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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 →

Juggling Work, PhD, Parenting and Life

By Craig Lennox |   It would be true to say that I don’t think I have ever been busier or happier, and quite often I add in more tired to that list. I am currently working full time whilst… 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 →

An Ode to Pubs and Pubs

Krysten Blackstone | Nothing in academia ever really goes as planned, does it? As I am sure many of you saw, our 5th anniversary month of postings was interrupted by the strikes across the U.K.   In our support of the strike action,… 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 →

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 →

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