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The PhD Experience

How do you pass time on the train?

By Laura Harrison | It’s conference season! The editors of Pubs and Publications recently wrote a post with our conference tips, but we did not discuss one of the crucial aspects of conferences – the travelling. The following list will reveal… Continue reading →

Tips on presenting at your first conference

Spring has sprung, the clocks have changed, all around is a sense of newness, and PhD students across the land lift their bleary eyes from computers everywhere and realise that, to invert the words of House Stark, ‘Winter has gone’…. Continue reading →

Which cult TV show is your thesis?

One of the challenges of writing a PhD is maintaining an argument throughout such a long text. Ideally, we would probably also want the style of our various chapters to hang together as well. So sometimes it pays to look… Continue reading →

A PhD as work and learning

This post has been removed, with the agreement of the author. It referred to conversations that took place as part of a confidential event, which should not have been shared outside that event. Although it was not possible to identify… Continue reading →

Tracing transnational lives: a short guide for historians

By Maurice Casey | How do you track down historical evidence for individuals who operated in multiple countries and in various linguistic contexts throughout their lives? In a previous post, I talked about tracing the living descendants of research subjects…. Continue reading →

Three tests for a new university

By Sam Grinsell | Something is afoot in UK universities. Fourteen days of strikes about pensions have brought together staff from across different generations, roles and departments. On the picket lines and on social media, supported by students dissatisfied with… Continue reading →

3 Reasons Why You Should Write Your PhD Thesis With Scrivener

Writing my PhD thesis was one of the longest and most challenging tasks I’ve ever accomplished. I never would have completed it without using Scrivener. Scrivener is a word-processor and outlining programme that originally was popular among book authors and screenwriters. However, it quickly expanded and became a great writing tool for researchers as well. It helped me keep my writing on track, focused, and structured. It is a programme that wants you to forget about the formatting and how the text looks and just focus on the writing. No distractions! It took some time to get used to at first, but now I highly recommend it. Keep reading to find out how Scrivener can help you conquer the seemingly unmanageable project that is your thesis.

Self-Reflection in Academia

By Aleksandra Szczodrowski | Diversity is one of the key terms of the early 21st century. Much effort is directed at creating and fostering inclusive and diverse living and working conditions, and academia is no exception to this. Yet, academia… Continue reading →

A Guide to Planning a Productive Writing Retreat

Krysten Blackstone | On Friday we published a post about productivity chalk full of useful tips.  But sometimes when I get into a really bad rut, I struggle to focus on writing at all.  It is always writing that is the… Continue reading →

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