Samantha Knapton

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Research Meets Real Life

As a history PhD student, I have come to realise that my work, as thoroughly researched, as beautifully written, and as wonderfully entertaining as it is (at least to me) will likely never be read by the general public. The creation of outlets for snippets of interesting history such as...


The Sources Don’t Exist: What to do When your Primary Research Doesn’t Go to Plan

When I started my PhD in January 2015 I had no illusions that it was going to be straightforward – I knew it would be challenging, stressful and downright frustrating, yet also intellectually stimulating, motivating and, above all, worth it. Many PhD students encounter problems during their research; it’s part...


Rhoda Dawson: The Story of an UNRRA Welfare Worker

When the war ended in 1945, Rhoda Dawson was 47 years old. She already had considerable experience of welfare work throughout the war but had concluded that it was ‘not my thing at all’. However, after being shamed into applying for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), having...


Healthy relationships, a social life and a PhD… is it possible to keep all three?

Taking on the challenge of a PhD can seem overwhelming, but with the support of your friends, families, colleagues, supervisors and institutions, you might just make it through the 3-4 year haul. I would like to say that years of doing undergraduate and postgraduate modules, as well as completing two...