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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 →

PhD milestones, it’s all in the celebratory details

Many universities are hosting graduation ceremonies in the upcoming weeks. They are momentous and formal occasions, but there are also small ways in which you can casually embrace this and other PhD milestones… Today is Graduation Day at the University... 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 →

Looking back to look ahead

Did you know that the PhD Life blog has 218 posts so far? Here are my personal favourites. Which post has inspired you the most?... In order to do the best job I can as the new editor for the... 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 →

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 →

Postgraduate Recommendation: Summer Schools

Have you ever considered attending a summer (or winter) school? You should! Read about Devon's experiences in Japan and Switzerland... During your PhD, I highly recommend taking part in a summer school. You may not know much about postgraduate summer... Continue Reading →

Being ‘fit for purpose’ in the modern knowledge economy

"This is not your supervisor's market", asserted Donna Yates in one of our recent posts. But what kind of market is it then, and how can PhD graduates find their place in it?  Furaha and Billy reflect on the changing landscape of modern... Continue Reading →

A New Era in Astronomy

LIGO project and the discovery of gravitational waves received a lot of attention, even outside of academic circles. PhD Life talked to Avneet Singh, one of the PhD students from LIGO team.   What does the discovery represent?   This discovery... Continue Reading →

On Zebras and PhD Stress

It's hard not to be stressed while doing your PhD. Try to think of what causes your stress and how you could go about relieving it. If needed, be more like zebras on some occasions... At one of our science outreach... Continue Reading →

How I Manage Time with a Success Plan (1) – Ide

I began a PhD programme soon after finishing my MA course at Warwick University. Once I started my new degree, I realized that there were some significant differences between my life as a taught MA student and the PhD. One of... Continue Reading →

How to be a Digital Academic 1

I arrived Scarman House, Warwick University, with high expectations. It was the venue for the Digital Academic workshop organised by Jobs.ac.uk and Piirus. At the end of the event, I was glad I came. It was worth the energy it took to make it there. I... 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 →

Impact – my experience on a radio interview

Georgina Collins has a PhD in Translation Studies and has completed an Early Career Fellowship in Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. She also teaches world literature for the Workers’ Educational Association and works as a freelance translator. She writes:  I... Continue Reading →

One PhD, No Work Experience | Furaha Asani

Something happens to your ego after you not only receive rejection emails for paying posts you have applied for, but from a volunteering post as well. Sigh. This is my current plight, and that of many other PhD students I’m... Continue Reading →

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