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Academic guilt during a pandemic

By Oresta Muckute |   I am lucky enough to only have one ‘real’ responsibility during a time of global crisis: getting some fully-funded PhD work done. All the articles about the impact of the pandemic—having no childcare provision, having… Continue reading →

Another one collecting the dust? Approaching your research post-PhD

By Elke Close |   The moment when you finish your PhD is an incredible feeling. After so many years, you finally have something to show for all of the hard work that you have put into it. However, not… Continue reading →

What I learnt during the baby stage of a science PhD

By Apple Chew |     Although 6 months is early into the journey of a PhD, it’s often good to reflect on what one has learnt since starting the degree. Here are some tips from a science PhD student… 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 →

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 →

The Final Year

By Laura Harrison | In the Pubs and Pubs committee post for September we gave advice on what to expect from the first year of the PhD. In response we got a Twitter request asking for the same for the final… 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 →

“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 →

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