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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

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What’s your PhD story?

Doing a PhD for most people feels like a marathon as it requires intense focus on one topic for a long time.  It’s easy to feel unmotivated at numerous points throughout this journey. Chengcheng Kang tells her story of why... Continue Reading →

An Introvert’s Guide to Conferencing

Speaking to strangers is quite literally the stuff of nightmares for some people. But the PhD experience involves doing just that. In this article, Sophie Shorland runs though some tips on making the academic conference easier for introverts, as well... Continue Reading →

“Why Should we Publish your Book?” Writing a Successful Book Proposal

Writing a book proposal is a long and challenging process, but realising this at the outset might make this time less stressful. Far from a translation of your thesis, the book proposal can help you rethink your material entirely and... Continue Reading →

Publish or Perish! How to Gain a Book Contract

In the arts and humanities we are informed that we need to get that first book out in order to progress our career and move closer to that first academic position. Read this blog post to find out more about... Continue Reading →

Motivational Quotes for the PhD Journey

The PhD journey is a long one where it’s easy and normal to feel unmotivated for certain stretches of time. We all need a little inspiration to perk us up during those days. Jenny Mak offers you four handy motivational... Continue Reading →

Improve your PhD Posture

Any kind of deskwork inevitably takes its toll on the body and completing a PhD definitely isn’t a a very posture-friendly activity. With the idea ‘happy body, happy mind’, Sophie Shorland takes us through the impact of PhD on posture,... Continue Reading →

Getting started on your thesis as a science student

“How is your writing going?” – this might be the question you dread to hear. You might have promised your supervisor to send a draft of a chapter, and now after several weeks or months there is still not much... Continue Reading →

Not hell! Being an academic in a non-academic job

There are a number of myths about temporarily, or permanently, pursuing a non-academic job after the PhD. In today's post, Anna Gasperini dispels some of these myths and talks about her own journey of stepping outside of academia... During my... Continue Reading →

Starting a Startup after your PhD

Self-awareness, determination, expertise, project management... the skills required to launch a startup are very similar to those you gain throughout the duration of a PhD. So why do so few PhD students seriously consider launching a startup as a serious... Continue Reading →

A Mindset Shift for the Introverted PhD Student

Struggling to socialise in the public side of PhD and academic life? Do you dread the lunch breaks at conferences, clueless as to what you should say to everyone? In this week’s post Jenny Mak offers a mindset shift for... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: writing together

Feeling stuck with your writing without the luxury to wait for inspiration is very common. Following up from last week's blog post, Aya Nassar proposes writing together in groups… A lot of advice on writing tells us to write every... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: juggling inspiration and discipline

A lot of writing advice tends to shift between write-when-inspired and write every day. In this blog post, Aya Nassar suggests that maybe we do not really need to choose... It has been a while since my last two blog... Continue Reading →

Defamiliarise Your Thesis

Editing the thesis can seem like a daunting task, and it’s easy to get trapped by perfectionism. For science students, there’s a huge amount of work to do at the end, while arts students often edit continually. Whatever stage you’re at,... Continue Reading →

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