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Write It Out!

Conference season is far from over, so Adjunct Associate Professor Adrian Martin is here to give you a few pointers when it comes to preparing for your first-ever presentation (but hey, it’s also a good refresher for those old pros!)…... 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 →

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 →

How Do You Know If You’re Making Enough Progress in Your PhD?

One thing I really struggled with at the start of my PhD was a big question: am I making enough progress? PhDs vary hugely between individuals and topics, and as such there’s no set guideline to follow. If only there... Continue Reading →

A Letter to First-Year-Self – Züleyha

Every PhD is a journey and sometimes it is nice to take a moment to look back and see how far we have gone. Read the letter Züleyha wrote to First-Year-Self and let us know if you would like to share... Continue Reading →

‘Incredibly ill-equipped hulk anxiety’ | Sarah

GUEST POST Sarah (@postlesbian) is a first-year PhD student based at Queen Mary, Univerisity of London. Her research aims to explore the influence of queer theory on lesbian performance. Outside of the PhD...wait, there's life beyong the PhD? For more... Continue Reading →

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