This post is written by Brian Flemming, a mathematician working as a Systems Engineer in Edinburgh. He completed an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) as a mature student at Heriot Watt University in 2014 and is now appreciating the freedom to continue studying and spend time away on the hills, without the associated “PhD-guilt" of neglecting the … Continue reading Surviving a PhD disaster
Tolstoy could have been talking about research supervision when he said: 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way'. Supervising a research student involves relationship work. Relationship work can be difficult; when it goes wrong it goes REALLY wrong. But when it goes right, the supervisor/student relationship is the … Continue reading The Big Chill
This post is the joint effort of Victoria Graham and Michelle Redman-MacLaren, both of James Cook University. Victoria is passionate about conservation biology and has dedicated the last four years studying just this. She loves to write and is currently completing an MPhil at James Cook University investigating the potential of a carbon incentive scheme … Continue reading Sink or Swim?
At the end of March I attended the 2nd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training at Oxford University (the program is online here if you are interested). I enjoyed catching up with colleagues in the 'hallway track' and hearing about new stuff happening in various universities. In particular I was impressed by … Continue reading Supervisor or superhero?
All PhD students know that the student-supervisor relationship is fraught with potential pitfalls. A recent letter I received highlights how important it is to establish clear rules between yourself and your supervisor regarding joint authorship of papers, especially when submitting a Thesis by Publication. The student was asking for advice for a friend and I … Continue reading Who should pay?