One to Read – “The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research” (2010)

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Petre, M and Rugg, G (2010) The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research, Open University Press

You’ve entered the world of the PhD student, do you ever feel there are rules and practices at work that you have not been told about?

Well here is a book that gives you a heads up on ‘things that nobody bothers to tell you explicitly, either because they assume you know them already, or because they are so familiar to them that they completely forget that other people don’t know them, or because they don’t think they’re worth mentioning’ (xi).

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Using a speadsheet grid for a literature review – a thematic analysis grid

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I’ve tried many different techniques for organising literature reviews, including mind mapping software, little black notebooks with long lists of bullet points, A3 paper full of multi coloured sharpie doodles – the list would go on for a long time.

Eventually I came across this technique, introduced to me by Dr Deborah Anderson who completed her PhD at Lancaster a few years ago. In its original form she used large squares of paper, my addition to this was the idea of using a cloud based spreadsheet.

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Six steps to reduce Ethics process angst

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Right, so Vicky Gorton has asked me to blog about the pitfalls of the Ethics process for EdRes Postgrad students, which I am happy to do as I have recently climbed out of most of them, so the memory is still fresh and the trauma is in need of analysis (it isn’t that bad really, not really, honest). It is also excellent timing as it provides me with a legitimate, stimulating and much needed form of procrastination, which is funny really, as that is the first pitfall that I am going to warn you about. Continue reading Six steps to reduce Ethics process angst