#UniAdviceWeek: a long-distance PhD student from the UK

Olly Bowling, a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University shares the benefits and challenges of studying long-distance

December 20 2018
Olly Bowling

On the Times Higher Education Student Twitter feed (@THEUniAdvice, if you aren’t already a follower), we have spells where we ask students to look after the account for a week to share their university experiences. 

This week we had Olly Bowling, currently studying for a PhD in homelessness and begging at Heriot-Watt University. The twist is that he still lives in Leeds and instead makes the 185 mile trip to university once a month to check in with his supervisors and connect with fellow PhD students. 

Studying for a PhD is challenging to begin with, but studying long-distance for a PhD throws up a whole new set of unique challenges. 

Check out some of the tweets below to see how Olly balances his work and travel and check out the rest of his journey on #UniAdviceWeek.

Read more: #UniAdviceWeek: a first year student from University of Oxford takes over our Twitter account

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