A Better Model to Support University Collaborations

A Better Model to Support University Collaborations

I've helped a number of university-to-university collaborations get established and then operate. And that got me thinking about models of support that could do both - (1) support the initiative, and; (2) freely give out the advice to use their model without that advice having bias as well. Or […]

How to Promote Your Research on Social Media

How to Promote Your Research on Social Media

In my experience there are two types of researchers promoting their content on social media. Those who do nothing, and those who say, “I’m so excited to announce my paper on [something] was published [somewhere].” Of course, there are a few who do what I suggest below (read on). But not many.

Having Tough Conversations with Your Students

Having Tough Conversations with Your Students

Just like talking to your superiors can be tough, so too can talking to your students.  Indeed, there are many similarities.

Should My PhD Supervisor Be a Mentor, Colleague or Boss?

Should My PhD Supervisor Be a Mentor, Colleague or Boss?

Starting a PhD is a big decision. And there are lots of choices to make. What university? What topic? What group? Not to mention your supervisor. Then of course there are the practicalities of life such as work, where you live, and who you live with.

How to Get a Mentor

How to Get a Mentor

There are often cries in research “you should have a mentor” but what does that mean, and how do you even get one? IMHO a mentor is someone who has been through some of the things you are going through and can provide advice, guidance, and suggestions on the types of actions and approaches you […]

Should I Join a Team, Build a Team, or Go It Alone?

Should I Join a Team, Build a Team, or Go It Alone?

Academic research is increasingly collaborative across all disciplines.1,2,3,4 Yet being more collaborative does not necessarily increase productivity – certainly not on a per-author basis.5

How to Be a Good PhD Student

How to Be a Good PhD Student

Despite my best efforts I have not been able to find much published work on how to be a good PhD student. I’m not talking about the qualities of a PhD student – such as organisation or perseverance. I’m not talking about good PhD programs – such as planning, professional development and good […]

Three Questions (and Answers) for Industry Aspirants

Three Questions (and Answers) for Industry Aspirants

Download At the recent IMNIS event on building an industry career, three questions came from the audience that I thought were useful to write about in a little more detail.

What to Do to Set Up an Industry-Focused PhD Program from Scratch

What to Do to Set Up an Industry-Focused PhD Program from Scratch

In an earlier blog I wrote about the important parts of a CRC PhD Program. Some of you might be reading this and in the process of applying for or setting up a newly awarded centre or institute. Bearing that information in mind, when designing or implementing a supplementary or industry-focused […]

Things You Might Not Know About Moving Out of Academia

Things You Might Not Know About Moving Out of Academia

Most PhDs don’t have a long term career in academia Stats from the US and the UK show that less than 10% of PhD graduates have a ten or more year career in academia. So, for those still in there that long – awesome work you’re one of the few. For those leaving, left or considering leave – you’re […]

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