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  • What can we expect in the next phase of the pandemic?
    So, we made it to the end of the year! We’re coming up to the third anniversary of the first death from Covid (January 11th 2020, in case you were wondering). I don’t know about you, but this year of the pandemic has felt more exhausting than the others. Perhaps it’s because there’s been a ...continue reading....
    Thesis Whisperer /TWC Published on: 02 Dec 2022

Latest from our featured blogs

  • Building a second brain – for academic writing
    ** Apologies to email subscribers – I accidentally sent a draft version of this post on Saturday. The fully edited piece is below. Thanks for your patience and understanding.** —————————– Before I start, big news! Long time readers will know that I have been working for years with a team...
    Thesis Whisperer Published on: 02 Oct 2022

  • So, you’re new to research impact?
    The impact that research generates in society is a hot topic internationally. It can be a complex topic and poses different challenges depending on whether you are a researcher, research professional, funder, or research user. Over the last year, the four authors of this article have settled into an informal...
    Research Whisperer Published on: 25 Oct 2022


  • academic writing knowhow – setting the scene
    That first sentence. Your first thought. An opening gambit. Setting the scene. Attracting the reader. Aaargh. Starting a new piece of writing can be daunting. It’s no wonder that so many writers worry about how to begin. But academic writers … Continue reading →...
    Patter Published on: 05 Dec 2022

  • How Much This Academic Writer Earns
    I have been writing for Policy Press since 2011. I am contractually forbidden to tell you the level of royalties they pay me, but I can tell you it is higher than any of the other publishers I work for. … Continue reading →...
    Helen Kara Published on: 08 Dec 2022

  • Going to a big conference
    Last week I went to the Australian Association of Researchers in Education (AARE) conference in Adelaide. It was a big conference with lots of parallel sessions, and I haven't gone to a really big conference for 7 or 8 years (let alone not travelling or hanging out with large groups...
    Research Degree Insiders Published on: 08 Dec 2022

  • The Future of the Post-Pandemic University
    You may have noticed that this site has been relatively quiet recently. It feels like the project has run out of steam, raising the question of whether we should continue it. If you have any thoughts about the project, what has been useful and what might be useful in future,...
    Postpandemic University Published on: 26 Oct 2022


  • Written: a quick introduction
    Our new book Written: How to keep writing and build a habit that lasts is out this January. So, what is it, why did we write it and how will it help people? (And if you’re here to find out how you can win a proof copy tomorrow, it’s by...
    The Prolifiko Blog Published on: 08 Nov 2022

  • Exceptional
    There are lots of expectations for what vivas are supposed to be like. Vivas tend to last a certain length, it’s typical for candidates to have two examiners, it’s common for them to take place within three months of submission, and so on. Of course, there are exceptions. Some exceptions...
    Viva Survivors Published on: 09 Dec 2022


  • 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