We are excited to announce that we are recruiting new committee members this summer. Pubs and Publications (a.k.a. “Pubs and Pubs”) is a blog of, by, and for PhD students. We aim to cover the highs, lows, confusions, and lighter moments of life as a junior academic. We have published posts on a wide range of topics, including: conference etiquette; compiling your literature review; and planning fieldwork. Sometimes we even mention pubs. Blogging can be an important aspect of PhD life and benefit your career beyond. For more on what we do see here. Below are some further reasons why you should consider joining our merry band.

Become part of a growing community

Since its inception in 2015, Pubs and Pubs has received more than 100,000 views from readers around the world. By joining Pubs and Pubs, you’d be become a member of an international community of PhD students and early career researchers. We are constantly striving to grow our audience and provide fresh insights and reflections on PhD Life.

There is no ‘I’ in pub

Although we each have specific roles on the committee, we run things collectively. Everyone is encouraged to contribute new ideas and we tackle challenges as a group. As a new member you can grow in your role by receiving support from more experienced members, while also having a platform to develop your own ideas. Being able to demonstrate collaborative remote working is a valuable addition to your CV and is a common aspect of academic life.

A chance to hone your writing skills

Writing is a big chunk of the PhD experience and can be one of the most difficult. By regularly editing other people’s posts, and writing your own, you will have the chance to gain vital practice at getting into the habit of writing and developing your copy editing and peer reviewing skills.

Don’t underestimate the power of the lighter side

The academic world can often seem a dark and stressful place. While we at Pubs and Pubs look to engage with current issues in academia, we also see the value in drawing attention to the lighter aspects of academic life, and we would encourage our committee members to explore aspects of PhD life that go beyond the general trends found elsewhere.

Build a network beyond your own ivory tower

Joining Pubs and Pubs is a great way to make connections and build a network with other PhDs and ECRs beyond your own institution. While all PhD topics are different, many of the issues we face are the same – regardless of the discipline. You’d be amazed at how comforting it can be sharing your experiences with those from wildly different academic fields can be.

Pubs and Publications needs you!

Where do I sign?

Any PhD student from any discipline can join Pubs and Pubs. If you are starting a PhD in the autumn, this includes you! We are particularly keen for applicants to serve as contributions editors or publicity editor. For further information on our current committee see here.

If you are interested in joining Pubs and Pubs we’d like you to:

  • send us a (approx) 200-word abstract about you, your research, and why you’d like to join.
  • give us a proposal for a blog post – a one sentence description or a title is fine.
  • give us a suggestion on how to enhance our blog and social media.

Send these to pubsandpublications@gmail.com. Applications close on Friday 17 October 2021. If you have any questions about Pubs and Pubs, our committee roles, or the application process, please contact the same email.

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