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How to Thrive & Survive in Your PhD

Welcome to this exciting new chapter as you begin your PhD journey!

We hope you’ve had a great start to the year so far and are settling into your programme well, whether here in York or from afar.

So right now, you might still be trying to process all the information you’ve recently received.

You might be buzzing with loads of questions, or just raring to go!

Or maybe you’re trying to figure out what PhD life will really be like in the next few years.

Or you’d simply like to meet some other PhD researchers and hear their experiences.

If so, please come along to one of the How to Thrive & Survive in Your PhD sessions, organised by PhDs for PhDs!

You’ll hear personal experiences from other PhD students who are on the same journey as you (just a little further along), and some post-docs who have recently graduated and have wisdom to share from ‘the other side’.

They’ll share their stories, offer insights about the joys and challenges of doing doctoral research, and offer practical suggestions for making the most of your time in the PhD.

These are safe, supported peer-only sessions where you’ll get to learn about aspects of the doctoral experience that are not commonly found in most official literature around doing a PhD.

There’ll also be lots of opportunity for small group discussion, to ask questions, and to meet and connect with other new PhD researchers from all departments who have just started.

There’s also a session especially for international students, where we’ll talk more about adapting to life, culture and the educational system in York/UK.

All details are below, or contact the PGR Liaison Officer (Jamie) if you have any queries: PGR-liaison-officer@york.ac.uk

How to Thrive & Survive in your PhD (main sessions)

  • Wednesday 28 October 2020 OR Wednesday 10 February 2021
  • 1 – 3pm GMT
  • Via Zoom (link will be emailed out a few days before. Please register to receive the link)

More details about the session and registration on Skillsforge.


How to Thrive & Survive as an International PhD Student

  • Thurs 19 November 2020
  • 1 – 3pm GMT
  • Via Zoom (link will be emailed out a few days before. Please register to receive the link)

More details about the session and registration on Skillsforge.

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