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The PhD Life Raft Podcast

Jul 11, 2022

It’s the last episode of the season!  And it’s about to get messy!!

Jamie Pei obtained her PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of York in 2021 and is now a PhD & life coach. She has a particular interest in helping PhD students to work with the ‘messiness’ of research, addressing both the...

Jul 4, 2022

Dr. Katy Peplin turned her difficulties in graduate school into a coaching business built around the idea that you can be a scholar and a human at the same time

In this episode Katy talks about the processes that she put in place to support herself and manage her anxiety on her PhD journey.

We discuss uncovering...

Jun 27, 2022

Katie Barclay is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions, and Head of Historical and Classical Studies, University of Adelaide. She writes widely in the area of gender, family life and the history of emotions. In this episode we discuss her recently published book Academic Emotions:...

Jun 20, 2022

Anna Clemens is an academic writing coach with a background in Chemistry and a experience as a science journalist.


In this episode we talk about developing your work for publication.  


We talk about Anna’s own difficult PhD experience which led to her requesting a change of supervisor.


We also talk about...

Jun 10, 2022

Isabeau Iqbal focuses on working with “ambitious perfectionists” and in this week’s episode she helps us unpick perfectionism and understand the elements which may be at play.


We talk about ‘analysis paralysis’ and the experience of stuckness.


Iabeau points out the positive elements of the perfectionist...