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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 →

My mom is writing a book!

Constantly stressed out, worked out or absent-minded? Zombie at day and owl at night? Welcome to the club of parent/PhD students. Well, that may not describe every day, nor everyone’s experiences… but no matter what challenges you are facing or... Continue Reading →

“Women in Academia” series on PhD Life

In March we will be publishing posts from our Women in Academia series.... We are quite excited about March here on PhD Life blog as we will be running "Women in Academia" series of post. Is this really something we... Continue Reading →

A New Era in Astronomy

LIGO project and the discovery of gravitational waves received a lot of attention, even outside of academic circles. PhD Life talked to Avneet Singh, one of the PhD students from LIGO team.   What does the discovery represent?   This discovery... Continue Reading →

Day my words grew wings

Love conferences, hate conferences, doesn't matter, as a PhD student, you're likely attend quite a few and present at them too. It is hard capture your research in a 20-minute presentation, but it's worth the effort to see your words... Continue Reading →

All our PhD questions

  We’ve asked you to tell us, offline and online, what were the weirdest questions you’ve been asked about your PhD. Here’ s what you’ve answered…. PhD is not just about researching, reading and writing. It’s often about convincing others... Continue Reading →

PhD Alumni, Your Academic Family

Holidays are time to think of the family and, in the academia, the Alumni are the relatives we often tend to forget. Here is why you should not hesitate to reach out to them… Coping PhD Alumni have been there... Continue Reading →

How to be a Twitter academic

It seems that when you are in the academia, everything becomes more complicated. Even your social media profiles might cause worry. This week, Sian shares her experience with Twitter...   Who am I? Why isn’t anybody listening to me? Is... Continue Reading →

First Fortnight in Warwick – Thomas Bray

So, you've made it. Congratulations. You are now a postgraduate student. Whether you have come from Aberystwyth or Antarctica, you have found your way to campus, signed on the dotted line, and officially taken your first step into the world... Continue Reading →

A year of postgrad life

It's already been a year. Bernard describes the first year of his PhD studies... I am about to start my second year as a physics PhD. I originally come from Belgium where I got a master degree in physics before... Continue Reading →

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