A day in the life - Ramin Saleh, PhD student
Being a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) in the school of
pharmacy means I am privileged to teach/facilitate teaching undergraduate
pharmacy students. This usually involves me supporting students in dispensing
classes by helping them with problems they may have or providing constructive
feedback on their work.
On the days I teach, I arrive at Whiteknights campus in good time ahead of teaching. I go over the facilitator's notes and make sure the room is prepared, ready to welcome our students. On the days I don’t teach, I work extensively on my PhD project, where I’m exploring the experiences of pain and pain management in elite athletes and the general population with chronic pain.
Lunchtime is what I look forward to most after a busy morning; it allows me to switch off, refuel and catch up with friends and colleagues. I usually treat myself to a bubble tea from the Student’s Union accompanied by a toastie from the Co-operative supermarket on campus.
My time in the afternoon is mainly spent attending courses from Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP) as part of the Graduate School. This helps me develop my research skills, allowing me to progress with my PhD project. My bi-monthly PhD meetings are also at this time, where we engage in constructive dialogue, allowing to make progress with my work and learning.
I use this time to summarise my PhD work and check any outstanding emails I may have. I grab a quick bite, before I head to football training with my local Saturday team; Inter London FC. Being a sports enthusiast, the rest of evening comprises of me catching up on the sports news and affairs.