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For those of you who are approaching the end of your studies or have recently finished, there are plenty of resources out there to help with the transition.

Dr Katherine L Wheat, a postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University writes the Life After Thesis blog. Take a look at her post on the Top 10 Post-PhD Resources. Her suggestions cover all elements of post-PhD life including how to prepare for an academic career, dealing with uncertainty and finding a strong support network. The new twitter chat for early career researchers - #ECRchat - is intended for the discussion of post-PhD career issues. The next chat takes place on Thursday 6th September, so join in!

PhD2Published features on our blog roll and is a great resource for early career academics seeking to publish their first book. The site also offers tips and advice on:
Pitching to publishersDesigning a publishing strategyPresenting at conferencesWriting articles and booksWriting grant proposalsUsing social media for research a…


A quick reminder about the Postgraduate Enterprise Fellowships on offer. Training will be starting in mid September but you still have time to apply. Email Rajinder Bhuhi (Enterprise Learning Officer) or
Tas Gohir (Intellectual Property Manager) for further information.  

Internships are a great way to enhance your employability and develop new skills. Keep an eye on the PhD Internships page for opportunites available to Leicester researchers.Vitae has gathered a collection of case studies if you want to read more about the benefits that placements/internships can bring.

Call for 2012-13 Research Student Members

The Postgraduate Research Policy Committee is currently seeking four research student members to join the Committee in 2012-13 and provide student input to the Committee's work.

The Committee is one of the University's senior decision-making bodies and reports directly to the University Senate. Serving as one of the Committee's research student members gives you the chance to contribute to the development of the University's postgraduate research policies and is a good way to enhance your CV.

To be eligible to serve as a research student member, you must be:
currently registered on a University of Leicester research degree (PhD, MPhil, or professional doctorate)*willing to attend all four of the Committee's 2012-13 meetingsable to contribute in a professional way to the Committee's discussions * research students in the final year of their degree are not eligible

To find out more about the Committee the role of research student members visit the Graduate School…

Thesis forum *UPDATE*

The thesis forum will be taking a break during the holidays but will return once term starts. If you would like to catch up on last term's activities, take a look at the links below:

Reflecting on the PhD
The viva
Approaching your final year
Publishing a monograph

We hope to share videos and slides from these sessions very soon.

Thesis Forum 2012/13 If you would like to get involved with future thesis forums, please get in touch! The forum is intended as a friendly and welcoming space where doctoral researchers from all disciplines and all stages of the PhD can come together and share their experiences.

We welcome short, informal presentations (10-15 minutes) on your experience of researching and writing your PhD thesis. Suggested topics could include: getting started, supervisor issues, tackling the APG, studying away from home, staying motivated, setbacks, writing habits, juggling teaching...any topic you feel is important to doctoral researchers, we'd love to hear about it!