This PhD Life

This PhD Life is a one-day symposium held twice every year (in October and January) and consists of a series of short talks from current PGRs and ECRs. Speakers share their experiences and top tips relating to the PhD experience, interspersed with panel Q and A sessions throughout the day.

The event is open to all PGRs but is focussed towards those who have recently started their PhD journey.

Follow the hashtag on social media #ThisUofGPhDLife during the event for updates.

Recordings from our previous symposia are available below, and on our Researcher Development Training Resources Moodle.


This PhD Life October 2022

For more information check back in Autumn 2022.

The call for papers will open in late summer ahead of the October 2022 conference. Check this webpage and the UofG PGRs Twitter for updates.


Call for Papers (January 2022)

What insider knowledge do you wish someone had told you at the start of your PhD?   How to make the most of conferences?  How to navigate your literature review?  What it’s like to teach for the first time?  How to deal with changes in your project?  How to have a happy relationship with your supervisor?   

We'd like to invite current doctoral and early career researchers to share their experiences with our new first years at This PhD Life, now in it's second year!  This would be a great opportunity to reflect on how far you’ve come, to try out presenting online, and to make a real difference to the experience of new PhD students. 

We’re looking for talks of around 10-15 minutes. We want to know what worked, what didn’t work, what you learned, and how that can benefit new researchers.  We also welcome alternative formats, such as slideshows, digital posters, short videos, or infographics. For example, you might talk about: 

How to manage your workload 

How to manage your supervisor 

How to be a good lab partner 

Balancing research and employment 

What it’s like to be a GTA 

How to manage working from home 

Dealing with unexpected changes to the direction of your research 

What it’s like to do a PhD part-time 

Being an international PGR 

Adapting methodology to changing situations 

What does a PhD actually look like? 

Rediscovering the library as a researcher 

Becoming a writer 

How to have an academic online presence 

Coming up with a chapter plan 

Managing your wellbeing 

Experiences in fieldwork 

Managing a self-funded PhD 

A practice-based PGR experience 

Balancing a PhD with caring responsibilities

Making research connections