[Webinar recording] Learning how to achieve work-life balance in academia
A few details about this webinar:
The live session of this webinar happened on March 30, 2021 at 10 AM ET. We've made the full webinar recording available for all registrants who couldn't make it to the live session. 😊
In this webinar, PhD researcher Shruti Turner talked about work-life balance in academia and how challenging it can be to establish boundaries between our work and personal lives. She also talked about some of the factors which could result in work-life imbalance and the negative consequences thereof. Finally, drawing from her own experiences, Shruti shared helpful tips and advice on how we can work towards achieving a better integration between our work and life beyond work.
About the speaker: Shruti Turner
Shruti started a PhD with the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London in January 2018. Her project combines her passion for education and research, while also allowing her to help amputees in need. It is focused on understanding the clinical utility of pressure sensors in lower limb prosthetic sockets to improve fit and evaluate what is meant by ‘good fit.’ Prior to this, Shruti did an MSc Biomedical Engineering and BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton.
She maintains an interesting, insightful blog about her time as a PhD student called Shruti’s PhD. She decided to start this blog as a medium for self-reflection, and also in the hope that sharing her experience would inspire others to undertake a PhD.
Shruti believes that work-life balance is important first and foremost to look after our mental health and a big part of that is enjoying life! Sometimes, looming deadlines and tight schedules might force us to shift our balance a bit, but she says that as long as we know we’re coming back to a norm or equilibrium, that’s perfectly okay.
The top three things close to Shruti’s heart are education, sustainability and research. She also loves to travel, but unfortunately doesn’t do it nearly as much as she would like to!