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About the (research) supervisor's friend

I work at a university helping university academics who are supervising research students. I am a research supervisor myself and also work as a research coach for people undertaking their research I was originally in a Management Faculty and when I completed my doctoral studies on 'doing a doctorate' I started working with research supervisors to help them improve their practice.

Writing this blog in 2014

After posting a range of ideas and thoughts about research supervision for several years , my approach for writing the blog this year will be based on conversations with other PhD students. Such an approach, I hope, emphasises that the … Continue reading

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Distractions and solutions

    This blog is inspired by a comment made by one of the participants in the PhD buddy group to which I belong. The comment was about how easily they got distracted when they are trying to write their … Continue reading

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Acquiring an understanding of the culture

Over the course of the past week I had two different coffee encounters with fellow students. The first was in my regular coffee shop and I was approached by another student who, in broken english, asked what one did with … Continue reading

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Seeking emotional support

Recently I had coffee with a student who, in the pursuit of an appropriate PhD scholarship, had transferred interstate to take up his research studies at the university.  The conversation highlighted one of the emotional elements of undertaking research degrees, … Continue reading

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The problem with milestones….

This conversation was initiated by a chorus of disapproval from several PhD students with regard to the milestone process that had been established in their faculty. As such, introduction of the specific students is problematic in that such a contentious … Continue reading

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A conversation about the Adelaide University Research Framework

with Mickey (Z), Graduate student and author of the Blossoming Fledgling Researcher. http://theblossomingfledglingresearcher.wordpress.com/about-the-blog-manager/#comment-779 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/framework/ This conversation was initiated by a question posed by Micky on the research supervisor’s friend blog. She asked me my opinion of the RSD (Adelaide University … Continue reading

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Reviewing research supervision/advising pedagogy.

Recently I came across a document detailing intentional teaching practices for teachers working in the Early Years Planning Framework. It highlights the importance of an early start with pedagogy. With a simple shift in terminology, it also highlights the relevance … Continue reading

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Focussing on IT skills in writing a dissertation.

Such is the dominance of Microsoft that a book linking dissertation writing and effective Word skills becomes both viable and marketable. Having started my first research degree with a ‘lap top’ computer that was as big as a sewing machine, … Continue reading

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Looking for signs of quality in the research culture.

On a regular basis, the waterways around Australia are extensively investigated and a report is made to the community about their quality. The investigators look at a range of factors. The longevity of these studies provides additional information over time … Continue reading

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What constitutes relevant knowledge about a research student?

When I present workshops (or cabarets) on research supervision, particularly the relational aspects of research supervision, I often draw on the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim’s song from ‘Company’, the little things we do together. One particular line refers to ‘It’s … Continue reading

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