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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 →

‘Reimbursement Culture’ and Widening Participation in Academia

By Sarah Thomson | Last week, shortly after booking my first overseas PhD research trip, I found out that I’d had a paper proposal accepted by a major conference. Though both of these events were exciting, I swiftly realised that… 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 →

Grief and the PhD

By Lizzie Evens | It is a truth universally acknowledged that a PhD student confronted with a problem must be in want of a dozen browser tabs following a frantic Google search. But, when confronted with the mammoth problem of bereavement,… 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 →

So your partner is doing a PhD…

By Richard Parfitt and Claire Skilton |   Rather than just writing my own blog for this week’s post, I thought I would bring in somebody else’s knowledge and experience of my PhD experience, i.e. that of my fiancé, Claire,… Continue reading →

Choosing Your First Conference: A Beginner’s Guide

Sarah Thomson | Conferences are an inevitable part of PhD life, but choosing where to submit your first abstract(s) can be a tricky decision. For most people it is their first experience of sharing their research outside the sanctuary of… Continue reading →

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