The A-Z of research: E is for expert

Sometimes, over the course of your research, it is easy to feel a million miles away from being an ‘expert’ in your field. The word itself carries a glaring weight of expectation. It seems to belong to ‘other people’, the ones who must surely know everything there is to know. With so much new informationContinue reading “The A-Z of research: E is for expert”

The A-Z of research: D is for determination

Though this tip might sound quite abstract to say the least, determination really will help you through those tricky times during your research. Even the best of us experience periods when we doubt our own ability, and even wonder if we’re doing the right thing. Try to remember that this whole thing takes time, andContinue reading “The A-Z of research: D is for determination”

The A-Z of research: A is for activity

In this blog we start a new series, ‘The A-Z of research’. As you can probably guess from the title, each week we we will work our way through a letter of the alphabet (or as many of them as possible), tackling a different aspect of research. Let’s start at the very beginning (as theContinue reading “The A-Z of research: A is for activity”

The PhD Files: Tackling the viva

I realise that the title of this blog makes the viva sound like an insurmountable challenge. Something that needs to taken down and ‘tackled’. I promise you this is not the case. I know because I have first-hand experience. I’ve sat in the hot-seat and I’ve defended my thesis until I could defend no more,Continue reading “The PhD Files: Tackling the viva”

Being self-employed – a couple of thoughts

Today’s post is something slightly different. While, usually, I offer some tips for those of you in the midst of a PhD, or we delve into a fabulous book in the Nineteenth-Century Book Club, today I have something I need to get off my chest. I promise not to get too negative or whiny, butContinue reading “Being self-employed – a couple of thoughts”

The PhD Files: Conference Planning

In a previous post, we explored the different options available to you if you are thinking about attending a conference. Today, we’re sticking with the conference theme, but this time let’s take a look at what happens when you decide to plan your very own… It may sound obvious, but the first thing you shouldContinue reading “The PhD Files: Conference Planning”