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Overwork in Academia

By Madeleine Kendrick | I am a PhD student, and I refuse to work this weekend. Every student, every academic and every professor will remember a time where they heard a peer talking about writing on the weekend. Then they’ll remember… Continue reading →

The Three-Year PhD is Possible

By Richard Parfitt |   I’ve just finished my PhD (hurrah go me well done). I submitted just inside three years, which according to many of those with whom I’ve discussed my efforts makes me a super human warrior master of… Continue reading →

BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC POSTGRADUATES AND MENTAL HEALTH

Cecily Jones | Mental health problems among students has reached crisis proportions, according to recent reports[i]. While most research studies have focused on the mental health and well-being of undergraduate students, anecdotal evidence suggests that today’s postgraduates face unprecedented pressures… Continue reading →

Fear of Finishing

By Fraser Raeburn | It seems impossible, but the notion that I was in the process of ‘finishing’ my PhD somehow snuck up on me. Sure, I’ve told faintly sceptical friends and family that it was coming along (not too far… Continue reading →

Mission Impossible? Parenting and my PhD

By Grace Gallacher There are numerous blogs about your PhD journey, hints and tips, experiences and how to guides. Providing a sense of solidarity and reassurance that you are not alone, but above all offer an unending supply of suggestions… Continue reading →

What happens when you kneed to take a break from your PhD?

By Ian MacNeill | One aspect of pursuing a PhD that is rarely mentioned are the drop-out rates. An unscientific bout of Googlewhacking tells me that up to 50 percent of doctoral candidates will choose to discontinue (a more agreeable… Continue reading →

Heartbreak and the PhD

by Elke Close | The end of a relationship is never easy. We’ve all been there. No matter what the circumstances are, it is always difficult to say goodbye to a part of your life that you shared with that one… Continue reading →

Travel Options for the Temporally and Financially Challenged PhD

By Fraser Raeburn | No one has ever completed a PhD by sitting very still in one place. Whether it be a brisk stroll over to the library, or an epic trek into the Himalayas in search of wisdom, we will… Continue reading →

Lazy Days of Summer?

By: Krysten Blackstone | As summer is sadly drawing to a close and undergrads will soon return, taking our study spaces and repopulating the halls, I find myself desperately clinging on to this last month, and my motivation for work plummeting…. Continue reading →

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