You don't have to do it all on your own.

Training, guidance and community support for PhD students

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What we do

We help PhD students to get through their PhD faster and with less stress...

... by providing courses to develop research, project-management and writing skills and by providing ongoing guidance and community support.


Step-by-step courses to help you develop and apply key skills

Weekly zoom calls

Weekly group zoom calls with James. Each week we cover a different theme or problem and hold an open Q&A where you can ask anything.

Writing groups

Regular online writing groups for company and accountability

Support community

Post questions, share resources and connect with other members


As a member, you get instant access to;

  • The writing course: a step-by-step guide to writing your PhD thesis
  • Effective time management for PhD students
  • How to manage the academic literature and write your literature review
  • How to format your PhD thesis using Microsoft Word
  • How to manage the stress of a PhD

You also get access to all future updates and new courses.

All our courses are pre-recorded so you can go through them at your own pace and revisit them whenever you need to.

Weekly group zoom calls with James Hayton

Each week we cover a different theme, either to support or revisit the content from the courses (because repetition is important!) or to explore other aspects of PhD life.

You'll see many of the same faces every week and it's a great way to meet other PhD students in similar situations and get personalised guidance.

The sessions last around 1 hour.

We hold two sessions every Wednesday, at 9 am and 4 pm UK time.

Live writing-group sessions

Struggling to find motivation working on your own? Join one of our daily group writing sessions for company and accountability.

Set a goal, work for 50 minutes, check in with others and share your progress or struggles, then repeat for another 50.

Support community

Connect with other members, post questions and updates and share useful resources through our private community forum.

Whatever you're struggling with right now, it's quite likely that someone else has gone through something similar. You don't have to figure it all out on your own!

About James Hayton

Formerly a physicist, I've been coaching PhD students from a vast range of academic disciplines since 2010.

In that time I've helped hundreds of individual students and thousands more through my courses, webinars and workshops.

Read more

The brief story of my PhD

Frequently asked questions


There are two membership options, monthly or yearly, available in British pounds, euros or US dollars.

Monthly membership:

€50 | £45 | $54 plus tax*

Yearly membership:

€500 | £450 | $540 plus tax*

*The final price including tax will depend on the sales tax rate where you are.

How to apply

The academy membership works best when you let us know a little about yourself and the problems you're facing. This way, we know you before you join and can help you from the start.

Please take a few minutes to fill in the form below, including any questions you have. All submissions are treated in the strictest of confidence.

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