October 2020

27 October 2020, 4pm-6pm
Online via Zoom


Isolation & Belonging

PhD life can be an isolating experience for many people. For some, the PhD requires you to live far from home and those you love; for many, the workload demands can impact significantly on your ability to socialise and maintain relationships.

We will:

  • Highlight some of the many sources of isolation and loneliness that are inherent in the academic system,
  • Explore why isolation is so bad for us? The answer to which lies with our sense of belonging and identity.
  • Look into how we can begin to change it through creating a sense of safety, connection, and common threads.

November 2020

17 November 2020, 4pm - 6pm
Online via Zoom


Motivation and Procrastination

Procrastination is a way of easing our own discomfort. Discomfort because the task is too hard, too boring, too big, too scary. The difficulty with procrastinating is that it makes you feel better for a moment, which makes it very reinforcing (and therefore more likely that you will do it again next time), but it does nothing to fix the reason the task feels uncomfortable to begin with. It is still too big, too hard, too scary, or too boring the next time you sit down to do it. So, the cycle repeats.

In the webinare, we will discuss ways to:

  • Identify these procrastination loops when they start to unfold,
  • Identify some of the thoughts underlying the discomfort and reframe them,
  • Employ alternative tasks that can alleviate the discomfort AND make the task less difficult, scary, hard or boring,
  • Explore drivers of our motivation.

December 2020

15 December 2020, 4pm-6pm
Online via Zoom


Supervisor/Supervisee Relationships, Communication & Boundaries

Learning to navigate the supervisor/supervisee relationship is critical to positive outcomes in our PhD experience. This dance is not necessarily always easy.

In the webinare we will discuss ways to:

  • Create and foster a healthy relationship
  • Explore and manage the expectations on both sides of the relationship
  • Set boundaries and communicate clearly
  • Interpret feedback (and not take it personally)
  • When to seek outside advice and help
  • Supervisors vs Mentors (why they are different and why you need both).

January 2021

12 Januray 2021, 4pm-6pm
Online via Zoom


Perfectionism and Imposter syndrome

We argue that our perfectionism drives us to great heights, to excel, and to maintain our edge. We rarely stop to see the costs involved. Imposter syndrome distorts the way we see ourselves, our performance, and our capabilities. Both reflect our doubts and fears – fear of being judged, fear of failing, fear of not being good enough, fear of not belonging.

In the webinar we explore:

  • The true costs of these doubts and fears, and the extent to which they are impacting on your productivity, motivation, and your joy for what you do.
  • Simple ways to notice when your perfectionism or imposter syndrome is tripping you up.
  • Simple ways to reshape our inner critic to be more compassionate, so that you are able to thrive thanks to the voice in your head rather than in spite of it.