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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 →

Masters and PhD Students: A Match Made in Academia

The new academic year is starting in some parts of the world. In others, it is well under way. Regardless, Mimi Petrakis is here to remind us that PhD students are never alone: there’s always another cohort to lean on…... Continue Reading →

Finishing your PhD in another country

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grab your laptop, research, notes, books and all other belongings and move across the world for the last year of your PhD? Anna Darling is here to share with us... Continue Reading →

There’s a new king in town

A researcher’s life can be a bit isolating. Before you know it, you’ve spent little time connecting with your supervisors, other professors in your department, academics you admire and, of course, those PhD students around you. It does not have... Continue Reading →

The hemisphere differentiation effect

Despite what the title suggests, this blog post is not an episode title of The Big Bang Theory. Instead, ponder this: what perspective can we gain when contrasting the academic calendars of the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere?...  ... Continue Reading →

Words of our lives

What do PhD students and soap opera actors have in common? Read my rambling thoughts to find out… I know this might seem like a stretch, but bear with me. On Monday, I was part of the Histories and New... Continue Reading →

Nice to meet you!

Your PhD journey might be exactly what you envisioned, might take you to places you never imagined, or might be a bit of both. This is my story and I am thankful for it as it has led me to... Continue Reading →

Take a break! (It’s ok.)

All humans need to rest, including PhD students. Why is it so hard to take a break? A while ago, we asked Research Exchange visitors and Twitter followers to share their favourite ways of relaxing after hard PhD work. We... Continue Reading →

Five Things I Have Done Instead of Writing the Thesis

As the old proverb goes, the longest journey begins with a single step. Notwithstanding the fact that most journeys these-a-days begin with a trawl through Google Maps (other maps are available), this wisdom still rings true. If only that first... Continue Reading →

Getting back to my third baby… the PhD | Dudu Ndlovu

Sometimes we think of the PhD like a child and the process of getting it would be a pregnancy I presume. Having been recently pregnant I’m glad the PhD pregnancy isn’t a physical one. However, allow me to tell you about... Continue Reading →

A working holiday? How about a thinking one? – Thomas

They say a change is as good as a rest. After a barrage of conferences and an upgrade which effectively meant a downgrade for my confidence, I needed to run away. So run away I did. Or rather, flew away,... Continue Reading →

Knowing when to stop | Bernie

Last week, I helped out at a Dissertation Station event, where I was asked to talk about two difficulties I had when I was doing my Masters.  I spoke about supervision (because of course that was a problem even back... Continue Reading →

Reasons to be Cheerful | Bernie

I hope I didn't sound too downbeat last time I wrote, although to be fair, it had been a fairly troublesome few weeks.  Health-wise, not a great deal has changed since then, and I continue to battle with drugs that... Continue Reading →

Poorly me and the place of plan B | Bernie

Well, there's been something of a pause since I last blogged.  I have been a bit unwell.  Actually, quite unwell.  Well, to be honest, it's been a tricky couple of weeks... I have an ongoing annoyance in the form of... Continue Reading →

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