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PhD to completion – The final 6 months


TL;DR: I quit my associate lecturer job so I can finish my PhD full time before December. I am still available for freelance and project based work. This is a post about my boundaries.  This has been quite a difficult post to write. In fact, this is the third time I’ve attempted to start it after deleting the last two…

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Some thoughts from Picturing the Social Conference – June 2016 #VSMLconf


I’m on my way to Sheffield to deliver a workshop on Social Media for Early Career Researchers at the first student-lead Sheffield University Doctoral Student Conference tomorrow. I was lucky enough to be able to plan my travels around the second “Picturing the Social” conference in Manchester, hosted by the Visual Social Media Lab. It’s came at a very good…

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2015 done. 2016 goals.


The Internet is now slowly filling up with ‘new year, new me’ posts – and subsequently folk moaning about ‘new year, new me’ posts. I’m in the camp that setting accountable, bloggable goals works for me (and I didn’t really binge over xmas, kept things pretty mundane & hibernated for much of it) so I’m going to camp out on…

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#NaNoWriMo (& other things) for generative (& progressive) PhD writing – an update


Just under a month ago I wrote a blog post about how I aspired to be a #NanoRebel and aim to write over 50k additional words to my PhD as part of the annual writing flurry of #NaNoWriMo. With only 1.5 days left on November  – how did I do? 19142 new words associated with my PhD in the month of…

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Three ways that an international research trip can benefit your PhD


Last month, I had the privilege of taking part in a research and knowledge exchange visit to Osaka University in Japan. I feel as if the experience was incredibly beneficial in relation to my PhD journey, but also in terms of being able to understand and navigate academic life through an alternative lens. I’ve had this post sitting in draft…

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Blogging PhD Chat: Sometimes you just need to get up at 6am and write…


 A few weekends ago, during an intense period of finalising a report for work, I redesigned my website (for the millionth time) and I made 378 entries on this blog private. I removed all pages that listed my publications, workshop titles and examples of work. There are now just over 150 left – and most them are from January 2013…

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