Starting a PhD is a big decision. And there are lots of choices to make. What university? What topic? What group? Not to mention your supervisor. Then of course there are the practicalities of life such as work, where you live, and who you live with.
Universities and research are going through a tough time at the moment. Researchers/scientists are seen as less and less relevant – think climate change, vaccines, genetically modified crops, medicinal marijuana. Employment as an academic researcher has lost its shine. Degrees are being devalued. And graduates are wondering if it is all worth it.
The four key elements of Project Management are cost, quality, scope and time. Of all four, I most often get asked to help researchers with cost. Or more to the point budget setting and management.
As researchers you have likely learnt, relearnt, unlearnt, and subsequently performed many tasks, experiments, and activities. Yet, have you ever stopped to ask why? Or to question if you are the most appropriate person to undertake that particular task?
PhD students have some of the highest rates of mental fatigue of any part of the research system. Some studies even show PhD students as having the worst mental health of all professions and students. Why is this the case? And what can the sector do about it? We look at some of the data […]
CV writing is not something you need to do every day, not even every year. And some people might be lucky enough that they never need to write a CV. But, if you have to write one it can be tough to know what is in or what is out. Or, if you’re applying for […]
We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? This webinar gives a brief introduction to strategic planning, and covers one of its key components – environmental scanning.
Continuing the strategic planning theme this webinar builds on the last, this time covering environmental scanning. We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? In this webinar I’ll give a brief introduction to strategic planning and then cover one of its key components – environmental scanning. I’ll provide a […]
Growing up, my next door neighbour was into gardening. He kept a huge vegetable garden covering half their backyard. Back in those days blocks were a quarter and houses we covered less than a quarter of that. I was reminded of his gardening exploits when I recently shared the same excitement that he did – […]
We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? In this webinar I’ll give a brief introduction to strategic planning and then cover one of its key components – SWOT analysis (also known as Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).