Just Keep Swimming: what can you do when your research goes one step forwards and two steps back?

Every PhD student goes through that stage when they think ‘I am never, ever, going to finish this’. Fortunately, that’s not true, and we do eventually crawl, dance, or stagger to the end. Unfortunately, in my experience at least, these thoughts come up time and time again, so how do we cope with that worry

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Smart reading for academic papers (or ‘How To Tackle Literature Mountain’)

Like many postgrad students, I started my PhD by ambitiously stacking up the literature, downloading article after article, and telling myself I would ‘read it ALL’. I started reading… making notes… carefully filing papers away, and then completely forgetting what they were about. Sometimes I’d file an article and realize I already had a copy

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Writing your first paper: what I’ve learnt from my own mistakes

It’s not easy to start writing.  For me, the process is time consuming and often frustrating, but it’s also very satisfying once all your hard work and exciting results are neatly down on paper and ready to share with the world.  It takes practice to get it right (I’m definitely still practicing), but there are

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Breaking through the language barrier: stories and advice from three international research scientists

If you love travel, new cities,different cultures and people, then there are some major perks to working in academia.  If a place has a university, it’s a potential workplace and home. In addition to the excitement of travelling the world for work, there are some serious benefits to living and working away from your home

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The most common – and fixable – mistakes in science writing by international students

Postgraduate study is hard. Students face new challenges and have expectations that go far beyond what was required at undergraduate level. For international students there are additional hurdles. Studying in a new country requires adjusting to a new system and for some, it means studying in English for the first time. Students are required to

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