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

Why you should blog during your PhD

I'm an advocate for blogging, obviously, but should you blog during your PhD? Will you have time? Will it be a distraction? I find it hard to answer those questions, but a growing number of people are doing it and I'm lucky enough that Gaia Cantelli wrote in to share her experience of blogging, which … Continue reading Why you should blog during your PhD

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

How to start podcasting your research

This is the second post Dr Katie Linder has written for us on Podcasting. In Part One she discussed some of the benefits of being a researcher/podcast. In this post she lays out a pratical strartegy for starting. I think I might have to give it a go! If you haven' t listened to Katie's … Continue reading How to start podcasting your research

We need to talk about competition

Competition is like the background radiation of academia - ever present, but rarely visible. Here's a field guide to some common forms of competition amongst research students and some useful ways to think about it. If just to prove that competition does not have to be a way of life, this post has three authors: … Continue reading We need to talk about competition

Why you are not the ‘star student’ (and how to become one)

I have a friend doing his PhD, let's call him Ronald. Ronald is clever, bright and diligent. He's spent many, many hours in the lab building prototypes and producing copious amounts of data. He's clearly on the verge of a breakthrough that would change his field (but has yet to publish anything for fear of … Continue reading Why you are not the ‘star student’ (and how to become one)

Is the advice you get about your PhD wrong?

This post is by Dr Matthew Evans who is currently a Teaching Fellow in Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK and Visiting Researcher in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Prior to this he completed his PhD … Continue reading Is the advice you get about your PhD wrong?