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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 →

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 →

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 →

Advice on Presenting Research Overseas

By Ellie Yates | A month before I began my PhD, I was invited to present my proposed research in Lebanon. This was an amazing but intimidating opportunity! I accepted graciously as I had previous experience in sessional teaching for… Continue reading →

Teaching Is Mostly About Learning: Handling Extreme Student Criticism

Anonymous | Last year while teaching, I got a truly terrible email from a student.  For the sake of privacy and confidentiality, I’m not going to post the entire letter here, but I’ll do my best to give you a… Continue reading →

Getting up close and personal with procrastination

By Kathryn Machray | Procrastination is a relatively fundamental component of academic life – at least it is for me. Dithering about and delaying starting something that has a deadline attached is an irritating habit that has followed me throughout my… Continue reading →

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