The tyranny of the Awesome Supervisor

This post is by Dr Catherine Ayers, who was a PhD candidate in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University, researching the multiple and sometimes conflicting ways we conceptualise and experience ‘Nature’, specifically in the realm of national parks and other protected areas. She has been known to nerd it up as an … Continue reading The tyranny of the Awesome Supervisor

The importance of being interesting

One of the hardest parts of my job here at ANU is being responsible for ANU's participation in the Three minute thesis competition. Just in case you have just joined PhD land, the 3MT is an international competition for PhD students with only a couple of simple rules. You have to tell a non-academic audience … Continue reading The importance of being interesting

Critical thinking – the hardest doctoral skill of all?

I'm in the enviable position of having a blog with a wide readership (thank you) which means I get sent review copies by publishers. Everyone at work gets jealous when a book package arrives and I feel like a rock star. This is a good feeling. On the other hand, there are only so many … Continue reading Critical thinking – the hardest doctoral skill of all?

If you blog, will you lose your job?

I am publishing this post outside of my usual Wednesday schedule because I want to comment on a very live issue in Australia. The Thesis Whisperer is truly a labour of love. It does not fit in my work week, which is filled to the brim with meetings, teaching and other commitments. I edit contributions … Continue reading If you blog, will you lose your job?

How to close your blog gracefully.

This post is by Jenny Delasalle, a blogger and freelance blog manager for the Piirus blog, amongst many roles, past and present. Piirus is an online, research collaboration matching service that is provided to the international research community by the University of Warwick, UK, and it aims to support researchers through its blog as well … Continue reading How to close your blog gracefully.