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“I’m an absolute beginner”: first term, first year of the PhD

By the Pubs and Publications Committee   Alarms are being set earlier, new academic diaries are being bought, and bright-eyed freshers are beginning to arrive on university campuses. Yes, the start of term is upon us all once again. (Insert… Continue reading →

It can be done: Completing your Masters and PhD back-to-back

By Sarah Thomson | As someone about to embark on their seventh consecutive year of university study, this time of year is always one that makes me quite nostalgic. The transition from one academic year to another is no longer as… Continue reading →

Which Premier League Football Team is your PhD?

By Tim Galsworthy   The Premier League season has kicked off once again. Those of us who are foolish enough to invest our time, energy, hopes, and dreams into one team or another are steeled for another ten months of… Continue reading →

The PhD needs a-changin: amending the PhD to better meet the needs of students

By Ian MacNeill | While British Universities have been offering ‘doctoral’ degrees since the mid-19th Century, the past twenty years have seen some of the most dramatic changes to the PhD experience since the 1st ‘Doctor of Science’ was awarded by… Continue reading →

Experiences of an International Student

By Giulia Engel |   In July 2018 I got a six-month scholarship from the Brazilian government to study abroad and I applied to the University of Edinburgh to work under the supervision of the social historian of medicine, Dr Gayle… Continue reading →

The Upgrade

By Louise Morgan |   Preparing for the upgrade (or transfer of status) at the end of the first year of your PhD can be a stressful experience. In the weeks leading to my upgrade interview I spent hours procrastinating by… Continue reading →

How does it sound? Researchers as musical instruments

By Sam Grinsell and Virginia Calabria | Summer is both silly season and music festival season. Being big fans of music and silliness, this got us wondering whether researchers might be like musical instruments. After all, they each have their… Continue reading →

Taking time to reflect

By Sophie Almond | Whilst summer heralds the beginning of long hot days, ice creams in the park, and a gloriously empty library, it also marks the end of the academic year. Having begun my PhD in October 2018, I now… Continue reading →

Keys to the Kingdom: 5 tips to a positive PhD experience

By Ian MacNeill | Offering reflections on our PhD experience and tips for those who follow us down the doctoral path is, to my mind at least, one of the most valuable contributions that we as writers for Pubs and Publications… Continue reading →

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