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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 […]

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).

Living the life 1: Things are going great…

Friend: “How are things?” PhD Student: “Meh…” When muttered to most PhD students* those three words often conjure up thoughts of contempt and general dissatisfaction. However, what most of us seem to forget is that regardless of how any work may be progressing, we actually have one of the best jobs going.

The A to Z of PhD life

You might remember Elspeth’s PhD in 40 seconds and Charly’s How to make a rock in 60 seconds that were posted over the last few weeks. Here, I give you my take on a PhD in a nutshell…

PhD in 40 seconds

PhD life is often enigmatic to the outside world. Sometimes even enigmatic to ourselves. One of our grand blog ideas is to document what the nuts and bolts of doing an Earth Science PhD are really like. So without further ado, here’s a little video of where my PhD has taken me over the beginning […]