I have been asked to speak to doctoral students at the end of the month at a 'Doc week' attached to the PhD programme I have graduated from, where we all come together from different parts of the country to attend seminars, share our progress, meet with supervisors etc. These weeks were a big and … Continue reading Keeping track of your study in space and time
I am a scribbler. I have piles of notebooks and notepads and bits of paper in folders and scraps of files on my PC full of notes and scribbles and ideas (in various stages of being worked through). This is not really a super-efficient system, because I have too many ideas and notes in too … Continue reading Scribble, scribble … toil and gain?
This post is a 2-parter and follows on from last week's post about generating data. The one thing I did not know, at all, during my PhD was that qualitative data analysis is a lot more complex, messy and difficult than it looks. I had never done a study of this magnitude or duration before, so … Continue reading Iterativity in data analysis: part 1
I have been writing parts of this post in my head for a while. This has been an issue I have been thinking about a lot in relation to my writing centre work with the tutors and also with students, as well as in relation to my own ongoing writing. I mentioned a post or … Continue reading Conscious writing
I've been thinking about this issue of voice a great deal lately, partly because I lost my physical voice when I handed in my final final copy and got it back a week later when I woke up on the morning of my graduation. My best friend suggested that it was symbolic - leaving my … Continue reading Finding and expressing your PhD ‘voice’