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  Hannah Slack

Hannah joined FindaUniversity in 2020 as one of our Content Writers. Currently studying a PhD herself, she’s with us part-time to write engaging content and provide the perspective of a postgraduate student.

She has a Bachelors degree in History from the University of East Anglia and a Masters from the University of Sheffield where she is also researching for her doctorate on early modern seafarers.

Aside from swashbuckling sailors, she loves writing about the realities of postgraduate study to help future students prepare. While she stands by her years of education as being some of the best of her life, she’s well aware they haven’t always been the easiest.


Latest blogs from Hannah Slack

The Top 5 Universities in Germany for Postgraduate Study

Considering studying abroad in Germany? From Munich to Berlin, using the world rankings we''ve taken a look at Germany''s best universities for Masters and PhD study.

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PhDiary #6 Teaching during the PhD: Online vs In-Person

There has been lots of discussion about online university seminars from the undergraduate perspective, but what about from the many PhD students who lead them? For the next PhDiary, Hannah compares her different teaching experiences.

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The Four Stages of a PhD

Each year of a PhD brings a set of new experiences and challenges. So if you''re looking to start a doctorate soon, here''s a little sneak peak at what you''re in for.

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My Supervisor’s an Alien

Ever thought your supervisor acts a bit strange? Do they have odd habits or not seem to sleep? If you answered yes then they might be an alien. They're more common than you think!

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10 Ways to be a Good PhD Student

There's a lot of things that go into being a good PhD student. From managing your time effectively to maintaining a productive relationship with your supervisor. Here are the top ten things you should be doing.

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PhDiary #7 “You’re Not Expected to Know Everything” – My Confirmation Review Experience

The confirmation review can be pretty intimidating. For this edition of the PhDiary, Hannah talks about her experience of the confirmation review and offers some advice for first year PhD students.

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Our Top Books for PhD Students

There are lots of advice books out there for PhD students. We've taken a look at some of the most popular that all students could benefit from.

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PhDiary #5 ‘The First Draft Always Sucks’ – Preparing for the Confirmation Review

It's time for a new edition of the PhDiary! In this blog History student Hannah recounts how she prepared for the confirmation review and offers some advice on what not to do.

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PhD Firsts: A Timeline of Doctoral Research

Did you know the PhD has been around since the twelfth century?In this blog let us take you through the sands of time and remember some of world''s PhD firsts.

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6 Tips for Acing Your Online Postgraduate Interview

As more interviews are being conducted online, we've curated some new top tips for acing your postgraduate interview!

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6 Things to Consider Before Working During a PhD

Working during a PhD isn't easy, but it is doable. We've picked out some important things to consider before you take on a new job.

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PhDiary #4 “Is it Really as Bad as Everyone Says?” - 5 Things I Learnt in My First Year

The first year is a funny one. If you're just starting, or thinking of applying, then you probably have a lot of questions about how to do a PhD. Here are just a few things that I've learnt along the way.

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PhDiary #3: “The Most Embarrassing Moment of My Life” - Conferencing Heaven and Conferencing Hell

Conferences can be stressful. Mistakes will be made. I hope you find some entertainment in my worst event experience yet.

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PhDiary #2: “What is Normal Anyway?” – My Average Work Week

Worried you're not putting in enough hours? Or just curious about the average work week of a PhD student? For this edition of the PhDiary I discuss how I found and perfected my work schedule.

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PhDiary #1: “Everything is on Fire, but This is Fine” - My First Week

Welcome to our PhDiary! To kick this series off, Hannah reminisces about her first week as a History PhD student. From the fiery flames of stress to the warm moments of success, hopefully her story can offer some insight and solace.

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10 Feelings You’ll Have Starting a PhD

Starting a PhD can be pretty scary. If you're wondering how your first couple of weeks might go then check out this blog where Hannah recounts her personal experience.

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How to Develop your Research Ideas from Masters to PhD

A good topic can be the make or break of a PhD. Here are a few tips on how to find inspiration in your Masters research and develop your ideas for a potential PhD topic.

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5 Simple Ways to Find a Potential PhD Supervisor

Having a good supervisor is important for both you and your project. We've put together a few ways to help you find some potential options.

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The Realities of Funding a PhD with the UK Doctoral Loan

Have your funding applications been unsuccessful? This blog discusses what it''s like to self fund with a UK doctoral loan, and what it might mean for your studies.

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5 Ways to Connect with the Academic Community from Home

The uncertain impact of coronavirus on the next academic year has left many questioning the logistics of an accessible postgraduate community. We have looked into how you can interact with academics and postgraduates from home.

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