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PhD upgrade: A survival guide

At this time of academic year, many doctoral researchers in their first year of study are preparing for upgrade review. As a second year PhD student (one that survived the upgrade process!) Sophie has provided some tips to help you... Continue Reading →

Food for thought: 5 practical tips to improve eating behaviours

Do you find yourself reaching for sugary snacks when a deadline is due? Or find it hard to make healthy lunch choices? In today’s post, Sophie Clohessy offers advice on how to make healthier eating choices during the working day.... Continue Reading →

How to survive your research degree: overcoming obstacles and dealing with disappointment

We all encounter obstacles and disappointment while conducting our research, but it’s important to look for help when we need it, and use these experiences to learn from our mistakes.  Amy gives some advice for when your research isn’t quite... Continue Reading →

Research students can get involved with societies at Warwick – and they should!

There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities here at Warwick, but research students might initially think they don’t have time to take advantage of them. Amy gives a rundown of points to consider when choosing a society as a researcher,... Continue Reading →

Keep calm And PhD through

Maintaining your mental health and wellbeing can be difficult as you undertake postgraduate study. Pippa talks about her experience trying to understand and improve her own state of mind. As per the prerequisite of being a PhD student, the levels... Continue Reading →

The evolution of Christmas

Nearing the end of the year can be daunting but is also, hopefully, the lead up to a re-energising break. Pippa reminisces about the holiday season including her recent years as a post-graduate. When I was little, Christmas was such... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

A change of heart

Completing a PhD is an overwhelming ordeal for most, but an excruciating experience for some. David Conrad offers us a candid insight into his decision to move away from academia…   Sixth grade was when I first knew I wanted... Continue Reading →

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 →

“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 →

PhD Life’s resolutions

Last week we summed up 2017, but what’s in store for 2018? Read this week’s post to find out…   First of all: Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful celebration ringing in 2018! Here at PhD Life... Continue Reading →

When the going gets tough, let me counsel you to seek counselling

As part of the ‘Are you OK?’ campaign and Self Care Week, the PhD Life blog has focused on mental health for the week. This time, Teresa Ambrosio urges you to give counselling a chance… Getting through PhD life is... Continue Reading →

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…   When... Continue Reading →

Notes to my younger self

As PhD students, we tend to live day-to-day while keeping in mind the potential of a future in academia. We leave little room to think about how we might frame today's experiences when they become our past. Dr. David Whillock,... Continue Reading →

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