Six Tips to Become a Better PhD Supervisor

Six tips to being a better PhD supervisor:  1. Do the training.  2. Know your students.  3. Respect their time.  4. Refer to others.  5. Model good behaviour.  6. Make progress visible. Transcript: There’s been a lot of talk, and a lot of information lately about how to be a better student but I don’t […]

When You’re a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

Being an academic and/or training to be one (e.g. PhD student) means that you view a lot of your skills and experiences in that light. However, if you ask others’ for their ideas you’ll find your skills are transferable. So, if you’re an academic (hammer) you’ll see everything as an academic skill (a nail). So, […]

Nine Steps to Having Difficult Conversations with Your Supervisor

If tough conversations were easy, we’d all be having them, and they wouldn’t be called tough. They are tough for a reason or sometimes several reasons. However, there are things you can do to make them less tough. For example: • Agree on a framework for discussion before you need to have the tough conversation. […]

Eight Things to Do to Leverage Your Next Conference Presentation

I think researchers do not do enough to make the most of their invited, and peer reviewed presentations. Both oral, and posters. So, in this podcast, I give you 8 tips to help you get more engagement from your conference presentations. Transcript: Hi there! This week’s vlog is all about making the most of your […]

Career First Aid

With COVID causing chaos it can be hard to actually “develop” your career during this time. But, that does not mean you should stop thinking about it. So, instead of development I suggest “first aid” doing small things that will keep you “alive” so you can take advantage of opportunities that arise when we start […]