My name is Nathan H. Clarke and I am writing on behalf of ThePhDPlace, a new student initiative of the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership (MGSDTP).

The PhD Place is a new online PGR community focussed on friendship and the sharing of ideas. Although it is very rewarding, doing a PhD can at times be difficult, and also isolating. We want to connect likeminded students from across the globe by spotlighting PhD experiences in the form of short articles on our site. Any topic. Any year. Any uni.

Articles have spotlighted student reflections on the first year of their PhD, as well as a walkthrough of PhD applications in the social sciences. We are excited to grow this space, make connections, and share more student experiences from PGRs around the world. We aim to create new online spaces in the future, and even have our sights set on an in-person event!

If any students would be interested in sharing their experiences with our community, please do ask them to get in touch via our website, via Twitter, or via email: We would love if you could follow and support us on Twitter @ThePhDPlace.

Best wishes,