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
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
If this blog was a book on how to do a PhD, or on how I’m getting on with my PhD, then this post would be the preface to that book. Or, if I was selling you a product, and the product was a PhD, then this would be the brochure that tells you why … Continue reading The pre-PhD blog post: How did we get here?