This post was written by Laura McInerney, who was a high school teacher in England for six years. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Missouri studying for her PhD in Education Leadership & Policy Analysis. She tweets as @miss_mcinerney. As a PhD student it is easy to get starry-eyed over large … Continue reading In praise of the small conference
This post is by Hedda Ransan-Cooper who is currently a PhD Candidate, School of Sociology at the ANU. She doesn't (yet) have a blog but you can find her on twitter: @hedda_r Perhaps you’re one of those people who have always known exactly what you wanted to study. I suspect, though, a lot of researchers … Continue reading Does my PhD have to save the world?
The other day I was reading a paper called "The crisis in Doctoral education: a sociological analysis" by Gavin Kendall which talks about how doctoral education has come to be seen as being in a perpetual state of crisis - even if this is not strictly true. Debate flies thick and fast in the literature … Continue reading What’s your edge?
This post is by Dr Judy Robertson who is a senior lecturer in computer science at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and Chief Cat Herder for the undergraduate computer science programme there. Judy is a blogger as well as a contributing author to the amusing collaborative internet novel in progress "Granite University". My academic ego is … Continue reading Achy breaky heart: coping with academic rejection
All around Australia PhD students are preparing for the 3 minute thesis competition, so it seems like a good time to be talking about presenting skills! This post was written by Jonathan Downie, a PhD student, conference interpreter, public speaker and translator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He co-edits LifeinLINCS (http://lifeinlincs.wordpress.com/) the unofficial blog of the … Continue reading Four Ways to Rock Your Next Talk
For some inexplicable reason, perhaps to do with Woodstock, kaftans, free love and the rest, the education department in Australia decided to abandon the teaching of grammar in the late sixties and didn't start again, as far as I can tell, until the mid 80s. I am the ultimate product of a 1970's education, therefore … Continue reading How to create ‘authoritative voice’ in your writing