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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

There’s a new king in town

A researcher’s life can be a bit isolating. Before you know it, you’ve spent little time connecting with your supervisors, other professors in your department, academics you admire and, of course, those PhD students around you. It does not have... Continue Reading →

Write It Out!

Conference season is far from over, so Adjunct Associate Professor Adrian Martin is here to give you a few pointers when it comes to preparing for your first-ever presentation (but hey, it’s also a good refresher for those old pros!)…... Continue Reading →

Relax: you’re not supposed to know what you’re doing

Do you ever feel like a cat stuck in a tree? Dr Karen Sutherland is here to calm your nerves and tell you exactly, and honestly, how she felt before earning that title before her name...   - “It was... Continue Reading →

The hemisphere differentiation effect

Despite what the title suggests, this blog post is not an episode title of The Big Bang Theory. Instead, ponder this: what perspective can we gain when contrasting the academic calendars of the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere?...  ... Continue Reading →

PhD milestones, it’s all in the celebratory details

Many universities are hosting graduation ceremonies in the upcoming weeks. They are momentous and formal occasions, but there are also small ways in which you can casually embrace this and other PhD milestones… Today is Graduation Day at the University... Continue Reading →

Words of our lives

What do PhD students and soap opera actors have in common? Read my rambling thoughts to find out… I know this might seem like a stretch, but bear with me. On Monday, I was part of the Histories and New... Continue Reading →

Looking back to look ahead

Did you know that the PhD Life blog has 218 posts so far? Here are my personal favourites. Which post has inspired you the most?... In order to do the best job I can as the new editor for the... Continue Reading →

Nice to meet you!

Your PhD journey might be exactly what you envisioned, might take you to places you never imagined, or might be a bit of both. This is my story and I am thankful for it as it has led me to... Continue Reading →

How I live-tweeted my own conference talk

Recently, I wrote about my strategy for preparing scientific talks and promised to follow on that with an example I was preparing at the time. The whole thing took longer to prepare than I had planned, even though the talk... Continue Reading →

Benefits and challenges of tweeting a conference

Is it worth spending most of the conference glued to your screen? Are conferences hashtags where the real party happens? Ondrej discusses the pearls and pitfalls of tweeting from a conference...  Academic conferences are usually exhausting. You spend the whole... Continue Reading →

5 Tips for Managing Your Marking Marathon

Marking fatigue? Long hours glued to the desk? Daunting workload? I’ve been there and I feel your pain. A high work volume and no breaks can seriously affect your productivity and your mental wellbeing. But fear not, here are some... Continue Reading →

Salma’s PhD Viva Experience – Part II

Wondering what your PhD viva might be like? Last week Salma described some of her preparations and the first part of her viva exam. Read on to find out what happened next... I was asked a few more questions and... Continue Reading →

Salma’s PhD Viva Experience – Part I

Curious about viva? We certainly are, and our amazing contributor Salma offered to share her recent experience. So, take a deep breath or two, and check out the first part of her story...

7 Motivational Tips for PhD Students

Another post about motivation, PhD Life? Why, yes, dear reader. Summer holidays are so close, and yet so far, and Wednesdays are known to be tough. Whether you have started your PhD a few months ago or you are hours... Continue Reading →

Transferable skills and your PhD

Your social media feed is probably swamped with employability talks and workshops, career fairs and networking opportunities. You might have already started thinking about what you have to offer to employers outside your research niche. Tony reflects on how he developed transferable skills... Continue Reading →

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