Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/fran_ny/playlist/1q60DL6bnFzfdj5FGDxFba Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) PhD life is often described as stressful, busy, and lonely. In that unique creative loneliness, however, you are accompanied by your supervisors, fellow PhDs and – let’s not forget – the demons (i.e. the social and emotional foundations of and threats to your knowledge production): fear of… Continue reading Navigating the academic job market – music edition, Dr F Zanatta and Dr J Javornik
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
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
By Anonymous PGR On returning to University this semester myself and my PGR colleagues were informed that, due to space shortages across the Department, the post-graduate offices in our school were going to be ‘re-utilised’ by the ‘space management committee’. We were informed that we’d all be moved to an open plan, hot-desking office. We… Continue reading Hot-desking and the Race to the Bottom.
By Kate Haddow Yes, you read that correctly: three, not one, not two, but three. As if being a PhD student was not hard enough, my genetic lineage has decided to test me to the limits too. I have Dyslexia and Dyspraxia which are specific learning disabilities and I also have Epilepsy which is a… Continue reading ‘You Look Well For Someone with Three Disabilities’: The Trails and Tribulations of Being an Invisible-Disabled PhD Student