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Starting my PhD interviews: transcription takes a long time, and Impostor Syndrome is real!

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!

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Passing my initial review and conference presentation

It has been a very long time since I have posted on here, sorry! This is due to a combination of having been unwell, and getting very busy at university with various projects. But this is precisely what I wanted to avoid: posting about the PhD journey is an important way of documenting the process,… Continue reading Passing my initial review and conference presentation

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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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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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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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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)

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PhD advice book reviews, Part 1: “PhD: an uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life” by James Hayton

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