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This is the podcast for you if you are currently doing a PhD; are working with PhD students; or just living with someone who is on a PhD journey.

The PhD Life Raft will focus on sharing insights and experiences around some common issues like anxiety, procrastination, precariousness, imposter syndrome, and work-life balance. We will talk to students, supervisors and experts in the field of wellbeing and mental health and share actionable tips and additional resources.

Doing a PhD is tough. The PhD Life Raft is here to help you get through.

The PhD Life Raft Podcas‪t‬ Dr Emma Brodzinski

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This is the podcast for you if you are currently doing a PhD; are working with PhD students; or just living with someone who is on a PhD journey.

The PhD Life Raft will focus on sharing insights and experiences around some common issues like anxiety, procrastination, precariousness, imposter syndrome, and work-life balance. We will talk to students, supervisors and experts in the field of wellbeing and mental health and share actionable tips and additional resources.

Doing a PhD is tough. The PhD Life Raft is here to help you get through.

    How to Finish Your Thesis with Rowena Murray

    How to Finish Your Thesis with Rowena Murray

    This week’s episode is all about getting to the finish line of your PhD!
     
    Rowena Murray runs writing retreats for writers - with a particular specialism in working with academics and doctoral students.  Her publications include How to Write a Thesis, Writing for Academic Journals and How to Survive Your Viva.
     
    In this episode we talk about what Rowena calls the ‘endgame’ of the thesis.  This is the moment when you are looking to draw together your work into a coherent document.
     
    Rowena explores the shift in focus from your supervisor(s) to your examiners and how make sure you address the criterion for the doctorate.
     
    She then talks about the potential support to be found in writing with other people and the benefits of focus and accountability it can bring.
     
    Finally Rowena suggests writing a 750 word summary of your thesis that highlights the macro-argument of your work as a tool for reflection and development.
     
    You can find out more about Rowena’s work here:
    www.Anchorage-education.co.uk
    www.facebook.com/groups/rmwriting/



    As always, let us know your thoughts and things that you have found useful on your PhD journey at: phdliferaft@yahoo.com



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    • 24 min
    Creativity and Mental Health as a PhD Student

    Creativity and Mental Health as a PhD Student

    This week’s episode explores creativity, mental health and the PhD process.
     
    Theo Stickley trained in mental health nursing and then did an MA in Counselling and qualified as a counsellor and worked as a nurse. In 2000 he began teaching at the University of Nottingham where he worked until 2019 when he retired. His PhD was in the arts and mental health. He supervised 11 PhD students and has externally examined 15 theses. He has 140 publications and now volunteers with a charity befriending asylum-seekers and refugees.
     
    Theo talks about the PhD as a creative process and points to the importance of keeping a reflexive journal that documents the discoveries that you are making as part of your research “adventure” as he calls it!
     
    He also talks about how tapping into your own creative intuition can help you if you are feeling stuck on your PhD journey.
     
    We also talk about choosing a supervisor with a view to seeing if you can develop a good relationship with that person and not relying solely on academic credentials for your choice of examiner.
     
    Finally Theo explains why there is no need to worry about your viva!
     
    You find out more about Theo here:
    Work website:     https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/healthsciences/people/theo.stickley1
    Personal website:  https://theostickley.co.uk/
     
    Click here for Theo’s Top Ten Tips
     
    Let us know what you think of this episode at: phdliferaft@yahoo.com



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    • 33 min
    Financial Considerations for PhD Students with Emily Roberts

    Financial Considerations for PhD Students with Emily Roberts

    This episode deals with the financial impact of undertaking a PhD.
     
    Emily Roberts is a personal finance educator specializing in early-career PhDs based in the U.S.  Emily draws on her own experience as a graduate student to support others to make the most of their money.
     
    In this conversation we talk about the ‘opportunity cost’ of doctoral study and the potential stress of financial pressures.  
     
    We also talk about recognising - and challenging! - the scarcity mindset of academia.
     
