I follow 'Shit Academics Say' on Facebook, and the inspiration for this post comes from a post on their feed (similar to the image below). PhD students have such a range of experiences of, and feelings about, doing their PhDs. A basic sense of human psychology tells us that repressing emotions and feelings, positive or negative, can … Continue reading My PhD is… How do you represent your PhD to yourself and others?
I had a conversation with a dear friend of mine a few weeks ago about her PhD, which is floundering a little at the moment and is a source of great stress and anxiety right now. Rather than something she looks forward to working on, her PhD is a millstone around her neck, and she … Continue reading Can you quit your PhD?
I am presenting a seminar tomorrow to PhD students on how I developed my PhD's theoretical framework. When I agreed to do this workshop last year, I thought this would be fairly easy to do. However, I am finding it difficult to articulate the differences between substantive theory and what I think of as 'framework … Continue reading Building a theoretical framework for your study
My last post on reading your PhD field received more attention that my last few posts have received, so I feel I have touched a chord here; reading is tricky area of PhD study that doesn't receive as much press as writing does. Actually, that's true in academia more generally - there is a lot … Continue reading Reading your way into your field: tips for navigation