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NUBS PhD student trip to the Lake District: Esraa Mohamed

On Saturday 25th June NUBS organised the first recreational trip for PhD students since pre-pandemic.

The last two tough years saw our PhD students enduring harsh lockdown conditions that affected their research and social interactions, saw them stranded in Newcastle in isolation and away from family and friends for protracted periods, or isolating in hotel rooms for weeks while travelling between the UK and their home country, in addition to suffering financial and mental challenges. So finally this trip provided the perfect opportunity for some in-person interaction, beautiful sight-seeing, delightful banter and deserved relaxation after they submitted their annual progression review.

Despite some last-minute dropouts due to Covid, 24 students plus one post-doctoral fellow joined the PGR director and two guides from Lundgren Tours to visit the Lake District, a national treasure dotted by 16 lakes (or meres as they are actually called) and a major tourist destination in the UK. We stopped first in Windermere for a short hike to Orrest Head Hill overlooking the lake. We had lunch in the village and then headed to Keswick, where we took a 50-minute boat trip on the Derwentwater lake, the so-called Queen of the Lakes. We finished off the day with a fantastic afternoon tea treat at Bryson’s of Keswick where the students tried the quintessential British experience. Notable the choice of music on the coach, which everyone could select directly from their mobile phone and Rob, the guide, on the way back played the iconic song by Ronnie Lambert (The Geordie Busker) Coming Home Newcastle, an old song of Geordie pride that made us realise how nice it is to based in this part of the world.

I leave it to students to tell it in their own words.

Sara Maioli – Director of Post-Graduate Research

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