Tag Archives: Pat Thomson

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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getting ourselves onto media – a case of “just do it”?

I see another one of those articles about hopeless academics is doing the rounds again. You know the ones – we academics live in la la land and wilfully speak in big words that no ordinary person can understand. We talk … Continue reading

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are we stuck in a Gutenberg time-warp?

Last week I was in Strasbourg, the home* of Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press. I was giving a “lecture” on academic writing to a European social science summer school. I decided to focus my talk on the current “gold … Continue reading

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a double plus bad PhD experience

A few weeks ago someone posted this comment on patter. I think it’s worth reposting. As a non-native English Phd researcher, my conclusion is that doing a PhD written in English language is almost doing a PhD in creative English … Continue reading

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what goes on a university home page?

Apparently job search firms routinely conduct online searches on academics. Thesis Whisperer recently reported that she quickly found online information about someone for whom she had been asked to provide an independent tenure commentary, and she urged us all to google … Continue reading

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#acwri know how, know what – and know who

Some people talk about academic writing as a skill. A skill is the ability to do something with a high level of expertise. Fair enough – we are all expected to ‘do’ academic writing with high levels of expertise. However, a skill … Continue reading

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text work/identity work

When we write we not only produce text, we also produce ourselves as scholars. As we make textual decisions – what to write about, who to cite and who to leave out, what evidence to include, how we use language … Continue reading

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