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Finish the Thing: Completing the PhD Wednesday 9th June, 12:30-1:30

Grappling with a full draft? Losing motivation? Dreading your viva?

Join the Women’s History Network ECR Fellows for a friendly and supportive lunchtime session about writing up, handing in, and defending your thesis. The Fellows will briefly introduce themselves and their experiences of completion, before dedicating most of the session to Q&A and broader discussions.

The pandemic has made the PhD process more isolating and challenging than ever, and has highlighted the significance of fostering compassionate professional communities.

We hope to use this event to carve out space for PGRs/ECRs within the WHN to support and uplift each other.


  • Dr Liz Barnes is a historian of sexual violence in the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction US South (c. 1800-1880). She was awarded her PhD by the University of Reading in April 2020.
  • Dr Sarah Birt researches women in business in London and Westminster in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She submitted her thesis in March 2020 and was awarded her PhD in February 2021.
  • Dr Aimée Walsh researches republicanism, feminism, and Irish women’s experiences of the Northern Irish conflict. Her first book ‘Republican Feminism(s): Writing Resistance in and beyond Northern Ireland’ is under contract with Liverpool University Press.

We welcome fellow ECRs who wish to share their experiences and advice.

Event Details:

Wednesday 9th June, 12:30-1:30pm

This session will run via Zoom – a link will be sent out to registered attendees before the event.

To register, please email with the subject ‘WHN Finishing the Thing’