Not doing the PhD (and being ok with that)

Eleanor Malbon is a research fellow at the University of New South Wales and an aborted PhD candidate.  She researches social policy and public administration, which can be as dry as it sounds, but the people she works with are consistently interesting. You can find her research profile here and most of her published work … Continue reading Not doing the PhD (and being ok with that)

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, … Continue reading How to be the ‘star PhD student’ – when you are an introvert

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 … Continue reading Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

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

Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students

Have you given up a great full time job to do your PhD? Some of you might have done this fairly recently - what changes can you expect? Jo Khoo is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research focuses on health services use and financing, particularly related to service … Continue reading Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students

I want to leave academia – what’s next?

Good advice on how NOT to be an academic when you finish your PhD is pretty thin on the ground. Many supervisors have never done anything else, and/or are not well enough connected with industry to know what is 'hot'. Careers centres at universities tend to shape their offerings around the huge undergraduate cohort, who … Continue reading I want to leave academia – what’s next?

Your PhD can be your strongest career asset

This post is by Owain Johnstone. Owain recently submitted his PhD thesis in Socio-Legal Studies at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University. His research explores the role of the British state in influencing the social construction of 'human trafficking' since the first English law was introduced on the topic in the early 2000s. He … Continue reading Your PhD can be your strongest career asset

I call bullshit on pointless ‘hope labour’

About 30% of my work week is classified as 'service': work that supports others in the community, such as sitting on committees, writing reviews and references, consulting on problems and so on. As a result of this higher than usual level of service work, the sheer number and range of things I do in a … Continue reading I call bullshit on pointless ‘hope labour’