How is it that a blank page, with that blinking cursor, can be so intimidating? Free writing exercises are used by writers of all kinds of books and articles, from fiction to academic and journalistic. They help you "just write" when you can't think of where to start; they help you put those first few… Continue reading Free writing exercises to get typing!
Here's a round-up of the top sociology podcasts out there recommended by academic Twitter: Thinking Allowed on the BBC - this is a classic. Laurie Taylor talks to two or three experts on a sociological topic. It has been going for years, so you have (at time of writing) 626 episodes to choose from. The… Continue reading Top sociology podcasts
I organised and hosted a BSA Postgraduate Regional Event in March 2018 while a third year PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My research relates to the sociological study of sex, sexuality and pornography, and over the course of my PhD it has not always been easy to meet researchers in the same area.… Continue reading My top tips for organising a BSA PGForum Regional event, Ruth Beresford
If you’re part way through your PhD, you will no doubt spend some time thinking about what comes next – a post-doc fellowship, a research post, a teaching job. Whatever you do, you will probably also be thinking about how you can get your research funded. That might be a fellowship where you’re funded to… Continue reading So, you want to be a researcher? How and where to look for research funding post-PhD, Dr Sally Brown.
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
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
"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!