Staying Focused on Your PhD

PhDs take forever. Well, it seems that way. Data on completion times suggests 7 years is the average. Yet, (Australian) universities are pushing 3 years, perhaps with a 6 month extension. So, how do you stay focused? Or, more to the point, what are the kinds of things that distract you from making meaningful progress […]

Having Tough Conversations With Your Students

Sometimes, talking with your PhD students can be like trying to negotiate with a silverback gorilla. And, maybe in those times you’re better off taking the same response as we did with COVID19 and physically distance yourself. But, for the other times, when its going to be tough but not gorilla tough – what can […]

Selecting a PhD Topic

One of the most overlooked steps in the PhD process is topic selection. In this FREE on-line workshop, I’ll go through how potential applicants might choose a topic. Importantly, I’ll also look at factors that influence topic such as where you live, where you are willing to study and what your background is. If you’re […]

Using MS Word to Write your Thesis

So often I hear “what program should I use to write my thesis?” And, like photographers say the best camera is the one you have with you, the best program to write your thesis with is the one you have. Most people have MS Word. Yet, many overlook it for other programs (e.g. scrivener). Or […]

Things to do when you cannot conduct experiments

Whether it is a global pandemic or broken machinery, there are times when doing experiments might not be possible. In this webinar I’ll go through some of the things you could do when collecting data is not possible. We’ll also hear from you – the participants – about your go to things to do when […]

Using technology to complete your PhD faster

Average completion times for a PhD vary, but most data suggests at least four years (full time) as an average. In some cases, the average completion time is more than seven years! So, how can we reduce that time. Short of doing more work or more hours (which I do not recommend), or being more […]

Preparing for life beyond your PhD – applying for jobs

According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD graduates would not do the their PhD again. In this webinar we’ll take a look at the academic and non-academic job application process and some of […]