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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

Food for thought: 5 practical tips to improve eating behaviours

Do you find yourself reaching for sugary snacks when a deadline is due? Or find it hard to make healthy lunch choices? In today’s post, Sophie Clohessy offers advice on how to make healthier eating choices during the working day.... Continue Reading →

My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 2): How do you edit to tell a better story?

Alice Eden, an early career academic, is currently completing a book manuscript for publication which draws on her PhD research. During the peer review process for the book, Alice gained comments which requested changes including providing more information for the... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a demonstrator (1)

During a PhD, you are strongly advised to take part in demonstrating and teaching. Great for your portfolio. But what does it entail and what should you expect? Here, Pippa talks about some of the things she found during her... Continue Reading →

Creative Ways to Release Stress

Stress comes as a part of the package when doing a PhD. But creativity can help to ease some doubts that we might experience. Taking a leaf out of famed author Tolkien’s book, Jenny Mak offers some creative activities to... Continue Reading →

How to survive your research degree: overcoming obstacles and dealing with disappointment

We all encounter obstacles and disappointment while conducting our research, but it’s important to look for help when we need it, and use these experiences to learn from our mistakes.  Amy gives some advice for when your research isn’t quite... Continue Reading →

My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 1): Ways of Writing for New Audiences

During peer review for her forthcoming book, Alice Eden was asked to provide more information on a number of different areas in the text instead of assuming new readers will have specialist knowledge of secondary literature. Working through the re-write... Continue Reading →

The Ins and Outs of Counselling

Life throws all sorts of things our way which can lead to us needing help navigating through our feelings. The university’s counselling service has a variety of options to help with a range of issues. Pippa, a new counselling service... Continue Reading →

The Power of Introduction

Words hold power, especially those that we use to introduce ourselves and our doctoral research to different audiences. Jenny Mak considers the implications behind the words that we select and their potential to direct our academic goals. While doing a... Continue Reading →

How to survive doing your PhD when you have no funding? (2)

If you don’t have a scholarship, a student loan or a family who can support you, but you still wish to do a PhD, you’ll be facing several dilemmas. Obviously, you will need to fund yourself somehow, but doing your... Continue Reading →

Love your data

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Library’s Scholarly Communications Manager, Julie Robinson, explains why you need to love your research data. Timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, LoveDataWeek is an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness and sharing good practice around... Continue Reading →

Research students can get involved with societies at Warwick – and they should!

There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities here at Warwick, but research students might initially think they don’t have time to take advantage of them. Amy gives a rundown of points to consider when choosing a society as a researcher,... Continue Reading →

What I learned during my first term as a PhD researcher

Embarking on a PhD can be daunting, yet the first term brings opportunities to make a strong start by establishing solid working processes for the months and years to come. Kim Harding, a first-year PhD candidate in the sociology department... Continue Reading →

Keep calm And PhD through

Maintaining your mental health and wellbeing can be difficult as you undertake postgraduate study. Pippa talks about her experience trying to understand and improve her own state of mind. As per the prerequisite of being a PhD student, the levels... Continue Reading →

How to survive doing your PhD when you have no funding? (1)

How to secure funding for your PhD, if you get admitted, is probably one of the most stressful issues the majority of  prospective PhD students are facing. The number of scholarships, grants and awards is limited compared to the number... Continue Reading →

How to use your own experience of academic research to support others

Sometimes, things don’t work out quite as we expect, but that’s not always a bad thing! In this post, The Library’s new Scholarly Communications Manager, Julie, reflects on her own PhD journey and how her new role has enabled her... Continue Reading →

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