Category: Early career researchers

Context, Agency, Authority and Power – Key considerations for early career researchers engaging with local policy

Policy engagement is often described in terms that are universal and without specificity to the individuals undertaking this kind of research. Sarah Weakley and David Waite argue that for early career researchers, taking into account positionality is v…

“Why are you not doing research in your home country?” – The complexities of being from and doing research in the Global South

Reflecting on their experiences of being researchers from the Global South working on the Global South from institutions in the Global North, Ilaha Abasli and Ahmed Elassal discuss how established research methods and training need to take account of m…

What counts for more in the UK job market – a PhD or a Master’s?

There are obvious intrinsic motivations to undertake postgraduate study. Although, in an increasingly precarious academic job market, the prospects of securing better employment as a result of education are considerable. Giulio Marini and Golo Henseke …

Finding a growth mindset for graduate writing

Despite being at grad school, one important part of academic life that is not always on the syllabus is academic writing. Drawing on work for her recent book, Thriving as a Graduate Writer, and blog, Explorations of Style, Rachael Cayley suggests three…

Connect the Dots: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck

In Connect the Dots: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck, Christian Busch contests the notion of blind luck, arguing that adopting a “serendipity mindset” towards all social and professional interactions can increase the opportunity for serendipi…

Can you ever be an expert in research impact?

Demonstrating a specialism for research impact is an increasingly sought after attribute for academics, research adjacent staff and growing numbers of impact professionals. Drawing on work carried out to design a course in foundational knowledge for re…

What exactly is a PhD by publication?

A PhD by publication, that is, a PhD submitted in the form of a dossier of published papers with varying degrees of connective writing, has become an increasingly common thesis format. However, as Lynn P. Nygaard and Kristin Solli point out, there are …

What exactly is a PhD by publication?

A PhD by publication, that is, a PhD submitted in the form of a dossier of published papers with varying degrees of connective writing, has become an increasingly common thesis format. However, as Lynn P. Nygaard and Kristin Solli point out, there are …

Making your part-time doctorate work for you

Drawing on work for their new book, Kay Guccione and Jon Rainford, discuss how part-time doctoral students can manage the challenges and thrive, whilst undertaking part-time doctorial studies. “I’m only part-time” is a refrain we often hear from doctor…