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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

How Do You Measure a Year in PhD Life?

In the first post of this year we look back on PhD Life in 2016, reflecting on topics we wrote and you read about, and calling for new authors to share their experience of PhD Life. Is it by number... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

PhD and the joy of giving

Are PhD students difficult to shop for? No, not if you can give them time, patience and steady job prospects...  We have asked PhD students and researchers in Rex and on our social media to tell us what would be... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

The Evolution of PhD Writing

Three years is a long time and many things change as we learn and grow along with our thesis. Ana describes how her academic writing changed since the first year of PhD...  It is November and social media, as well... 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 →

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 →

My relationship with the dead

With Halloween coming up, it is an ideal time to think of the significance of our research in a new light. Tom writes about the opportunities to give voice to those long gone... Anyway, I have been thinking recently about... 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 →

Speed-reading and note taking strategies

Doing a PhD means you'll have to read. A LOT. Reading faster and making effective notes become very important skills, especially in the first stage of your studies. Ceren shares some advice on these on tackling that pile of literature... If... 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 →

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