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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 →

5 Tips for Managing Your Marking Marathon

Marking fatigue? Long hours glued to the desk? Daunting workload? I’ve been there and I feel your pain. A high work volume and no breaks can seriously affect your productivity and your mental wellbeing. But fear not, here are some... Continue Reading →

Still in love after all this time

PhD is not always easy to love, but if we dig deep under deadlines, endless reading and rewriting, there is a drive that keeps us going, after all that time. Is it love? Bernie shared with us her love of... Continue Reading →

Has anyone seen my motivation?

Yes, it is hard to deal with lack of motivation. You might feel this only goes to prove you are not cut out for PhD, you might feel you are letting down your supervisors, your funders, yourself …. But try... Continue Reading →

Everybody is failing, you just don’t know it!

January is a tough month for everyone, but we are determined to motivate you and prove that hard works always pays off. Our new post is about one PhD student's rocky road to full funding... The Process I started my... Continue Reading →

A linguist in a roomful of sociologists

I wrote this post thinking about my PhD journey so far. Like many novice researchers, I struggle with finding out who I am in this new world called academia, where everyone ‘speaks funny’ and seems to be able to identify... Continue Reading →

Speed-reading and note taking strategies

Doing a PhD means you'll have to read. A LOT. Reading faster and making effective notes become very important skills, especially in the first stage of your studies. Ceren shares some advice on these on tackling that pile of literature... If... Continue Reading →

Another befuddled post about “The Third Year”

Yes, it is that time of the year again. Sherry shared her thoughts on this last year and now someone else is trying to grasp the unpalatable fact that they are now in their third year of PhD. (By someone... Continue Reading →

3 things you need to know about the field

Preparing for fieldwork? Read about Tomi's experience in Nigeria and three key points she learnt from her fieldwork trip. I have been on the field, Nigeria, for the past couple of months. As is Warwick tradition (and in other universities... 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 →

„Not even water…“ How to survive writing your PhD during Ramadan

Writing a dissertation is never a completely stress-free endeavour, but it can be particularly hard when you have not eaten or drunk anything for the whole day and are maybe also struggling with lack of sleep. In this blog post,... Continue Reading →

Learning to Lecture

Continuing our teaching series is Film Studies student Zoë, reflecting on her first experience of university lecture. On a Wednesday morning in January, I stood in front of a room of first year film studies students, waiting to begin my very... Continue Reading →

Why I decided to teach during the PhD

Thinking about teaching during your PhD studies? Desiree reflects on her experience... Sometimes images convey meaning better than words. I had first written the introduction to this blogpost in perfect academic style: for those of you contemplating teaching during your... Continue Reading →

Challenging PhD Challenges

We talked about how challenging and stressful PhD experience can be, lets now talk about it making it more enjoyable less and detrimental to our wellbeing... When I first read Salma’s post on PhD challenges, I was nodding and mm-hmming at the screen with a crooked... Continue Reading →

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