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The PhD Place

Supported by the Midlands Graduate School

The PhD Place is an online community dedicated to supporting researchers at all stages of their academic journey. The platform provides a space for researchers to engage with one another through blog posts, discussions, and sharing their experiences. They organize workshops, webinars, and events that cover various topics relevant to the doctoral journey. These resources and opportunities enable researchers to enhance their skills, broaden their knowledge, and expand their professional network.

PhD Writing Club

If you’re on the hunt for an online writing group to get those words flowing, look no further than the PhD Writing Club.

It’s an online postgraduate community led by researchers which comes together to boost productivity and make real progress on their academic work.

PhD Stories

Discover a wealth of resources for your doctoral journey, brought to you by The PhD Place online community. Explore a curated collection of featured articles and talks covering a wide range of topics, including scholarships, data collection, procrastination strategies, publishing advice, and valuable insights into career development. This project actively encourages current doctoral researchers to publish their stories and insights on their website.

PhD Applications In The Social Sciences: A Beginner’s Guide

Looking for guidance on pursuing a PhD in the social sciences? This article outlines two main routes to obtaining a PhD, written by one of our MGS-funded researchers. Amelia walks you through advice on how to find supervisors, create proposals, and apply for funding.

What to do after your PhD offer: Celebrate, Rest and Plan

After accepting your PhD offer

This article suggests a number of places to start, such as building a good relationship with your supervisor, networking with your peers, planning your move and checking out any additional course requirements.

Who am I? The Role of 'Imposter Syndrome' within my Doctoral Journey so Far

Tackling imposter syndrome

Jess Wythe talks about her experience with imposter syndrome, an issue that many in academia can relate to but is not often discussed. She discusses her feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy and how she learned to cope with them.

Managing PhD Stress and Staying Motivated

Managing PhD Stress and motivation

A research journey is a rollercoaster ride with its fair share of ups and downs. If we can enjoy the happy moments, we can overcome the things which pull us down. Let us see our PhD as a solo adventure trek, rather than a track race.

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PhD Writing Club

Join our researcher-led PhD online writing community. We meet once a week on Teams to provide a structured environment to boost productivity. It’s free to attend and open to all.

Whether you’re diving into your dissertation, working on journal articles, or tackling any other research project, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow researchers in a laid-back and encouraging atmosphere. It’s like a virtual write-in with other struggling procrastinators.

PhD Talks

Adrienne Darrah discusses the advantages and difficulties of pursuing a PhD later in life, and presents reasons why you should contemplate undertaking a PhD as an older student in this talk.