July 25, 2011

Truly Bonkers, I’m Starting to Think You’re Truly Bonkers .. Early Warning Signs Your Supervisor is a Loon

Have you presented at a conference and suddenly heard a snide remark from the back only to find it’s your supervisor? Believe me this happens, I’ve seen it and I’ve seen the poor students try to defend themselves and been totally lost. This is not best practice, have a word. Better still, show them the door.

June 17, 2011

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now … ? a.k.a Do I Divorce my Supervisor or Learn to Live With It?

In previous posts I have discussed how to ask your supervisor for a divorce and how to maintain a good supervisory relationship. But what happens if your relationship with your supervisor bounces up on down on the sea-saw: sometimes fine, and other times not? What should you do?

May 24, 2011

Who cares about authority?!

Who cares about authority? We all should – but differently.

April 19, 2011

Learning to fly

Jess Drake offers some helpful advice when you find yourself evicted from the nest…

April 12, 2011

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle … of two supervisors who don’t agree

Having two supervisors is becoming increasingly common. If, like me, you did your PhD within a college of the University Of London, UK you will automatically get two supervisors. This is done for a range of reasons including; supervisor commitments, breadth of knowledge / experience, pastoral reasons (so you don’t end up needing my muchcontinue reading.

March 31, 2011

Elephants never forget, sadly most PhDs are not supervised by elephants! How to deal with forgetful supervisors

Many students have to ‘manage up’ their supervisor – Dr Sarah Louise Quinell tells you how!

March 22, 2011

Living Happily Ever After (aka Maintaining a Good Student / Supervisor Relationship)

In my last post I wrote about what to do if you need an academic divorce during your PhD. This time I am considering the flip side of the argument: maintaining a successful student / supervisor relationship. After my ‘divorce’ was finalised my secondary supervisor took over and we began the process of rebuilding andcontinue reading.

March 15, 2011

How to tell your supervisor you want a divorce

This week’s guest post comes from Dr Sarah-Louise Quinnell, who gained her PhD from the Geography Department at King’s College London in 2010. Here Sarah talks about the delicate matter of ‘supervisory divorce’.

March 3, 2011

Developing your inner Yoda, er – scholar

In which I argue that your inner scholar is a bit like Yoda. Yes, really.

February 1, 2011

Advice for newbies

Squisy Scientist talks about getting the academic bonding process going

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