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The PhD Experience

Planning a research day trip

By Sophie Almond |   Research day trips are, in many ways, the bread and butter of the PhD experience. Sure, you want to write 80,000 words on a very-interesting-but-very-obscure topic, but how are you going to do that without… Continue reading →

What to expect during your first ‘teaching observation’

By Sarah Thomson | Getting the chance to teach undergraduates has been simultaneously the most exciting and nerve-wracking part of my PhD so far. This semester I was a tutor on a large undergraduate course. Students went to lectures several times… Continue reading →

So what does all this mean? Some advice on writing the discussion section of your thesis

By Ian MacNeill | Pubs and Pubs, in my humble opinion, is one of the best repositories of knowledge about the PhD experience on the Internet. Over the years, a host of writers have given advice on a wide range of… Continue reading →

Abstract writing – how to write a conference proposal

By Sam Grinsell | There is a genre of academic writing upon which much depends, but which does not get discussed as thoroughly as the conference paper, the journal article, the PhD thesis or the monograph. The conference abstract, a… Continue reading →

Health, Stress and the PhD

By Laura Harrison | Last week Sophie talked about how an unexpected house move impacted her PhD experience. This led to a discussion amongst the Pubs and Pubs committee about other instances that have thrown us off the course of our… Continue reading →

Connecting internationally as an academic… and a Westerner

Andy Baxter | My PhD project doesn’t inherently seem like it involves a lot of travelling, so when I was given the opportunity to travel to Tanzania it was quite exciting. It’d be my first trip across the equator. It… Continue reading →

Moving House and Stressing Out

Sophie Almond |   I think we can all agree that doing a PhD can, at times, be an extremely stressful experience. Conducting primary research, working to tight deadlines, and filling in endless amounts of paperwork takes its toll. Luckily,… Continue reading →

Experiences of a part-time PhD student

Jake Turbill |   Hi, I’m Jake, and I’m a part-time PhD student. It has taken me a long time to reach this point, due to a number of factors. Initially, I asked myself a few questions: Which University should I… Continue reading →

‘Reimbursement Culture’ and Widening Participation in Academia

By Sarah Thomson | Last week, shortly after booking my first overseas PhD research trip, I found out that I’d had a paper proposal accepted by a major conference. Though both of these events were exciting, I swiftly realised that… Continue reading →

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