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First day of my PhD

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

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An excellent post about accessing the articles you need

Today's post is written by Ben Kaube. Ben is a PhD student researching in computational materials science at Imperial College London. When not running physics simulations, Ben likes to build software tools that remove frustrations from people’s lives. In the past Ben has helped researchers evidence the wider impact of their work and provided commuters… via… Continue reading An excellent post about accessing the articles you need

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The nerves start to kick in – 2 days until the move to university

I will be moving down to Bournemouth to start my PhD in two days. I should be packing right now, but every time I pick up my suitcase to start, I just can't get going. The task of packing is making this all very real, in both good and bad ways. For me, moving to… Continue reading The nerves start to kick in – 2 days until the move to university

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Avoiding the laundry list literature review

This is an excellent post about reviewing literature; give it a read!

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I’ve been asked to say more about the laundry list literature review.The laundry list is often called ‘He said, she said” – as one of the most usual forms of the laundry list is when most sentences start with a name. And the laundry list is a problem. It’s hard to read and not very fit for purpose.

So, what does a laundry list look like? Below is a page of a published book. It is taken from a chapter reviewing the literatures on neoliberalism in ‘the university’. It’s a laundry list. I have:

  • underlined in red the sentence where the author says what they are trying to do (you might call this a topic sentence)
  • circled the sentences that feature a scholar as the subject of the sentence.

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Now let’s see what’s going on in the writing. The second paragraph on the first page begins with the author’s intention…

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Getting ready for the PhD: stationery mini-haul!

For those of you who cannot resist buying more stationery whenever you see it - even though you have a pile of blank notebooks at home waiting to be used - I hope you enjoy my stationery mini-haul! I adore these notebooks that I picked up in Paperchase; and had to restrain myself from buying… Continue reading Getting ready for the PhD: stationery mini-haul!

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PhD advice book reviews, Part 4: “Getting a PhD in Law” by Caroline Morris and Cian Murphy

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

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Check out my blog post “How I (Eventually) Won a PhD Studentship – and How You can Boost Your Chances of Success” on www.findaphd.com

If you're interested in reading about how I got accepted onto a PhD Studentship and my advice if you're considering applying to a PhD Studenstship, please read my guest blog post at: https://www.findaphd.com/advice/blog/blog-post.aspx?bpid=2473

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PhD advice book reviews, Part 3: “How to write a thesis” by Rowena Murray

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

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Getting ready for the PhD: which books will be coming with me?

I think I've narrowed down the books I'll be taking with me to university to the following list of 29. My other books are, of course, no longer speaking to me. I'll be doing reviews of some of the books in the near future, so if there are any that you particularly want to hear… Continue reading Getting ready for the PhD: which books will be coming with me?

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PhD advice book review, Part 2 – “The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research” by Marian Petre and Gordon Rugg (2010)

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)