PhDeets

PhDeets

Welcome to PhDeets - a podcast for people currently doing or considering doing a PhD in the UK. Hosted by Nicol, Katie and Carolin - researchers working and studying at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. All views are our own. Find us on Twitter at @PhDeets_podcast

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July 27, 2022 25 min

Hoping to debunk the myths surrounding making the leap into industry after a PhD, our mini series, PhD to Industry, asks 'what are my options?', 'is my work relevant?', 'what even is industry?' 

In the fourth episode of the mini series, we talk to Mark Le Feuvre - head of Research & Development at Siemens Healthineers, a global medical technology company pioneering innovative breakthroughs in the healthca...

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In this 2-part episode, we talk to Faith, Rebecca, and Laura, researchers at King's College London, about being a woman in academia, experiences of sexism, maternity leave, equal pay, and the skills needed to succeed.

In the second part, we continue talking about maternity leave, why women feel replaceable in the workplace, and what practical things we can all do to help support each other.

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April 4, 2022 30 min

In this 2-part episode, we talk to Faith, Rebecca, and Laura, researchers at King's College London, about being a woman in academia, experiences of sexism, maternity leave, equal pay, and the skills needed to succeed.

In this first part, Laura and Rebecca talk about their work leading the Women of the Wohl group -  a student and staff network promoting gender equality in STEM, and Faith shares her experience of maternity leave w...

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In part 2 of our PhD Journey series, Carolin and Nicol continue their conversation with fellow PhD students Laura and Svenja, talking about the first few weeks and months of a PhD. 

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The journey to PhD has many steps, but the first is almost always applying and interviewing. 

In this episode, Carolin and Nicol met with their classmates Laura and Svenja to discuss their experiences with applying and interviewing, and to share any advice they have for students who are currently going through the process.

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November 2, 2021 29 min

Imposter syndrome. What is it? Why is it so prevalent in academia and with PhD students in particular? What are its longer-term consequences? And, most importantly, how can you overcome it?

We talk to Isabelle Fielding and Danielle Bodicoat, two experienced researchers and coaches who offer training and support to people working in research.

If you'd like to contact Isabelle or Danielle, or learn more about their work, you can fi...

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September 30, 2021 34 min

In the third part of our PhD to Industry mini-series, we talk to Rosh Sellahewa -  a senior manager at Deloitte UK who began his PhD journey researching nuclear physics. Rosh chatted about his 'accidental' transition into industry, key skills from his PhD which he believes landed him his industry roles, and his top tips for current students thinking of following in his footsteps.

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September 2, 2021 34 min

Chris wanted to do a PhD while keeping his income as clinical trials manager. So he decided to apply for a clinical trials grant and, once successful, added a PhD position on top.  We ask him about the grant application process, finding the right principal investigator for the study, his role as a clinical trials manager and more!

You can find Chris on Twitter at @_ChrisAlbertyn and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/chr...

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July 29, 2021 39 min

Quitting a job is considered normal. So why is quitting a PhD looked down on as failure?

In this episode, we talk to Jay who started his PhD and then realised that it wasn't the right path for him. He decided to quit and started his own company called Transreport. The company is successful and Jay is now much happier. So did he really fail?

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Hoping to debunk the myths surrounding making the leap into industry after a PhD, our mini series, PhD to Industry, asks 'what are my options?', 'is my work relevant?', 'what even is industry?' 

In the second episode of this series, we chat to David Robertson, a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, about his experiences of working in applied academia, communicating with industry and developing your Rese...

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April 6, 2021 51 min

In this episode, we present a panel discussion between the host Nicol and Claire, Katrina and Sheila - researchers who identify as neurodivergent, about what neurodiversity means for them, their experiences with life at university, travelling to conferences and more. We also talk about the Neurodiverse Postgraduate Researchers Network which Sheila helped to set up.

Please note that the views expressed in this episode are our own and...

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If you want to remain in academia after completing your PhD, becoming a postdoc is not the only option. In this episode, we speak to Luke Devereux who recently completed his PhD and now works as a lecturer at Middlesex University.

Luke talks us through his academic journey, from completing his undergraduate degree to his current role. We discuss the importance of getting teaching experience along the way, changing subjects between u...

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January 29, 2021 29 min

Has the pandemic affected your PhD? In this episode we speak to Jess - a PhD student and Ellen - a postdoc at Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at King’s College London. They have recently written  a blog on Effective Strategies for Working from Home, inspired by an article by Harvard Business Review titled How to (Actually) Save Time When You’re Working Remotely.
We found their blog very relatable and were ...

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Hoping to debunk the myths surrounding making the leap into industry after a PhD, our mini series, PhD to Industry, asks 'what are my options?', 'is my work relevant?', 'what even is industry?' In this first episode, we ask Zach Sorrells, Head of Innovation and Industry Engagement at Skillfluence, about his work on training PhD students to work effectively with businesses, industry and the public.

Find Zach ...

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November 23, 2020 29 min

Is doing a PhD worth it? How do you decide whether or not to get one?  We ask Kate Murray -  the Deputy Head of Careers & Employability at King's College London. We also talk about transitioning into industry, whether employers value PhDs in the workplace, and the careers and employability resources available for people at KCL and publicly.

Here is the list of websites we talk about: 

http://research-careers.org/

http://jobson...

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October 27, 2020 43 min

There is no one way to do a PhD. In our first episode, we talk to several PhD students who each take a different path. Jaya, Shaheim, Victoria, as well as our own Katie, tell us about the programmes they are doing, why they chose it, how they applied and what are their plans for the future. Fiyory tells us about her experience with applying for PhDs and deciding on a project. We also talk about being an international student in the...

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September 29, 2020 1 min

Welcome to PhDeets - a podcast for people currently doing or considering doing a PhD in the UK. Hosted by Nicol, Katie and Carolin - PhD students at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. All views are our own.

Find us on Twitter at @PhDeets_podcast

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