Author Archives: pat thomson

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK

run for your life – it’s Profzilla

I’m here to report – somewhat sadly – a recent sighting of a Profzilla rampant. Now, the Profzilla is a relatively common creature and most of the time it happily co-exists with the rest of us, getting by the best … Continue reading

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writing centred supervision

I’ve been thinking recently about my own supervision practices, as well as the literatures on supervision. You’d think I’d have this sorted eh, given how much I write about writing. But there’s always lots of room for reflection, learning and … Continue reading

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a good notebook

It’s not just new pens that I covet. I really like a good notebook too. Like a lot of people I use notebooks in meetings. And I make to-do lists, always lots of to-dos. But I sometimes make meeting notes … Continue reading

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on the perils of self-citation

The other day I got a book in the mail. Not that unusual. This was one that I’d written a chapter in and it was my complimentary copy. Before I stuck it on the shelf I thought I’d take a … Continue reading

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working with literatures #phdknowhow

It’s the time of year when many doctoral researchers are either just starting their PhDs, or starting to write their texts. Here are some things to remember when approaching the task of working with literatures. Rather than literature work being … Continue reading

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writing and routine

This week I’m feeling particularly impressed by the Nottingham novelist, the late Stanley Middleton. When I mention his name outside of the city, people generally say” Who?” A quick google of “Stanley Middleton” produces his obituary as well as several pieces which … Continue reading

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it’s writing time

If you are a student of English literature then you will be very familiar with the paratext and the hypotext. A hypotext is an early text that serves as a source for a later one. Homer’s Odyssey was the hypotext … Continue reading

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