Tag Archives: confidence

Not a Nobel Prize and That’s Okay

There’s a rather famous paper titled “It’s a PhD, not a Nobel Prize” that investigates how experienced examiners interpret the vague criteria for assessing research theses. It touches on many of the anxieties faced by PhD candidates worried about whether … Continue reading

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On the board

There is a noticeboard on the corridor wall for our research group. It has pinned to it people’s photos and names, a few odd university notices, emergency information, and copies of published papers produced by people in the research group. … Continue reading

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Pulling up a chair

Last Friday, I submitted the revisions to my paper. I have made it through the initial submission and blind peer review process. Three reviewers, no less. I count myself fortunate that the reviewers were detailed and encouraging in their feedback. … Continue reading

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Hooked on a Feeling

If I could bottle and sell how I felt on Friday I’d probably make my fortune. The end of my White Rabbit week culminated in a day where everything just seemed to come together perfectly and it felt amazing. All … Continue reading

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White Rabbit Moments

So much doing over the last couple of months has resulted in not a lot of blogging. Not for a lack of things to blog, oh no. No, there has been a surfeit of things to blog. What I have … Continue reading

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Trans-iterative

I’ve just finished the first phase of data generation at my second field site. The rollercoaster ride of fieldwork continues and I am currently very glad that it has evolved in the way it has. Iteration 2 is quite different … Continue reading

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Ghosts of PhD Past

I make little secret of the fact that I was enrolled in a PhD previously and withdrew. There was no single reason for this, although financial, relational, progress and personal factors were all involved. I put it down to a … Continue reading

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