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How to Enjoy Writing Your PhD with Dee Reynolds

How to Enjoy Writing Your PhD with Dee Reynolds

This week we are exploring how to enjoy writing your PhD! Our guest Dee Reynolds is a proofreader and copy editor, and an academic writing mentor.  She is a Professor Emerita (French Studies, University of Manchester) with a long career in research and publishing...

Surviving the Job Market with Jeff Weingarten

Surviving the Job Market with Jeff Weingarten

We are back for Season Three!! I do hope that you found some time over Easter to rest and feel ready for the new term?  As if we ever feel ready for the new term?!! This week’s guest is Jeff Weingarten who is a Professor of Language and Liberal Studies at...

Mindfulness and the PhD Process with Allan Kilner-Johnson

Mindfulness and the PhD Process with Allan Kilner-Johnson

Mindfulness and the PhD Process It’s the last episode of Season Two! Allan Kilner-Johnson shares his own journey through his PhD and into his mindfulness practice.  Allan is a mindfulness meditation teacher alongside his work as a Senior Lecturer in English...

Reflective Journaling for the PhD Process

Reflective Journaling for the PhD Process

This week’s guest is Nicole Brown - Director of Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd. and Lecturer in Education at the UCL Institute of Education.  Nicole was awarded her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent for her thesis “The ‘I’ in...

How to finish your thesis with Rowena Murray

How to finish your thesis with Rowena Murray

This week’s episode is all about getting to the finish line of your PhD! Rowena Murray runs writing retreats for writers - with a particular specialism in working with academics and doctoral students.  Her publications include How to Write a Thesis, Writing for...

Creativity and Mental Health as a PhD Student

Creativity and Mental Health as a PhD Student

This week’s episode explores creativity, mental health and the PhD process. Theo Stickley trained in mental health nursing and then did an MA in Counselling and qualified as a counsellor and worked as a nurse. In 2000 he began teaching at the University of Nottingham...

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...

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