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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 →

Taking baby steps: the first month of the PhD

By Sarah Thomson | “What did you do on the first day of your PhD?” Before I started, this was the question I asked my older and wiser PhD friends. Once the whirlwind of inductions, meetings, admin and training has… Continue reading →

How do you Ask the Perfect First Conference Question?

By Tim Galsworthy Conference season is upon us once again. Graduate students are setting off all over the country, and all over the world, going to fascinating conferences and finding cheap rooms to stay in. Many at the start of… Continue reading →

The Ultimate Guide to Organising Your Very Own Conference

By Vanessa Tautter | Over a year ago, my colleagues and I decided to organise a conference at the University of Graz. For many of us, it was the last year at this particular university and, in a way, we… Continue reading →

So Many Questions, So Little Time: Q&A With Current PhD Students

Krysten Blackstone | For the past two years, I have been one of the PhD students that does the ‘Welcome to the University’ talks to incoming Masters and PhD students. The session is a chance for the newbies to ask on-degree… Continue reading →

The Viva

By Laura Harrison | Whether or not it is true, it can often feel like your whole PhD is heading towards one moment – the viva. I became a #vivasurvivor this past May so thought I would share my experiences and… Continue reading →

On Widening Participation and the PhD

By Sarah Thomson | It’s no secret that the world of academia is far from a meritocracy. In efforts to combat this at undergraduate level, many universities and organisations are striving to increase access to higher education for students from… Continue reading →

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