The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Jonathan Downie is currently in the final stages of his PhD on client expectations of interpreters from Heriot-Watt University. Jonathan is a long time contributor to the Whisperer - his most popular piece was on parenting a toddler. This time Jonathan has some good words of advice for the PhD journey. You can read more … Continue reading The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Dr Daddy and the Double Act

We've written about parenting through a PhD quite a lot on the Whisperer. Last time we heard from Jonathan Downie he was parenting a toddler. This time Jonathan reflects on being a PhD Dad. You can read more about Jonathan and his work on his blog Rock Your Talk. It’s 4.30pm and the new student … Continue reading Dr Daddy and the Double Act

What I Wish We Taught First Years

This month, all around Australia, there will be a whole crop of PhD students starting their degree. It's an exciting time, but a nerve-wracking one as well. Last time we heard from Jonathan Downie he was parenting a toddler. This time Jonathan has some good words of advice for those of you just starting on … Continue reading What I Wish We Taught First Years

The Toddler’s Guide to Doing a PhD

This post was written by Jonathan Downie, a PhD student, conference interpreter, public speaker and translator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He co-edits LifeinLINCS the unofficial blog of the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University. He is married with two children. His newest blog Rock Your Talk aims to help people keep on … Continue reading The Toddler’s Guide to Doing a PhD