‘Surely things can’t get any worse’: A personal experience during COVID-19

Today’s post comes from an anonymous PhD woman who wanted to put her thoughts down on paper to work through her experience and share it with others. There may be other PhD women out there who have experienced the same thing, who may take some comfort from this post. *Trigger warning* Before you read this… Continue reading ‘Surely things can’t get any worse’: A personal experience during COVID-19

Personal Problems, Professional Development and How I Learned to Navigate Both

We have all felt a lack of confidence at some point in our lives and doing a PhD often has you second-guessing yourself and your abilities on a weekly, sometimes a daily basis. 2019 for me, was a year which, by the end of it, saw me completely broken with no confidence, no skills (or… Continue reading Personal Problems, Professional Development and How I Learned to Navigate Both

BONUS POST: A pandemic that spells pandemonium for data collection

Today’s post hopes to explain how one student’s data collection has been delayed because of a global pandemic, whilst giving some thoughts, tips and tricks to be positive throughout. Find our author Louise on Twitter over at @Louise_GI_PhD, Instagram at _lovelouise_, or on her own website at https://louisemitchellsalford.wordpress.com. Hi, I am Louise, a second year studying… Continue reading BONUS POST: A pandemic that spells pandemonium for data collection

PhD Life: Working Through OCD During a Pandemic

Today’s post comes from an anonymous author who wanted to share their advice for coping with OCD during their PhD and during the high-stress pandemic time.  If you need any support with OCD or other mental health conditions, some helpful websites include: https://www.ocduk.org/ https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/self-care-for-ocd/   I know in the grand scale of messed-up going on… Continue reading PhD Life: Working Through OCD During a Pandemic

BONUS POST: COVID-19 and Feminism

Today’s blog comes from Poppy, a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh looking at sexual violence in universities. She is also a sociology tutor, feminist activist and has just started a sociological podcast on the COVID-19 pandemic, Difficult Conversations. She works as a researcher for the Emily Test charity creating a Gender-Based Violence Charter… Continue reading BONUS POST: COVID-19 and Feminism