Jaime Garcia-Iglesias

Jaime is a Spanish Sociology PhD student, whose research is fully-funded by a School of Social Sciences studentship.

On my research

Jaime Garcia-Iglesias, PhD Sociology

Jaime Garcia-Iglesias

PhD Sociology 

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I'm conducting research on men who have unsafe sex with men with the intent of contracting HIV. My interests are mostly based on qualitative research, with an emphasis on creative approaches (such as narrative writing and performance) and ethnography. I am also interested in research ethics and policy impact. 

I am more focused on sexuality, HIV/AIDS, masculinity and the impact of new technologies on sex. I want to explore how our views of HIV have changed in recent years and, how the internet has facilitated these changes.

While my actual research subject (bugchasing) is quite niche, it is a perfect way of exploring these larger changes and, hopefully, providing new avenues for public health and sexual health to open conversations with people. 

On my PhD at Manchester

Manchester is a world-leading institution, with an outstanding Sociology programme. I trust my supervisory team and felt welcomed by the department from the start. My project is quite complicated and I knew I needed a department and supervisor who were experienced and supportive.

The School has been very kind to provide me with funding. In addition, Manchester is such a large institution it provided me with lots of opportunities to engage in training and activities. Manchester itself is a great city with an amazing city centre and lots of LGBT options.

Jaime Garcia-Iglesias

On my PhD highlight

I LOVE my department, I have felt welcomed and supported by both staff members and other PhDs.

Not only do we enjoy plenty of academic activities, but we have quite a few social outings and gatherings, which helps create a sense of community.

So far, I have been incredibly happy to have organised a few events, particularly the LHIVES: Narratives of HIV that we hosted with the department and ArtsMethods.

On my biggest challenge

I think adapting to the new way of working is challenging. After all, this is the first time doing a PhD, so coping with uncertainty is a must.

In my first few months, I felt like I was just rambling without much idea of where my research was going, but I've realised that's quite normal when you start, so trust your supervisor and enjoy the process.

“I LOVE my department. I have felt welcomed and supported by both staff members and other PhDs throughout my time here.”

On opportunities outside of my studies

There are LOTS! I've presented at both national and regional conferences, as well as collaborated with charity organisations in Manchester.

I have been able to secure funding for a large research trip to Florida and Chicago which has provided me with invaluable contacts and research experience. 

I have also developed a strong working relationship with ArtsMethods and taken advantage of their fantastic training opportunities and worked with ResLife caring for students. I have undertaken training in methodology, publishing, creative methods and even delivered training on conference organising!

On tips for future students

I was so anxious before I started, but people around the School and department were so friendly and made it so easy.

My first tip is to talk to people, be friendly, and ask for anything you need. The staff will go above and beyond to help you, thanks to their support I feel at home now.

Also, trust in your supervisor - they're the best placed to help you, but they need to know that you're struggling (either academically or personally). Let them know how everything is going and be sincere.

I really like the Whitworth Gallery Café for working on a rainy day and my guilty pleasure is the lasagne from Simon building.

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