Tag Archives: doing a PhD

PhD coaching

I attended a PhD coaching workshop with Will Medd last week as another excuse to distract myself from writing my thesis on the one hand, but also to learn a bit more about techniques that are likely to help me in the long run, on the other hand. The day turned out to be highly motivating […]

Organising a PGR conference. Twice..

This post is dedicated to my involvement with organising the Annual PGR Conference at my School. I took part in the organising activities in 2013 and 2014 with different teams and wanted to share some of my reasons and learning from organising such a big event. I will not focus on the content of the conference as […]

To Do lists in reverse

I was recently asked whether I am at the stage of my PhD when I just write every day. I said yes, I wake up and write, read a bit and write some more. Every day (sigh). It’s sounds more dramatic than it is. Coming towards the end of my PhD I am finally at a point […]

Final year ramblings, a conference and ceilidh

Time flies. In the final year of a PhD it flies faster… ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ goes the saying, so logically I must be having fun, right? I recently attended the ESRC Final Year Conference hosted by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science in lovely Edinburgh. It was marked by glorious weather […]

My thesis and I: attempting analysis

After I came back being 6 months away from my thesis, academia and all things University related, I felt refreshed and ready to go. I had gained momentum from working in an incredibly fast-paced and high pressure environment and I longed to bring an adaptation of this way of working to my PhD. Funny how […]

I am back!

Several months ago I embarked on a challenge to explore the wide world outside the University. As a result I somehow abandoned my blog. It was not intended but I was quickly absorbed by new experiences and found myself with very little spare time. Not that I didn’t have writing ideas and urges, I did […]

Initial stages of data analysis: Deep down in the pond of data

Doing a PhD is not easy, but it’s fun. And it’s all the small chats in the common room or the corridor that make us convinced that despite being buried somewhere in the piles of reading, data, writing, you name it, we are still on the right track. This post is the result of one […]

Time spent learning and quality: a curious combination

This post is partly ispired by Mr Michael Gove’s recent suggestions to increase the number of hours children spend at school and reduce their holidays in order to improve learning. The original article can be found here. The idea about time and quality prompted me to think in two directions: my own school experiences and the hours I used […]

Doctoral genres 2 – abstracts

The second post in the Doctoral Genres writing series with Ibrar Bhatt (http://ibrarspace.net) 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 […]

PhD experiences: Something that’s been missing

An online course takes between 4 and 10 weeks to complete on average and comes in weekly modules with some reading, videos, notes and options for discussion. In addition to this, there are quizzes and assignments! Did I sell it to you? Well, I certainly got even more interested.