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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

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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 →

How to continue your research as an independent academic?

What if you’ve finished your PhD and now find yourself without an institutional affiliation? How can you still access research materials and get on with your work? Maria weighs in with some tips and advice. Picture this situation: you have... Continue Reading →

My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 3): Methods and Processes

This is part 3 of a blog series about re-writing processes for Alice Eden’s forthcoming book based on her thesis. Before gaining a book contract Alice underwent a peer review process. During peer review a number of edits were suggested... Continue Reading →

A State of Transition

Shifting from the end of your PhD to the beginning of an early career researcher path can be disconcerting and make you feel lost. Jenny Mak proposes a two-part process to navigate this transitional period. There comes a time near... Continue Reading →

PhD upgrade: A survival guide

At this time of academic year, many doctoral researchers in their first year of study are preparing for upgrade review. As a second year PhD student (one that survived the upgrade process!) Sophie has provided some tips to help you... Continue Reading →

How activities and attractions can help you relax during research

You may find it hard to wind down and shut off from your research, but it’s so important to take some time to relax. Here, Amy suggests a couple of ideas for activities you might like to try as a... Continue Reading →

What I wish I knew when I started my PhD

Starting a PhD comes with certain hopes and expectations, but the journey itself can bring some completely unexpected ups and downs. Here are some of the surprises Maria encountered, and what they taught her. When I started my PhD, I... Continue Reading →

Food for thought: 5 practical tips to improve eating behaviours

Do you find yourself reaching for sugary snacks when a deadline is due? Or find it hard to make healthy lunch choices? In today’s post, Sophie Clohessy offers advice on how to make healthier eating choices during the working day.... Continue Reading →

My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 2): How do you edit to tell a better story?

Alice Eden, an early career academic, is currently completing a book manuscript for publication which draws on her PhD research. During the peer review process for the book, Alice gained comments which requested changes including providing more information for the... Continue Reading →

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