Tag Archives: research

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 […]

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!

Battery Fail!

We’ve all heard the stories of researchers recording an interview to later find out that the conversation was not saved or unusable because of poor quality. We know about people refusing to be recorded which makes an interview a writing marathon with the speed of speech. And to top it all up, we all know that techology is quite likely to let us down when we least expect it. Well, honestly, I never thought any of this would happen to me!!! I’ve always been extra organised, checking all my equipment and having a back up plan just in case and I suppose the fact that none of the above mentioned ever happened to me made me feel a bit over-convident, I was kind of invincible… Couldn’t be more wrong… Keep reading to find out why…

First impressions – describe yourself and your research in 5 words

What would you say to someone you have just met in order to attract their attention and make them want to know more about you? The rules are simple – talk about yourself and your research without being too specific and going into complex terminology and concepts; do that in five words or phrases; you have three […]

Quote of the day

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”
– Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

A post inspired by a Sunday batch of muffins

Here’s a thought: baking and doing a PhD couldn’t be more alike… It’s about following a path and taking it step by step. I made a batch of muffins yesterday and the process of making decisions what flavours to put in and how to mix the batter got me thinking. I started off with a […]

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 […]