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PhD Comics Event – Review

Jorge Cham with two of our PhD Students

The University Graduate College welcomed Jorge Cham, Times Higher columnist and the man behind the hugely popular PhD Comics, to Cardiff on 17 April.

Over 400 students and members of staff from across the University packed into the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre to listen to Jorge discuss his experiences of bringing humour into the lives of stressed out PhD students, in a talk entitled ‘The Power of Procrastination’.

The talk was both entertaining and thought-provoking, with Jorge extolling the virtues of procrastination and encouraging students to let go of the guilt associated with it. Using famous procrastinators such as Albert Einstein as examples, Jorge emphasised that procrastination is not the same as laziness, and can even help students to be more productive in the long-run.

Jorge Cham has visited over 300 universities and research centres around the world, lecturing and hearing graduate students from all walks of life share their stories of academic anxiety and de-motivation.

Professor Ken Wann, Deputy Dean of the University Graduate College said: “Jorge Cham is a popular speaker who has talked in many universities worldwide.. The University Graduate College agenda includes rolling out events that will bring the University’s wider postgraduate community together and this event certainly fitted that bill.

“The talk was enthusiastically received, bringing home to postgraduate students the fact that the highs and lows or speed bumps of their PhD years are universal, being shared by the postgraduate community worldwide. There were some memorable exchanges in the Q and A session that followed.”

Deputy Dean Ken Wann with Jorge Cham

After the talk, Jorge took the opportunity to take questions from members of the audience. The evening concluded with a chance for PhD students and supervisors from across the University to network and share their experiences of postgraduate life at Cardiff.

We are extremely pleased with the success of the event, and would like to take the opportunity to thank Jorge and everyone who attended.

If you have any feedback on the event, or suggestions for future events, please contact our Communications Officer, Jadine Wringe, at

To see what everyone tweeted about the event, visit our Storify page.

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