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Cheap Cheat Food Sheet – Part 1

Mina KidwaiMina Kidwai
January 20, 2015
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Are you the kind of a person who eats in stress, in happiness, in times of health and sickness, when you’re a little nervous, or a little too excited, and perhaps just bored? Welcome to a land of love (for food). However there is a little twist in the story. Have you recently moved out of home and into a university accommodation? Have you left back your home cooked meals that your mum used to serve you by that hungry look on your face? Well, welcome to a land of love and lost (for missing food).

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Readjusting to Student Life: The Post-Exam struggle

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
January 20, 2015
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And… relax. We’ve all been there as students, you’ve spent the whole Christmas holidays cramming for exams or writing essays. Maybe just the last few days for those of you who like to live on the edge!

It's great when the exams are over! But it can also be a bit daunting. Image from imperial.ac.uk

It’s great when the exams are over! But it can also be a bit daunting. Image from imperial.ac.uk

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Campus Life | Family | International Students | students | Study Abroad

Post-Christmas Blues – Beating the homesick feeling for students

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
January 20, 2015
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Many students will have returned home for the Christmas break. Whether it was just for a few days, or up to a month, it is always a thoroughly enjoyable experience returning home. However, it sometimes makes it difficult to adjust when returning back to university. The warm, made bed and home cooked meals suddenly become damp and cold beds with overcooked pizza.

Don't let homesickness get in the way of working hard! Image from huffpost.com

Don’t let homesickness get in the way of working hard! Image from huffpost.com

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Campus Life | International Students | Leisure | Student's Union | students | Study Abroad | The University of Edinburgh

Starting second semester as you mean to go on…

Susie DaltonSusie Dalton
January 19, 2015
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Your exams are done, Winter Break is but a cosy memory and now classes have started again. ‘Tis the month of life improving resolutions, and there’s no time like starting back for your second semester at university to hit the ground running.

The days are getting longer, and the weather’s going to start improving (eventually…I promise). Now’s the time to work out all the things that you did too much of/didn’t do enough of last semester, and put them into practice. This is particularly important for international students here on a year abroad – time flies, and there’s probably plenty of stuff you still want to tick off your list before heading home.

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Secret to meeting deadlines: Three day deadline formula

Mina KidwaiMina Kidwai
January 19, 2015
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It is that dreadful time of the year; assignments here, exams there, citations, referencing, word limit, readings, and oh the eventual submission day. Sounds familiar? Yes it is the exam period that we all have been through, and may continue to face it for the good portion of the rest of our lives!

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Campus Life | Dining | Food | students | Study Abroad | The University of Edinburgh

The best coffee shops in Edinburgh

Susie DaltonSusie Dalton
January 19, 2015
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Coffee and student life go hand in hand. When you need that little boost before a tutorial; when you’re pulling an all-nighter to get that essay finished; when you’re meeting your friends for a quick catch up between classes – coffee is your friend.

Edinburgh does coffee well. Really well. You’re spoilt for choice in this city, where independent coffee shops thrive. Here are some of the absolute best.

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© Nomadic Belfast

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Campus Life | International Students | Leisure | students | Study Abroad | The University of Birmingham

Discovering Birmingham: Shopping and the Bullring

Alice KennedyAlice Kennedy
January 19, 2015
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Birmingham is a great city for shopping and is home to one of the largest shopping centres in the UK – the Bullring. The Bullring opened in 2003 is an iconic building. The area on the end, which forms Selfridges was designed by architects and inspired by a sequinned dressed designed by Paco Rabanne – fitting due to the variety of fashion stores located inside the bullring. There are a number of stores and restaurants located in the Bullring, and you will be hard pushed to not be able to find your favourite high street store!

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Coursework | Employment | PhD | Qualifications | Research | Warwick University

Treating your PhD as an Established Academic Position, part 2

Pedro Saez WilliamsPedro Saez Williams
January 19, 2015
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(Before continuing, please read the first part of the present entry…)

This means, that once you have already determined the form of your PhD and how your are going to go about it, instead of understanding your next step as a chapter, or a determined aspect of your PhD, treat it as a journal submission. If it is a literature review, then set your self three months to produce a journal article that will consist in precisely a literature review, and submit it. Then, if you are ready to do your fieldwork, treat such an endeavour as another, much more important submission, and publish your results and conclusions as soon as possible. After this time, then, re-organize everything you have accomplished in the last three years (which should be a consistent and continuous body of work) into your PhD submission. By taking this approach you will get feedback from your supervisor as well as from your reviewers, strengthening your skills in each attempt. Once you have produced a body of published work, “putting together” your PhD, should not be a difficult endeavour. It might, in fact, be the easiest part of your whole graduate life experience, as you’ll know exactly what the outcomes and conclusions of your overall corpus of published work is. Finally, after submitting, publish your PhD as a book.

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Coursework | Employment | PhD | Qualifications | Research | Warwick University

Treat your PhD as an Established Academic Position, part 1

Pedro Saez WilliamsPedro Saez Williams
January 19, 2015
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Elaborating on my previous post “Avoiding the Post-Doctoral Limbo”, the present entry details some different approaches as to how to deal with producing a PhD and at the same time finding the time to publish.

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How to Save Money on Textbooks

Morgan Hayden-KentMorgan Hayden-Kent
January 19, 2015
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The textbook is a university essential that has been long attributed to scholarly success. With knowledge packed pages in tow, students can effectively increase academic achievement. But prices for these illustrious books have long been on the rise, and for the struggling student trying to balance their student loan amongst the many of life’s necessities, lashing out hundreds of pounds on textbooks can become an unwanted burden. So to avoid paying full freight, here are some hints on how to save money when buying textbooks.

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