Since the dawn of COVID, we have been living with the uncertainty of what’s going to happen next. We’ve been scrambling to adjust as we deal with changes on a weekly, daily, or even minute-by-minute basis. We’re told that we need to be resilient and flexible, but with no end date in sight as this has seemingly become the new 'normal', all this pressure is wearing us down.

Join us as we explore the uncertainty and the impact that COVID is having on our mental fortitude, and understand the longer term consequences of being in a constant state of anxiety and stress, such as depression. In this interactive session, learn strategies to cope and find support. Realise that you’re not alone in feeling like this, we are all in it together (literally!).

About Candidature management

Undertaking a research degree is a huge commitment and requires many skills. Gaining an understanding of these techniques and strategies early, will assist you to complete and submit your thesis efficiently. 

Useful links

  • Advice by Student Services: Working with your advisor
  • Short excerpt on PhD Survival 
  • The PhD Survival video : Doing a PhD is meant to be challenging, and most doctoral students feel overwhelmed by the task at times. But many find that their work - and their lives - are compromised by feelings of loneliness, inadequacy or anxiety. The consequences can be abandoned PhDs, disrupted careers and damaged mental health.
  • The Thesis Whisperer: PhD support blog by A/Prof Inger Mewburn, Director of Researcher Development, ANU
  • Patter: PhD and writing support blog by Prof Pat Thomson, School of Education, University of Nottingham
  • Postgrad Forum: An extensive forum of PhDs from all over the world discussing life, work, research, career, and anything PhD
  • The PhD Forum: A Twitter-based social support group, online writing lounge, collaboration directory