You either have it or you know someone who does: Imposter syndrome. Spreading like a viral disease across campus and beyond, it may be the reason you become your own biggest enemy. It’s the internalised fear of being outed as a fraud at any moment and could, at worst, stunt your own growth. Let’s talk about it.
Doing a PhD can be hard sometimes. While undergraduate and taught postgraduate students have regular courses to attend, group assignments, clear milestones, and a cohort with whom they share many facets of their university experience, PhD students often find themselves rather isolated on their unique journeys. Thankfully there are blog posts with life hacks for every walk of life – like this one, specifically curated for the PhD experience.
The quiet days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve offer enough room for self-reflection – just in time before the year comes to an end. And with that comes the urge to think of ways we can better ourselves. To help you, our fellow PhD students, slim down your lists of potential items to add to your New Year's resolutions, we took the liberty of rating the classics for you.
Photo by Ana Arantes on Pexels.com So this is likely to be my final blog post for this internship, as I finish up this week. I'll shortly be handing over to new blogger, Anna Rezk, and I really look forward to seeing what she brings to the site! You'll get a proper introduction from her … Continue reading Endings and Beginnings
For our Race Equality Month, we're taking a look back through our archives to share some fascinating articles from previous contributors. Please note this article was originally published in July 2021, so some aspects may be out of date. In this guest post, University of Glasgow PhD researcher Mariana Rios Maldonado discusses her experiences with … Continue reading Learning to Not ‘Unsee’: Racism in Academia
Photo by Godisable Jacob on Pexels.com “I read in research that blacks are lazy and not intelligent” - those were the words uttered by my classmate on the first day of my master’s programme. My heart sunk as I was the only black student in class and also because it was the first time in … Continue reading HIGHER ED & RACE EQUALITY
In this article, Gillian Chu discusses the pros and cons of using social media marketing in your academic life, offering some thought-provoking suggestions on its benefits. Gillian has just completed all the requirements for her PhD (Divinity) at University of St. Andrews. Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash I used to write for (online and … Continue reading Social Media Marketing for Academics: Yay or Nay?
In our latest post, Irene Ros (PhD Researcher at Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, discusses her research on the impact of Italian right-wing terrorism in the 1970s through the perspectives of 17 women who lived through that era. Siamo in linea [We are online] Siamo in linea copyright Irene Ros 2022 Siamo in linea is … Continue reading Irene Ros – Research and Practice
In this first post for August's theme of Women in Research, Amy McTurk-Starkie introduces herself, her role as Gender Equality Doctoral Intern at University of St. Andrews, and the Athena Swan charter. She explains her current work on the initiative, and suggests ways in which you (and your HEI) can get involved. Photo by ThisIsEngineering … Continue reading Gender Equality and the Postgraduate Community
This month, Amy McTurk will be joining me in co-running the blog. She is a PhD researcher in French Studies at University of St. Andrews, and is also the Athena SWAN Doctoral Intern. During August, we'd like to open up the blog to the theme of Women in Research. We'll post up info on Athena … Continue reading August theme – Women in Research