Why Not Film Your PhD Research?

Filming research gives researchers the opportunity to democratise access to their work, as well as to promote it in the academic market. In this blog entry, FERSA interviews Dr Mona Jebril about her experience in turning from MonaR (the researcher) to MonaF (the filmmaker), and what advice she would give for those who are interested in filming their research.

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Want to Make Your PhD Better? Hang Out with an Animal

If you go around asking people in academia for things that would make students write higher quality PhDs, I doubt many people’s first answer would be a furry friend.  I doubt it would even be present on most people’s list.  I may be a bit biased (ok, I’m totally biased), but I’m here to say that it should be! Here are five reasons why pets are an excellent way to give your PhD a boost. Disclaimer – this post might just be an excuse to look at cute pictures of furry PhD assistants (but it’s still all true).

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Dealing with Journal Rejections as an Early-Career Researcher

Among the many encouraging positive comments I received at the BERA-BAICE Writing for Publication Workshop, a persistent message conveyed by other early career researchers was this: it was important for them to learn about not only my successful publication experience, but also my vulnerability in the face of rejections. Given space constraints, in this post I will focus solely on how I dealt with rejections.

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Research Poems – What Are They Up To?

Researchers in education tell me about their poems. I only have to mention that my research is in poetry education and before you know it I’m being asked about publication and performance, and what I think of rap. I go to conferences and there’s an education researcher freestyling about their topic. I open an education thesis in the library and there’s a poem half way through its reflexive workout. Surrounded by research poems, unsure what to make of them, I figured I’d better investigate. So, what exactly are research poems?

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The PhD Experience as an Apprenticeship into Academia

Throughout the three years of my PhD I had the opportunity to contribute to different research projects, to publish, and to teach; although it might seem like a bit of a cliché to say that the experience was an apprenticeship into academia, for me, that’s exactly what it was. So here are a few personal reflections on what I feel were the most influential factors in progressing from the PhD, to a postdoc position on the MEITS project, and ultimately into a lectureship.

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