Welcome to the PhD Life blog!
This blog is part of the Research Exchange at the University of Warwick. Our hope is to create an online PhD community not only for Warwick students but also for anyone and everyone in this lovely world of ours who identifies with any of the following: pre-PhD, PhD, post-PhD.
Blog posts are published every Wednesday at 2.30pm. We publish on a wide variety of topics, but for your easy reading, we have categorised them into four main categories, which you can access via the tabs at the top of each page.
PhD Basics is the place for everything you need for your PhD: from note-taking, working with your supervisors, the research process, writing up, or your viva.
And Beyond is for all the PhD activity that you get involved in beyond those necessities: from publishing to attending conferences, networking and social media presence.
Looking after you and your PhD is a blend of posts focusing on PhD support. This involves practical support, such as time management and organisation skills, to topics focused more on your mental wellbeing. Often, these two topics merge and the best advice involves a mix of both, which is why we’ve put them together.
Your Experiences is all the wonderful tales from our bloggers, featuring topics on everything and anything. Usually with a hint of advice, these posts are more personal and can be about reflections on experiences, musings on hobbies, or internal conversations about the PhD journey.
If you’re looking for anything in particular please use the search function.
Clarissa (Riss) is a PhD candidate in Philosophy here at the University of Warwick. Their research focuses on exploring the epistemic and discursive conditions for Othering in society and related injustices. You can find out more about their PhD experience on Twitter @Muller__C and their non-academic literary exploits on Instagram @riss__reads.
Hi, I am Rupika! I am an ICase PhD student based in WMG and the Medical school at the university of Warwick. In my project I am looking at the assessment and development of antimicrobial coatings for indoor use. My project is interdisciplinary and even involves me working with an industry partner which is very rewarding and challenging. In my spare time I love reading and crocheting, especially little animals, and blankets; although I have a habit of leaving things unfinished, so there’s random animal parts across my room. I also love to meet new people and I am always up for a chat. You can follow me on Twitter @Micro_Steel and on Instagram @the_steel_microbiologist.
Emily Alger (she/her)
I’m a Maths and Statistics Integrated Masters graduate from Warwick, beginning my PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research in October 2022. I can’t wait to share my PhD and Warwick experience with you! Outside of my studies I love music and art. I love playing in wind orchestras and painting with watercolours.
Ellie is the blog editor of PhD Life and The Study Blog. She is a third year PhD student in WMG researching visitor experience and evaluation in museums with Oxford University Museum of Natural History. In her spare time you can find her doing yoga, reading books, and decorating her new house. You can follow her on Twitter @ellietheking and on LinkedIn @ellietheking.
This blog runs with the help of its incredible contributors, and that could be YOU! If you have any insights, comments, suggestions, questions, stories, feedback, jokes or musings about your PhD experience, we want to hear from you!
We all know that writing a thesis or dissertation can be overwhelming at times, but a blog post should be anything but! We welcome entries from any research area and any research stage, so stop thinking about it and get in touch with us now: email@example.com, @ResearchEx or via the comments section on this site.
Are you too busy to write a blog post but would love for us to cover a specific topic? Then send us a message and we will make sure to get the conversation flowing.