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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

Research students can get involved with societies at Warwick – and they should!

There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities here at Warwick, but research students might initially think they don’t have time to take advantage of them. Amy gives a rundown of points to consider when choosing a society as a researcher,... Continue Reading →

What I learned during my first term as a PhD researcher

Embarking on a PhD can be daunting, yet the first term brings opportunities to make a strong start by establishing solid working processes for the months and years to come. Kim Harding, a first-year PhD candidate in the sociology department... Continue Reading →

Keep calm And PhD through

Maintaining your mental health and wellbeing can be difficult as you undertake postgraduate study. Pippa talks about her experience trying to understand and improve her own state of mind. As per the prerequisite of being a PhD student, the levels... Continue Reading →

How to survive doing your PhD when you have no funding? (1)

How to secure funding for your PhD, if you get admitted, is probably one of the most stressful issues the majority of  prospective PhD students are facing. The number of scholarships, grants and awards is limited compared to the number... 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 →

Happy New Year! Have you made your academic reflections?

Welcome back to Warwick for the New Year and a special welcome to any new starters arriving! Rather than new year’s resolutions, Alice has been collecting her reflections on the last year. She has found this a really positive process... Continue Reading →

Motivational Quotes for the PhD Journey

The PhD journey is a long one where it’s easy and normal to feel unmotivated for certain stretches of time. We all need a little inspiration to perk us up during those days. Jenny Mak offers you four handy motivational... Continue Reading →

The evolution of Christmas

Nearing the end of the year can be daunting but is also, hopefully, the lead up to a re-energising break. Pippa reminisces about the holiday season including her recent years as a post-graduate. When I was little, Christmas was such... Continue Reading →

How to take the first step when applying for PhDs

Applying for a PhD degree is a daunting process that depends on securing funding. For many, this is the key step which often means the difference between starting your degree or not doing it at all. It's important to start... Continue Reading →

Operation Endgame

The final months of writing up your dissertation are, needless to say, intense. Long hours writing, sacrificing weekends, a sleepless night here and there... It's exhausting but for some, a necessary part of the process. Vanessa Corcoran called these months "Operation... Continue Reading →

On remembering why we teach

As PhDs, we might occasionally take up some teaching. The motivations to do so varies, but there are also some considerations to bear in mind if - and when - we decide to do so while researching. Read Aya Nassar’s... Continue Reading →

Making your Workspace Work for You

Feeling unproductive in your workspace? Jenny Mak offers some steps that you can take to tweak the area where you spend much of your research time with more intention, so that it works for you rather than against you... With... Continue Reading →

A Day in the Life of a PhD Student: Part 2

Wherever your PhD takes you, the destination will inevitably be unique: original contribution to knowledge is, after all, what we’re all searching for. In Part 2 of this two-part series, Sophie Shorland explores a day in the life of two... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

The common jokes about academia tend to think of graduate experience as a choice away from life, or something that locks us in libraries and labs, but besides that it is a very rich, complex and intense life. In this... Continue Reading →

How to review a paper

This summer Chengcheng Kang reviewed three papers for some top conferences in her field. It was a daunting process at first, but she found practice makes perfect and is sharing her insights in this week’s PhD Life post… People may... Continue Reading →

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