Category Archives: PhD

PhD Block?

Doing a PhD is very much a self-directed, self-disciplined experience. I write words on a page hoping they will fuse and one day create a novel about a care leaver managing her life from sixteen to eighteen in the late … Continue reading

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Notes from a PhD networking event

Only connect: NAWE PhD network for postgraduates in Creative Writing held a networking event at Birkbeck last Saturday, 3rd December. The afternoon began with an introduction from Seraphima Kennedy, Programme Director for NAWE, who gave a brief overview of how … Continue reading

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Writers in Conversation – Shena Mackay

I travelled to the University of Southampton last week and stayed overnight. This was for two reasons. I had an appointment with my supervisor and was attending Writers in Conversation with Shena Mackay at the Nuffield Theatre on the Monday … Continue reading

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Keynote Speaker #1

I recently travelled to Wales for The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities and the Glyndŵr University Conference:  “Agency – Creating Empowerment through therapeutic childcare and education.” TCTC is a membership charity which supports, promotes, develops and represents the application of therapeutic work across … Continue reading

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Starting a PhD

Earlier this week and still suffering from explosive head syndrome, I went to an introductory talk at the University of Southampton about starting a PhD. After the initial induction, I had been feeling somewhat confused, there were just too many online … Continue reading

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An Independent Researcher

It’s Official! I will do the PhD, I will go to the ball. I was offered a place at the University of Southampton back in February so why the decision now? I’ve spent two years applying for funding. I’ve learnt … Continue reading

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Applications, Supervisors, Funding

A PhD is not something that can happen overnight. The process can take many years depending on whether you are studying part or full-time. Unlike a Masters or Degree, where you just apply to the university, preparing an application for … Continue reading

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PhD Research Journey

I was due to start an English PhD this September but didn’t get the funding. All public funding is extremely difficult to get, even more so now because higher education funding is being decimated. See more about my Funding journey … Continue reading

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