Learning through the trials and tribulations of PhD applications

Disclaimer: Most of this information will be specifically for PhDs in Education, Psychology, and Mental Health Sciences, as that is our only reference point. How does one begin the process of PhD applications? From trying to decide on the perfect programme to writing research proposals, the process can seem overwhelming, before even starting.   During the Summer…

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Are opponents of critical race theory in schools actually proving the theory right?

In the current political climate, it is virtually impossible to discuss the classroom experience of Black students without considering the contemporary debate surrounding critical race theory (CRT) in schools. Critical race theory was first developed by Derrick Bell, in collaboration with other legal scholars such as Kimberlé Crenshaw, Cheryl Harris, and Patricia Williams. CRT is…

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Student Spotlight on Multi-Study PhDs

Welcome to part three of our Multi-Study PhD blog series. This blog is a follow-up from parts one and two where we introduced the concept of multi-study theses and answered several FAQs. In this blog, we spotlight five students who completed their theses at the Faculty in the last three years and used a multi-study…

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A Contemporary Approach to PhDing

Doctoral research in Education is an open-ended, unpredictable, and ever-changing process. Now, with COVID-19 disrupting global education for more than a year, that complex (yet highly rewarding!) doctoral journey may have become even more unpredictable… to say the least. Not to worry though. A group of doctoral students at the Faculty of Education (FoE) has…

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QandA with the Faculty’s Communications Manager

Tom Kirk is the Faculty of Education’s Communications Manager. His role emphasises research communications, which involves publicising research through both traditional news outlets and digital media with the broad aim of widening its reach and (hopefully) its impact on society. This includes helping researchers – including research students – to reinterpret their work for non-academic…

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An Ode to the Pinboard

This is an ode to the pinboard—bulletin board, corkboard, tack board, or whatever synonym you prefer—as an underrated brainstorming tool. When I arrived at Cambridge as a new PhD student in the fall of 2020 (mid-pandemic), I became very well acquainted with my accommodations at St. Edmund’s College during my 14-day quarantine. My room came…

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