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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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PhDiary #11: “My brain had melted” – My Viva Experience

Having now completed her PhD, Hannah recounts what her viva was like and the impact it had on her life.

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PhDiary #10: “Are you good enough?” – Prepping for the Viva

Having passed her viva this summer, Hannah shares how she prepared for the big day in the penultimate instalment of the PhDiary.

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PhDiary #9 “Breathe a sigh of sweet relief” – Handing in the PhD thesis

In this next edition of the PhDiary, Hannah talks about what it's like to hand in the PhD thesis.

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PhDiary #8 “It’s ok to not be ok” – Writing a PhD Thesis

Writing a PhD thesis is no easy task. Here's one student's experience and advice for new students.

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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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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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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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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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