Abimbola Ayorinde, PhD Student Graduated 2015

I completed a Masters in Health Services and Public Health Research here at the University of Aberdeen in 2010. I particularly enjoyed modules like Epidemiology, Statistics, Health Services Research and Public Health. This reinforced my interest in pursing a PhD in Epidemiology within this group.

I have gained invaluable skills not only in epidemiological research but also various generic skills. I had the opportunity to complete a wide range of training courses that have proven to be highly beneficial. Besides the training sessions organised by the Graduate School, the Epidemiology Group leaders also organises in-house training sections to cover a wide range of topics. The monthly journal club and literature review meetings have also been highly beneficial. I also had opportunities to present at group meetings and I will be presenting my work at national and international conferences as well.

The Epidemiology group has a friendly atmosphere where PhD students are not segregated. I particularly love the highly organised and pro-active way by which PhD students are guided including having structured PhD meetings with supervisors twice monthly which I feel have been very useful in helping students to meet targeted deadlines. It is really exciting to be able to learn from highly talented mentors. The skills I obtained from my PhD has helped me to contribute positively to research and the community.

 

Daniel Whibley, PhD Student Graduated 2018

With previous training in physiotherapy and an interest in the biopsychosocial determinants of health, I was aware of the group’s reputation in musculoskeletal epidemiological research. This led me to contact Dr Jones to discuss an opportunity to undertake a PhD. I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Support and development within the group has been excellent, allowing me to acquire new skills and broaden my knowledge. My first year culminated in having an abstract accepted for oral presentation at the Society for Social Medicine’s 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting. The professional development programme for PhD students in the department includes public speaking – something I was grateful for when sharing my work at this meeting.

The department is home to PhD students and academics from diverse professional backgrounds. This means there is always someone to provide a fresh perspective and suggest potential sources of further information. Experts from around the world often visit – a reminder of the international reach of the department. The weekly group meetings allow exposure to the group’s other research themes (reproductive health and ageing) and the monthly journal club promotes an appreciation of current epidemiological findings and methodological advances in the field. The addition of cake at the meetings (there’s a rota!) helps to promote a friendly and collaborative working environment.