Archive for PhDs

The ‘substanceless blue’ time of day

Posted in Life, research with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“It’s safe to say I have definitely entered another level of commitment to my PhD. It’s becoming an obsession. I find myself getting up early, not exactly the very early ‘substanceless blue’ pre-dawn in which Plath wrote many of her ‘Ariel’ poems, but around 7 / 8am I will pour my first cup of tea and settle down to my humming laptop in the early morning silence …” (more)

[The Plath Diaries, 16 March]

Too many doctors? Or too few?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“Should you ever choose to live in Germany, you will sooner or later come across a person on whose business card you will see that they are ‘Dr Dr’ something or other. It is not even that rare a phenomenon …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 March]


Posted in research with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Apologies for my bloggy-absence, I suppose it’s fair to say I’ve been having a few down days in relation to the PhD. These feelings are, of course, the nature of the beast. If you google ‘PhD and loneliness’, hundreds of news articles, blogs and the like appear …” (more)

[The Plath Diaries, 9 March]

State support for R&D and universities remains critical

Posted in research with tags on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“Increasing the number of graduates with doctoral degrees has been a key element of State policy in the past few years. Does it matter whether we are producing a lot of PhDs? Many have argued no …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 4 February]

77% of PhD students will stay in education rather then work in knowledge economy

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“Releasing the results of a survey of PhD students, Alan Kelly, reveals that the majority of PhD students will stay in the education cycle rather than contribute to the so-called ‘Knowledge economy’ …” (more)

[Alan Kelly, Labour Party Blog, 31 January]

We Ignore ‘The Economist’

Posted in research with tags , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Well now, there’s The Economist with this year’s ‘Doctorates are a Waste of Time’ article. This piece falls in line with 2009’s New York Times article about the awful academic job market, helpfully illustrated with photos of glum-looking PhDs who either can’t find a job or settled for an academic job – the horror! – in the Deep South …” (more)

[Daniel J Ennis, Inside Higher Ed, 24 January]

PhDs: for the rich and the (very) lucky?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“Well, I had my viva on Monday and thankfully was passed! I am so relieved to have it over, one of the major challenges of PhD life so far for me, has been self motivation. I have been trying to cram as much as I can into my days but worry that it isn’t enough …” (more)

[The Plath Diaries, 21 January]