The PhD Experience

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‘Go with the flow’: why a PhD is like a river.

By Daniel Adamson | Neither metaphors nor similes tend to carry much weight in real life. With respect to both Roman Keating and Forrest Gump, knowing that life is a rollercoaster or like a box of chocolates is unlikely to… Continue Reading →

Switching from full-time to part-time: why it may (or may not) be for you

by Ellie Ralph | When I started my full-time PhD, everyone around me would agree that I was very against switching to part-time study. Now I look back on it, I am not sure why I was so against this. I… Continue Reading →

Hypothyroidism and the PhD

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By Megan King | I first discovered that I had an underactive thyroid in my first year of undergraduate when my doctor greeted me, “Hi, Megan! How are you do—uhh, why is your thyroid gland visibly protruding from your neck… Continue Reading →

Three approaches to doing research whilst managing anxiety

By Sabrina Islam | I have had anxiety disorders since I was an early teen. Being completely uneducated on the topic of mental health, I simply accepted this as a character flaw, or maybe even a hallmark of academic achievements…. Continue Reading →

Throwing out the To-Do List

Ok, hear me out! I know the to-do list is a favorite among PhD researchers. It can provide a much needed structure and sense of accomplishment, both of which can be scarce in our lone pursuit of our degree. And… Continue Reading →

An Academic Gift Guide for PhD Students

By Vesna Curlic | I’m not sure if this is a universal feeling, but this year – probably in response to the many exhausting challenges 2020 has held – I am particularly keen to start the festive season! Though it… Continue Reading →

Four ways to look after yourself during a global pandemic

By Ellis Mallett | Since the pandemic hit back in March, life has been full of twist and turns, especially for doctoral students all over the world. PhD candidates are known to be particularly harsh on themselves at the best… Continue Reading →

Balancing teaching and a full-time PhD: 4 tips to get you through this semester

By Ellie Ralph | I am now entering my fourth year of teaching and the second year of a PhD. To balance both at the same time is difficult, but it is possible. I have put together some tips below… Continue Reading →

In defence of doing nothing

| by Tim Galsworthy   The summer months are usually a very busy time for PhD researchers. With terms and teaching over, summer provides us with an opportunity to “get some research done.” If your project requires primary research –… Continue Reading →

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