Value in a PhD?

An interesting piece on the ‘value’ and employability of a PhD Who would do a PhD? Who would willingly submit to spending endless hours, over three or four years, in the laboratory or library, racked by self-doubt and money worries, in preparation for a career for which vacancies were never more oversubscribed? … But do Continue Reading →

PhD: Has the quality dropped? If so, who’s “to blame”?

This is rather concerning (but not particularly surprising, as we’ve heard all those complaints about GCSE, A-Level, degree level standards dropping, etc.) re PhD doctorates. Really, by the time you sit the viva, you should know that your work is ready to pass, and that your job in the viva is to demonstrate that you Continue Reading →

[VIDEO] Digital Humanities in 2 Minutes

I was involved in the early days of history and the digital – this video (H/T @pmphillips), is a useful summary: Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On Continue Reading →

10 Truths for Prospective PhDs

Important reading if you’re planning on doing a PhD: As a prospective PhD student, you are precious. Institutions want you – they gain funding, credibility and profile through your presence. Do not let them treat you like an inconvenient, incompetent fool. Do your research. Ask questions. Use these 10 truths to assist your decision. The 10 Continue Reading →

Colindale Disappears? @drbexl interviewed on @bbcradio4

I was interviewed earlier in the year about Colindale, where I spent many hours researching my PhD. As someone with a foot in the historians camp, and a foot in the digital world (and no, they’re not exclusive!) our conversation was wire-ranging. I’ll be interested to see which bits appear: Read more about the programme, Continue Reading →

Academic Career or Plan B?

Story in Times Higher Education this week has attracted MANY comments already… it starts: Universities benefit from the large pool of cheap labour provided by PhD students and postdocs, but there aren’t enough academic jobs to go around, so young scholars should prepare for the possibility of a future outside the academy, one postdoc advises Not everyone Continue Reading →