For PhDs

  • Student perspective: Doing a PhD internship in quantitative finance

    Anna Senkevich, a doctoral graduate from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa), talks about her experience of doing a quantitative finance internship and how it was similar and different to doctoral research Two years ago, I...

  • Welcome to new doctoral students

    If you're currently starting out on a doctoral programme, you've probably got lots of things to think about: possibly getting used to a new environment, meeting supervisors and research groups, narrowing down research questions etc. But at the start of...

  • Postdoc Appreciation Week: Look for potential, rather than looking for track record

    As part of our blog series celebrating Postdoc Appreciation Week, Dr Amy Birch, Researcher Development Manager at the University of Bath, has written a guest blog post with her reflections on Vitae Connections Week 2020 A key theme in researcher...

  • Postdoc Appreciation Week: How do I develop research independence?

    The second of our posts celebrating Postdoc Appreciation Week. I can still remember a talk from one of our academic staff a few years ago on his career journey. He described his journey from PhD student to postdoc to lecturer...

  • National Postdoc Appreciation Week - Where do I find jobs in my field?

    As this week is Postdoc Appreciation Week, we wanted to share a few posts aimed specifically at our fantastic community of Research Associates, Research Assistants and Research Fellows. We recognise the vast array of technical skills and knowledge, strengths and...

  • Personal Statements for Academic Jobs

    I first published this post in 2015, but I've given it a little refresh for 2020, based on my experience of having read many personal statements for academic jobs, and heard academic recruiters talking about what helps to make a...

  • Future skills for researchers

    As the current climate provides an ideal space (and excuse!) to listen to podcasts, I spent some time this morning listening to and reflecting on this podcast by Vitae and Taylor and Francis on the skills researchers will need in...

  • Writing a CV for PhD study

    If you are applying for PhD study, you’ll want to diverge from the classic style of CV and tailor it within the academic context. To help you with this, I have highlighted three key qualities to emphasise: your academic competence,...

  • Becoming a Research Fellow

    Dr Antoine Buchard from the Department of Chemistry shares his experience of applying for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. 1) What is the focus of your research? The focus of my research is the synthesis of polymers, which are...

  • Just finishing your PhD?

    I'm aware that at this time of year some of our PhD students may be in the final stages of writing up their PhD or have recently submitted. The final stages of a PhD can be an emotional rollercoaster: the...