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things to do during your #phd – sit on a university committee

In thus guest post Milena Popova and Jackie Barker, two PhD students from the University of the West of England reflect on 18 months acting as PhD representatives on university committees. Milena Popova is a PhD researcher at the Digital … Continue reading

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sift and sort – a revision strategy for a problem paper

Those of you who like to work with material stuff, moving actual objects around, might want to try to this revision strategy. It’s not too dissimilar to the computer based version, but here you get to use paper and scissors. … Continue reading

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the doctoral teacher on twitter

A workshop on social media for doctoral researchers. A question. “I’m teaching undergraduate students. I’m part of a team. The only (young) woman in the group. I’m on twitter, and lots of the students have followed me. The others in … Continue reading

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tackling a messy first draft

You may have just produced a great wadge of material through free writing. Or perhaps you have a very messy draft of a paper, or a draft thesis chapter. Where to start to try to sort out the useful writing … Continue reading

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on feeling stupid

I started reading a book last week on the train. As you do. My journey took two and three quarter hours and, in that time, I read one and a half chapters. I am normally a fast reader and so … Continue reading

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mapping your literatures

Mapping is a helpful ‘thinking’ strategy for putting together emerging ideas about the books and papers that you have read.  Just like a map of the physical environment, a map of the literatures highlights prominent features, shows how key points are … Continue reading

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no mail today

Last week the university email went down. And the week before. Both times on a Monday morning. You know, Monday, the day when you’re psyched up to go back to work after the weekend. The email was off when I got … Continue reading

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