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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

What is it like to spend term three in a research lab?

With term three in full swing, a lot of the university is gearing up for final exams and handing in dissertations. But what is research like when you have to spend time in a research laboratory?  Amy shares her experiences... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a demonstrator (2)

Demonstrating is filled with new challenges and experiences for postgraduates, Pippa talks about more of the unexpected scenarios she found herself in and what followed.  The demonstrating season has now ended for me. It brought even more confessions than I... Continue Reading →

How to continue your research as an independent academic?

What if you’ve finished your PhD and now find yourself without an institutional affiliation? How can you still access research materials and get on with your work? Maria weighs in with some tips and advice. Picture this situation: you have... Continue Reading →

My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 3): Methods and Processes

This is part 3 of a blog series about re-writing processes for Alice Eden’s forthcoming book based on her thesis. Before gaining a book contract Alice underwent a peer review process. During peer review a number of edits were suggested... Continue Reading →

A State of Transition

Shifting from the end of your PhD to the beginning of an early career researcher path can be disconcerting and make you feel lost. Jenny Mak proposes a two-part process to navigate this transitional period. There comes a time near... Continue Reading →

PhD upgrade: A survival guide

At this time of academic year, many doctoral researchers in their first year of study are preparing for upgrade review. As a second year PhD student (one that survived the upgrade process!) Sophie has provided some tips to help you... Continue Reading →

How activities and attractions can help you relax during research

You may find it hard to wind down and shut off from your research, but it’s so important to take some time to relax. Here, Amy suggests a couple of ideas for activities you might like to try as a... Continue Reading →

What I wish I knew when I started my PhD

Starting a PhD comes with certain hopes and expectations, but the journey itself can bring some completely unexpected ups and downs. Here are some of the surprises Maria encountered, and what they taught her. When I started my PhD, I... Continue Reading →

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 →

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