Over the last two weeks, I managed to achieve quite a lot: I attended two Summer Schools – the SGSSS Summer School, hosted by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, and the European Doctoral Programme in Career Guidance and Counselling (ECADOC), hosted by the NICE Foundation – and I presented five times: once at … Continue reading It’s Summer School season!
This blog post is the second 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. Blog post 1 … Continue reading Making sense of the literature as a PhD student, Part 2: Inclusion criteria, exclusion criteria, and everything in between
“Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening”! This was the common greeting at this year’s iConference, which spanned over several time zones and took place virtually between 17-31 March 2021. A wide range of research topics were covered at the iConference, such as informetrics, archival studies, cybersecurity, and e-government, to name a few. There was … Continue reading Highlights from the 2021 iConference
Dr David Brazier and I are pleased to announce that we are now taking registrations for a set of three participative design workshops designed to enhance the informal learning of early career researchers in the hidden university curriculum. These online workshops build on previous work completed by David that proposed new methods for eliciting, recording, … Continue reading What are your unique information needs? Learning to navigate the hidden curriculum as an early career researcher
Last week, Hazel Hall and I delivered a workshop through Edinburgh Napier University’s Research, Innovation & Enterprise (RIE) office entitled “Work essential or extra workload? The value of creating a personal professional web presence”. The first part of this session was delivered by Hazel, who is an experienced researcher, blogger, and all-around advocate of the … Continue reading Work essential or extra workload? The value of creating a personal professional web presence
Yesterday, I was delighted to present at the CDI student conference on the topic of knowledge co-creation in career development. A copy of my slides can be accessed here. My supervisor Hazel Hall also blogged about the conference here. Many thanks to the Career Development Institute for hosting this session and for giving me a … Continue reading The CDI Scotland Student conference #CDIscotconf: a space to discuss changing career guidance practice
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
Time, time, time. It’s all about time, what we do with it, or what we don’t do with it. I’ve been hearing a lot about overwork and burnout in academia lately, so I felt compelled to also say something on the topic of time management! Here, I will share some of my thoughts on time … Continue reading Time management for researchers
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
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?