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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.

Review of the Big Bang Data Exhibition

I had the opportunity recently to attend the Big Bang data exhibition at Somerset house http://bigbangdata.somersethouse.org.uk/ in London. One of the catchphrases by which this exhibition advertises itself is ‘Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. Explore how … Continue reading

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What I am currently writing about.

Having taken on a university wide research supervision professional development program for Birmingham City University, my agenda with regard to research supervision has been brought back to its origins when I undertook a similar project for Queensland University of Technology. … Continue reading

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Why is investigating research supervision practice important?

Reflective practice (Schön, 1983) is seen in almost, if not all, professions as something which enhances professional practice. It helps professionals understand problems encountered in their practice from others’ perspectives (Ferry and Ross-Gordon, 1998; Yanow and Tsoukas, 2009; Kilminster, Zukas, … Continue reading

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Provisioning the research environment for creativity – a research supervision pedagogy.

Photograph of Meadowview by Mimi Martini taken August 23rd 2009 downloaded from https://www.flickr.com/photos/38647394@N03/3989444492/ March 6th 2015 Pedagogy in research supervision is a relatively recent agenda. It is one of the many facets of the broader topic of pedagogy in Higher … Continue reading

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Creative Conversations about Conservation: an exhibition curated by Nicholas Smith

An exhibition review. One of the outcomes of encouraging researchers to embrace creativity (see previous blog) in their publications is that they do, and this can result in a range of creative events. This exhibition is one such event, where … Continue reading

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Nurturing creativity within the PhD

Creativity maintains an uncomfortable alliance within research. On the one hand definitions of research suggest that the process generates ‘new’ knowledge, while on the other hand, publication of research is imbued with traditions that sometimes discourage difference and creativity. The … Continue reading

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Reviewing the political terrain

A comment about ‘underhand’ tactics for getting a journal article published made by Blake Ashforth in a recent Art of Writing Theory workshop left me wondering about ‘what constitutes under-handness? And when is under-handness seen as political savvy? Ashforth told … Continue reading

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Post PhD – should you mention the PhD?

  I was fortunate recently to attend a workshop on Career Strategy delivered by Dr Edwin Trevor-Roberts, an alumnus of the university at which I am undertaking a PhD. The workshop was so popular that they had to schedule an … Continue reading

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What makes a good supervisor?

This post has been written by Kelsey Halbert at James Cook University. It was prompted by her presentation at the recent International Quality Post Graduate Research conference in Adelaide, Australia. What is inspirational in this post is that it is … 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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