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Posts by Dr Katryna Kalawsky

Introducing your LSU Doctoral Researcher Co-Presidents (2020-21)

Written by Callie Merrick and Nathan Ritchie Callie Merrick: Hello! I am Callie Merrick and I am one half of the LSU Doctoral Researcher Presidents Team for the coming academic year. Myself and Nathan Ritchie will be leading and representing the doctoral community, with almost fifteen years of experience between us. We hope to be […]

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Doctoral placements are a thing!

Written by Naomi Howard – Doctoral Researcher (School of Science – Chemistry) It may come as a surprise to some that doctoral researchers can go on industrial placements. It certainly wasn’t something I was aware of. In this blog post, I talk about my career journey to date, how the placement I undertook from January […]

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Doctoral President Team Update

Written by the Doctoral President Team, Tom Baker (President) and Rieman Rudra (Vice-President) A short update regarding the Presidential Team, PhD Awards, Communication with Senior Management, and our Surveys and Open Letters. Presidential Team Applications Hopefully you have seen the email from Ana-Maria, our LSU Education Executive Officer, that applications are open for the new […]

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” – […]