Seven spiritual lessons I’ve learned from doing a PhD

This post is by Shifa Desai, a part-time PhD student at the University of Exeter in the UK. Shifa is doing research on self-initiated expatriate academics who have spent most of their careers working in different countries. She is also an ESL teacher, teetering on the edge of burn-out between full-time employment and part-time research. … Continue reading Seven spiritual lessons I’ve learned from doing a PhD

How to get a rock star supervisor

How do you choose the right supervisor? How do you know if it might be time for a change? In this post Associate Professor Evonne Miller offers a check list of qualities of an awesome supervisor. I now blog with Evonne over at The Supervision Whisperers where the tagline is "Just like the Thesis Whisperer, … Continue reading How to get a rock star supervisor

Why you are not the ‘star student’ (and how to become one)

I have a friend doing his PhD, let's call him Ronald. Ronald is clever, bright and diligent. He's spent many, many hours in the lab building prototypes and producing copious amounts of data. He's clearly on the verge of a breakthrough that would change his field (but has yet to publish anything for fear of … Continue reading Why you are not the ‘star student’ (and how to become one)