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The PhD SSN Open Letter Project

The SSN Open Letter Project is something that we, together with other fellow Doctoral Researchers, have been working on for a little while, and we’re finally ready to share it with you.

We’ve been really pleased with the diversity of articles published on our blog so far, from tips on how to start coding to personal experiences from fellow Doctoral Researchers and articles on mental health, to name just a few, and we definitely want to keep creating posts and building up a wider archive of articles.

But we do realize that there are certain ‘difficult’ or ‘tricky’ subjects that that also need to be shared and heard, such as but not limited to specific PhD and mental health related issues, social encounters in the Lboro community, success/failure stories, or even cheeky stories. Although some DRs have already done so, we do realize that not everyone feels comfortable or wants to share their experiences in public, and this is why we are introducing the Open Letter Project.

The Open Letter Project aims at enabling Loughborough DRs to share their personal experiences, good or bad, and have them shared on our website completely anonymously. This way, thoughts and feelings some might think are all their own will soon be outed – giving you a chance to voice your worries without fear of repercussion or judgement! Some ideas include your relationship with your supervisory team, experiences with fellow DRs, mental health, support you have experienced or maybe feel you lack – we can share positive and negative experiences here! Submissions can be in any format you like, such as an article, a letter, a Q&A, or more. Feel free to get creative!

Here are a few rules to follow for your article to be published on our website:

  1. No hate speech
  2. Please avoid using real names

Please use this form if there is something you would like to talk about in complete anonymity and we will share it in our blog.

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Tymele Deydier

Doctoral Researcher in Chemical Engineering
PhD SSN Chair 2020-21
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