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  • Fri 29 May 2015 19:47
  • Fri 29 May 2015 19:25

    From all the sessions of PhD Week (Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th May 2015), we bring you the best info and most useful tips.


    1. When applying for Post-Doctoral funding, read EVERYTHING – so many applicants don’t read the guidelines at all So give yourself the best chance possible and it could make all the difference. (British Academy talk on Post-Doctoral Funding)


    2. Contact your host institution way in advance of your funding application – you’ll need their support early in the process. (British Academy talk on Post-Doctoral Funding)

    3. Your funding referee should ideally be your Viva external examiner: this person is seen as independent enough to give you the best reference.

    4. Don’t underestimate the importance of peer reviewing – it will continue throughout your academic career. It’s a good idea to start with your funding applications!

    5. Complete your application in good timing. You should be looking at it a minimum of 6 months in advance to get all the desired criteria ready.

    6. It’s ok not to be ok - everyone is in the same situation even if they don’t admit it. A lot of people have the same issues – and talking about them can make a huge difference to how you feel. (Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshop)

    7. Don’t miss out on the conversation that is happening online! Research papers are read, on average, six times. If you can increase your paper’s reach with social media, it will have a much bigger impact, and increase the level of citation hugely. Use The Conversation and Journal Map. (‘Social Media and the PhD’, with Professor Andy Miah)

    8. Take an hour out every day to clear your mind – it has a huge impact on your clarity of thought and your productivity. Many don’t do this because it is genuinely hard to stop thinking. But training the brain is like training a muscle – it’s hard as first but rapidly gets easier. (Mindfulness Workshop)

    9. Whatever issue you’re facing, it’s definitely not the first time, and you’re definitely not the only one facing it. PhD students have representatives within the Students’ Union, elected by the student body, who are passionate about your issues and here to help you take action. Email Salma Raheem or Mahamid Ahmed (Research Students’ Officer and Postgraduate Students’ Officer) as a starting point. Don’t stay quiet – the reason LSESU doesn’t act on things is because they don’t know about them. (Demanding Your Rights as a PhD Student at LSE)

    10. Networking is key to securing a good career, but there’s no point forcing it. Raise your confidence by talking to people you don’t know well: it will benefit you when you’re looking for new connections. If you say to someone ‘Hi, I am at LSE in the Management department’ they’ll never respond with ‘Why are you talking to me?’ (Post-Doctoral Careers Session)

  • Fri 29 May 2015 19:03

    We now have less than 3 weeks until Houghton Street closes for the Centre Buildings Redevelopment. Do take time to familiarise yourself with the impact this will have on you - download the latest CBR newsletter


    You can find the info on the CBR website, which is continually being updated as the project progresses.