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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

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 →

Happy New Year! Have you made your academic reflections?

Welcome back to Warwick for the New Year and a special welcome to any new starters arriving! Rather than new year’s resolutions, Alice has been collecting her reflections on the last year. She has found this a really positive process... Continue Reading →

Motivational Quotes for the PhD Journey

The PhD journey is a long one where it’s easy and normal to feel unmotivated for certain stretches of time. We all need a little inspiration to perk us up during those days. Jenny Mak offers you four handy motivational... Continue Reading →

The evolution of Christmas

Nearing the end of the year can be daunting but is also, hopefully, the lead up to a re-energising break. Pippa reminisces about the holiday season including her recent years as a post-graduate. When I was little, Christmas was such... Continue Reading →

How to take the first step when applying for PhDs

Applying for a PhD degree is a daunting process that depends on securing funding. For many, this is the key step which often means the difference between starting your degree or not doing it at all. It's important to start... Continue Reading →

Operation Endgame

The final months of writing up your dissertation are, needless to say, intense. Long hours writing, sacrificing weekends, a sleepless night here and there... It's exhausting but for some, a necessary part of the process. Vanessa Corcoran called these months "Operation... Continue Reading →

On remembering why we teach

As PhDs, we might occasionally take up some teaching. The motivations to do so varies, but there are also some considerations to bear in mind if - and when - we decide to do so while researching. Read Aya Nassar’s... Continue Reading →

Making your Workspace Work for You

Feeling unproductive in your workspace? Jenny Mak offers some steps that you can take to tweak the area where you spend much of your research time with more intention, so that it works for you rather than against you... With... Continue Reading →

A Day in the Life of a PhD Student: Part 2

Wherever your PhD takes you, the destination will inevitably be unique: original contribution to knowledge is, after all, what we’re all searching for. In Part 2 of this two-part series, Sophie Shorland explores a day in the life of two... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

The common jokes about academia tend to think of graduate experience as a choice away from life, or something that locks us in libraries and labs, but besides that it is a very rich, complex and intense life. In this... Continue Reading →

How to review a paper

This summer Chengcheng Kang reviewed three papers for some top conferences in her field. It was a daunting process at first, but she found practice makes perfect and is sharing her insights in this week’s PhD Life post… People may... Continue Reading →

Postgrad Realities: Juggling a PhD and reaching the finish line

Did you know that three of the major challenges postgraduate students are facing were cited as “fear of being judged”, “stress”, and “loneliness”? Starting a Masters or PhD can be a very isolating experience on a long and difficult journey.... Continue Reading →

Thesis to Book: Images

Have you thought about reproducing images in your publications? Dr Alice Eden has written posts about the literary journey in her post ‘Thesis to Book’, however another important part of writing art historical publications is the inclusion of images. When... Continue Reading →

Dealing with Discomfort during a PhD

Does the thought of your PhD make you feel anxious, restless, and stressed? If it does, you’re in good company, but it doesn’t have to stay this way. In today’s PhD Life post Jenny Mak shares how she dealt with... Continue Reading →

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