No matter who you are, when you start your PhD advice falls around you like fine rain. Despite the fact that I worked in research education already, lots of people felt free to give me advice when I started. I noticed that the advice ranged from the banal and obvious: "Don't leave all your writing … Continue reading Unhelpful PhD advice
Robert Faff is Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 13 ARC grants (funding exceeding $4 million); more than 280 refereed journal publications; career citations exceeding 7,000; and a h-index of 45 (Google Scholar). His particular passion is nurturing and … Continue reading The research Pitch
Thesis Whisperer Jnr was eight months old when I started my Masters degree by research at RMIT and was seven years old when I graduated with my PhD from the University of Melbourne. In retrospect, the decision to go back to post graduate study with a very young child seems slightly insane, but I remember … Continue reading Will my children be damaged by my PhD?
My friend and colleague Dr Rachael Pitt, otherwise known on Twitter as @thefellowette has had a conventional academic career. By 'conventional' I don't mean that she finished her PhD, accepted a permanent position as a lecturer and has worked at the same university ever since. Oh no no no - that was a conventional academic … Continue reading What do academic employers want?