An invitation to whisperer readers to contribute to an edited book

As you know, the Whisperer specialises in publishing stories from people doing a PhD which offer useful ways to understand research degree study. These stories are always popular because they are authentic. They speak about the experience of research degree study in all it's messy glory. Stories are an excellent way to learn. They help … Continue reading An invitation to whisperer readers to contribute to an edited book

When good supervisors go bad…

I get a lot of emails from students complaining about their supervision experience. This one, from an anonymous student, stood out. I think it's the way the student thought they had it all figured out - before it went so very wrong.... There are a lot of bad PhD stories out there. Stories of never-ending … Continue reading When good supervisors go bad…

What will you do when your doctorate is done?

In a recent post on her blog "100 days to the doctorate and beyond" Dr Evelyn Tsitas reflects on her post PhD experience. Like many part time doctoral candidates, Evelyn was working full time throughout her doctorate and, after it was done, finds herself, at least temporarily, back where she started, doing the same job … Continue reading What will you do when your doctorate is done?

Lessons from Downton Abbey: or, five reasons why your School’s research administrator is just as important as your supervisor

This piece was written by my ex-RMIT colleague and friend Dr Sarah Stow. Sarah has a PhD in English Literature and has been working for a long time, at a high level, in university administration and has learned about academia from both sides. Sarah is currently doing a project management role at the School of … Continue reading Lessons from Downton Abbey: or, five reasons why your School’s research administrator is just as important as your supervisor