Advice on maintaining good mental health

 

PhDs can be lonely, isolated places. These resources will be useful if your PhD impacts upon your overall wellbeing.

The new normal isn’t so new anymore. 

The new normal isn’t so new anymore. 

Devastated by unexpected constructive feedback? Take time to rage against the feedback then look after yourself and start again. Supervisors only give you feedback to help you pass your PhD, hard though it is to hear.

Pandemics, PhDs and Blind Luck

Pandemics, PhDs and Blind Luck

So many PhD students aren’t getting the support they deserve during Covid. It’s making a difficult task almost impossible.

6 ways to overcome PhD loneliness

6 ways to overcome PhD loneliness

PhDs can be the loneliest places in the world. You may be part of a bigger cohort of students in your department, but ultimately it’s down to you to power on through, turn up every day, make decisions and deal with problems. It’s you that has to carry around the weight and anxiety that accompany your PhD, and it’s you who has to constantly find a way over what seem like insurmountable hurdles, problems and sticking points.

There’s no place for struggle-porn in academia

There’s no place for struggle-porn in academia

Ever slept under your desk? I have. I was proud of it. It was something to boast about the next day. People admired me because of the amount of work I was putting into my PhD. Awful, right?

How attached to your PhD thesis are you?

How attached to your PhD thesis are you?

If you’re anything like I was, your PhD thesis is like your baby. You’ve bought it into the world and you’ll die for it. It’s tested you, pushed you harder than you ever thought possible and bought your to tears many, many times.

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Mastering your theory and literature review chapters

In this collection of resources, we’ll explain all you need to know about planning and writing an effective literature review.
plan PhD chapters

How to structure and write every chapter of the PhD

In this collection, we’ll walk you through each chapter of your thesis. You’ll learn what goes where and how it fits together.
PhD motivation

How to stay motivated and productive

In these resources, we discuss the emotional challenges of doing a PhD, and offer tips to help you stay engaged and motivated.
PhD writing fluency

Techniques to improve your writing and fluency

Writing’s not that easy. Here you’ll learn simple techniques to write more effectively and convincingly.
PhD mental health

Advice on maintaining good mental health

PhDs can be lonely, isolated places. These resources will be useful if your PhD impacts upon your overall wellbeing.
ESL PhD students

Resources designed for non-native English speakers

Writing a PhD when English isn’t your first language can throw up unique challenges. Here you’ll learn how to overcome them.
PhD Survival Pack

A free, customisable PhD survival pack

This free PhD Survival Pack is one of the most comprehensive guides to finishing (and surviving) your PhD.
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A free one-page PhD structure template

Using this free PhD writing template, you can quickly visualise every element of your thesis.
How to write a literature review

Explore our back-catalogue of motivational advice

Each day we send out a short, motivational email to over 4,000 students. Here you can sign up and access the archive.