Is there anybody out there? Approaching a PhD application
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Is there anybody out there? Approaching a PhD application

By Suzannah Evans When I decided last year that I might apply to do a practice-led PhD in creative writing, and sat down to research the application process, I found a lot of facts and advice from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and from universities, but very little from real people in a similar … Continue reading

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

An Ode to the God of Part-Time PhDs
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An Ode to the God of Part-Time PhDs

by Rebecca Booth Janus is the two-faced Roman god of transition, and a fitting symbol for the multiple roles of a part-time PhD student. I work full-time at the University of Oxford, and am a part-time MPhil student at the University of Roehampton, reading Cultural Studies. Currently in my second year of a four-year programme, … Continue reading

Please Queue Here: A Guide to the British
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Please Queue Here: A Guide to the British

One of the most enlightening lessons I have learned through knowing international students is that many things I thought were normal are in fact peculiarly British, and actually quite peculiar. So this Guide to the British is as much for the Brits as it is for anyone coming from elsewhere and baffled by our strange … Continue reading

Reader/Lecturer/Associate Professor? Understanding Academic Job Titles
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Reader/Lecturer/Associate Professor? Understanding Academic Job Titles

Perhaps you are looking for an academic job, or looking for a PhD supervisor: Associate Professor sounds good, right? But is that more senior than Assistant Professor? What about Lecturer - or Reader? Does a Reader really just read? The academic world has always enjoyed its mysterious hierarchies and systems, and you are not alone … Continue reading

Into the Rain: The International Student Experience
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Into the Rain: The International Student Experience

Half of the PhD students in the UK are international: the university system here couldn’t survive without them. If you ask British or international students what is the best thing about studying here, one of the top points is the diversity of the people you meet and all you can learn from them. But what … 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