As a part-time PhD student in the Department of Education, I often get asked how I manage to find the time to fit everything in. In addition to studying for my PhD, I also work two days a week supporting young people who are at risk of exclusion from school. To top it all off, … Continue reading Balancing PhD study and family life: what’s PG study really like?
Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is an organisation for postgraduate students (Masters and PhD students) that arranges activities. It provides support in students’ academic and well-being. As a postgraduate student, I have been involved in different kinds of activities, ranging from welcome week events, parties and trips. I have met a lot of new friends and … Continue reading What is GSA? What does it involve?
Being a parent as well as a PhD student means that sometimes the two spheres of your life overlap. This happens for me when I need to attend supervision meetings at the university campus. As it is a long journey for me from home to campus (I live in Cambridge), and the most practical childcare … Continue reading PhD student supervisions with a toddler: the campus environment
Having taken a gap year after my undergraduate degree, I had a lot of time to decide on which universities to apply to. I grew up in Greece, did my Bachelor’s Degree in Turkey during which I spent six months in Italy with the Erasmus+ Programme. Thus, I have experienced various education systems and it … Continue reading To Choose and Be Chosen by the University of York
Summer is here! This means the end of lectures, some (hopefully) consistent weather, and for me and my year-group; a long run-up to the final dissertation hand-in. With all my teaching now completed, I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on the year and share five things I wish I’d known at the start … Continue reading 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before my Masters’
It’s not often something we like to talk about, but it’s an unavoidable fact that starting a PhD doesn’t just require time and effort, but can also be major a financial commitment. That said, there are several routes and options for funding postgraduate study. Whether you’re lucky enough to receive a research council studentship, decide … Continue reading The F Word: Funding Postgraduate Research
In March 2018 York was named the UK’s best place to live by The Sunday Times and, having lived here myself for a little under two years now, I can’t say I’m surprised! But what makes York such a great place to live and study as a PhD student? For me, York is a perfect … Continue reading Living and learning in York as a Postgraduate Research Student
Hello! Seeing as it’s the reason I’m here in York, I thought I’d do this blog on my degree itself. I’m studying for an MSc in Forensic Speech Science as part of the Department of Language and Linguistic Science. I promise I won’t over-burden you with every module, but I want to give you a … Continue reading What’s in a Master’s?
My name is Alice and I’m a postgraduate research student studying for a PhD with the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies. There are a lot of myths about what it’s like to be a PhD student, but what does a week in the life of a doctoral researcher … Continue reading A Week in the Life of a Postgraduate Research Student
The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study can be a little overwhelming. Here’s what it’s been like for me. I’m currently a Masters student in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science studying Forensic Speech Science – which is a mouthful to say all at once. I graduated from my Linguistics BA last July here … Continue reading Undergrad to postgrad transition