A Section Called Life

A healthy work-life balance. Many talk about achieving this phenomenon but what does it actually mean and can anyone ever truly have the perfect work-life balance? In the world of postgraduate study, being able to master this is one of many key aspects in successfully completing your journey without losing out on the world around…

Take a Timeout

PhD is a long process which requires focus, commitment, and dedication. It mainly consists of reading research literature, collecting data, doing analysis, writing and editing. This whole process is sometimes energy-draining and makes one demotivated. Here, Sajad comes up with some of his tips on how to relax, motivate and energize on your PhD journey.

The Ins and Outs of Counselling

Life throws all sorts of things our way which can lead to us needing help navigating through our feelings. The university’s counselling service has a variety of options to help with a range of issues. Pippa, a new counselling service ambassador, describes her experience with the counselling service and explains the options available.   

Dealing with Discomfort during a PhD

Does the thought of your PhD make you feel anxious, restless, and stressed? If it does, you’re in good company, but it doesn’t have to stay this way. In today’s PhD Life post Jenny Mak shares how she dealt with these common, yet uncomfortable feelings…

Lessons from a Spinning Bike

In your final year of your PhD and feeling like you’re one step away from total burnout? Jenny Mak found exercise helped her stay the course when the process felt extra tough. She offers five lessons that she learnt from the spinning bike…

Confessions of a Perfectionist

In the academic world, we can feel a lot of pressure trying to do our consistent best as PhD students, so much so that we might find ourselves getting stuck in perfectionism. Jenny Mak offers two tips for the recovering perfectionist…

Improve your PhD Posture

Any kind of deskwork inevitably takes its toll on the body and completing a PhD definitely isn’t a a very posture-friendly activity. With the idea ‘happy body, happy mind’, Sophie Shorland takes us through the impact of PhD on posture, and simple solutions to try in order to get your body to a happier place…

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 Valentine’s Day as a chance to reflect on how romantic love fits into our busy…

Sometimes, Working out Works

Advice for PhD students often revolves around avoiding procrastination. But what about students who find it difficult to pause or slow down? Gabriel García Ochoa shares a sincere account of how he keeps the “hungry ghost” at bay…

Munch before you Crunch

Struggling to concentrate? Need a motivator to boost your brain power for your research? Eating well has a positive effect on your body physically and mentally! Our memory skills and concentration is dependent on the rate of how our brain cells make new connections! A chemical called acetylcholine is key to keep our brain cells…