Month: July 2017

External Pressure

External pressure is a difficult issue to overcome particularly if you have parents, a partner or friends who have no experience with further postgraduate research. It appears to make the process a whole lot harder – not just managing your workload but also constant questioning about “when are you going to get a real job?” […]

Introduction to a series of blog posts by Dr Andrew Rowe

I have a passion for supporting fellow PhD students through their journey and have campaigned quite vociferously at my institution and at national PGR conferences on the importance of what I call “non-academic” support. This encompasses those issues which are often forgotten about at institutions, such as mental illness, working from home, being a mature […]

Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome is a term originally coined in the late 1970s by clinical psychologists. It refers, in this instance, to PhD students who are defined by an inability to internalise their achievements and where a persistent fear exists of being seen as a fraud. The euphoria of actually beginning a PhD can often mean that […]