I was awarded my PhD degree last summer and, after celebrating and relaxing, I started to ask myself the big question: what’s next? And then: what I should do? Will I stay in the academia? How can I get a job? How can I improve my research profile? How can I perform well in an… Continue reading Reflections on BSA Postgraduate Forum Life Post PhD: What’s Next? Denisse Sepúlveda Sánchez
If the name makes it sound intimidating, it's because it is. The World Congress of the International Sociological Association (ISA) is held every four years and is an undeniably huge event. This year it was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Canada from 15 to 21 July. I sent my abstract off for… Continue reading Surviving the XIX ISA World Congress 2018, Emma Seddon
As PhD students you might be involved in teaching undergraduates, whether in seminars, workshops, dissertation support or so on. In these roles you are often faced with the difficult challenge of helping students to improve their sociological skills, including their writing. In our book, The Craft of Writing in Sociology: Developing the Argument in Undergraduate… Continue reading Supporting Your Students to Write Clear Arguments, Dr Andrew Balmer and Prof Anne Murcott
"So, what is your PhD on?" The polite networking question that may inspire you, as many before you, to shove a whole neat triangle buffet sandwich into your mouth so your eyes can only plead apologies. We all know that 'getting out there' and 'getting known' and 'making contacts' is crucial for us as postgraduates… Continue reading Top Tips for your PhD elevator pitch!
The relationship status of most academics with their writing is often, in a word, “complicated”. When the writing is going well, it can feel wondrous and as if full of sparkling light: the various strands and elements weave together in front of you almost by themselves, coming clearly into shape, text flowing onto the page.… Continue reading Sometimes, The Book Writes You: One Perspective On Writing A Research Monograph, Dr Cathrine Degnen
BSA Postgraduate Forum - Life Post PhD: What’s Next? 17 October 2018 (10am-4pm) BSA Durham Meeting Room, UK Join us in Durham on 17 October 2018 for the next BSA PGForum event. The day will focus on how to get and prepare yourself for a job in academia after completing your PhD. To register and for… Continue reading BSA Postgraduate Forum – Life Post PhD: What’s Next?
On Monday 9th April 2018, the BSA PG Forum hosted its annual pre-conference day event, this year on the theme ‘Personal and Practical Challenges: Becoming a Member of the Academic Community’. In this blog, delegate and panel discussant Lauren O’Connell reflects on the day. I attended the BSA Postgraduate pre-conference event looking forward to meeting… Continue reading Reflections on BSA Postgraduate Pre-Conference Day 2018