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5 Tips for Managing Your Marking Marathon

Marking fatigue? Long hours glued to the desk? Daunting workload? I’ve been there and I feel your pain. A high work volume and no breaks can seriously affect your productivity and your mental wellbeing. But fear not, here are some... Continue Reading →

Staying Yourself: How Not to Lose Sight of Who You Are Beyond Your PhD

Research is a time- and mind-consuming activity, and it is easy to lose sight of things that matter to you, and that are not related to the PhD. Maria shares her tips for staying yourself and maintaining your wellbeing as a PhD... Continue Reading →

PhD Diary: “Working” from Home

Not all researchers have the luxury of choice, but if you are among the lucky ones, working from home can be a treat and a nice change to your routine. It can also be a complete waste of time, if you’re... Continue Reading →

All the academia’s a stage…

“I’m not really as smart as everyone else here”, “When my supervisors read this report, they’ll realise I have no idea what I’m doing…”, “My slides are ok, but they will get to me in the Q&A”… I was born... Continue Reading →

Still in love after all this time

PhD is not always easy to love, but if we dig deep under deadlines, endless reading and rewriting, there is a drive that keeps us going, after all that time. Is it love? Bernie shared with us her love of... Continue Reading →

Has anyone seen my motivation?

Yes, it is hard to deal with lack of motivation. You might feel this only goes to prove you are not cut out for PhD, you might feel you are letting down your supervisors, your funders, yourself …. But try... Continue Reading →

PhD and the joy of giving

Are PhD students difficult to shop for? No, not if you can give them time, patience and steady job prospects...  We have asked PhD students and researchers in Rex and on our social media to tell us what would be... Continue Reading →

Another befuddled post about “The Third Year”

Yes, it is that time of the year again. Sherry shared her thoughts on this last year and now someone else is trying to grasp the unpalatable fact that they are now in their third year of PhD. (By someone... Continue Reading →

Challenging PhD Challenges

We talked about how challenging and stressful PhD experience can be, lets now talk about it making it more enjoyable less and detrimental to our wellbeing... When I first read Salma’s post on PhD challenges, I was nodding and mm-hmming at the screen with a crooked... Continue Reading →

10 reasons why a PhD can be challenging for your mental health

Completing a PhD is by no means an easy task. In her new post, Salma reflects on the challenges it often poses to mental health. I am very fortunate that my PhD experience so far has been on the whole... Continue Reading →

Work and PhD: Finding the balance

You’re studying, working, trying to reconcile your reading, writing, work meetings, family and social obligations, do your laundry and remember to send all the birthday cards? Welcome aboard...   Many PhD students take up part-time work during their studies. Sometimes... Continue Reading →

Take a break! (It’s ok.)

All humans need to rest, including PhD students. Why is it so hard to take a break? A while ago, we asked Research Exchange visitors and Twitter followers to share their favourite ways of relaxing after hard PhD work. We... Continue Reading →

On Zebras and PhD Stress

It's hard not to be stressed while doing your PhD. Try to think of what causes your stress and how you could go about relieving it. If needed, be more like zebras on some occasions... At one of our science outreach... Continue Reading →

On Feeling Accomplished

Maybe I haven't finished my reading list just yet, maybe I haven't written enough, maybe I'm still not as organised as I'd like to be... But I've come a long way. I’ve had very ambitious plans for this Sunday, as... Continue Reading →

On Being Kind in Academia

Funding is scarce, jobs are few and competition is fierce, but can’t we all just be friends? Probably not, but it we won’t hurt if try to be kind, on the contrary... A terrifying place called ‘Academia’? I have been... Continue Reading →

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