By Matthew Sinton, University of Edinburgh
I remember the moment that the email dropped into my inbox. It was the 29th of February, at 5.05pm, and I had given up hope of hearing about my PhD application that day. I opened the email with trepidation, excitement, and dread. I had poured so much energy into preparing my PhD application that a lot was wrapped up in this.
Continue reading One size doesn’t fit all – 5 things I learned from quitting my PhD
By Lisa Stinson, University of Western Australia
They say that when you give someone advice, you’re really talking to your past self. As I’m nearing the end of my PhD journey, I find that I’m a completely different person to the girl who signed on for what she thought would be a breezy three years of research.
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By Ralitsa Madsen, University of Cambridge
“Software Update. iOS 8.0 is ready to install. To install the update, make sure your iPhone is connected to its charger.”
Every iPhone user gets this notification on a regular basis. I am sure other smartphone systems have similar setups. Note how important it is that the hardware is charged. If it is not, the software can’t be installed. In fact, a completely dead battery means that not even the old software will be running.
Continue reading PhD reflections 2.0: let’s reboot
By Nicola Faramarzi, University of Westminster
Applying for a PhD can be tough. It is unlike other types of job applications and often candidates are not prepared for or aware of the desired formalities involved. Particularly for lab-based PhDs, sending a generic CV and personal statement just will not do.
Continue reading Top 10 tips for applying to a lab-based PhD