Follow-up to postgraduate options hangout – Getting references

This is first post in a Q&A format following recent hangout on postgraduate options on jobs.ac.uk where there wasn’t time to answer all the questions and so in the next couple of weeks I will attempt to provide my perspective … Read More »

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Funding Applications and Good News

A few months ago I submitted my first ever grant application (as a Co-Applicant with my main Supervisor as Principal Applicant and my second Supervisor as another Co). The funding body we applied to asked for a 4 page outline, … Read More »

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9-Month Viva and Always, Always Expect the Unexpected

Before I started my PhD everyone told me to ‘expect the unexpected’, that at some point something would happen to derail my PhD plans and I should expect this to happen. I figured that was a really negative way of … Read More »

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

..and becoming a giant yourself. In today’s post, I’d like to share my experience at a conference last year and have a look (quickly..!) at what makes a PhD, a PhD. Last year, I attended a PhD conference at my … Read More »

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Challenges Outside of PhD Life

If you’ve chosen the right PhD for you it’s natural that it will take over your thoughts at times. In fact it’s often a good thing when it does take over your thought process, it demonstrates your passion for the … Read More »

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12 Things Star Wars Got Wrong About Your PhD!

Fans of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens have been busily besmirching the internet with their inconsequential theories about what the series may have in store but did you know that J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi blockbuster has got it … Read More »

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Securing That Academic Job

Before I got my teaching job, I had made a conscious effort to get published and secure internships at some very prominent places. For teaching posts, I made a few applications which were unsuccessful. I asked for feedback (there goes … Read More »

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