Christmas as a PhD Student

With Christmas round the corner, I thought it would be good to dedicate a post to ideas for making the most of the festive season as a PhD student.  You may find it useful to spend some time over the … Read More »

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My First Conference as a PhD Student

Conferences can induce fear in early PhD students, and I’m no different. I graduated in June 2015 and have been working on my PhD project for 4 and a half months now. That’s really not very long and I still … Read More »

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Struggling to Put Pen to Paper

During our PhD studies we are expected to write almost continually; grant applications, research proposals, protocols, reviews and ultimately a thesis are at the core of how we communicate our work. Communicating our research well is difficult, which sometimes makes … Read More »

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Settling into PhD Life

The first few weeks of a PhD are all about getting your bearings, even if you’ve stayed on at your undergraduate/postgraduate taught institution.  This being so, I’ve decided to dedicate this month’s post to ideas for settling into PhD life.  … Read More »

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Thinking Outside of Your Own Field

A PhD allows us to specialise in one area of research, this can often be something very niche; my particular topic is trials recruitment – a tiny part of the trials methodology remit. By the time we get to the … Read More »

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‘Upgrading’ to a PhD

Recently I reached a significant milestone in my doctorate; my research was formally recognised by my university as being good enough (hopefully) for a PhD! I have just completed my institution’s ‘upgrade’ process and have been officially confirmed as being … Read More »

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Preparing to Start your PhD Journey

This month, the latest intake of PhD students (myself included) will officially set to work on their research projects.  With this in mind, I thought it would be good to share some of my top tips on how to prepare … Read More »

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