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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

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 →

Thesis to Book: A Journey

Since gaining her book contract with Routledge - the subject of her previous blog series – Dr Alice Eden begun the hard work of transforming her thesis into a book. This has meant different ways of working and new challenges... Continue Reading →

Asking Questions

Everyone’s been there. You have a burning question to ask at a conference but you can’t think of the right words or the best way to frame it. Maybe anxiety takes over and you start worrying what other people might... Continue Reading →

Lessons from a Spinning Bike

In your final year of your PhD and feeling like you’re one step away from total burnout? Jenny Mak found exercise helped her stay the course when the process felt extra tough. She offers five lessons that she learnt from... Continue Reading →

“Major Revisions”: Dealing with Negative Feedback

Receiving negative feedback for something you've poured endless hours into can be absolutely soul crushing. Some people handle this better than others – are you the kind of person who can take it on the chin, accept the response and move... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Stylish Thesis? Avoid these Three Big Style Mistakes…

In part two of this series, Sophie Shorland outlines some of the biggest stylistic mistakes you might be making in your writing.   Here’s how to avoid these and ensure your thesis does its job of communicating your original ideas with... Continue Reading →

A Day in the Life of a PhD Student: Part 1

We all have our routines, and how your day looks often depends on the stage you’re in and type of work that needs to be done. This two-part series by Sophie Shorland will explore four accounts from four students at... Continue Reading →

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