Top 4 tips for surviving the first year of your PhD

Every year of the PhD is hard. Year 2 is host to the dreaded ‘second year slump’, when you still have a long way to go, but the novelty and newness of doing your PhD is wearing off. Year 3 is full of the pressure of writing and editing, picking examiners and choosing when you … Continue reading Top 4 tips for surviving the first year of your PhD

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Top 5 tips for writing your PhD

Being almost 3 years into my PhD, I’ve written my fair share of academic writing. This also means that I’ve had a huge amount of feedback from my supervisor on my writing style. There are some mistakes that I’ve made (and continue making), which I wish I had got out of the habit of doing … Continue reading Top 5 tips for writing your PhD

How many hours should you spend on the clock, and when should you spend them?

When you start a PhD, you’ll often hear that your research should be treated like a 9 to 5 job. If you’re like me, this will probably cause you to panic and question what on earth you’re doing – don’t a lot of us start PhDs because we secretly didn’t want a 9-5 job?! I … Continue reading How many hours should you spend on the clock, and when should you spend them?

Library antagonisms

Our latest guest blog comes from Charlie, a first-year PhD student in the Architecture by Design program at the University of Edinburgh.  He is studying the architecture of prisons and the potential for such architecture to directly exert moral influence upon inmates.  And he is tired of hearing references to Foucault. I went to the National Library … Continue reading Library antagonisms

Meta-prisons, or, Imprisonizing introspections upon investigations of incarceration

Our latest guest blog comes from Charlie, a first-year PhD researcher in the Architecture By Design program at the University of Edinburgh.  His research is on the architecture of prisons, and perhaps someday he will design you a new home. I’m a doctoral researcher studying the architecture of prisons with the goal of developing improved … Continue reading Meta-prisons, or, Imprisonizing introspections upon investigations of incarceration