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10 ways that PhD students can use Twitter

Twitter_iconHere’s an interesting blog post from the University of Warwick

To find out what other research students are discussing then try searching Twitter for one of these hashtags: #phdchat; #phdadvice; #phd; #acwri; #phdforum or #gradchat.

If you haven’t used Twitter before then there is plenty of help to get you started.

Image credit: By David Ferreira [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Article – 10 ways to make public engagement work for you

This article talks about public engagement with research.

Look out for details of our forthcoming Images of Research Exhibition 2014-15 and Research Poster Competition and think about how you can engage with non-academic audiences.



Online research careers event

To help you secure your ideal role and take the next step in your career, is holding a FREE 45-minute live video event via a Google+ Hangout entitled ‘How to secure a job after your PhD.’

Find out more at

Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World

Monday 17 June 2013, University of Oxford

Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World is a one-day interactive training initiative for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities interested in public engagement and digital media. The day will comprise keynote lectures and practical workshops with experts in this field providing insights into using the digital. Students attending this event will explore the value of digital engagement and how digital platforms can be used to enhance their academic profile and produce creative outputs.

Topics that will be covered include: social medias and academia, blogs and academic websites, creative technologies and impact, and showcasing and developing educational resources. In addition to our two keynote talks, the event will also include a student-led Q&A and discussion session between participants and our panel of experts.

Mendeley bought by Elsevier

Are you a Mendeley user?

If so, you may be interested to see what happens now that Mendeley has been bought out by Elsevier.

At £65m the benefits to the creators of Mendeley are clear to see, but how will its user community fare under the new ownership?  There seem to be some concerns among academics that Mendeley will lose some of its independence and openness – you can follow the discussion here.

Update 16/4/2013: Further discussion from Research Information here.

Thanks to Ray Kent from De Montfort University for sharing this news on the JISCmail MORE list.

A blog of blogs… and other research resources!

A bitesize selection of Web resources on research for PG students and supervisors.

If you have any good research Web resources that you’d like to share
please email them to Simone Apel.

Blogs on WordPress

Research whisperer
The thesis whisperer
Doctoral writing
Supervisor’s friend

On Twitter

Viva survivors


Beyond the PhD


Podacademy: Sound Thinking; Podcasts of current research.
Tedtalks: Some of the world’s greatest educators, researchers, and community leaders share their stories and visions onstage at the TED conference.

Another one bites the dust…

There are a number of potentially useful reference management tools on the web – Mendeley, CiteULike, Zotero and Connotea spring to mind.  The best of these offer a range of other services, such as full text uploads, social bookmarking and a variety of other networking opportunities for researchers.

But can you trust these sites? Will your data be secure and are you sure that you will be able to access them when you need to?

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The Thesis Whisperer

This blog for research students might be of interest. It includes advice, writing tips and techniques, book reviews and more

Workshops this week: SPSS, Qualitative Research, Preparing for Transfer – last call!

Last chance to book on these workshops

Introduction to SPSS – Paul Rice 13 Nov

Evaluating Qualitative Research – Nada Kakabadse 14 Nov

Preparing for Transfer – David Watson 15 Nov

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Blogging – or the power of we, not me

Now I’m blogging about blogging…. I don’t recognise myself anymore.
“Too often dismissed as narcissistic echo-chambers, blogs are the ultimate form of collegiality”, suggests Ernesto Priego in