Upcoming Events (there are 2, please read on!)

Cambridge PhD Clinic: Time Management

Date: Monday, 11th June 2018

Time: 12-2pm

Location: B3 in the Criminology Department


Have you ever wondered where all the time went? Do you feel stressed because you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do? Do you procrastinate? If your answer is “yes” to at least one of these questions, then we highly recommend that you register for our upcoming workshop on time management.

We are repeating our popular PhD Clinic workshop on improving your time managing skills. The session will be very interactive, and Polly Brown* from the University Counselling Service will be guiding us throughout. She will help us to identify unhelpful thought patterns and behaviour that lead to poor time management (e.g. perfectionism, procrastination). From there, we will identify strategies that can help us change these unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving, and how to actually implement them. We will finish with an open discussion/Q&A. In other words, you can expect to walk out of this workshop with some new insights and tools to improve your time management!

*Polly Brown is an Integrative Counsellor with twenty years of experience, who has been working for the Cambridge University Counselling Service for the past eight years. As well as working with individuals, she facilitates both short and longer term therapy groups. She also supervises counsellors within the service and externally.

Register here (attention there is another workshop taking place this term!).


We have now found a new date for the workshop on  How to track the impact of your publications which had to be deferred due to the planned industrial action:

Cambridge PhD Clinic: How to track the impact of your publications

Date: Thursday, 7th June 2018

Time: 12-2pm

Location: Sociology Seminar Room, Sociology Department, 1st Floor, Free School Lane

Have you just published that first paper and are wondering how to disseminate your exciting findings amongst your colleagues? Or would you like to know who is reading your work and where your biggest twitter audience is coming from? Or are you looking for the best way to share discussions and research from the groundbreaking conference you are attending?
Then the next PhD Clinic workshop is for you. We have invited a range of speakers to provide us with some pointers and hands-on experience on tracking and generating research impact:
Helen Murphy (English Library), Clare Trowell (Marshall Library), Katie Hughes (Office of Scholarly Communication) and Matthias Ammon (MML Library)

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so register soon to avoid disappointment!




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.