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Am I an imposter? First conference experiences as a PhD student

“Embarking on a doctoral journey is an exciting yet challenging endeavor, filled with numerous milestones and new experiences. Among these experiences, attending academic conferences as a PhD student holds a unique place. However, for many PhD students, the exhilaration of presenting their work at these conferences is accompanied by persistent …

Stronger Together: Moving from Loneliness to Solidarity in Your PhD Journey

The PhD journey can be lonely, especially at the beginning when everything feels uncertain and overwhelming. Peer support is crucial at this time, providing emotional support, encouragement and feedback. In this article, Rhea and Isaac share how they found solidarity during their PhD journeys. Rhea, a PhD student moving to …

‘Let me listen into your heart’ – an NHS Emergency room symphony

Doing our PhD is so much more than just our research. It is a transformation in our way of life. Especially if like me, you have moved abroad to do it. It is a life change – a huge one – and it sometimes feels like a lonely process. Those …

Post Traumatic… Growth?! A Short Musical Documentary

An excerpt from my participatory research, following the experience of a young person at the Center for Adolescent Mental Health, and supporting them in turning their advice to a music video.  Mental health is a positive. That’s what Sam* told me at the Centre for Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), where …

Being aware, or not being aware: that is the question – Mental Health Awareness as a postgraduate student

Could mental health awareness be the key to a successful PhD application?  To answer this question, a good starting point could be sharing a little bit about myself. My name is Koraima, I am from Quito (Ecuador), and I am a first year PhD student in Clinical Psychology. My interests …

Transition from Sporting to Geeking

Back in October 2015, I was competing for an elusive space in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. My sport was canoe slalom; a technically, physically, and mentally demanding sport that requires its athletes to navigate a canoe/kayak through a set course of gates, without touching or missing any of them, …


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