have just completed my PhD thesis, which explores the history of the Conservative Party when they were in opposition between the years of 1974-1979; examining the development of party policy in relation to a number of key themes that were important at that time.

“The University has supported me greatly during my studies by providing me with mentors that are well suited to my original thesis proposal, and who are well respected and accomplished in their fields.

“In addition, I received a grant from the University through the PhD studentship scheme, which funded my research. Without this support, I would not have been able to continue my studies and complete my PhD.”

Kevin MahonKevin Mahon

PhD student in the School of Life Sciences

“I am currently halfway through my PhD research in which I am exploring the nature of wandering cats and cat management in the UK; paying close attention to electronic containment fences for cats and assessing their potential welfare implications.

“Through my work with the School of Life Sciences, I had the chance to appear on a BBC documentary in which the team and I were filmed exploring the hidden life of the domestic cat. This provided a great opportunity to disseminate our research to the broader public and the programme was well received by a national audience.

“I came to Lincoln as I was interested in joining a university that is making incredible gains. The University puts in a lot of effort to provide tailored support for its postgraduate students.”

Claire MarkhamClaire Markham

PhD student in the School of Social & Political Sciences

“For my PhD research I have been investigating the decline of village pubs in relation to the impact that this has on rural communities. This is an interesting and interdisciplinary subject area as not only does it focus on the social side of rural communities; it also explores the historical and business aspects of rural pubs.

“Although my area of study has never really been explored before, this has never been an issue. My supervisor has been extremely supportive and helps me with any and all questions that I have whilst conducting my research.

“The Doctoral School is brilliant and the University provides funding for me to go to conferences to disseminate my research to a wider field.”