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a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

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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 →

How to Write an Academic Bio for Conferences

There are very few things as challenging as writing academic biographies (perhaps academic writing?). It seems simple, but things soon get awkward as you try to show how amazing you are without sounding arrogation or pretentious. Sophie shares her tips... 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 →

A linguist in a roomful of sociologists

I wrote this post thinking about my PhD journey so far. Like many novice researchers, I struggle with finding out who I am in this new world called academia, where everyone ‘speaks funny’ and seems to be able to identify... Continue Reading →

Organize a conference? Why not!

We all know it's great to attend and present at conferences as a PhD student, but how about organizing one? Sixian shares her experience of organising CAL's annual postgraduate conference and shows us what's it like on the other side... ... Continue Reading →

Peer Support, All Aboard!

From your supervisor to family, friends and specialised services at your institution, there are many sources of support students can draw on. Peer support is great asset to help you stay on track and make your PhD journey more rewarding.... Continue Reading →

3 things you need to know about the field

Preparing for fieldwork? Read about Tomi's experience in Nigeria and three key points she learnt from her fieldwork trip. I have been on the field, Nigeria, for the past couple of months. As is Warwick tradition (and in other universities... Continue Reading →

Being a PhD and all the rest

In our new post Federica reflects on her first year as a PhD student and discusses the thin line between "doing" and "being" a PhD... Is your PhD a very isolating experience? Don’t worry, you are not alone in feeling like this. The... Continue Reading →

How to use podcast as a teaching tool: Part I

This post is about podcast as a platform and about how you can apply this platform to your teaching practice. While I will write from the perspective of a lecturer in a traditional University setting, I do believe that at... Continue Reading →

Learning to Lecture

Continuing our teaching series is Film Studies student Zoë, reflecting on her first experience of university lecture. On a Wednesday morning in January, I stood in front of a room of first year film studies students, waiting to begin my very... 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 →

The Professor is In at Warwick

Curious about US job market and application process? So were we. Here's our recap and thoughts on Karen Kelsky's talk at Warwick. It was Karen Kelsky’s blog that taught me how to write conference abstracts (among many other things), so... Continue Reading →

Being ‘fit for purpose’ in the modern knowledge economy

"This is not your supervisor's market", asserted Donna Yates in one of our recent posts. But what kind of market is it then, and how can PhD graduates find their place in it?  Furaha and Billy reflect on the changing landscape of modern... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the 7th LSE Emerging Markets Forum, March 2016

Many of our bloggers have written about the benefits of attending academic and professional conferences, and we're always happy happy to hear about your experiences. Peter shared his impressions from the LSE's Emerging markets Forum... On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March... Continue Reading →

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