Am I a student, or a therapist?!

Last year I published a post called "How I broke up with my supervisor" which detailed one student's less than great experience of supervision. I got many emails after that post, some with really dreadful stories of neglect and bullying. I decided to publish some of them, with the authors' permission, because I think they … Continue reading Am I a student, or a therapist?!

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 … Continue reading Becoming a professional doubter

Book Review: “BITE recipes for remarkable research”

Judy Robertson is the co-editor of  the free to download academic recipe book “BITE: Recipes for  Remarkable Research” which is published by Sense this month. I was privileged to take part in this project and contribute a recipe and case study to the book. In this post Judy explains why on earth she wanted to … Continue reading Book Review: “BITE recipes for remarkable research”

Don’t get pregnant. If you can help it…

This post is by Walter Reinhardt, a PhD student at ANU's Fenner school where he is investigating demand management policy for residential water and electricity use. Walter is now at the pointy end of his degree, but he took time out to play with the stats and tell you what the likelihood is of you … Continue reading Don’t get pregnant. If you can help it…