Category Archives: PhD

conferencing your way through doctoral research

This is a guest post written by Julia Molinari. Julia teaches English for Academic Purposes at The University of Nottingham. Her PhD examines what is ‘academic’ about academic writing. Julia tweets as @serenissimaj and blogs as Academic Emergence What follows … Continue reading

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beyond the CV, or: how I learned to stop worrying and love my subject association

This is the third post in a set about what to do during your PhD. Its been written by Sarah Burton, who is in her final year of a PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths. Sarah describes her research as “using … Continue reading

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things to do during your PhD – organise an event

Nicola Sim is in the final year of a collaborative PhD ( Tate and the School of Education, The University of Nottingham). Her PhD examines partnership between youth organisations and art galleries. She tweets as @nickyjsim and blogs at youth/culture … Continue reading

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starting the PhD – anticipate tasks and timings

It’s little tricky to write generic advice about the PhD. That’s because every PhD is unique, as is every doctoral researcher. Not only are there clear disciplinary differences in the ways in which PhDs are accomplished, but the methodological choices … Continue reading

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starting the phd? get organised now

Yes, I know nearly everyone says you need to get organised – but that’s because it really is true. Getting yourself well set up for the long haul will save time – and your sense of being in control – … 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 to get unstuck – #phdknowhow

Sometimes, in the middle of the PhD, you feel stuck. You feel as if you’re losing focus. Perhaps your research question is slipping away. Perhaps your research question no longer feels as if it quite fits. You may be analyzing … Continue reading

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