This post is by Colin Cohen, who completed a doctorate at the School for Health in the University of Bath in south west England. Colin is what we call in the trade a ‘non traditional student’: older, part time and not working in an academic field. Many people have talked to me about what an … Continue reading Succeeding as a ‘non traditional’ student
This post is by a British post doc working in Scandinavia on European Studies. In the weeks and months leading up to the submission of my PhD, I found myself imagining what life would be like on the ’other side’. As a means of forcing myself over the final hurdle, I visualised how amazing it would … Continue reading What’s it like to be ‘finished’?
This post is written by Brian Flemming, a mathematician working as a Systems Engineer in Edinburgh. He completed an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) as a mature student at Heriot Watt University in 2014 and is now appreciating the freedom to continue studying and spend time away on the hills, without the associated “PhD-guilt” of neglecting the … Continue reading Surviving a PhD disaster
This post is written by Brian Flemming, a mathematician working as a Systems Engineer in Edinburgh. He has recently completed an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) as a mature student at Heriot Watt University, which he found an intensive and enjoyable experience, and which he credits with greatly increasing the effectiveness and authority of his work. He … Continue reading The Post PhD Blues
Here at the Whisperer we try to make your life easier by reading books and doing reviews. We try to review books which would appeal to most researchers, but some of the books we get sent have more specific audiences in mind. “Ethics and Values in Social research” by Paul Ransome is clearly designed for … Continue reading Book Review: Ethics and Values in Social Research, Paul Ransome
I started my PhD at the University of Melbourne in early 2006 and finished in 2009. I did well, collecting the John Grice Award for best thesis in my faculty and coming second for the university medal (dammit!). I attribute this success to two ‘how to’ books in particular: Evans and Gruba’s “How to write … Continue reading The best two books on doing a thesis
This post is by Inez Von Weitershausen, a PhD student at the London School of Economics who blogs on people, thoughts, experiences, feelings on the Epiphany blog. Inez first came to my attention when she wrote an interesting article in the Guardian about PhD survival strategies, so I was happy when she sent me this … Continue reading “I’m writing a book no one will read” and other reasons the PhD can get you down
This letter was written by an experienced academic at ANU to her PhD student, who had just presented his research to a review panel and was still licking her wounds. The student sent it to me and I thought it was a great response I asked the academic in question, and the student who received … Continue reading Why does feedback hurt sometimes?
While there are a plethora of books on how to do your PhD, very few of them deal with doing a PhD while living overseas and working in another language. Conversely, books on study skills for international undergraduate students are relatively common, so when “Study skills for international postgraduates ” by Martin Davies came across … Continue reading Book Review: study skills for post graduates
This post is by Cassily Charles from Charles Sturt University where she is the academic writing coordinator for Higher Degree Research Students in the CSU Academic Support Unit. (ie: another thesis Whisperer). In this post Cassily picks up on an earlier post from February on the topic of PhD student as Meerkat – a powerful … Continue reading The ‘ex-wife strategy’ and other tips for acting like a meerkat