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by Hannah Slack

05 May 2022

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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by Hannah Slack

17 Mar 2022

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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by Hannah Slack

20 May 2021

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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by Hannah Slack

11 Feb 2021

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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by Hannah Slack

15 Jan 2021

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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by Hannah Slack

14 Dec 2020

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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by Hannah Slack

08 Oct 2020

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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