- starting the phd – comparing and contrasting papers
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- conferencing your way through doctoral research
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- buffering your thesis
- why do I feel afraid to share my journal paper with the wider world? is this Imposter Syndrome?
- the writing is never done – a post for #acwrimo
- beyond the CV, or: how I learned to stop worrying and love my subject association
- things to do during your PhD – organise an event
- things to do during your Phd – an internship, with granola
- starting the PhD – don’t panic
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