No Secret Handshake Required: Joining the Academic Community
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No Secret Handshake Required: Joining the Academic Community

How to overcome PhD isolation in my article over at Warwick University’s Postgraduate Study Blog… Have you been told that the postgrad life is one of solitude? It doesn’t have to be: with only a little effort your CV, as well as your social life, will shine. It can seem strange, when embarking on a postgraduate degree, … Continue reading

Is Academia Really in Such a Mess?
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Is Academia Really in Such a Mess?

So you’re doing a PhD - or maybe you’ve just finished one - and all you hear is how terrible the academic job market is now. Hundreds of highly qualified people applying for each nine-month part-time teaching fellowship, salaries dropping, more PhD graduates and fewer new jobs. Your supervisor might tell you that actually there … Continue reading

Welcome to The Gradgrind: Positivity and the PhD
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Welcome to The Gradgrind: Positivity and the PhD

So here you are, living the dream: maybe funded, part funded or not at all, but either way managing somehow to do a PhD. What a privilege! Organising your time exactly as you please, exploring an intellectual field that fascinates you, surrounded by like-minded people and having your horizons broadened every day. So why is … Continue reading