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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 becoming the new editor for the PhD Life blog. What’s yours?…

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 suggestions for how to make marking a bit more bearable and keep a positive state…

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 schools unless you know someone who has been to one, or you have looked into…

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 of the gravitational waves also serves as a direct proof of Einstein’s theory of General…

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 events in December I’ve heard about a book titled Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. The event and…

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 the main differences was that I started working in a part-time job as I was…

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 got to take a selfie with the amazing Thesis Whisperer – awesome! Indeed, it was an amazing event…

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 was interviewed by Liz Kershaw on the breakfast show at BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.…

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 sure. It had recently occurred to me that while I was busy being a perpetual…

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 researchers to browse the net. Using the bookmark function on your web browser is inefficient…

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 there, even perhaps choose to stay, but when they invited me along to the wild…

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 a specialist topic, there will inevitably be areas which impact on scholars in other fields.…