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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 →

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 →

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