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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

Rhythms of Writing: juggling inspiration and discipline

A lot of writing advice tends to shift between write-when-inspired and write every day. In this blog post, Aya Nassar suggests that maybe we do not really need to choose... It has been a while since my last two blog... Continue Reading →

Defamiliarise Your Thesis

Editing the thesis can seem like a daunting task, and it’s easy to get trapped by perfectionism. For science students, there’s a huge amount of work to do at the end, while arts students often edit continually. Whatever stage you’re at,... Continue Reading →

Challenge your inner critic

At some point in the research process, everyone is plagued by that inner critic telling you that you're useless, unsuccessful, the worst researcher in the world... Chengcheng Kang talks about how to override that critical voice and replace it with... Continue Reading →

Settling In as an International PhD Student

“You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.” The experience of being an international PhD student can be daunting when faced with the prospect of living in a new country for the next four years, alongside the pressures of undertaking a demanding,... Continue Reading →

Being Efficient

Efficiency is something that can come and go during your PhD. It's normal to have a few weeks buzzing with productivity, and then weeks where you barely seem to cross more than one task off of your to-do list. ChengCheng... Continue Reading →

Bad Advice for Academic Conferences

As a PhD student, you’ve probably received plenty of advice about what to do and how to behave at academic conferences. However, it’s likely that sometimes that advice hasn’t actually been very helpful in practice. Here, Sophie shares four common... Continue Reading →

A change of heart

Completing a PhD is an overwhelming ordeal for most, but an excruciating experience for some. David Conrad offers us a candid insight into his decision to move away from academia…   Sixth grade was when I first knew I wanted... Continue Reading →

Love and its Trials during a PhD

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Granted, Charles Dickens was referring to the French Revolution, but this also applies to the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships during your PhD. How about we treat... Continue Reading →

How to find direction when you’re waiting for funding

Greetings from Jessica, your new blog editor! Here is a little account of my PhD journey so far and tips for early PhD researchers whose research plans lie in the hands of funding bodies... I’m relatively fresh into the PhD... Continue Reading →

“P” is for PhD… and Parenting

For better or for worse, PhD students become master multitaskers. So, what’s the experience like for those who on top of academic responsibilities have children to consider? Annabelle Workman shares her world with us… My daughter turned two years old... Continue Reading →

Winging it at question time (a primer)

Adrian Martin has given you advice on preparing for a conference presentation. Now, he points out that you must not ‘collapse’ the moment you’ve read the final, prepared word of your paper: save some strength (and brain waves) for the... Continue Reading →

The Form of the Good (PhD Student)

Last week, Brennan McDavid wrote about two virtues that PhD students can cultivate for excelling in seminar environments and in their creative process. In this post, Brennan discusses two virtues that are more directly relevant to the process of drafting... Continue Reading →

The virtues and vices of PhD students

What can we learn about PhD students through the lens of Ancient Greek Philosophy? In this two-part series for PhD Life, Brennan McDavid asks us to reflect on our PhD habits… As someone who spends their mornings, afternoons, and evenings... Continue Reading →

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