Sara Shinton is a freelance research educator who works for a range of universities north of the Scottish border. I’ve followed Sara on Twitter for ages and kept meeting people who love her work. After a series of missed attempts to meet during my visits to the UK, I did wonder if we were destined … Continue reading 53 interesting ways to communicate your research
This piece was written by am experienced supervisor in science who has a lot of experience in working on industry projects. The supervisor wished to remain anonymous, for reasons that will become obvious as you read on... Working on an industry funded PhD project can be a hugely beneficial experience. Not only is there the … Continue reading Working with industry – should you do it?
In a recent lecture at ANU, the esteemed research education expert Dr Margaret Kiley claimed that if we set out to design the Australian PhD from scratch we wouldn't start from here. The PhD assessment (in most cases, a long form thesis), she argued, does not not necessarily develop the full panoply of skills we … Continue reading It’s not just about the thesis…
I often get asked if students are allowed to use professional editors. In most universities you can and there are even funds provided for this purpose in some cases. Brendan Brown, Director of The Expert Editor, an Australian professional editing company that specialises in thesis editing, sent me this article recently. I thought the article … Continue reading Should I get an editor for my thesis?
I have a friend, let's call him Darryl. Darryl used his skills from a former life as a project manager to bring his PhD in on time and on budget. This involved carefully setting constraints around his project so it was doable and collecting data in a time efficient fashion. When this was done Darryl … Continue reading The zombie thesis
You know you have arrived as a blogger, I think, when thesis examiners recommend that a student submit part of their text to your blog! At least, that is what has happened in this case and they were right - how could I resist a post on cartoon characters? An avid life-long learning, Charmayne completed … Continue reading What’s Bugs Bunny got to do with it?