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A Mindset Shift for the Introverted PhD Student

Struggling to socialise in the public side of PhD and academic life? Do you dread the lunch breaks at conferences, clueless as to what you should say to everyone? In this week’s post Jenny Mak offers a mindset shift for... Continue Reading →

Bad Advice for Academic Conferences

As a PhD student, you’ve probably received plenty of advice about what to do and how to behave at academic conferences. However, it’s likely that sometimes that advice hasn’t actually been very helpful in practice. Here, Sophie shares four common... Continue Reading →

Love and its Trials during a PhD

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Granted, Charles Dickens was referring to the French Revolution, but this also applies to the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships during your PhD. How about we treat... Continue Reading →

PhD Life’s resolutions

Last week we summed up 2017, but what’s in store for 2018? Read this week’s post to find out…   First of all: Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful celebration ringing in 2018! Here at PhD Life... Continue Reading →

A pleasant surprise: involvement beyond your thesis

We’re all searching for Study-Work-Life balance, right? However, it would also be smart to consider other projects while searching for that elusive equilibrium. Christina Efthymiadou shares her thoughts on the benefits of joining a multi-disciplinary network…   The PhD Life... Continue Reading →

Believe in your #PhDshelfie

Have you ever heard someone say “the best #selfie is the one that isn’t”? Well, in the case of a #PhDshelfie, the best one is the one you share with other PhD students. Here’s mine, now let’s see yours...  ... Continue Reading →

There’s a new king in town

A researcher’s life can be a bit isolating. Before you know it, you’ve spent little time connecting with your supervisors, other professors in your department, academics you admire and, of course, those PhD students around you. It does not have... Continue Reading →

Benefits and challenges of tweeting a conference

Is it worth spending most of the conference glued to your screen? Are conferences hashtags where the real party happens? Ondrej discusses the pearls and pitfalls of tweeting from a conference...  Academic conferences are usually exhausting. You spend the whole... Continue Reading →

Should you join a dissertation support group?

In the seemingly endless struggles with your dissertation, you may think about joining a dissertation support group. Experts in dissertation shepherding often advocate a group. It be excellent for “solace, support and motivation” (Axelrod & Windell, 2012, p. 101) and... 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 →

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 →

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