School is out for summer!

Well, that's all your posts for the year friends - it's nearly the end of 2017 already! I've been a big year for me: three book projects completed and a big research project report released. I exhausted, so I'm off to Tasmania for some much needed R&R. As ever, thanks to the wonderful team I … Continue reading School is out for summer!

In praise of academic spouses

It's almost Christmas time, when many of us have a bit of time with our families. It seems an appropriate place to pause and think about the myriad of ways that our families provide support for many of us. This post is by Moira Hansen who is currently in the 3rd year of her Lord … Continue reading In praise of academic spouses

How doing an internship saved my PhD

This post is by Mia Tarp Hansen, a Danish third year PhD candidate in political science, enrolled at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Mia's research is located in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, specifically focusing on civil society conditions and policy in the area. Mia has spent 1.5 years in the field, mostly in Kazakhstan and … Continue reading How doing an internship saved my PhD

Haiku your way to a PhD?

Sometimes I get sent posts that are just too charmingly odd to resist. This one is by Paula Loveday of the University of the Sunshine Coast. PhD candidate and owner of Peace and Prosperity success coaching. This is a post about... well, Paula can explain! Let me begin by saying I’m not a poet. And … Continue reading Haiku your way to a PhD?

How to be an academic?

I have a new book out! If you follow me on any of my social media channels, you probably know this already, but I thought I would tell you again anyway because I'm excited about it 🙂 The book is called "How to be an Academic" is essentially a compilation of writing I have done … Continue reading How to be an academic?

Conference small talk – the definitive guide

This post was originally published on the All things Linguistic blog about a year ago by Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen started blogging as a linguistics grad student at McGill University, but is now a full-time pop linguist, bridging the gap between linguistics and the general public. She writes pop linguistics articles for various places and is currently writing a book about … Continue reading Conference small talk – the definitive guide

The academic handmaiden’s tale

Content warning - this post contains details and discussion of sexual assault and harassment. For more information and services, please visit the ANU Respectful relationships page. Yesterday we got a damning report on sexual harrassment and assault in Australian universities.  It's truly harrowing reading. I'm not going to recap the report, you should read it … Continue reading The academic handmaiden’s tale

The PhD – 30 years after…

This post is by Dr Randy Horwitz, who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He serves as the Medical Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and teaches medical students and see patients at the University Medical Center. “Wow. So I guess you’re not using your PhD, … Continue reading The PhD – 30 years after…

Making the most of your conference money

This post is by Dr Alexandra Hogan, a mathematical infectious disease modeller. She submitted her PhD thesis at the Research School of Population Health at ANU in November 2016. She is now working on models for malaria transmission at Imperial College London. For an academic, participating in conferences is important for lots of reasons: sharing research … Continue reading Making the most of your conference money

PhD Depression (or just the blues?)

While many people will suffer 'the blues' during the PhD, in some cases the problem is more serious and can lead to or trigger clinical depression. In those cases, all the practical advice in the world won't help and you need to seek medical attention. If you are worried about how you feel, and nothing … Continue reading PhD Depression (or just the blues?)