Work essential or extra workload? The value of creating a personal professional web presence

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

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