Loving the PhD life

The PhD can offer some distinct lifestyle benefits. In this post is by Cassandra Wardle. Cassandra is a PhD student in the Griffith University School of Environment, the HDR representative for Griffith University, and an intern at the Australian Academy of Science. You can find Cassandra on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassandrawardle/ Cassandra has lived through her fair … Continue reading Loving the PhD life

Upgrading from Masters to PhD

In Australia, enrolling in a Masters by research (or 'MPhil') it is a relatively common pathway to a PhD, but how hard is it to achieve the 'upgrade'? This post is by Jonathan O’Donnell, who has spent most of his career in universities, helping academics to find funding for their research. His doctoral research looks … Continue reading Upgrading from Masters to PhD

Why it’s important to be exactly certain about how much you don’t know.

This blog post is another in a series towards developing ideas for the new book I am writing with my ANU colleague Shaun Lehmann and Katherine Firth of the Research Voodoo blog. "Your academic writing trouble and how to fix it" was born of our frustration at reading the strange comments supervisors sometimes write on … Continue reading Why it’s important to be exactly certain about how much you don’t know.

Slow Academia is for the privileged – but then, isn’t all academia?

Is academia too Fast? In 2011, I wrote a piece called Slow academia in which I mused: "If you think about it, a thesis or dissertation is the epitome of Slow. Even if you finish in speedy fashion you are unlikely to turn one out in less than three years. Over those years you have … Continue reading Slow Academia is for the privileged – but then, isn’t all academia?