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The five types of PhD student: a very scientific survey

By Giovanna Pasquariello ǀ After four months of serious research, dozens of hours of field observation and hundreds of notes, I can finally announce to the world the results of my most ambitious anthropological study: the five types of PhD… Continue reading →

Full-time dad, part-time PhD student, full-time worker

By Ben Hodges | “Oh, so you are doing a PhD! Is that because you want to be as brainy as your wife?” I’ll be honest, I never particularly wanted to do a PhD. The bits of my undergraduate and… Continue reading →

Balancing the sometimes changing and complicated relationship with our PhD supervisors

By Rachel Wilson-Lowe Having a good relationship with your supervisors can make the PhD process infinitely easier. But whilst the PhD can seem like an all-consuming part of our lives as students, it is important to remember that supervisors have… Continue reading →

In Defence of Unoriginality

by Daniel Adamson | ‘Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.’ James Stephens (1880-1950), Irish novelist and poet. Originality is, perhaps, the holy grail of the PhD… Continue reading →

Welcome our new committee members!

We at Pubs and Publications recently put out a call asking for new members to join our committee. We were absolutely blown away by the quality of applications we received. We would therefore like to use this post to introduce… Continue reading →

An Ode to Saying ‘No’

Krysten Blackstone |   The academic world is full of thankless tasks, administrative roles, organising committees, meetings about what will be said in future meetings, and never-ending opportunities for you to spend a lot of time doing countless things that are… Continue reading →

Researching Stigma: how the contested nature of your topic can affect you as the researcher

By Rachel Wilson-Lowe | On my way to interview for my studentship, I remember getting the side-eye from an older gentleman while on the train. I couldn’t figure out what I had done to deserve his ire, until I saw what… 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 →

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