Becoming a professional doubter

Warning: this post contains pictures of spiders. Big ones. Please close this post now if this is going to totally freak you out. One of the fun things about being Australian, especially when you travel overseas, is freaking out non Australians with stories of the huge spiders, lizards and snakes which occasionally wander into your […]

Why do people quit the PhD?

I’m interupting our usual programming to share with you some research in progress, because I am really interested in hearing what you think of it. Next week I’ll be at the Quality in Post graduate Research conference (or QPR) the key gathering for research educators in Australia. I’m planning on presenting an analysis of the […]

The Toddler’s Guide to Doing a PhD

This post was written by Jonathan Downie, a PhD student, conference interpreter, public speaker and translator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He co-edits LifeinLINCS the unofficial blog of the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University. He is married with two children. His newest blog Rock Your Talk aims to help people keep on […]

Is it possible to escape the casual teaching trap?

This post, by Robin May of Melbourne University, is on a matter close to my own heart – casual teaching. Sessional lecturers, or  ‘adjuncts’ as they are sometimes called in the United States, are an increasingly common feature of the Higher Education workforce worldwide. I was a sessional lecturer for 11 years. While some of […]