Are the robots coming for our (research) jobs?

As a researcher, it can be tempting to ignore the current hysteria about automation. I've had a bit of a "not my circus, not my monkeys" attitude myself. Perhaps whole industries will disappear, our taxis will become self driving and our fast food outlets staffed by robots, but research work? I like to think research … Continue reading Are the robots coming for our (research) jobs?

Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students

Have you given up a great full time job to do your PhD? Some of you might have done this fairly recently - what changes can you expect? Jo Khoo is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research focuses on health services use and financing, particularly related to service … Continue reading Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students

How to make an index for your book or dissertation

Dear Readers. Shaun Lehmann, Katherine Firth (of the Research Voodoo blog) and I are currently in the process of writing a new book for Open University Press called ‘Writing Trouble’. ‘Writing Trouble’ will help you diagnose and treat your thesis writing problems. The proposed book evolved out of our work on the Thesis Bootcamp program, … Continue reading How to make an index for your book or dissertation

The tale of 23 Overdue Books

When you do a PhD, life doesn't just ... stop. Most of us start a PhD later in life (the average age on entry is 32), with family and financial responsibilities. Everyone has a role when a crisis hits - supervisors, administrators, family and friends. How can we support each other better? This post is … Continue reading The tale of 23 Overdue Books