How long does it take to do a PhD

Academic work can be largely autonomous, so how should you spend your PhD time? What activities are going to give you the best 'bang for buck'? It's a question we all struggle with, even when the PhD is done. James Patterson completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow … Continue reading How long does it take to do a PhD

Money makes the world go around

PhD students in Australia are under a lot of pressure to finish their degree 'on time' - but why? Mary-Helen Ward has just completed a PhD on the PhD in Australia at the University of Sydney. I read a draft of her impressive thesis and learned a lot myself about the system. I asked Mary-Helen if she would do a post to explain the dark arts of research student funding and this post is the result. I hope it makes the situation a bit clearer, for those in Australia at least.