Is your PhD stuck on Mars? Apply the Martian Method

Ever felt stuck? All researchers, no matter how experienced, get stuck sometimes, but during your PhD, when the clock is ticking, getting stuck is very stressful. This post is by Rosemary Chang: academic developer, writer and researcher. In her role at RMIT University, she partners with university staff on scholarshipof learning and teaching (SoTL) initiatives. […]

PhD Fear (a personal account)

This post is by Elaine Campbell. Elaine is an Associate Professor at Northumbria Law School, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She is particularly interested in interpretative qualitative research, using story and narrative as a sensemaking tool. Elaine is due to submit her Professional Doctorate in Law in March 2019. Elaine’s thesis will explore her lived experience […]

Using oral feedback to complement written feedback

Dr. Daveena Tauber is a consultant who specializes in working with graduate students and programs in the U.S. and internationally. Her work includes individual writing consulting, workshops for students and faculty, and program consulting. Find more information and resources at scholarstudioblog.com.  Anyone who teaches or advises writers has experienced the infuriating déjà vu of reading a […]

How to be the ‘star PhD student’ – when you are an introvert

Do you identify as ‘introvert’? Many PhD students do. If you are less comfortable with social spaces, the networking part of academia might be painful. To tell you the truth, I don’t really buy the ‘introvert/extrovert’ spectrum as I don’t identify as either. I’m always uncomfortable with such absolute descriptions as people are very complex, […]

Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

Interdisciplinary research. So hot right now… or is it? To be clear – I’m a super fan of interdisciplinary work. I’m happily ‘post-disciplinary’ myself. My PhD was interdisciplinary, and my current job is transdisciplinary. I work with all kinds of research students, from physics to fine art; education to chemistry, I embrace you all! While […]

The dreaded doctoral defense

An oral defence, or Viva, is common in the UK, Europe, NZ. The viva is less common in Australia.  Most Australian students will do a final presentation before the PhD, but many universities are currently discussing how to introduce a defence as part of the examination process, so we can expect a defence of some […]