On a flight home from a teaching block last week, there was a medical emergency on the plane. The crew, as they do in these situations, asked for a doctor to make himself or herself known (and then asked for any medical professional to come forward). A Swedish doctor sitting next to me stood up, … Continue reading Not ‘that’ kind of doctor
A friend of mine asked me recently how I managed to finish a PhD in three and a bit years, with a full-time job and a full-time homelife. I found it quite hard to answer her, especially given that, in retrospect, my PhD doesn't seem all that difficult now (kind of like when you have … Continue reading Setting up, maintaining, mending your support systems
I follow 'Shit Academics Say' on Facebook, and the inspiration for this post comes from a post on their feed (similar to the image below). PhD students have such a range of experiences of, and feelings about, doing their PhDs. A basic sense of human psychology tells us that repressing emotions and feelings, positive or negative, can … Continue reading My PhD is… How do you represent your PhD to yourself and others?
I had a conversation with a dear friend of mine a few weeks ago about her PhD, which is floundering a little at the moment and is a source of great stress and anxiety right now. Rather than something she looks forward to working on, her PhD is a millstone around her neck, and she … Continue reading Can you quit your PhD?
This is a post for all the partners of PhD students, going through many of the ups and downs of the PhD process with their student-partner. Our partners - boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, lifepartners, good friends even - are a very big part of our PhD journeys, and they share in the anxieties, the lostness … Continue reading Experiencing a PhD journey by proxy