Taking Time Off

It can be hard to take time off. But it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. To make matters worse, our role models – aka supervisors and bosses – can appear like they don’t need, nor take annual leave. EVER! In this workshop, I’ll talk about the value of taking time off, setting […]

Twelve Questions to Consider When Changing PhD Topic

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to changing your PhD topic. But there are some things you can consider. Here I ask 12 questions to help you move through the process. And if you’re into scoring, you could rate each one to help you decide what to do next. Transcript: At […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Supervisor

No matter how well your PhD progresses,; no matter how good a relationship you (think you) have with your supervisor(s), at some point there’ll be a need for a tough conversation. It could be about publication authorship. It could be about experimental design. It could be about grant writing, or thesis submission or leaving academia. […]

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 […]

Five Points of PhD Program Failure

In this audio, I cover off five different points of failure within PhD programs and how you might address them. Transcript In the work that I do, I’m often asked to help build PhD programs. As a result, I’ve done a fair bit of work research into published research or looking at the published research […]

PhD Program Failure – Lack of Students

One of the biggest problems in a PhD program is lack of students. More students means greater peer support. More students also means many events and activities are more cost effective (or less dollars per student). Transcript Quick tip. If you’re building a PhD program, don’t be scared of having a large number of students. […]