Making sense of the literature as a PhD student, Part 1: Literature searching

This blog post is the first part of a series of three blog posts on the topic of literature searching and writing a literature review for a PhD. Some of the advice presented here might also be applicable to students doing research at postgraduate level or any researchers undertaking large-scale research projects. What is a … Continue reading Making sense of the literature as a PhD student, Part 1: Literature searching

As a PhD student, should you be a ‘Yes Man’? Some thoughts on employability and the Vitae RDF

In the movie “Yes Man” (2008), we see Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) say ‘yes’ to everything. Carl becomes more adventurous and open, and it quickly becomes apparent that there are many benefits to saying ‘yes’ and going with the flow. At the same time, by saying ‘yes’ indiscriminately, Carl gets himself in some less-than-ideal, albeit … Continue reading As a PhD student, should you be a ‘Yes Man’? Some thoughts on employability and the Vitae RDF

Looking back on the EASST-4S virtual conference: Are virtual conferences here to stay?

Have you ever wanted to have more hours in a day? Have you ever wanted to be in several different places all at once? Interested in time travel or superhuman productivity? Well, unless you found a way to bend the time-space continuum, these things are not possible yet! However, I think that virtual conferences* are … Continue reading Looking back on the EASST-4S virtual conference: Are virtual conferences here to stay?

‘Evolving Education and Careers’ virtual conference: Key takeaways for those interested in the current state of career guidance #EducationandCareers #CareerChat

Over the course of last week, I attended the ‘Evolving Education & Careers’ virtual international conference hosted by DMH Associates and sponsored by the Edge Foundation. Networking and session delivery were handled through a dedicated app called Whova. This conference comes at a time when careers work is undergoing rapid change. Well, to be fair, … Continue reading ‘Evolving Education and Careers’ virtual conference: Key takeaways for those interested in the current state of career guidance #EducationandCareers #CareerChat

What does one do in the first weeks of a PhD? 50 steps to on-boarding as a new PhD student

So, I was looking at my organiser the other day, and I noticed that I had quite a lot of tasks ticked off ever since the start of my PhD (which was officially on the 1st of October 2020). Some were admin, some were research; most were all about getting organised and establishing routines. If … Continue reading What does one do in the first weeks of a PhD? 50 steps to on-boarding as a new PhD student