Research Degree Insiders joins The Whisper Collective

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).

Find recent posts by all the bloggers on their front page https://thewhispercollective.net.

‘Have you read much Woolf?’ is published

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)

‘5 Ways Hogwarts helps us to understand Foucault’s “Docile Bodies”‘ is published

My chapter on understanding Foucault’s concept of the school in Discipline and Punish through the Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter books has been published in a collected edition on  Unlocking Social Theory with Popular Culture, Remixing Theoretical Influencers, edited by Naomi Barnes and Alison Bedford for Springer.

If you have an institutional library log in, you can download the chapter here.

Level Up your Essays published

How to Fix your Academic Writing Trouble but for undergraduates. A one-stop slim guide to understanding what lectures want and how to get the grades you are putting in the work for.

Written with the Thesis Whisperer, Inger Mewburn, and Shaun Lehmann, this beautifully produced book has been incredibly popular with high school students, first year university students and postgrads.

Available as an ebook or paperback from or major outlets, or via this link.

Listen to me being interviewed about the book on the New Books Network Podcast.

Your PhD Survival Guide published

Your PhD Survival Guide: Planning, Writing, and Succeeding in your Final Year was published by Routledge in ebook, paperback and hardback in December 2020.

Written with Liam Connell and Peta Freestone, the award-winning team behind Thesis Boot Camp, this publication can be called ‘Thesis Boot Camp in a book’.

Available via all major retailers, or this link.

Your PhD Survival Guide coming in December 2020

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.

Drawing on an understanding of the intellectual, professional, practical and personal elements of the doctorate to help readers gain insight into what it means to finish a PhD and how to get there, this book covers the common challenges and ways to resolve them. It includes advice on: 

  • Project management skills to plan, track, iterate and report on the complex task of bringing a multi-year research project to a successful close 
  • Personal effectiveness and self-care to support students to thrive in body, mind and relationships, including challenging supervisor relationships. 
  • The successful ‘generative’ writing processes which get writers into the zone and producing thousands of words; and then provides the skills to structure and polish those words to publishable quality. 
  • What it means to survive a PhD and consider multiple possible futures. 

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.

Pre-orders are now available from Routledge and all online booksellers.

Talking about music and life on ‘Reflections’ on 3MBS Radio

It was an absolute pleasure to sit down with Ted Davies (and producer Frank Prain) to listen to music from Tori Amos, through Britten and Bach, to works setting my words to music by Andrew Schultz, Micheal Leighton Jones and Peter Campbell.

You can tune in on 28 April at 4pm, or listen again online later.

Reflections is a weekly interview program that explores the life and achievements of an eminent local, national or international personality and includes fine music from our guest’s personal selection of favourites.

The program is broadcast each Sunday at 4pm and repeated at 3pm the following Friday.

Sunday 28 April – Dr Katherine Firth – poet and librettist