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Love and its Trials during a PhD

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Granted, Charles Dickens was referring to the French Revolution, but this also applies to the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships during your PhD. How about we treat... 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 →

The Form of the Good (PhD Student)

Last week, Brennan McDavid wrote about two virtues that PhD students can cultivate for excelling in seminar environments and in their creative process. In this post, Brennan discusses two virtues that are more directly relevant to the process of drafting... Continue Reading →

The virtues and vices of PhD students

What can we learn about PhD students through the lens of Ancient Greek Philosophy? In this two-part series for PhD Life, Brennan McDavid asks us to reflect on our PhD habits… As someone who spends their mornings, afternoons, and evenings... 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 →

Could someone please tell me what to do during conferences?

Attending conferences can be an overwhelming event for many PhD students. Chengcheng Kang offers us a brave and honest account of some of the thoughts and questions she experienced at a recent conference…   Sometimes I wish someone could tell... 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 →

Post-presentation Blues | Sarah Jane

After presenting at a departmental seminar yesterday, to the recently appointed professor, it was difficult to defend against the post-presentation blues. Luckily enough, with supervisor support, a full blown break down was averted and my optimism restored for now. I... Continue Reading →

Help! I’m drowning in questions |Thomas Bray

Today, I found a letter from my younger self which shook me to my core. Leafing through my laptop's myriad folders, I came across a file entitled PhD questions I have to answer right now! Curious, I opened it up,... Continue Reading →

How to present your research to a non-academic Audience

I presented my research on literary translation and my work as a professional translator to members of Leamington Literary Society. It was a two hour presentation held in the Royal Pump Rooms in May 2011. Leamington Literary Society holds monthly... Continue Reading →

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