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  • Moving house on the Ides of March
    On 9 June 2011, we sent this tweet out into the world: So, it begins… — Research Whisperer (@researchwhisper) June 9, 2011 That same day, we set up Research Whisperer on Facebook and started the WordPress blog. Like everyone else starting social media accounts and blogs, we had zero followers. We were amazed how quickly […]...
    Research Whisperer /TWC Published on: 14 Feb 2023

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  • Get feedback on your draft application
    We recently published a book, Getting research funded: Five essential rules for early career researchers. This post provides excerpts from chapter 4: Get the project right. Until the end of 2023, you can buy the book for 20% off by using the code AFL03 on the Routledge website. For many...
    Research Whisperer Published on: 28 Nov 2023

  • It just comes back to kindness
    I’ve just returned from several weeks travelling in North America. The space to think, observe new things, people and contexts, and to be curious was so embraced. Here is what I have learnt that resonated as most important....
    Wellbeing Whisperer Published on: 17 Aug 2023

  • write short to help write with authority
    One of the hardest aspects of academic writing is working out how to take a suitably authoritative stance. To be read as an expert. To sound like an authority on your topic. It’s all very well for people like me … Continue reading →...
    Patter Published on: 27 Nov 2023

  • #ICRMC 2024!
    The International Creative Research Methods Conference was a tremendous success. So I’m going to do it again next year, on 9-10 September, at the same venue in central Manchester, England. Once again I need to sign a contract with the … Continue reading →...
    Helen Kara Published on: 31 Oct 2023

  • Listen: get charged up to write using your breath
    Here is another breathing practice. In this fifth practice, I walk you through the second of three breathing practices. This one is best if you need to feel fired up. It's hard to read and count and breathe, but it's easy to breathe if someone else keeps count for you,...
    Research Degree Insiders Published on: 09 Nov 2023

  • Written conversations: Break the Rules with Cathy Rentzenbrink
    We’re joined by acclaimed memoirist, writing tutor and author of five books Cathy Rentzenbrink. In this honest, frank and occasionally strongly worded conversation we explore how the ‘rules’ we come to believe about our writing aren’t necessarily true. And why we shouldn’t always believe what other writers tell us about...
    The Prolifiko Blog Published on: 31 Mar 2023

  • The Highlights
    Highlighter pens can be a useful part of a viva prep toolkit. You can use one colour to show key references and another to make essential information stand out. You could add a colourful edge to specific pages or mark......
    Viva Survivors Published on: 28 Nov 2023

  • What are informational interviews?
    Thanks to my friend Jennifer van Alstyne for this fun conversation about informational interviews, why to do them, and how they can supercharge a PhD… The post What are informational interviews? appeared first on From PhD to Life....
    From PhD to Life Published on: 27 Sep 2022