    Emily also offers some useful tips for managing your financial situation.
     
    You can find out more about Emily’s work here: http://www.PFforPhDs.com
     
     
     
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    • 31 min
    The Realities of the PhD Process with Nick Rowe

    The Realities of the PhD Process with Nick Rowe

    This week’s episode takes an honest look at the realities of the PhD journey.
     
    Nick Rowe describes himself as a “trans-disciplinary educationalist”, with interests in scientific communication and academic/professional development. He is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and the Society for Education and Training and worked as a lecturer in the UK but is now based in Finland.
     
    Nick’s latest book is The Realities of Completing a PhD: How to Plan for Success and it draws on international data to explore key issues such as wellbeing, work-life balance and employment prospects for PhD students.
     
    In this conversation we talk about the sense of disorientation that new PhD students might feel and what may be behind it.  We also talk about the challenges of the supervisor-student relationship and the wider systemic elements that may impact on your journey through the PhD.
     
    Nick emphasizes the importance of independent learning and encourages doctoral students to see themselves as experts in their own field from the very beginning.
     
    Here is the link to Nick’s book: https://www.routledge.com/The-Realities-of-Completing-a-PhD-How-to-Plan-for-Success/Rowe/p/book/9780367677626
     
    And a link to more information on his work: 
     
    https://www.thephdlab.com/phd-in-finland/





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    • 27 min
    Coping with Stress in the PhD Process with Jenny Mercer

    Coping with Stress in the PhD Process with Jenny Mercer

    This week’s episode deals with an issue that many of us are grappling with - stress.
     
    Jenny Mercer is Reader in Qualitative Approaches to Applied Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her research interests focus on experiential enquiries of student experience and the impact of green care and outdoor activities on health and wellbeing. She is the Graduate Studies Co-ordinator for doctoral candidates in Health Sciences, and leads the Doctoral Wellbeing Initiative within the university. As a supervisor, chair of vivas and examiner of doctoral theses, much of her working week focuses on doctoral education in some shape or form so she has a lot of wisdom to share!
     
    In this episode we talk about conducting experiential research and the development of Jenny’s own work in this field.
     
    We also explore the potential sources of stress for PhD students as well as strategies for coping with it.
     
    We also touch upon the importance of recognising you are not on your own and of sharing information and resources.
     
    Here is the link to Jenny’s research and contact information: https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/staff/Pages/Dr-Jenny-Mercer.aspx
     
    Here is the link to the material on the Eisenhower Matrix that Jenny discusses in the episode: https://www.eisenhower.me/eisenhower-matrix/



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    • 26 min
    The Problems and Pleasures of Practice-based Research with Kat Low

    The Problems and Pleasures of Practice-based Research with Kat Low

    In this episode the fabulous Kat Low shares her experience of practice-based research - particularly her fieldwork in South Africa.
    Kat is a research-practitioner in the field of applied theatre and sexual health with a commitment to feminist-led research.  Her practice lies in creating participatory-led theatre and creative arts-based practice with local communities to explore and gain greater understanding of the key sexual health concerns they face.  She has published articles on theatre and health in a number of journals and co-edited Applied Theatre: Performing Health & Wellbeing (2017) with Dr Veronica Baxter for Methuen Bloomsbury. Kat’s monograph,  Applied Theatre and Sexual Health Communication: Apertures of Possibility for Palgrave Macmillan is about to be published. 
    During our discussion Kat stresses the importance of working in collaboration with all the stakeholders as co-researchers. She talks about the centrality of creating safe spaces for people to work in and how honesty is key.  
    Kat also talks about self-care as a researcher and the importance of acknowledging that the work is just part of your wider life experience.  
    Kat reflects on the challenges of researching during the pandemic and how social media and technology can open up possibilities for creative connections.
    You can make contact with Kat via email: Katharine.Low@cssd.ac.uk or via twitter: @katlow17
     
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    • 30 min

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