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PhD diaries

These diaries act as a useful resource to help PhD supervisors discuss and find solutions to various scenarios presented in the diaries. They present experiences for students, supervisors and examiners involved in the PhD process. Each diary comes with a list of questions to help guide them through the problem-solving process. Supervisors may also wish to share these diaries with students who are facing similar problems.

The PhD diaries below have been developed and generously donated by Professor John Wakeford (University of Lancaster). They are genuine accounts of the challenges faced by PhD students and their supervisors. Only the names of the diarists and their institutions have been changed.

You can view additional diaries on Professor Wakeford's website.

Students being supervised
Supervising students
Failed PhD
Difficult students
International students
Part-time students
Writing and publishing a thesis
Examiners' diaries