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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 →

10 reasons why a PhD can be challenging for your mental health

Completing a PhD is by no means an easy task. In her new post, Salma reflects on the challenges it often poses to mental health. I am very fortunate that my PhD experience so far has been on the whole... 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 →

Work and PhD: Finding the balance

You’re studying, working, trying to reconcile your reading, writing, work meetings, family and social obligations, do your laundry and remember to send all the birthday cards? Welcome aboard...   Many PhD students take up part-time work during their studies. Sometimes... 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 →

Thoughts on the 7th LSE Emerging Markets Forum, March 2016

Many of our bloggers have written about the benefits of attending academic and professional conferences, and we're always happy happy to hear about your experiences. Peter shared his impressions from the LSE's Emerging markets Forum... On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March... Continue Reading →

My mom is writing a book!

Constantly stressed out, worked out or absent-minded? Zombie at day and owl at night? Welcome to the club of parent/PhD students. Well, that may not describe every day, nor everyone’s experiences… but no matter what challenges you are facing or... Continue Reading →

Style is not Anti-Intellectual

How do we perceive the relationship between style and intelligence?  Is there space for fashion in academia? Read a thought-provoking piece by @Stylish_Academi... Style is not anti-intellectual. It is actually more cerebral than you think. To have a personal style... Continue Reading →

On Legos, using Scottish pounds in Nepal and gender-unbiased science: Interview with Donna Yates

What’s better then Lego? Lego figurines doing research, of course. PhD Life talked to Dr Donna Yates, an archaeologist based at University of Glasgow, who is the creative mind behind Twitter profile @LegoAcademics. Lego Academics were born in the office.... Continue Reading →

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