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PhD reflections: Charly

Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end. Over the next few weeks, […]

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PhD reflections: KT

Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end. Over the next few weeks, […]

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PhD reflections: Sorcha

Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end.  Over the next few weeks, the BaR contributors […]

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Facing up to the big V

The nights are drawing in, the air is getting colder and here in Bristol it seems like viva season is in full swing. Enough time has elapsed since my own viva that I thought I would share my thoughts about what to expect on the big day. Whilst everybody’s experience is different, from talking to […]

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Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD…

As the academic year begins again, new PhD students across the country (and further) are slowly settling into their fresh surroundings. I stayed at the same university when I made the switch to postgraduate research but I still remember feeling quite lost at the start, not knowing what to do or where to be. I’m […]

PhD interview preparation

Originally posted on the EGU blog network The following post is written primarily for those who are applying for a PhD project where the funding is supplied by a research council, such as NERC. All PhD interviews are all different, and this post definitely won’t cover everything, but it should help you prepare for most […]

Do we need to suffer to succeed?

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Last week the newly formed Bristol Doctoral College hosted a postgraduate seminar entitled “Surviving the stress of a PhD” by James Hayton, PhD.  My initial thoughts on attending a talk such as this were that it might be a little patronising (no one wants to hear about how […]

Top ten free apps & websites to make writing your PhD easier

Originally posted on the EGU blog network ‘Tis the season of thesis writing! Well, in my office of fourth years (!) at least. By this stage of PhD life, most of us have our own ‘toolkit’ of computer applications that we’ve settled upon to complete the task, but in the first year or two, it’s […]

Living the life 2: socials, sports and salvation

Most people enjoy a drink with friends, or taking part in some of their favourite exercise. And PhD students are no different (at least in that respect…). In fact, the flexibility of most PhD programs allows us to enjoy these simple pleasures more than your average Joe (or Jill).

The afterlife of the party

After three to fours years of intense study in a narrow subject field, it’s easy to become blinkered about the future and forget about the ‘real world’. But before you know it, the post-viva champagne has been drunk, the dark recesses of your desk have been cleared, and the PhD stipend has been spent. What […]