Life, Phd

My first conference presentation and charity fundraising

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

Film, Phd

Thor: Ragnarok review- putting the fun back into Marvel

Image via IMDB I went to see the latest Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnorak, yesterday and it is refreshingly different from their usual offerings. Directed by Taika Waititi and written by Eric Pearson, the film sees the return of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, supported by Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston. As other… Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok review- putting the fun back into Marvel

Life, Phd

The first month of the PhD: beginning to climb the mountain

So it's been almost a month since I first started university as a PhD student. It's been an incredibly busy¬†month (by choice), with very few evenings spent at home doing nothing. I've found that there are an incredible amount of interesting events and opportunities to be involved in, if you want to. I've signed up… Continue reading The first month of the PhD: beginning to climb the mountain

Life, Phd

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

Phd, Stationery

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!

Books, Phd

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

Books, Phd

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)