Other than “when you started” I cannot think of a better time than now to start improving your writing.
During school, I rarely read. In fact, I only read because I had to throughout school. Then I continued that in university. I am living proof of marginal gains for reading. To start with, I was encouraged to read the news. Then that developed into interests that I actively sought out and books to read. […]
Twenty Questions for before you start or go back to studying (a PhD). They aren’t in any order. Just as they popped into my head.
We need better PhD supervisors.1 Yes – students need to take control of their own destiny. Yes – students need to be more aware of their role in the research, and supervisory process. Yes – students should be self-informing about options beyond their PhD. But…
Just like everything looks like a nail if you are a hammer, your PhD appears academic when all of your skills are presented in that context. Similarly, people in other sectors will have the same problem. They’ll see how their skills are specific to their sector.
Will it Zoom? I’m not sure, but we should give it a go. And, I know you are all sick of Zoom but hear me out. Please.
If you’re not on social media, you are not translating your research – it is as simple as that. But, being on social media doesn’t mean you are translating your research. There are so many scenarios and alternatives within each option it can be paralysing to even make a start!
Teaching will be to small groups or at a distance to large groups. University campuses will be void of students. Due to their low use, teaching spaces will be converted to offices, and research spaces to allow for new physical distancing requirements. International travel for researchers will be virtually impossible, so collaborations will be maintained […]
A mentor should be someone who can show you the way through things. They may not have THE answer, but they probably have AN answer. A bit like a Sherpa helps people up mountains. They cannot climb the mountain for you, but they can give you the best advice and support about how to climb.
The decision to become an academic researcher is often based on passion for science or research. And although leaving any profession is hard, the decision to leave academia is often a tough one. There are often conflicting emotions concerning staying or leaving. Not to mention the conversations with staff, students and colleagues. And sometimes it […]