Dr Abi Pinnock is a Post-doctoral Research Associate – and thesis mentor in the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield.

We can start off life thinking that perfection is attainable. From an early age it is fairly easy to achieve 10/10 on spelling and arithmetic tests, but by the time you’re in high school getting anything more than 90% seems impossible and as you progress through undergraduate degree this seems to decrease. So by the time we get to postgraduate level can we ever achieve the perfection that we once experienced as normal as children?

As a post-doc who has recently completed their PhD, I have had the opportunity to mentor PhD students during their thesis writing. Read the rest of this entry »