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Your first 100 days as a PhD student: a checklist

Your first 100 days as a PhD student: a checklist

Know what you are aiming for – read a PhD Make sure that you have read a finished PhD cover to cover and made notes. Ask your supervisor for a recommendation. This example thesis should use similar methods to those you intend to adopt and should be in a similar discipline to your own. The British […] … learn more→

Here’s what you need to know about ‘failure’ before you start your PhD

Here’s what you need to know about ‘failure’ before you start your PhD

I am sure that there are many lists out there along the lines of “10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a PhD”. But what I really wish someone had told me about before I embarked on my DPhil (PhD) in history was the concept of failure. Last year, I started a blog on the […] … learn more→

PhD to Start up?

PhD to Start up?

After completing my PhD last year I was set on putting all the recommendations I had made into place. I wanted this research to make a real difference. And out into the world I went. I co-founded a business during my PhD that I started to grow, and was also working in local government in […] … learn more→

Exactly how valuable is a PhD?

Exactly how valuable is a PhD?

Currently, UK higher education is undergoing changes, and recent evidence suggests that change is extending to the career paths that some PhD graduates are taking. These higher education veterans have begun to buck the trend of staying on in their academic departments and are branching out of familiar collegial settings into industry. Findings from RCUK and […] … learn more→

The swamp of sadness

The swamp of sadness

Students are far more likely to not complete a thesis than to fail. Part of the reason for this is what I like to call the swamp of sadness. The swamp of sadness comes from the kids book The Never-ending Story. In which a boy reads a book about another boy riding a horse around […] … learn more→

Finishing the #PhD – clean-up to get clearer

Finishing the #PhD – clean-up to get clearer

It’s the beginning of the end. You’ve done your research. You’ve generated data. You’ve done the analysis. And now … And now you’re about to start writing. One of the things that can help you with the writing is to – not write. This might sound silly, I know. But it is actually helpful, before you begin […] … learn more→

Breaking up with your PhD is hard to do

Breaking up with your PhD is hard to do

I graduated with a doctorate in April this year. “It must feel fantastic”, people say, “you must feel so free”, and “what’s next?” Here’s the thing though: it doesn’t, and I have no idea what to do next. I’ve had a different relationship with my thesis than the norm. I absolutely loved it. I had […] … learn more→

Supervisors can do a lot more to support PhD students

Supervisors can do a lot more to support PhD students

A growing literature exists on the emotional issues faced by undergraduates, but far less attention has been paid to the psychological needs of postgraduates in general and doctoral students in particular. Some PhD students thoroughly enjoy three or four years of personal growth and intellectual maturation. Too often, however, the experience is blighted by anxiety […] … learn more→

How to get into a PhD program

How to get into a PhD program

Imagine my constant surprise, seven years later, at how much still remains unsaid about doing a thesis – even about the basics, such as how to get into a PhD program. Consider this letter which, eerily, happened to land in my inbox just as I was preparing my pitch for prospective students for ANU Open […] … learn more→

Your part time PhD doesn’t have to be your life

Your part time PhD doesn’t have to be your life

I am reading an HBR article on LinkedIn when I spot an opportunity to work from home 2 days a week. It is a volunteering Marketing Director role with a social enterprise. I quickly email the CEO of the company and I make my interest known. I tell him I’m currently doing my doctorate part […] … learn more→