My New Job

Having spent the past two-and-a-bit years working full-time as a PhD student, in the next few days I’ll be moving up the researcher ranks. The next chapter of my career will commence next week as I will start my new job as a Research Associate (aka a PostDoc). Even though I haven’t officially finished my PhD, my time will be split evenly between my PhD work and other research-based jobs that have been assigned to me....

January 13, 2021 · 1 min · 191 words · James Ashford

Using Lockdown to your Advantage

So with the rather rapid increase of COVID-19 infections as of recent, it looks like we could be heading towards another lockdown in the form of a ‘circuit breaker’ – described as “a tight set of restrictions – it could feel a lot like the original lockdown – but crucially it would be for a fixed period of time“ I understand that times like these can be rather saddening, but I highly encourage you to use this time (assuming you are not bound by other responsibilities) as an opportunity to learn something new....

October 17, 2020 · 2 min · 261 words · James Ashford

A Weekend That Changed My Life

Every now and then we all have those long holiday weekends that we look back on that are distinguished above all others. This weekend was no exception. Like many holidays, I spent the last few hours before setting off trying to organise everything I needed, marking the start of the holiday. Leaving things to last-minute is nothing unusual for me but I knew that I would return from this holiday with my life forever different....

February 4, 2020 · 2 min · 265 words · James Ashford

Generating Editor Graphs from Wikipedia Articles

There is no doubt that Wikipedia as a service is super, super useful. I don’t know how many times I’ve used it to learn about a new topic. Wikipedia is perhaps best well-known for its service as a collaborative platform where users (or editors) of any background can come and contribute towards sharing their knowledge and ensure that a given Wikipedia article maintains a high quality. I feel that little appreciation goes towards the editors themselves....

November 9, 2018 · 2 min · 348 words · James Ashford

Let the Research Begin

For those of you who have paid close attention to my life recently will know that I have just started my PhD. I’m very much excited to get things going as I know I’ll just love going all-out nerd on a topic in depth. Having met a lot of new people recently, I\’ve had to repeat a lot of the same information for the purpose of making introductions. So for those who I haven’t met or don’t know me, my PhD research is looking at networks and the role it plays in collective intelligence....

October 5, 2018 · 1 min · 207 words · James Ashford