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A collaborative guide to take you through all the steps of university life.

To break or not to break

We all start a PhD hoping to not face any troubles within our personal life. However as life goes this could be the case. Heaven forbid any health issues. When it comes to issues concerning your studies there is usually very good support from your university to help you. Guidance will be given to you in the appropriate manner. However when I faced a physically health issue I hit the conundrum of whether or not to take a break from studies.

Getting through the PhD and its emotional roller coaster

I gave a speech about “Getting through the PhD” about a month ago at the University of Glasgow. It was intense to stand there, talking to PhD students in their first year and give them advice….more like slices of life and experience.

MSc Dissertation Structure and Word Counts

The following table offers a suggested structure and approximate word counts for your MSc Dissertations. It is not set in stone and should be changed to suit your project and your institution. Remember a key rule for success – Follow the advice of your supervisor!

Navigating Networks at Academic Conferences

So you’ve been accepted for a conference (hopefully somewhere exciting!), and your conference paper is ready to be presented to an assembly of your academic peers. Whilst one of the principal benefits of an academic conference can be the constructive criticism a presenter receives on their ideas, the opportunity to develop an academic network of researchers within your field is arguably as important.

A few things to consider before starting a PhD

But PhDs are only for smart people, and there’s no way I am smart enough for one is one of many reticence statements that any new research student will undoubtedly consider when embarking on this new journey. I swore blind after my first degree that I would never return to academia, as I hadn’t particularly enjoyed the teaching nor the subject I studied, let alone the work experience that I am glad I did to rectify my decision not to pursue that particular career.

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