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The supporting cast

A PhD is, by definition, a lonely endeavour.┬áMy fellow students and I were taught the fundamentals of team work as part of our transferable skills training, only for one academic to comment that for a career in academia, they would … Continue reading

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Sacrifice and Submission

Narratives of sacrifice are woven into many stories about research. Nobel laureate Dr Barry Marshall famously drank a culture of Helicobacter pylori in order to demonstrate that the bacterium is indeed the causative agent of stomach ulcers. Closer to my … Continue reading

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Listen while you work

I feel sorry for PhD students who prefer to work in silence. Most students (and postdocs) will be assigned a desk in a shared office. Lab-dwelling students cannot realistically expect a quiet working environment. Jenny describes the sounds of science: … Continue reading

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Talkin’ ’bout my PhD-work

For many (most?) PhD students, there comes a time when they must present their work at a conference, meeting or workshop. The student may have already spoken about their work within their department, for example at a departmental seminar. I … Continue reading

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You’re turning into your supervisor

This week I met up with some collaborators. This was the trip that led to a chance encounter with fellow OT blogger Austin: Small world, science – just bumped into @occamt‘s London-based PhD student blogger Erika Cule occamstypewriter.org/erikacule/ in the … Continue reading

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Have you started writing yet?

Have you started writing yet? is a question I get asked (what feels like) often. Normally, it is a follow-up to What year are you in [of your PhD]? (Third.) Inwardly, my response is not dissimilar to that of Mike … Continue reading

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Creativity

When I was revising for my undergraduate exams, I was exasperated by the sheer volume of stuff I needed to know. I was intimidated by the number of facts I would need to have to hand when I wrote my … Continue reading

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What does a PhD mean beyond academia?

If a PhD graduate decides to pursue an alternative career apply for a job outside of academia, in some fields, recruiters will understand what is meant by the PhD on their CV. For a research career in industry a PhD … Continue reading

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Expressive behaviour

I first came across the term “Expressive behaviour” in my latest self-help book, The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research. There is a review of this book here. The authors, Dr Marian Petre and Dr Gordon Rugg, introduce expressive behaviour and … Continue reading

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Dilemma

As well as a dilemma, we have the potentially useful term trilemma and even tetralemma (the choice between two, three or four options respectively). But a lemma, in mathematics anyway, is a stepping-stone in a proof, and does not mean … Continue reading

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