The PhD and sacrifice

We all have to make sacrifices, be it to afford a new car or to meet a goal long sought-after. Two and a half years in, I realise that the major sacrifice that I have had to make is that of free time and, to an extent, freedom. To afford my PhD programme – and […]

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Lessons learned: being a ‘digital scholar’

When I attend PhD training sessions, courses and events, we are always reminded that a successful PhD candidacy (at least somewhat, and perhaps even largely) depends on making an impact. In brief, being impactful = PhD success. Knowing this, I have been reading about how to be an ‘open scholar’ or ‘digital scholar’. This is […]

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Lessons learned: purdah

Earlier this year, in advance of the General Election of 2017 (June 8), I received purdah guidelines through the ESRC. Purdah (/ˈpɜːrdə/) being a concept I had never heard about before, I decided to investigate (admittedly, this does sound more exciting than it actually was…).

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Lessons learned: managing research data

As undergrads, postgrads and even PhD (or PGR) students, we receive constant reminders that we need to save our research data at multiple places and frequently, both from teachers, supervisors and peers. There are also conferences and symposia dedicated to underlining the importance of making data available and replicability. However, by taking an online course […]

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