I am a first year PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. My research is part of the Trial Forge initiative (find out more at http://www.trialforge.org/!), which aims to improve the efficiency of clinical trials on a global scale. Before I began my PhD I did an MSci degree in Pharmacology - this included a year on industrial placement where I worked in clinical recruitment, working to staff clinical trials across the UK and Europe. Hopefully this blog will allow me to keep track of my progress over the next 4 years, and provide you guys with a little insight into what being a PhD student is like!