Welcome to another episode of Beyond the Thesis with Papa PhD!

This week, I’m bringing you an inspiring conversation with someone who runs another great podcast for graduate students – Emma Brodzinski from the PhD Life Raft podcast – to share he passion for supporting and inspiring graduate students in their academic journey.


Dr Emma Brodzinski is the host of The PhD Life Raft Podcast. She is Research Associate in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London and practices as a therapist registered with HCPC. She is an experienced PhD Supervisor and Examiner and has also acted as viva committee independent chair. Emma runs a range of courses and events as well as providing well-being support programmes for doctoral training programmes. Most importantly she is a mum to 13 year old triplets, cats Fred and Ginger, and Amber the guinea pig!

What we covered in the interview:

  • The importance of support and community in graduate school

  • Building a network and a PhD board of directors

  • Preparing for the end of your PhD journey

  • Maintaining a sense of self in graduate school

  • Achieving honorable closure

  • Embracing personal growth and change along the way

This episode’s resources:

Thank you, Emma Brodzinski!

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You might also like the following episodes:

Alexandra Howson – A Career in Continuing Medical Education

Kate Dahl – Reinventing Yourself after Academia

Merle van den Akker – Debunking PhD Misconceptions

Sirisha Kuchimanchi – Navigating Manufacturing and Engineering as a Woman

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