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September 17, 2012

Introducing Insider Secrets

"Tomi is a second year PhD student at the Centre for Cultural Policy, Warwick Uni. She is studying digital media and democratic culture in developing societies, so it's no wonder she loves all things digital."


I have a secret to share. Actually, we (PhD Life blog & company) have loads of secrets to share in the following weeks - it's about the Insider Secrets.


The Insider Secretsis an off-the-centre communication plan designed to support new postgraduates in settling into Warwick uni life as fast as possible. Arriving at a new environment can be daunting sometimes, more so when you have so many questions and can't seem to figure out who is who and who to talk to despite being armed with hundreds of information pamphlets -ring the exaggeration alarm. We know resumption season can put the T in tiring sometimes, and we don't want that for you. This is why we've come up with the Insider Secrets. The PhD Life blog is going to be an awesome whistle-blower divulging all the secrets on PhD-Life-as-we-know-it.


The Insider Secrets has been put together as an avenue for peer-to-peer sharing of secret nuggetson how to get the best from being a Warwick-er. These secrets are little tidbits that would have taken you donkey's years to glean off your mates or various workshops during the course of the term. Although the workshops and seminars are still very important, on the PhD Life blog we are happily offering a cool introduction to Warwick life on a platter.


Over the course of the next couple of weeks, the PhD Life Blog as well as PG Hub Blog (for taught Masters students) and Research Life Blog (for early career researchers) would be rolling out interesting daily articles on how to get settled in Warwick uni. The topics range from 10 things You Need to do Before You land in Warwick, Navigating the First Supervisor Meeting to something as random as where to getExotic Food for (initial) Survival.

To coin our own saying, 'one secret a day keeps the boredom and confusion away'.

Other interesting topics to be covered include: My first PhD Mistake, First Term @ Warwick, Planning your First Year, Getting Over the Fear of Networking, among others.

Like I mentioned earlier, do endeavour to keep an eye on the PhD Life Blog, PG hub Blog and Research Life Blog through-out this season.

There are also folks you can follow on Twitter and pages to Like on Facebook, just to stay informed and interact with peers (there would be a post on how to get connected soon).

If you have any questions or enquiries, drop comments or email the researchexchange@warwick.ac.uk, we can at least point you in the direction as to where to go. You can visit the Research Exchange and Post Graduate Hub's web pages here on: go.warwick.ac.uk/researchexchange and go.warwick.ac.uk/pghub respectively. Also do hit the LIKE button on the Research Exchange Facebook Page.

One last thing, get connected to others as soon as you can, it doesn't have to be a monastic journey at all. There is the Research Exchangeon the third floor extension of the library, as well as the PG Hub (Coventry House), a big space carved out for postgraduates to mingle, study, organise meetings and more. Subsequent posts will cover these facilities in detail.

On that note I say, welcome to the University of Warwick!


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