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Financial Considerations for PhD Students with Emily Roberts

Financial Considerations for PhD Students with Emily Roberts

This episode deals with the financial impact of undertaking a PhD. Emily Roberts is a personal finance educator specializing in early-career PhDs based in the U.S.  Emily draws on her own experience as a graduate student to support others to make the most of...

The Realities of the PhD Process with Nick Rowe

The Realities of the PhD Process with Nick Rowe

This week’s episode takes an honest look at the realities of the PhD journey. Nick Rowe describes himself as a “trans-disciplinary educationalist”, with interests in scientific communication and academic/professional development. He is a fellow of the UK Higher...

Coping with Stress in the PhD Process with Jenny Mercer

Coping with Stress in the PhD Process with Jenny Mercer

This week’s episode deals with an issue that many of us are grappling with - stress. Jenny Mercer is Reader in Qualitative Approaches to Applied Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her research interests focus on experiential enquiries of student experience...

The Problems and Pleasures of Practice-based Research with Kat Low

The Problems and Pleasures of Practice-based Research with Kat Low

In this episode the fabulous Kat Low shares her experience of practice-based research - particularly her fieldwork in South Africa. Kat is a research-practitioner in the field of applied theatre and sexual health with a commitment to feminist-led research.  Her...

Being a Part-time PhD Student with Katie Hall

Being a Part-time PhD Student with Katie Hall

This week’s podcast tackles the problems and possibilities of being a part-time PhD student. Katie Hall is currently a creative practice PhD student, with project Queer as Friends. As a creative writing practitioner, Katie is editing her debut novel and freelancing as...

Dealing with Life Crises and Loss During the PhD with Lauren Graffin

Dealing with Life Crises and Loss During the PhD with Lauren Graffin

This week’s episode focuses on how to look after your mental health and maintain balance and a sense of your own well-being when faced with a life-crisis during the PhD. My guest Lauren Graffin shares her experiences of negotiating her father’s serious illness and the...

Reciprocity and Scholarly Community with Dave Maslach

Reciprocity and Scholarly Community with Dave Maslach

Welcome back to the first episode of Season Two! We are starting off with thinking about reciprocity and building a supportive and encouraging academic community. Dr Dave Maslach is an Associate Professor in Innovation Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Florida State...

How to Handle the Holidays with Chloé Bradwell and Rachel Hopkin

How to Handle the Holidays with Chloé Bradwell and Rachel Hopkin

It’s the last episode of season one and our Christmas special and we are celebrating with two guests! Chloé Bradwell is a Drama practitioner and SWW DTP funded PhD candidate at the University of Exeter and Aberystwyth University. Chloé has held the positions of...

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