Six Misconceptions about the Three-Paper Route

Monograph dissertations are still the norm for many PhD students, but some disciplines allow a collection of papers to be submitted instead. We talked to a PhD student taking this route to learn more about it…   Majority of texts about the three(or more)-paper thesis compare it favourably against the traditional monograph format, and students…

Back home?

In the first post in this series, Sherry wrote about perceptions of female PhD students. The second part deals with issues that arise when move away to do PhD, abroad and then try to fit back in…. Soon enough it was time to visit home again. It was the beginning of my 2nd year of PhD…

All the academia’s a stage…

“I’m not really as smart as everyone else here”, “When my supervisors read this report, they’ll realise I have no idea what I’m doing…”, “My slides are ok, but they will get to me in the Q&A”… I was born in a country where people love to wear masks. Late February is the time to…

What I learned about academics from novels

Holidays are perfect time for some fun, non-PhD related reading. No need to go far from academia though. In our last post this year, Marta shares hers thoughts on novels featuring academics and researchers… According to a recent poll the most desirable jobs in Britain are: author, librarian and academic. This might come as a…

Postgraduate Recommendation: Summer Schools

Have you ever considered attending a summer (or winter) school? You should! Read about Devon’s experiences in Japan and Switzerland… During your PhD, I highly recommend taking part in a summer school. You may not know much about postgraduate summer schools unless you know someone who has been to one, or you have looked into…

The PhD Horror

Most projects do not include horror clowns, dealing with gory rampages or angry ghosts, but doing a PhD can still be quite scary. Read on about the horror-like elements of PhDing…. Ana Kedveš  (@anakedves)