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Viva Worries: Asked and Answered

The viva can bring out our worst doubts about our PhD dissertations and about ourselves, making us question the worth of our work and ourselves as researchers. Jenny Mak offers some responses to ease these worries in a constructive way.... Continue Reading →

What I wish I knew when I started my PhD

Starting a PhD comes with certain hopes and expectations, but the journey itself can bring some completely unexpected ups and downs. Here are some of the surprises Maria encountered, and what they taught her. When I started my PhD, I... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

A Day in the Life of a PhD Student: Part 1

We all have our routines, and how your day looks often depends on the stage you’re in and type of work that needs to be done. This two-part series by Sophie Shorland will explore four accounts from four students at... Continue Reading →

What’s your PhD story?

Doing a PhD for most people feels like a marathon as it requires intense focus on one topic for a long time.  It’s easy to feel unmotivated at numerous points throughout this journey. Chengcheng Kang tells her story of why... Continue Reading →

An Introvert’s Guide to Conferencing

Speaking to strangers is quite literally the stuff of nightmares for some people. But the PhD experience involves doing just that. In this article, Sophie Shorland runs though some tips on making the academic conference easier for introverts, as well... 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 →

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 →

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 →

How to find direction when you’re waiting for funding

Greetings from Jessica, your new blog editor! Here is a little account of my PhD journey so far and tips for early PhD researchers whose research plans lie in the hands of funding bodies... I’m relatively fresh into the PhD... Continue Reading →

“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 →

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