Before, During and After the Transfer; making the most of an opportunity to defend your research decisions

Before the Transfer * When it came to the Transfer process I didn’t know what to expect. I couldn’t find any advice other than an outline in the Research  Degrees Handbook (see * footnote) so set out to find my own. On the PhD Northampton closed Facebook Group (send a request if you want to... Continue Reading →


Why Doctoral Students Should Attend Conferences

Last month, some of the PhD students based in India and I attended and presented papers at the International Conference On Challenging Exclusion (ICEE) jointly hosted by the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, India and the University of Northampton (UoN). It’s an expectation at most universities including ours that, during the... Continue Reading →

We are in this together

10 Dec, 2017 Sumathi, Pooja and I met up yesterday at a Mumbai style Iranian cafe in Bangalore, India. Over a delicious meal of various Parsi delicacies and Mumbai street food, we shared our PhD experiences thus far. Sumathi and Pooja are third year part time PhD students based in Bangalore, India. It was heartening... Continue Reading →

Peer Support Group Meeting Two

The second Peer Support Group met up online 11th December to discuss writing and submitting a conference abstract. Key takeaways from the discussion are listed below Conference Abstract is about part of your PhD not all of it. Focus on a section such as the literature review or methodology and write about that. Show how it’s... Continue Reading →

Peer Support Group Meeting One

The first meeting of the SuCCEED@8 Peer Support Group took place on 5th December, online and offline.   Four participants met up on campus at the University of Northampton and four joined remotely via Skype. The theme was Preparing for a Conference and there were two  blended learning activities. These looked at creating an online identity,... Continue Reading →

Faculty PhD Induction Day

A community gets together: Faculty PhD Induction Day Yumi Zhao, Ratika Malkani, Sue Watling and Maitreyee Buragohain 2 November 2017 Twice a year the Graduate School at the University of Northampton organises the Induction Week for new research students. This year a new cohort of PhD students got together from 23rd to 27th of October. For the first time, Faculties... Continue Reading →

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