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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

“P” is for PhD… and Parenting

For better or for worse, PhD students become master multitaskers. So, what’s the experience like for those who on top of academic responsibilities have children to consider? Annabelle Workman shares her world with us… My daughter turned two years old... Continue Reading →

Winging it at question time (a primer)

Adrian Martin has given you advice on preparing for a conference presentation. Now, he points out that you must not ‘collapse’ the moment you’ve read the final, prepared word of your paper: save some strength (and brain waves) for the... Continue Reading →

The Form of the Good (PhD Student)

Last week, Brennan McDavid wrote about two virtues that PhD students can cultivate for excelling in seminar environments and in their creative process. In this post, Brennan discusses two virtues that are more directly relevant to the process of drafting... Continue Reading →

The virtues and vices of PhD students

What can we learn about PhD students through the lens of Ancient Greek Philosophy? In this two-part series for PhD Life, Brennan McDavid asks us to reflect on our PhD habits… As someone who spends their mornings, afternoons, and evenings... Continue Reading →

PhD Life’s resolutions

Last week we summed up 2017, but what’s in store for 2018? Read this week’s post to find out…   First of all: Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful celebration ringing in 2018! Here at PhD Life... Continue Reading →

A year in the life of PhD Life

We’re getting to the end of 2017 so there’s only one thing to do: let’s look back at what PhD Life got up to this year…   And by that what I really mean is this: let’s take a look... Continue Reading →

Down the Rabbit Hole of Public Engagement!

It seems that long gone are the days when completing a PhD was just about your thesis. Public engagement is now one of the many other considerations. Michelle Smith is here to tell us why it might be valuable to... Continue Reading →

When the going gets tough, let me counsel you to seek counselling

As part of the ‘Are you OK?’ campaign and Self Care Week, the PhD Life blog has focused on mental health for the week. This time, Teresa Ambrosio urges you to give counselling a chance… Getting through PhD life is... Continue Reading →

Sometimes, Working out Works

Advice for PhD students often revolves around avoiding procrastination. But what about students who find it difficult to pause or slow down? Gabriel García Ochoa shares a sincere account of how he keeps the “hungry ghost” at bay…   When... Continue Reading →

A pleasant surprise: involvement beyond your thesis

We’re all searching for Study-Work-Life balance, right? However, it would also be smart to consider other projects while searching for that elusive equilibrium. Christina Efthymiadou shares her thoughts on the benefits of joining a multi-disciplinary network…   The PhD Life... Continue Reading →

Notes to my younger self

As PhD students, we tend to live day-to-day while keeping in mind the potential of a future in academia. We leave little room to think about how we might frame today's experiences when they become our past. Dr. David Whillock,... Continue Reading →

Becoming kind to others’ writing

To be kind to your writing, you can practice by also learning to be kind to others’ writing. In this post Aya Nassar reflects on how a different approach to reading texts could help with your academic writing...   In... Continue Reading →

Facts, Stories and Strategies: Women and Academia

Belinda Smaill offers a reflection on gendered dynamics in academia in the hopes that young scholars will not have the same blinders she had on when she began her professional career…     As I write this the fallout around... Continue Reading →

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