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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

Improve your PhD Posture

Any kind of deskwork inevitably takes its toll on the body and completing a PhD definitely isn’t a a very posture-friendly activity. With the idea ‘happy body, happy mind’, Sophie Shorland takes us through the impact of PhD on posture,... Continue Reading →

Getting started on your thesis as a science student

“How is your writing going?” – this might be the question you dread to hear. You might have promised your supervisor to send a draft of a chapter, and now after several weeks or months there is still not much... 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 →

A Mindset Shift for the Introverted PhD Student

Struggling to socialise in the public side of PhD and academic life? Do you dread the lunch breaks at conferences, clueless as to what you should say to everyone? In this week’s post Jenny Mak offers a mindset shift for... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: writing together

Feeling stuck with your writing without the luxury to wait for inspiration is very common. Following up from last week's blog post, Aya Nassar proposes writing together in groups… A lot of advice on writing tells us to write every... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: juggling inspiration and discipline

A lot of writing advice tends to shift between write-when-inspired and write every day. In this blog post, Aya Nassar suggests that maybe we do not really need to choose... It has been a while since my last two blog... Continue Reading →

Defamiliarise Your Thesis

Editing the thesis can seem like a daunting task, and it’s easy to get trapped by perfectionism. For science students, there’s a huge amount of work to do at the end, while arts students often edit continually. Whatever stage you’re at,... Continue Reading →

Challenge your inner critic

At some point in the research process, everyone is plagued by that inner critic telling you that you're useless, unsuccessful, the worst researcher in the world... Chengcheng Kang talks about how to override that critical voice and replace it with... Continue Reading →

Settling In as an International PhD Student

“You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.” The experience of being an international PhD student can be daunting when faced with the prospect of living in a new country for the next four years, alongside the pressures of undertaking a demanding,... Continue Reading →

Being Efficient

Efficiency is something that can come and go during your PhD. It's normal to have a few weeks buzzing with productivity, and then weeks where you barely seem to cross more than one task off of your to-do list. ChengCheng... Continue Reading →

Bad Advice for Academic Conferences

As a PhD student, you’ve probably received plenty of advice about what to do and how to behave at academic conferences. However, it’s likely that sometimes that advice hasn’t actually been very helpful in practice. Here, Sophie shares four common... Continue Reading →

A change of heart

Completing a PhD is an overwhelming ordeal for most, but an excruciating experience for some. David Conrad offers us a candid insight into his decision to move away from academia…   Sixth grade was when I first knew I wanted... Continue Reading →

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