about me

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham. Her research is centred primarily on how schools might change to be more engaging and meaningful for more children and young people. She has recently been investigating the arts, creativity and other kinds of experiential approaches in school and community settings, including galleries and museums. She is also interested in researcher education and the writing that scholars want to, and must, do.

She is currently Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.

She was a member of the first Routledge Education Arena Expert Panel.

Listen to an Education Arena interview with Pat about digital scholarship and academic writing.

University home page

Amazon author page

YouTube pitch for a paper written for Discourse journal: hear the accent, this is what I look like!

Editorial interview:@ Educational Action Research Journal

Podcast with Ben from LitreviewHQ

A webinar with Pat talking about doctoral writing and literature work.

Twitter: @ThomsonPat

This blog is archived by The British Library.

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27 Responses to about me

  1. Donna Franklin says:

    Many thanks for ‘Helping doctoral students write’! this book keeps my feet firmly on the ground with my head turned upwards! as a dyslexic the use of metaphor helps me visualize who is sitting around my ‘table’ and whether they are seated in the right place for conversation with the others i have invited. I would also go as far as to try to guess what they might say to each other! really helps the critical thinking process….. thanks.

  2. I enjoyed your blog, Pat – someone tweeted about it the other day. And someone else has asked if you’re on Twitter yourself?

  3. Karina Quinn says:

    Hi Pat, great blog (found you through the @thesiswhisperer). Can’t find a subscribe button for you though – any chance you could point it out to me?

    Many thanks

  4. Great blog, Pat! Thanks for putting all of this together. I have also a keen interest in writing, particularly scientific writing, and have recently started a blog myself to provide resources to PhD students and fellow academics. I wonder whether you might want to include it under your Doctoral Education page. The link is here: http://www.marialuisaaliotta.com

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  6. Jeff McGee says:

    Dear Pat

    Many thanks, this blog is a fantastic resource. Those recent posts in thesis writing are gold for PhD students.

    Best Regards

    Jeff McGee

  7. Dear Pat

    Love your blog. I am not sure when or how you get the time to be such a busy writer, but I regularly look forward to each and every blog. cheers rochelle, Adelaide.

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  11. Sian White says:

    Hi Pat,

    Just wanted to say I’m really glad I stumbled upon your blog – as I’m about to begin a PhD in October, I can see there is a wealth of valuable resource for me to plunder beforehand in order to be fully prepared / warned!



    • Elaine says:

      Sian, I think you are fortunate and clever to be looking at Pat’s work at the start of your phd, unlike me, desperately looking for something at the end of a phd!

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  14. pippayeoman says:

    I so enjoy reading your posts and I’m not certain what the politically correct, digitally mediated etiquette is for saying so. I’m looking for something with more weight than the FB ‘like’ and less impersonal than the numbers I silently generate on your WordPress stats page, so I will stick with the digitally mediated version of the in person: “Thank you.”

  15. Y. Prior says:

    Ms. Thomson (or Patter) – I just wanted to say that recently I realized how much time you must spend in drafting up these helpful and thoughtful posts – and wanted to just say thanks. It is rare that someone “established” – and so well-rounded – would take the time to give like this – and I hope that you have many blessings rippled back your way as you put out such a nice resource like this – with your personal touch as well.

  16. Pirate Roberts says:

    Dr. Thomson,
    Many thanks for your clear concise essay on methodology vs. methods. Revising my Ch. 3 for final dissertation submission and have bookmarked your site under “Shadow Committee” ;-)
    Thank you for the time you take to extend your wisdom beyond your students at Nottingham.
    Generosity is a boomerang.

  17. Elaine says:

    I also want to thank Pat (and Barbara) for your excellent book Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals. I know that following the steps don’t magically produce a good article, but working in a structured way really suits me as I am liable to go off on tangents when writing. Your research and the way you present it is saving me valuable time and legwork and making the writing process much smoother. many thanks! :D :D

  18. Janna says:

    I wanted to thank you for changing my view on the literature review. Now I am no longer fighting the octopus I am busy deliberating on seating arrangements. Although I have expanded the dinner-party somewhat and made it a small wedding dinner instead – am still deciding which branch of the family to invite, and where to put friends and acquaintances, but will be limiting the number of tables to the absolute minimum. My topic seems to attract potential guests in flocks. Thanks for your book.

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  20. Richard says:

    I couldn’t agree more!!!! During my entire (very long) stretch as a doctoral student I was annoyed to be “just a student” — hadn’t I been teaching “students” all day at the high school, only to be on that side of the “fence” when I walked into the university that night? That didn’t seem right but I didn’t want to whine and moan about it ….out loud. Thank you for the article!

  21. Thanks Patter.. I found your blog more helpful during this period of my thesis writing. My motivation

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