Managing conflicting feedback on your thesis

We rarely have posts from our North American academic cousins on the Thesis Whisperer, so it's a pleasure to bring you this one from Dr Alison Crump. Alison is the Academic Projects Officer in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Second Language Education at McGill. There … Continue reading Managing conflicting feedback on your thesis

Who should pay?

All PhD students know that the student-supervisor relationship is fraught with potential pitfalls. A recent letter I received highlights how important it is to establish clear rules between yourself and your supervisor regarding joint authorship of papers, especially when submitting a Thesis by Publication. The student was asking for advice for a friend and I … Continue reading Who should pay?

When good supervisors go bad…

I get a lot of emails from students complaining about their supervision experience. This one, from an anonymous student, stood out. I think it's the way the student thought they had it all figured out - before it went so very wrong.... There are a lot of bad PhD stories out there. Stories of never-ending … Continue reading When good supervisors go bad…

Please stop telling me to ‘manage’ my supervisor!

Like many other academic developers, I have often run workshops called 'manage your supervisor' where I try, in an upbeat fashion, to empower students to feel they can take charge of their own learning and responsibility for the outcomes. I acknowledge in this workshop that supervisors are generally busy, time poor creatures who might need … Continue reading Please stop telling me to ‘manage’ my supervisor!

THAT meeting

This post was written by Jonathan Downie, a PhD student, conference interpreter, public speaker and translator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He co-edits LifeinLINCS the unofficial blog of the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University. He is married with one child and another on the way. His newest blog Rock Your Talk aims … Continue reading THAT meeting

Doing your amendments without losing heart (or your mind)

Many research students in Australia will be planning to submit their thesis next month. Let's fast forward to that sweet moment you find out your examiners reports are back, or completed your Viva and been told you have passed. Congratulations! Time to ring up the bank and the passport office to get that long awaited … Continue reading Doing your amendments without losing heart (or your mind)