PhD Life Student Blogger
We are looking for pro-active, reliable and enthusiastic PhD and post-doctoral research students to write about their life and study at Warwick on our blog ‘phdlife.warwick.ac.uk’. We are looking for researchers from all disciplines.
The PhD Life Blog aims to bring students together to share their experiences, advice and tips. Your posts should provide a fair and candid opinion into your study life and help other students through your insights. Our readership targets Warwick researchers but we also have a global audience of researchers, academics and prospective PhD candidates.
The blog covers all aspects of PhD Life, including managing your research project, maintaining work and life balance, preparing for the upgrade or Viva, attending conferences, writing your first publications or engaging with the public.
We are open to hearing your ideas on blogs that you think (perhaps from your experience) could make a real difference to the Warwick PhD Community. We already have many blog posts so we will be looking for creative new ideas to increase the range of experiences and insight that these blogs contain. Make sure you have familiarised yourself with our blogs before applying. Inventiveness and humour are welcome, and we want posts that are friendly, encouraging and informative.
Application: Please submit a Word Document which includes:
A Cover Letter, detailing any relevant experience (no more than 250 words).
A sample blog post that you have written on a topic of your choosing (no more than 650 words). The post should be suitable for our readers visiting the PhD Life Blog.
Please note – applications without a sample blog post will not be considered.
Posts from successful applicants will receive notes from the Editor, and may then be used as your first paid post. Successful applicants will then be offered the opportunity to write additional posts for the PhD Life Blog platform.
- Produce a minimum of 4 blog posts (400-800 words per post). You might have the opportunity to produce more dependent on schedule.
- To give tips, insights and information that may be useful to PhD researchers.
- To write on particular topics, potentially also with particular audiences in mind (e.g. mature students, students from a variety of different departments, new students or more experienced students).
- To write on particular topics, potentially also with particular audiences in mind (e.g. mature students, parents, postgraduates from certain countries, those who are changing discipline).
- To draw on your own experiences of postgraduate life at Warwick in your writing, and ensure the factual accuracy and truthfulness of all aspects of your post.
- Attempt to reply to comments left on your blog if they are asking questions about life at Warwick. If there are questions you can’t answer or need help, you can contact the Blog Editor or member of the Community Engagement Team.
- To respond to suggested edits, and reach agreement with the Blog Editor.
- Once successful, you will be asked to watch a training video and/or attend a brief virtual meeting/training session with our Blog Editor if necessary.
- Experience of being a PhD student at Warwick, and an insight into the challenges and rewards of doing a PhD.
- Ability to write engaging blog posts about all aspects of studying at Warwick.
- Ability to cover a variety of topics in your posts.
- Good written communication skills and a friendly and approachable style of writing
- Able to produce a minimum of 4 blog posts over the academic year.
- Previous experience of relevant writing (e.g. blogs), with examples provided in your application
- Interview Date: TBC
- Start Date: ASAP
- Please provide a suitable covering letter when submitting your application
- Ad deadline: Sunday 24th October 2021