Category Presentations

Doctoral genres 2 – abstracts

The second post in the Doctoral Genres writing series with Ibrar Bhatt ( will be on abstracts for conferences as these is an integral part of the professional development of PhD students. I chose this topic as I have been working on several abstracts in the past couple of months so I wanted to share my […]

Feedback on my teaching, please!

I just taught a session on EAL (English as an additional language for those who are not in the field 🙂 ) focusing on strategies to improve the learning experiences of children and make them feel more included in the class. Since I planned the session as highly practical and engaging, I decided to ask the […]

On student-led peer review

Reflections on the process of peer reviewing posters for a student-led conference – One of the three steps I set for myself was to get my poster peer-reviewed and I was fortunate enough that the conference organisers gave us the opportunity to do so with students attending the event. We were all going to present our posters in groups of three so each member of the group had to review two other posters. I found this a very enriching exercise. I got to see the posters of other people, which brought a sense of relief that my own poster ‘wasn’t that bad after all’. Read on to find out more!

Academic posters: my very first experience

I might be rushing into this, but I am just extremely eager to share my experiences of creating a poster right now until they are fresh and accompanied with a mild headache. I did spend the last 2 weeks thinking about my poster for the Agency Conference taking place in Cambridge in June. However, the […]

Stakeholders, issues and strategies

Transition from primary to secondary school of children learning EAL project: Stakeholders, issues and strategies As part of the ESRC NWDTC Research Impact Training Day I was given an exercise to think about the stakeholders, issues and strategies to address the issues in my research. After identifying the stakeholders, I had to do a little […]

On public speaking and facing big audiences

I used to consider public speaking as terrifying and I was the girl who would panic and stutter and seem to not know what she’s talking about… I used to be scared that I am not knowledgeable enough to speak to a big audience and that I will make a mistake and people will laugh […]

Upcoming conference paper – SPARC 2012

My first ever conference paper has been accepted! Last month I submitted an abstract for the Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC 2012) and well… I was delighted that it was accepted. The conference will be taking place on the 30 and 31 May at University of Salford, Manchester. I will be presenting a paper […]

Starting a Doctorate (Revisited)

I was clearing my laptop document store yesterday and I found something very interesting there. Considering that I am the kind of person who clings on every little thing and thinks it through over and over, I am honestly surprised how quickly I can forget and move on sometimes, especially when the events have been […]

Presentation matters…

Today I presented in front of 230 PGCE students. Not 20, not 30, not even 50, but 230. Scary… This is what I thought in the morning. On my way to university I was reflecting on my decision to go through with a challenge – to talk to these students about my pilot research and […]