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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 →

How to Use Social Bookmarks for Research

Social bookmarking sites aid collaboration and allow you to share useful webpages. Social bookmarking: what is it? Social bookmarking sites allow you to access collections of grouped websites from any networked terminal. Social bookmarking is the most efficient way for... Continue Reading →

My Adventures on Tweet-Street – Thomas Bray

I was, until recently, a Twitter virgin. Shameful, I know, but for all my Web 2.0 wisdom, Twitter had long seemed like a strange, foreign land, full of tweets and hashtags, trending and linking. Friends of mine would sometimes travel... Continue Reading →

How to do Interdisciplinary Research

NEW POST PhD students are increasingly expected to be interdisciplinary, but how does this work in practice? This guide offers tips for beginning to collaborate with others. Most PhD projects are, at some level, interdisciplinary. Although every thesis deals with... Continue Reading →

Teaching for those who can’t – Lauren

Ahhh, autumn! The leaves are starting to turn golden and the winds are a-blowing, and for us here at Warwick that can only mean one thing - the start of a shiny new academic year! We are well into it... Continue Reading →

How to create “Head space” for writing

Momentum is so important to the writing of your PhD. There's nothing better than the feeling that you're on a roll, that the ideas are flowing and that this may well be the greatest piece of scholarship ever. But it's all... Continue Reading →

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