Dealing with Power Imbalances When Setting Boundaries

Setting boundaries is essential to overall life balance. And, as a PhD student you might know what you want, but struggle to implement it. So, here, I’ve put some advice that might help when trying to set and implement boundaries when there’s a power imbalance. Transcript: Setting boundaries is all well and good when most […]

Making the Most of a Bad Situation

Job losses, redundancies, and restructures are a part of modern business. Sometimes they are driven by internal factors, other times they are driven by external factors. For the most part we are just passengers on a ride managed by others. However, whether you are let go or left behind, these changes can give you opportunities […]

How to Read More Articles

A key part of academic life is reading – reading all of the necessary research literature. Now, you could never hope to read it all. But you could improve your reading through marginal gains. Making changes that result in small improvements that compound. Read daily. Queue your reading. Read on devices, not just computer or […]

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, […]

Simplifying Research Project Management

Project management is too complex. And therefore project management in research is regularly avoided. BUT – researchers can fix that with some simple approaches. Fix 1: Don’t expect others to use your project management tool or approach. Expect you’ll need to do all of the work maintaining and updating the plan. Fix 2: Don’t have […]

Building High-Performing Research Team

What’s a high-performing research team I hear you ask? I’d like to know too! But, until then we can look to examples like performing art or motorsport. In this workshop, We’ll look at how those teams operate and some of the lessons we can take into our research teams.