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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

5 tips on getting your 1st journal paper published

Having your work published for the first time might seem as an intimidating process, but Salma offered to help us by sharing her experience and advice... Recently, my first journal paper was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, on GPs’... Continue Reading →

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Just like everybody else

In the last post in this series, Sherry writes about fitting PhD into your life plan (and explaining it to everyone else...). If that trip wasn’t traumatic enough, you should hear about my recent trip back home during Chinese New... Continue Reading →

Back home?

In the first post in this series, Sherry wrote about perceptions of female PhD students. The second part deals with issues that arise when move away to do PhD, abroad and then try to fit back in.... Soon enough it was... Continue Reading →

Di san zhong ren lei – The third kind of human being

Studying for a PhD does not just change how much we know about a topic or how well we do research. The perception other have of us changes too, sometimes more than we expected. Read Sherry's post on the image of... Continue Reading →

All the academia’s a stage…

“I’m not really as smart as everyone else here”, “When my supervisors read this report, they’ll realise I have no idea what I’m doing…”, “My slides are ok, but they will get to me in the Q&A”… I was born... Continue Reading →

Review – “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”

Yes, we tested another writing manual. Yes, PhD students are not the target audience of “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”, but hey, 265… We were curious. Read on to see how they worked. I might have mentioned in previous posts... Continue Reading →

Still in love after all this time

PhD is not always easy to love, but if we dig deep under deadlines, endless reading and rewriting, there is a drive that keeps us going, after all that time. Is it love? Bernie shared with us her love of... Continue Reading →

Has anyone seen my motivation?

Yes, it is hard to deal with lack of motivation. You might feel this only goes to prove you are not cut out for PhD, you might feel you are letting down your supervisors, your funders, yourself …. But try... Continue Reading →

How to Write an Academic Bio for Conferences

There are very few things as challenging as writing academic biographies (perhaps academic writing?). It seems simple, but things soon get awkward as you try to show how amazing you are without sounding arrogation or pretentious. Sophie shares her tips... Continue Reading →

Getting Published – A quick FAQ

In case you have missed the peer-lead event on publishing as a PhD student or you are just looking for something get you started, PhD Life prepared a quick overview of some key points to consider, before and  after publication...... Continue Reading →

Everybody is failing, you just don’t know it!

January is a tough month for everyone, but we are determined to motivate you and prove that hard works always pays off. Our new post is about one PhD student's rocky road to full funding... The Process I started my... Continue Reading →

How Do You Measure a Year in PhD Life?

In the first post of this year we look back on PhD Life in 2016, reflecting on topics we wrote and you read about, and calling for new authors to share their experience of PhD Life. Is it by number... Continue Reading →

What I learned about academics from novels

Holidays are perfect time for some fun, non-PhD related reading. No need to go far from academia though. In our last post this year, Marta shares hers thoughts on novels featuring academics and researchers... According to a recent poll the... Continue Reading →

PhD and the joy of giving

Are PhD students difficult to shop for? No, not if you can give them time, patience and steady job prospects...  We have asked PhD students and researchers in Rex and on our social media to tell us what would be... Continue Reading →

Postgraduate Recommendation: Summer Schools

Have you ever considered attending a summer (or winter) school? You should! Read about Devon's experiences in Japan and Switzerland... During your PhD, I highly recommend taking part in a summer school. You may not know much about postgraduate summer... Continue Reading →

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