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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 →

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….   About a lifetime ago, while I was... Continue Reading →

The question I get asked the most often… (And my answer)

When you see someone who is submitting their PhD thesis, you wonder if you will ever get there, and how to survive the experience. This article gives you four tips about “how to get there”, particularly if you are an... Continue Reading →

“This Is It”: How is baking a cake similar to doing a PhD

You might have heard thesis writing compared to marriage or even giving a birth. Ruth, winner of our he winner of our Great Research Bake Off, compared it to baking a cake. If you curious to learn what bakers and... Continue Reading →

Another befuddled post about “The Third Year”

Yes, it is that time of the year again. Sherry shared her thoughts on this last year and now someone else is trying to grasp the unpalatable fact that they are now in their third year of PhD. (By someone... Continue Reading →

#DailyPhD: From Lab to Thesis Writing

In the final stages of their studies, many students replace lab or fieldwork sessions with intense thesis writing at their office desk, library or home. After two weeks of thesis writing, Megan from #DailyPhD shared her experience of this process... As... Continue Reading →

Review – Russell: “Dr Dr, I feel like… doing a PhD”

You’ve started talking to kitchen appliances, have a year’s worth stock of sweets in your desk, and doubt everyone and everything, yourself foremost? Congratulations, you might be doing a PhD… As nerdy as it sounds, PhD manuals have become one... 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 →

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 →

Conferences on a budget

Your abstract has finally been accepted for that conference you have been oogling since your masters degree but, conference budget has already been spent elsewhere… Do not despair, there still might be ways to attend. Between my masters and PhD... Continue Reading →

Why I decided to teach during the PhD

Thinking about teaching during your PhD studies? Desiree reflects on her experience... Sometimes images convey meaning better than words. I had first written the introduction to this blogpost in perfect academic style: for those of you contemplating teaching during your... Continue Reading →

Challenging PhD Challenges

We talked about how challenging and stressful PhD experience can be, lets now talk about it making it more enjoyable less and detrimental to our wellbeing... When I first read Salma’s post on PhD challenges, I was nodding and mm-hmming at the screen with a crooked... 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 →

Work and PhD: Finding the balance

You’re studying, working, trying to reconcile your reading, writing, work meetings, family and social obligations, do your laundry and remember to send all the birthday cards? Welcome aboard...   Many PhD students take up part-time work during their studies. Sometimes... Continue Reading →

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