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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 →

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 →

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 →

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