Research Degree Insiders has joined The Whisper Collective, a community of bloggers and authors supporting researchers.
Led by the Thesis Whisperer (Inger Mewburn), Research Whisperers (Tseen Khoo and Jonathan O’Donnell) and Wellbeing Whisperer (Narelle Lemon), the collective brings together some of my long-term favourite blogs in this space, including Patter (Pat Thompson), Conference Inference (James Burton and Emily Frascatore), From PhD to Life (Jen Polk), Doctoral Writing SIG (Claire Aitchison, Susan Carter, Cally Guerin) and some new ones like the Post-Pandemic University (Mark Carrigan) and The Hidden Curriculum in Doctoral Education (Dely L. ElliotSøren S. E. BengtsenKay GuccioneSofie Kobayashi).
I even found some new fantastic blogs (how had I missed them!) and look forward to learning more from the Prolifiko team (Bec Evans and Chris Smith) and Viva Survivors (Nathan Ryder).
This memory of my time studying at Newnham College, Cambridge in the 1990s was published as part of the anthology Walking on the Grass, Dancing in the Corridors to celebrate the college’s 150th anniversary.
The memories were awakened during conversations back at Newnham on research leave as a visiting member of the Senior Common Room. I reflect on our transitions from student to teachers, from readers to writers, and back to readers, particularly as international students and as global alumnae.
‘Have you read much Woolf?’. In: Sutherland G., Williams K. (eds) Walking on the Grass, Dancing in the Corridors: Newnham at 150, 202-04 (London: Profile, 2021)
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Accessible, insightful and a must-have toolkit for all final year doctoral students, the founders of the ‘Thesis Boot Camp’ intensive writing programme show how to survive and thrive through the challenging final year of writing and submitting a thesis.
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Written for students in all disciplines, and relevant to university systems around the world, this unique book expertly guides students through the final 6–12 months of the thesis.
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