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

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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

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