Last week I interviewed two people for my PhD research, and I will hopefully be interviewing many more people over the next year. The interviews are qualitative semi-structured interviews (interviews focused on in-depth conversations with people, with some set questions asked to all interviewees but also allowing them to lead the conversation), which is the first time… Continue reading Starting my PhD interviews: transcription takes a long time, and Impostor Syndrome is real!
Last week was very exciting - I gave my first conference presentation! Bournemouth Uni put on the Faculty of Media and Communication Post Graduate Conference 2017 on Wednesday, showcasing the diverse research going on in the department. My short presentation was titled "More than just a (c) symbol: Understanding copyright law and how to protect… Continue reading My first conference presentation and charity fundraising
I'm now into my second week of my PhD; and there has been an information overload! There have been so many new log-in details, names, room numbers and IT systems that my head has been constantly spinning. And, most significantly, I have made friends and am no longer sat by myself being weird in the… Continue reading Week two of the PhD: the fun begins
Today I officially enrolled and started my PhD. I was very jittery as I walked to the uni, worrying that there wouldn't be anyone there that I got on with. I needn't have worried, there were 10 or 11 other PhD students starting in my department and they were all really friendly. Everyone was in… Continue reading First day of my PhD
The last of the four books that I bought to help me prefer for my PhD was "Getting a PhD in Law" by Caroline Morris and Cian Murphy, 2011. Obviously the book is aimed at prospective and current law PhD students, and I wouldn't recommend it for students of other disciplines. The book covers: preparing… Continue reading PhD advice book reviews, Part 4: “Getting a PhD in Law” by Caroline Morris and Cian Murphy
When I bought this book I knew that its focus was solely on the thesis-writing process, so I wasn't surprised that there wasn't a section on drafting a research proposal. "How to write a thesis" 3rd edition by Rowena Murray, 2011 is therefore aimed at current PhD students as opposed to prospective students. The book… Continue reading PhD advice book reviews, Part 3: “How to write a thesis” by Rowena Murray
One of the PhD advice books that I bought to help me write a research proposal was "The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research", 2nd edition, by Marian Petre and Gordon Rugg, 2010. Here's a spoiler: I adore this book. As I will go through below, this book provides useful and very specific advice in all… Continue reading PhD advice book review, Part 2 – “The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research” by Marian Petre and Gordon Rugg (2010)
When I wrote the research proposal for my PhD a few months ago, I was a little stuck. The university had an outline of the various sections to include and the word count, but I really didn't know what to actually write. Luckily, there are lots of PhD/ postgraduate writing books out there that help… Continue reading PhD advice book reviews, Part 1: “PhD: an uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life” by James Hayton
I am in my mid-20s and most people my age are years into interesting, successful careers. They work damn hard and are saving for houses, having children, etc. These are my goals too. I hope to be in the same position some day, but I see this as unlikely for quite a few years yet.… Continue reading So why am I starting a PhD in law/ film?
This is the excerpt for your very first post.