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PhD Blog #14: Updates and Goals

We're a few weeks into the new year and nearly four months into the second year of my PhD. This feels like a good time to take stock of where I am and to look forward to the year ahead. Updates: In 2018, I passed my transfer/upgrade viva, won two postgraduate essay prizes (BAAS, BACLS),… Continue reading PhD Blog #14: Updates and Goals

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PhD Blog #13: Planning and the PhD (an update)

In January of this year, I shared my intention to be more organised in my approach to research (read my original post here). I purchased a notebook to use as a bullet journal and sought to plan my time more effectively and to track my working patterns. I have had mixed success with these goals.… Continue reading PhD Blog #13: Planning and the PhD (an update)

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PhD Blog #12: Transfer Viva Anxiety, or A Very Long Day

Tuesday 3rd of July was my birthday, hooray! It was also the date of my transfer viva. The transfer or upgrade viva is a milestone in the PhD process that (hopefully) moves you from provisional to official candidate status. In order to make that move, we have to satisfy a panel of internal readers that… Continue reading PhD Blog #12: Transfer Viva Anxiety, or A Very Long Day

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PhD Blog #11: Taking on Too Much

The first big milestone of my PhD is rapidly approaching. The transfer viva involves submitting a completed chapter of your thesis (c.15,000 words) along with a synopsis outlining the project as the basis for a mini-viva. Succesful completion of the transfer viva is necessary to progress from "probationary" status into a fully-fledged PhD candidature. The… Continue reading PhD Blog #11: Taking on Too Much

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Phd Blog #10: Disillusionment

It's been a long time since I've posted anything on this blog, and one of the biggest reasons for that is the general sense of disillusionment I've been experiencing recently. A lot of positive things have happened since my last post--I've published a couple of book reviews: HERE and HERE, and I've won an essay… Continue reading Phd Blog #10: Disillusionment