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A State of Transition

Shifting from the end of your PhD to the beginning of an early career researcher path can be disconcerting and make you feel lost. Jenny Mak proposes a two-part process to navigate this transitional period. There comes a time near... Continue Reading →

My Re-Writing Chronicles (Part 1): Ways of Writing for New Audiences

During peer review for her forthcoming book, Alice Eden was asked to provide more information on a number of different areas in the text instead of assuming new readers will have specialist knowledge of secondary literature. Working through the re-write... Continue Reading →

How to use your own experience of academic research to support others

Sometimes, things don’t work out quite as we expect, but that’s not always a bad thing! In this post, The Library’s new Scholarly Communications Manager, Julie, reflects on her own PhD journey and how her new role has enabled her... Continue Reading →

Not hell! Being an academic in a non-academic job

There are a number of myths about temporarily, or permanently, pursuing a non-academic job after the PhD. In today's post, Anna Gasperini dispels some of these myths and talks about her own journey of stepping outside of academia... During my... Continue Reading →

Starting a Startup after your PhD

Self-awareness, determination, expertise, project management... the skills required to launch a startup are very similar to those you gain throughout the duration of a PhD. So why do so few PhD students seriously consider launching a startup as a serious... Continue Reading →

Down the Rabbit Hole of Public Engagement!

It seems that long gone are the days when completing a PhD was just about your thesis. Public engagement is now one of the many other considerations. Michelle Smith is here to tell us why it might be valuable to... Continue Reading →

Publishing your PhD thesis: “Big words. Small print. No sales.”

At the PhD Life blog, we like to predict your reading needs. That’s why Felicity Chaplin is here to give you advice on anticipating the expectations that a publisher might have of your own writing. That’s right! This post is... Continue Reading →

PhD milestones, it’s all in the celebratory details

Many universities are hosting graduation ceremonies in the upcoming weeks. They are momentous and formal occasions, but there are also small ways in which you can casually embrace this and other PhD milestones… Today is Graduation Day at the University... Continue Reading →

Words of our lives

What do PhD students and soap opera actors have in common? Read my rambling thoughts to find out… I know this might seem like a stretch, but bear with me. On Monday, I was part of the Histories and New... Continue Reading →

Transferable skills and your PhD

Your social media feed is probably swamped with employability talks and workshops, career fairs and networking opportunities. You might have already started thinking about what you have to offer to employers outside your research niche. Tony reflects on how he developed transferable skills... Continue Reading →

10 tips towards PhD thesis submission

The last few miles are sometimes the hardest part of the journey. In our new post, Salma shares her tips on acing the PhD thesis submission... I recently submitted my full draft thesis to my three supervisors to check. Prior to... 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 →

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