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Blog posts by Chris Banyard

Here you can stay up to date with important postgraduate news, funding developments, international study advice and humour.

You can view a selection of our latest articles, or select from the list of topics below.



 by Chris Banyard posted on 20 Oct '21 20 Oct '21

Transferable PhD Skills – and What They *Really* Mean

We've taken a light-hearted look at the true translation of the transferable skills you'll gain during a PhD.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 16 Sep '21 16 Sep '21

Preparing for your PhD: 5 Top Tips Before You Start a PhD

About to start your PhD? Here are five handy pieces of advice to begin in the best way.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 26 Aug '21 26 Aug '21

How to do Research Engagement on your PhD

Research engagement is becoming increasingly important for PhD students to consider. Here's our guide on how to achieve impact, outreach and commercialisation in your PhD

 by Chris Banyard posted on 29 Jun '20 29 Jun '20

6 Useful Social Media Sites for Prospective PhD Students

Social media can be harnessed for creating an effective online CV, networking, communicating your research, and keeping up-to-date with research.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 21 Dec '18 21 Dec '18

Best of 2018 - Our Most Popular Blogs This Year

In a year that saw the UK’s new PhD loan scheme roll out, three UK universities ministers, and Brexit drama, we reflect on the most-read blogs of 2018.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 20 Dec '18 20 Dec '18

7 Other People Involved in your PhD

You're not on your own when doing a doctorate degree. Here's everyone else involved in your PhD.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 13 Dec '18 13 Dec '18

6 Ways to Sabotage your PhD

Completing a doctorate can be a huge challenge, and self-sabotaging behaviour really doesn't help - here's what to avoid on your PhD.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 29 Nov '18 29 Nov '18

Learning to be a Screw-up – The Paradoxes of Postgrad Science

The transition to postgraduate Science can be full of contradictions, and sometimes mastering the transition means learning to do things wrong.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 15 Nov '18 15 Nov '18

5 Steps to Deal with Postgrad Rejection

What's the best way to move on from a postgraduate degree rejection? Here are some steps for getting over it

 by Chris Banyard posted on 31 Oct '18 31 Oct '18

How Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Funding Actually Works

A student story of how a UK Research Council Funded Studentship really works