1. Escaping the Valley: why sometimes a break is all you need

    I've been thinking carefully about whether I wanted to write this post or not. A couple of weeks ago I took some annual leave from the PhD (a 'staycation', if you will, as I didn't actually go anywhere!) and I mentioned it briefly in my last post about social media…

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  2. Always Online: The problem with Twitter

    As PhD students we are often told how important it is to maintain an active and professional online presence and to make use of a myriad of different services and social networks to do this: Twitter, academia.edu, LinkedIn and long-form blogging, to name just a few. There are also…

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  3. The Origins of a PhD

    I've been asked a few times recently: 'how did you come up with your PhD topic?', mostly by Masters students who are currently in the process of applying for PhDs and funding. A few months ago I wrote a post about this for SGSAH's social network 'The Gither' and…

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  4. Speaking My Language: Taking time out to learn Chinese

    In my last post I mentioned briefly that one of the things that's been taking up my time lately is learning Chinese. Back in October, I got the opportunity to take part in the AHRC 'Speaking My Language' programme. I've always had a keen interest in learning new languages and…

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  5. Refinding Balance and #TinyChallenges

    So it’s been a while since I last blogged! In fact my blog tells me that it has been exactly 71 days since my last post, which slightly ironically was all about the value and importance of blogging. Lots has happened in the past 71 days to account for…

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