If this is your first year as a postgraduate in UCC, welcome
to the world of research. If you're returning after the summer,
welcome back. This is a short note to
bring you up to date on some tools you may need for your
research, especially for writing your thesis.
This may sound like it's a long way away yet (unless you're
just about to submit) but a little time and effort spent getting
properly equipped now is going to save you a lot later on. Using
the right software in the right way, you can cut up to 2–3
months off the writing time for the average 4–year PhD, and
pro rata for other
degrees—like being given a free extension.