Category Archives: Doctoral journey

Useful links for postgraduate research students and supervisors

This short post will give you links to useful pages research degree students and supervisors at The University of Northampton. I recommend that you bookmark them or add them as favourites on your computers, laptops, tablets and mobiles. Or, bookmark this blog post. Read the rest of this entry

Beware of bogus academic conferences

I have been made aware of postgraduate research students being targeted by bogus (fake) conference organisers. Early career academics are asked for payment to attend and/or speak at conferences that do not exist. There are blogs and websites that report bogus conferences such as Scholarly Open Access and Bogus Conferences.
Before you commit to attending a conference, discuss it with your supervisor – part of their role is to help you to plan your development. Also, research the conference organiser, look into any badges of authenticity they display on the website and don’t be lured by conferences that are not organised by known, reputable societies or institutions. Other bloggers have provided advice: Journalism Research News, Academia, American Psychological Association

Gateway for supervisors – getting started

Gateway is our online postgraduate research (PGR) management system. This post is to help supervisors to get started using it.

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Gateway for postgraduate research students – getting started

Gateway is our online postgraduate research (PGR) management system. This post is to help postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to get started using it.

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‘Gateway’, the postgraduate research management system

Gateway is our online postgraduate research (PGR) management system. The objectives of the system are to:

  • Provide a shared, web-based record system for PGR students, their supervisors, school research leaders and the Graduate School;
  • Provide electronic records of supervision meetings;
  • Replace paper forms and signatures with electronic workflows and sign-off for all registration, progression and examination processes;
  • Provide online booking and records of training and development, accessible to students and supervisors;
  • Maintain support and contact with students and supervisors in any location;
  • Give access using existing usernames and passwords.

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Your online thesis: what you need to know

The PGR Thesis and Examination Policy states that it is mandatory for final, post-examination copies of research degree theses to be deposited in NECTAR.  But what does this mean for PGR students (and their supervisors)?

This post will outline the policy and procedure for depositing your thesis in NECTAR and some the issues you need to consider when doing this.

Gather your strength and read on…

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Transfer seminar: Contemporary Art and the Liminal Space: Refuge for the divine in an empirical world?

Please note venue change to W23a, Walgrave building, Avenue Campus

You are invited to view Adam Ghani’s work and attend his transfer seminar entitled Contemporary Art and the Liminal Space: Refuge for the divine in an empirical world? on June 14th, 2016 in W23a, Walgrave building, Avenue Campus.

Adam will be screening his practical work on loop, projecting several montages from 10am and his seminar will commence at 1pm in the same venue. All are welcome.

Adam’s practice led research aims to explore if the idea of the liminal state (the in-between, the transitional) has ‘divine’ resonance in an atheistic age, through contemporary art practices.

 

Essential PhD tips: 10 articles all doctoral students should read

The THE has some useful reading on their Website for research students.Whether you’re still deciding on doing a doctorate or you’re nearing the end of a PhD, there’ll be something of interest in these ten tips. They include…

  • 14 essential PhD questions answered
  • Choosing a PhD subject
  • The PhD experience: this far, and no further
  • 10 steps to PhD failure
  • How not to write a PhD thesis
  • Realistic expectations keep you on the path to a PhD
  • 10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you
  • Me and my PhD supervisor: tales of love and loathing
  • How to get students through their PhD thesis
  • How to get ahead with a PhD

‘The betterment of society’ – Cumberland Lodge Scholarships available

Cumberland_Lodge2A fantastic opportunity is available for PhD students to apply for a Cumberland Lodge Scholarship. The scholarships are aimed at scholars who are able to demonstrate a commitment to working for ‘the betterment of society’ through their academic research and/or other activities. The charity is currently focused on its work around ethical challenges in health, policing and social cohesion, but applications are welcome from any academic discipline. Read the rest of this entry

PhD Life – What weird questions are you asked about your PhD?

This blogger writes about the weird questions she is asked about her PhD. What weird questions do you get asked? Leave a comment below.

You can read the PhD Life blog at http://phdlife.warwick.ac.uk/

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