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My part-time PhD experience

Written by Dr Han Newman I’m sure we are all very aware of the potentially all-consuming nature of a PhD. Even when we’re not directly working on it, it tends to be on our minds. Perhaps we’re thinking through decisions that need to be made regarding methodology, ethics, or data analysis. Or perhaps we’re thinking […]

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Wellbeing support for doctoral researchers

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky If you are experiencing difficulties at the moment (for whatever reason) please don’t face them alone. Help is never far away and there is absolutely no shame in reaching out to others for support and guidance – in fact, it shows courage. Sometimes we all need a little helping hand […]

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Motivational messages for doctoral researchers!

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky Looking for a motivational boost? Then look no further! Below are several encouraging, take home messages written specifically for doctoral researchers by staff at Loughborouh University with doctorates! “You’re stronger than you think. What you’re doing is really, really hard – never forget that. Get as much help from those […]

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Taking time out during your doctorate

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky I’ve never been that savvy when it comes to fixing appliances. Usually, if something I own isn’t working properly, i’ll often resort to turning it off and on again and most of the time it does the trick. It’s the same with my brain. If i’m finding that i’m not […]

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What was the best piece of advice that you received during your doctorate?

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky Hindsight is a great thing…and so is foresight! Drawing both together, I thought it would be useful to our current doctoral researchers to share what some members of staff at Loughborough University considered to be the best piece of advice that they received during their doctorate: “Just get writing” – […]

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Finding your doctorate challenging? You aren’t alone but it will be OK!

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky Undertaking a doctorate is a unique experience for each and every doctoral researcher; no one else is doing the same project and everyone has different academic and personal circumstances. Although I don’t want to appear hypocritical because my last blog post ‘What do people enjoy most about their doctoral experience?’ […]

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What do people enjoy most about their doctoral experience?

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky As someone who has a keen interest in Doctoral Wellbeing, when I’ve read the literature in this important area, I’ve noticed that whilst it’s now common to learn about potential/actual challenges that doctoral researchers may face/have faced, it’s less common for papers and reports to showcase the positive aspects of […]

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Why doctoral researchers are important!

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky It should come to no surprise to those that know me, even just fractionally, that I think KNOW doctoral researchers are awesome and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with and support such inspiring people – not just in my Doctoral College role but also as a […]

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Is undertaking a doctorate beneficial?

Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky “Is undertaking a doctorate beneficial?” – that’s a question I occasionally asked myself before and sometimes during my doctorate and it’s often a question i’m asked during postgraduate open evenings or when i’m chatting with a doctoral researcher experiencing the ‘2nd year blues’… Being honest, when I experienced my research […]