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Past Events

Academic Speed Dating

10th of October, 2017

The Cambridge PhD Clinic kicked off the start of the new term with an exciting academic speed dating event. 20 participants from more than 10 different departments came together to discuss their research ideas and interests and we are delighted to hear that a few new projects were set up as a result of this event. Red our blog post for more information.


Workshop: Fake News

26th of April, 2017

We explored the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ and its various manifestations within and outside of science. Prof John Naughton and Dr Ella McPherson guided our interdisciplinary discussion, touching upon topics such as the role of social media, metadata, the definition of truth and implications for human rights. See our blog post for a summary.


Perfectionism: Is there such a thing as a “healthy dose”?

November 29th, 2016

The workshop addressed the kind of perfectionism that leads to relentless striving and stress. Led by Vanessa Skinner from the University Counselling service, who has many years of experience in helping perfectionist Cambridge students we acquired tools from cognitive behavioural and compassion focused therapy to guide us towards ways of changing these so that we can find different and more sustainable ways of relating to our work and life more generally.


Writing is Such Sweet Sorrow

15th March 2016

Academic writing requires clarity, brevity and style if it is to communicate effectively. As George Orwell wrote, ‘Good prose is like a windowpane’. He also said that writers are vain, selfish and lazy, so we may have our work cut out discussing how to do it well! This workshop will give practical advice to PhD students of any discipline. 

Here you can find a summary of the talk with practical writing tips.

Employability in Academia and Industry

2nd November 2015

This PhD clinic took place with Dr Madelaine Chapman from the Cambridge Career Services. The topic: what skills should I acquire to be employable both in academia and in industry after my PhD finishes.

Here you can find a summary and practical tips.

How to conduct good research?

2nd May 2015

This time the theme was ‘How to conduct good research?’ and our invited speaker was Aleksandr Kogan from the Cambridge Prosociality and Well-being lab. First, Alex gave a brief introduction about himself and his work. He then proceeded to give constructive advice and tips for PhDs and young researchers on how to succeed in academia.

Read 5 Hazards you should avoid during your PhD.

How to give good academic and public talks?

24th April 2015

The workshop’s theme was ‘How to give good academic and public talks?’ Professor Spiegelhalter was selected as the main speaker because of his vast experience in giving both public and academic talks and lectures. First, David gave an introduction about himself and his work. With the input from the workshop attendees he then formed a list of potential pitfalls related to preparing and delivering science talks. The following discussion was split into 3 main themes, that corresponded to the 3 main areas of concern: ‘overcoming the fear of public speaking’, ‘tailoring your talk to your audience’ and ‘developing a comprehensive story’.

Here you can find a summary and practical tips.