Comics come to Cardiff

Cardiff University’s Graduate College welcomed Jorge Cham, Times Higher columnist and the man behind the hugely popular PhD Comics, to the institution on 18th March. 

Comics come to Cardiff

Over 300 research students and staff from Cardiff and neighbouring universities listened 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 400 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 and UKCGE Executive Committee member 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.”

Everyone was united in laughter, 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. After the talk Jorge took the time to really engage with the audience, answering questions and providing autographs.”

Image right: Deputy Dean of the Cardiff University Graduate College and UKCGE Executive Committee member Professor Ken Wann alonsidge Jorge Cham, the man behind PHD Comics