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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 →

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 →

Creative Ways to Release Stress

Stress comes as a part of the package when doing a PhD. But creativity can help to ease some doubts that we might experience. Taking a leaf out of famed author Tolkien’s book, Jenny Mak offers some creative activities to... Continue Reading →

How to survive your research degree: overcoming obstacles and dealing with disappointment

We all encounter obstacles and disappointment while conducting our research, but it’s important to look for help when we need it, and use these experiences to learn from our mistakes.  Amy gives some advice for when your research isn’t quite... Continue Reading →

The Ins and Outs of Counselling

Life throws all sorts of things our way which can lead to us needing help navigating through our feelings. The university’s counselling service has a variety of options to help with a range of issues. Pippa, a new counselling service... Continue Reading →

Research students can get involved with societies at Warwick – and they should!

There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities here at Warwick, but research students might initially think they don’t have time to take advantage of them. Amy gives a rundown of points to consider when choosing a society as a researcher,... Continue Reading →

Keep calm And PhD through

Maintaining your mental health and wellbeing can be difficult as you undertake postgraduate study. Pippa talks about her experience trying to understand and improve her own state of mind. As per the prerequisite of being a PhD student, the levels... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year! Have you made your academic reflections?

Welcome back to Warwick for the New Year and a special welcome to any new starters arriving! Rather than new year’s resolutions, Alice has been collecting her reflections on the last year. She has found this a really positive process... Continue Reading →

The evolution of Christmas

Nearing the end of the year can be daunting but is also, hopefully, the lead up to a re-energising break. Pippa reminisces about the holiday season including her recent years as a post-graduate. When I was little, Christmas was such... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Confessions of a Perfectionist

In the academic world, we can feel a lot of pressure trying to do our consistent best as PhD students, so much so that we might find ourselves getting stuck in perfectionism. Jenny Mak offers two tips for the recovering... Continue Reading →

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