Note to ‘self’

By Chidinma Okorie In this first of blog series on her PhD journey, Chidinma Okorie writes a note to remind herself and anyone reading this blog of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Happy reading! 😊 Dearest self, How are you today? Did you manage to get enough rest? Have you eaten? How...

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My bucket-list PhD

September 1978: I went up to Brasenose College Oxford to begin a DPhil in Economics with some trepidation and a research council bursary, having survived an interview with Joe Stiglitz, who was later to win a Nobel Prize. I was 23. My Mum had died at the age of 42 not long before. It...

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Volunteering and the Skills Matrix

Volunteering with a local organisation can reap great rewards. Whilst research and writing up take up the lion’s share of undertaking a PhD, there is the Skills Matrix that also has to be completed, especially when working towards the progression panel meeting. Often referred to as ‘The Wheel of Fortune’, the Skills Matrix has...

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LSU Shakespeare Society

There may be budding thespians among you who are looking for an opportunity to ‘tread the boards’. PhDs are hard work and often isolating, so joining a society could be conducive to finding a distracting relaxation. The LSU Shakespeare Society may be the answer, whether an actor or a beholder, it promises exceptional productions....

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Face to Faith

Looking back, our blog posts have reflected on problems faced whilst researching and writing up a PhD and many helpful suggestions have been explored, especially in times of crisis and uncertainty. There have been some useful links to where help can be found and there are more on our home page under Links/Support Services....

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The Viva, and After

I successfully defended my PhD viva back in March 2017. I was only in there for 50 minutes, which felt like 3 hours! “Enjoy it,” I was told by friends and fellow peers, “it will be the only time you will get to talk to people who are genuinely interested in your research.” To...

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Recognising when help is needed.

It’s something that we, as PhD students, don’t do often enough – seek help, and knowing when to seek help is important as well. I think sometimes it’s the perception that we may be seen as weak by others if we do seek help, especially in a competitive academic environment where mental illness is...

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