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Embracing being a PhD student with Katy Peplin

Embracing being a PhD student with Katy Peplin

Dr. Katy Peplin turned her difficulties in graduate school into a coaching business built around the idea that you can be a scholar and a human at the same time.  In this episode Katy talks about the processes that she put in place to support herself and manage...

Academic Emotions with Katie Barclay

Academic Emotions with Katie Barclay

Katie Barclay is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions, and Head of Historical and Classical Studies, University of Adelaide. She writes widely in the area of gender, family life and the history of emotions. In this episode we...

Dealing With Perfectionism

Dealing With Perfectionism

Isabeau Iqbal focuses on working with “ambitious perfectionists” and in this week’s episode she helps us unpick perfectionism and understand the elements which may be at play. We talk about ‘analysis paralysis’ and the experience of stuckness. Iabeau points out the...

Dyslexia and the PhD with Selina Busby

Dyslexia and the PhD with Selina Busby

Selina Busby is a Principal Lecturer in Applied Theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Her research and practice focus on theatre that invites the possibility of change, both in contemporary plays and in participatory performance. She has published...

Working Smarter as a PhD Researcher

Working Smarter as a PhD Researcher

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang was one of my first guests on the podcast.  His book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less is one that I regularly recommend to PhD researchers. Alex is a visiting scholar in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at...

How to Survive Your PhD with Usman Sikander

How to Survive Your PhD with Usman Sikander

Usman Sikander is originally from Pakistan and moved to the UK to do a PhD in Advanced Composites (aerospace engineering) at the University of Bristol. He is currently writing up his thesis and working as a Teaching Assistant (TA) and a Chief Resident (C/SR) within...

Bullying in Academia with Petra Boynton

Bullying in Academia with Petra Boynton

Dr Petra Boynton is an Agony Aunt and Social Psychologist.  She specialises in International Health Research from a Critical Perspective.  Her books include The Research Companion and Being Well in Academia.In this episode Petra begins by reflecting on her...

Burnout and the PhD with Nicole Janz

Burnout and the PhD with Nicole Janz

A 2021 survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that almost 70% of US faculty members were experiencing a level of burnout.  Stress and burnout are certainly very common in the academy and the pandemic has only made that worse.  In this episode...

Yoga for the PhD with Annie French

Yoga for the PhD with Annie French

After a life changing event with breast cancer, Annie French enrolled onto an Art foundation course and has never looked back.  She discovered a passion for creativity and a love of research that is leading her into a PhD. Parallel to this, Annie’s yoga practice...

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