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a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

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A tidy desk is a tidy mind: A guide to decluttering your desk

If you find the messiness of your desk stressful, then this blog could be just for you! Sophie shares reasons to declutter your desk and how it might impact your work for the better. What better way to start a... Continue Reading →

Take a Timeout

PhD is a long process which requires focus, commitment, and dedication. It mainly consists of reading research literature, collecting data, doing analysis, writing and editing. This whole process is sometimes energy-draining and makes one demotivated. Here, Sajad comes up with... Continue Reading →

When everything goes wrong: How to deal with the unexpected during your research

While research brings its own set of obstacles and challenges, many of these can be expected and prepared for. However, during your research, life can throw things at you that you would have never predicted. Amy reflects on unexpected events... Continue Reading →

What’s Your Power Colour?

Maroon, blue, forest green, mustard yellow… Jenny Mak reflects on how the colours that we choose to wear in our everyday outfits can be empowering for our roles as PhD and early career researchers. From a young age, I’ve been... Continue Reading →

Your guide to a Digital Detox

Do you look at your phone first thing when you wake up and the last thing at night? Do you find it hard to resist logging onto social media whilst working? Then this blog could be just for you! Sophie... Continue Reading →

The basics of intellectual property rights

A PhD is all about finding out or doing something new and exciting. But who do these ideas belong to? Who has the rights to the knowledge you have gained during your hard work over those long years? In this... Continue Reading →

“OH NO” Moments during your PhD

Doing a PhD is a serious endeavour that comes with unavoidable setbacks. But sometimes, these setbacks can turn out to be funny in their own way. Jenny reflects on the value of humour during these stressful moments. It started with... Continue Reading →

Onwards and upwards: preparing to start your PhD

At this time of year, many of you might be starting to think about the next stage in your career, whether that be moving to a new university or starting a new research endeavour. Here, Amy discusses some of the... Continue Reading →

Academic? Non-academic? Let’s talk careers

Maria talks about how she went from a full-time PhD in the humanities to a full-time non-academic job, what this shift has meant for her, and what she has learned about what a “career” really is As I was finishing... Continue Reading →

Why you should book a holiday during your PhD

At this time of the academic year, you may be starting to think about planning a holiday. Sophie explains why taking a break is beneficial and why pushing yourself out of your comfort zone on your time off can help... Continue Reading →

Optimising failure

Failure is inescapable. When delving into the uncertain world of postgraduate study, it hits all of us in different ways. But has anyone figured out how to deal with it? Pippa tries to find any hidden gems of how best... Continue Reading →

3 tips on working from home… productively

Working from home might sound great, but it can prove to be a chore. In this blog post, Maria offers her top tips on how you can make working from home effective for you. University libraries are great spaces for... Continue Reading →

Viva Worries: Asked and Answered

The viva can bring out our worst doubts about our PhD dissertations and about ourselves, making us question the worth of our work and ourselves as researchers. Jenny Mak offers some responses to ease these worries in a constructive way.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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