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9 Types Of Difficult PhD Supervisor (And How To Domesticate Them)

9 Types Of Difficult PhD Supervisor (And How To Domesticate Them) | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Dealing with a difficult PhD supervisor? Don't despair, we got your back. Check the type of your difficult PhD supervisor and how to get him on your side.
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I had to tell my students of the pressures we academics face

I had to tell my students of the pressures we academics face | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Liz Morrish felt her class needed to know that scholars across the sector were buckling under the strain of management by metric
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A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions ...
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One scholar’s crusade against the REF

One scholar’s crusade against the REF | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
The flawed research excellence framework is not a process of peer review in any meaningful sense, argues Derek Sayer
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Satisfaction guaranteed? Be careful what you wish for, Joanna Williams warns

Satisfaction guaranteed? Be careful what you wish for, Joanna Williams warns | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Education and satisfaction are antithetical, Joanna Williams argues, so why keep on assessing how students feel?
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Should doctoral researchers blog?

I often get asked about the pros and cons of doctoral researchers blogging, and I know other colleagues do too. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to the question of course, it’s always an “It depends”. But here’s a few beginning thoughts.

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Academic citation practices need to be modernized

Academic citation practices need to be modernized | Life as an academic | Scoop.it

Researchers and academics spend a lot of time documenting the sources of the ideas, methods and evidence they have drawn on in their own writings. But I want to try and convince you that our existing citation and referencing practices are now woefully out of date and no longer fit for purpose in the modern world. The whole scholarly purpose of citing sources has changed around us, but our conventions have not recognized the change nor adapted yet. I first set out what’s wrong with what we do now, and then sketch a radical agenda for starting afresh.

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Handing in the PhD - yes, it's a checklist!!

Handing in the PhD - yes, it's a checklist!! | Life as an academic | Scoop.it

There’s nothing quite like the countdown to handing in the PhD. Puff pant, puff pant. I think I can, I think I can. But…. There are three areas that bear looking at: content, refining the writing and proof-reading.

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The academic cv part two – it’s forward looking

Most people think about their cv as a retrospective document. The cv has to talk about where you’ve been, what you’ve achieved, where and with whom. However, this is not the way that the academic cv is read. All cv readers have an eye firmly on the future and how what’s on the page tallies with a particular job, bid etc. So writing the cv as if it is simply a record of what has happened in your working life up till now is the equivalent of trying to drive a car looking only in the rear vision mirror.

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The academic cv part one – think of it as an autobiography

The imperative to stay away from extraneous detail is important for the academic cv. But I don’t think there’s any harm in thinking of the cv as an autobiography (see Miller and Morgan 1993 for a scholarly explanation). To suggest that autobiography is a dangerous headset through which to compose your cv is actually a fundamental misunderstanding of the literary form. An autobiography is simply a story of a life. And that little pronoun is important. A story. An autobiography is not the story or the only story you can tell about yourself. One life can produce many different kinds of autobiographies depending on the intended readers and the purposes for which the narrative is written. Autobiographies are selective in what they discuss, and highly edited in order to make the story interesting. If autobiographers didn’t select and edit their life stories then their books would be interminable, and their readership zip, zilch and none.

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Concrete Advice for Writing Informative Abstracts

Concrete Advice for Writing Informative Abstracts | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Be substantive and communicate your key findings - simple counsel from Patrick Dunleavy. But how exactly do you that? Here's how.
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Very timely advice on how to write abstracts for journal articles.

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I’m an academic and desperately need an online presence, where do I start?

I’m an academic and desperately need an online presence, where do I start? | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Salma Patel has been on a whistle-stop tour of academic social media channels. Here she shares her simple, practical tips for academics who want to start engaging with the wider world through socia...
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You need some 'impact' in your life!

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Me and my PhD supervisor: tales of love and loathing

Me and my PhD supervisor: tales of love and loathing | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Academics discuss how supervisors shaped their teaching
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Some funny/scary stories in here.

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9 Types Of Difficult PhD Supervisor (And How To Domesticate Them)

9 Types Of Difficult PhD Supervisor (And How To Domesticate Them) | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Dealing with a difficult PhD supervisor? Don't despair, we got your back. Check the type of your difficult PhD supervisor and how to get him on your side.
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This column will change your life: Helsinki Bus Station Theory

This column will change your life: Helsinki Bus Station Theory | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
'The theory claims that the secret to a creatively fulfilling career lies in understanding the operations of Helsinki's main bus station,' explains Oliver Burkeman
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Thesis know-how - let participants 'speak for themselves'?

I was watching a long interview with Kazuo Ishiguro the other night – as you do if you live in the UK and still have some good (high) cultural television - and something he said leapt out at me. I ...
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Find some support from an academic writing broker

It’s hard when you first start out writing papers for journals. There are lots of decisions to make – Which journal? What topic will the editors be interested in? What style should the paper adopt?...
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Do the social sciences need a shake-up?

Do the social sciences need a shake-up? | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald examine the state of the disciplines
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How to get your first research paper published

How to get your first research paper published | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Ian McNay advises new researchers on how to get their work accepted by academic journals. Plus the latest higher education appointments
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In a PhD or academic book, do you really need a Methodology chapter early on?

In a PhD or academic book, do you really need a Methodology chapter early on? | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Or would a Research Methods Annex be better?
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Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know

Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Trying to complete a PhD thesis in time for the October deadline? We share some advice on getting over that final hurdle
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Studying for a humanities PhD can make you feel cut off from humanity

Studying for a humanities PhD can make you feel cut off from humanity | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
We need to talk about how to prevent solitude from slipping into isolation, says Michael Perfect, who offers his five top tips
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A drafting strategy

A drafting strategy | Life as an academic | Scoop.it

It’s in the spirit of this-is-just-one-approach, try-it-and-see-if-it works-for-you, that I offer this drafting strategy.

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How to organise an academic conference – 10 tips

How to organise an academic conference – 10 tips | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Be picky about your speakers and location, says Brian Lucey, and make sure you run to budget, time and free, working wifi
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Read what you want to write

The problem is of course how the doctoral researcher decides what is good academic writing.

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A short post on the role of consciously developing your writing the way you want it to be.

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Studying a PhD: don't suffer in silence

Studying a PhD: don't suffer in silence | Life as an academic | Scoop.it
Doing a PhD is one of the toughest tests anyone can face in academic life – here's how to cope with some of the challenges
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