Money makes the academic world go round: classism in UK universities

A PhD? What is a PhD? Isn’t that what Ross Geller, the fake dinosaur doctor has? Until very recently, this was what I understood a postgraduate doctorate to be. Growing up in a working-class, single-mother headed family, these “fancy” terms were not exactly a topic at the dinner table. Now, in the second year of… Continue reading Money makes the academic world go round: classism in UK universities

Preparing to return to the PhD following a leave of absence

On February this year I was granted a leave of absence from the PhD due to health reasons. This will end on October the 2nd. This blog, therefore, is less about being back and more about preparing to be back. Although the terms of the leave of absence means no working on the PhD during… Continue reading Preparing to return to the PhD following a leave of absence

Stepping into the abstract abyss: Reflections on a being a first time conference abstract reviewer

I don’t know about you but attending conferences is one of the highlights of being a PhD student for me. Meeting fellow researchers, presenting your work and hearing about the latest research in your field. Plus pre-2020 it normally meant getting out of your office to explore a new city or even country (for now… Continue reading Stepping into the abstract abyss: Reflections on a being a first time conference abstract reviewer

The importance of motivation and how to keep it alive.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho Hello fellow PhD students and those who are interested in learning more about PhD life. If you are a new addition to the PhD ranks – congratulations on going through a fierce competition and securing a PhD position!… Continue reading The importance of motivation and how to keep it alive.

‘Navigating my first (online) conference…’

As with many other PhD students, my PhD life so far has not looked quite as I expected. The days of meeting up with peers to discuss how we are getting on and how our research is going, going to in-person conferences and having in-person lab meetings are still in the distance. A year of… Continue reading ‘Navigating my first (online) conference…’

‘Less is more: learning to say no to create thinking space for the PhD’

‘I’ve got this great side project in mind that I am passionate about. I am hoping we can reach out to the community and really make a difference, plus it would enhance our transferable soft skills and look good on our CV. What do you think? I need a few people on board to help… Continue reading ‘Less is more: learning to say no to create thinking space for the PhD’