Why? and the pyramid of purpose

At the end of November my good friend and colleague Janet Wilkinson from Three Times Three helped me to deliver a session for the UWE Researchers’ Forum. The theme for the forum was “toward a research active lecturing post”, a topic that concerns lots of researchers and academics. On the one hand there are staff…

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What doctoral examiners look for

At a recent doctoral student conference hosted by the Department of Arts at the University of the West of England, Professor Gina Wisker  from the University of Brighton, author of the Postgraduate Research Handbook and The Good Supervisor, was invited to speak about her research. The slides she used at the conference are reproduced here with permission. What are examiners…

A photograph of a hard bound PhD thesis with black cover

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Social media for researcher developers: what’s in it for me? #vitae12

This week, Emma Gillaspy (Vitae NW Hub Manager) and I presented a workshop at the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference  [#vitae12] on the topic of using social media. This time it was aimed at folks, who like me, are employed to support the development of researchers. The background to this is that researchers are changing…

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New-ish beginnings

Around 18 months ago I started writing a blog on Posterous [http://ps-spencer.posterous.com/]. It was my way of keeping my thoughts about the researcher skills development workshops that I run out of my head, allowing me to focus on other things that were coming up. I really like the simplicity of the Posterous platform, it makes…

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Your PhD in 2 minutes!

From the makers of PhD Comics…. This is essentially a competition to communicate your research in an accessible way. It’s part of my life to encourgae researchers to do this, I’ve written about communication here and here. That’s why I’m glad that Jorge Cham is raising the bar and injecting a bit of fun into…

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Managing Working Relationships

This is an interesting workshop that I ran at the beginning of the week; the title is more inclusive than its predecessor which would be something like “The Student-Supervisor Relationship”. Ostensibly what I set out to do was to help researchers (both students and staff) understand a little more about their preferred ways of working…

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