PhD career capital

The Thesis Whisperer

My sister is fond of reminding me that, in 1992, after returning from my first overseas trip to Europe, I told her I wanted a career where I could “get on and off planes and talk to people for a living”. It’s appropriate then, that I write this post while flying high above the red centre of Australia on my way back to chilly Canberra from tropical Darwin.

In the getting-on-and-off-planes-and-talking-to-people business, expectation management is crucial. Sometimes people ask me to do a one hour talk on:

  • How you got so ‘big’ on social media
  • What PhD students should do to be successful
  • What you’re researching right now

Of course, any one of those topics is a talk on its own – maybe even a course. In the past, I’ve tried to cover all three and just left everyone feeling confused. Now I spend time talking to my prospective…

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The first city in the world to have its own ‘SYSTEM’ font!

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DUBAI CLAIMS TO BE THE FIRST CITY IN THE WORLD TO HAVE ITS OWN CUSTOM FONT, WHILE AMMAN AND MANY OTHER CITIES HAVE ACHIEVED THAT AGES AGO! 

I’ve been provoked yesterday by the recent news from Dubai, that Microsoft and Monotype have created a new custom font for Dubai!

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Let’s help ‘stressed PhD Students’: Designing-in pedagogies of self-care

The Supervision Whisperers

This post is by Kay Guccione (@kayguccione), who works at the University of Sheffield where she designs mentoring and coaching programmes for research staff and students. She is researching trust and the supervision relationship and tweets about supervision from @predoctorbility.

Discussion ofacademic workloads, measurement culture, and the impact of stress onmental health, andwellbeing has seen some recent andwelldeserved attention.Many of us have known in an uncoordinated,experiential, day-to-day wayaboutacademic strainand stress for a while,through doing, supervising, or supporting research work. Those of us to whom doctoral researchers turn when they’re stressed, areglad to see the mental healthneeds of an at risk group of peoplebeing better documented and championed.

But aside from saying ‘see,ain’t it awful’ — what do we do now we have the proof that the PhD is statisticallysignificantlystressful?

We can design in pedagogies of self-care; creating a (new) academic priority

Calls forraising awareness of stress symptoms and…

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أن تعيش بالحد الأدنى

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*تصوير خالد بشير

وسط سيل من أخبار رفع الرسوم والضرائب الأخيرة، التي تصدّرت أحاديث الأردنيين منذ مطلع العام الحالي، مرّ خبرٌ آخرٌ مرور الكرام بدون أن يلفت نظر كثيرين، وهو خبر رفع الحكومة الحد الأدنى للأجور للأردنيين من 190 دينارًا إلى 220 دينارًا.

أصبح هذا القرار نافذًا ابتداءً من شهر آذار الفائت، ولكنّ كثيرين ممن يفترض أن يستهدفهم لم يأبهوا به، إما لأنهم لم يصلوا في سابق عهدهم للحد الأدنى السابق، ولم تطال عيون مفتشي وزارة العمل أرباب عملهم يومًا على الرغم من هذه المخالفة القانونية الصريحة، أو لأنهم يعتقدون أن هذا الرقم لا يزال مدعاة للسخرية، فهو بالكاد يلبي حاجاتهم الأساسية.

التقت حبر بثلاث نساء، يتقاضين الحد الأدنى أو ما دونه، يروين كيف تتأقلم عائلاتهنّ مع هذا الرقم وتتدبر مصاريفها الشهرية الأساسية، بعد «البركة» التي ذكرها أغلبها مرارًا وتكرارًا لوصف حالتها.

عمل 365 يومًا في السنة

صحيح أن يوم الجمعة هو يوم العطلة الرسمية الوحيدة الممنوحة لها، ولكن سهر، والتي…

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