My name is Ana and I am the new editor of PhD Life blog.
In July, our previous editor Tomi graduated (congratulations, Dr Tomi, and best of luck with your future projects!), leaving Warwick University. She’s been doing a great job as an editor in the past three years and I’ll do my best to continue her work.
I’m a current PhD student at Centre for Applied Linguistics, interested in widening participation and community engagement, proficient in coffee drinking, talking too much/fast (hmmm, the two might be related?) and falling behind with my reading.
It is no secret that doing a PhD is not an easy business, it can be messy, confusing and there are new challenges around every corner. However, I’ve found that the academia is also full of wonderful people willing to share their experience and offer advice to new researchers.
My PhD mess
I would like this blog to be an interactive and friendly community, providing peer-support to its readers and contributors. Throughout the years, we all have ups and downs and, sometimes even without noticing, we pick up a lot of skills and valuable experience on how to manage the PhD process.
Why not share this and each other make the most out of PhD?
PhD Life welcomes posts from Warwick-based but also researchers from all over the world – tell us about your research, conferences you’ve been to, challenges you’ve overcome…
How do you manage your reading, writing, supervision? Do you have any hobbies or side-projects you’re proud of? A recipe for killer muffins that get you through a writing day?
We’re all ears (well, WordPress template).
Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, @ResearchExchange or comments section about your contributions, topics you’d like to read about or any suggestions you have.
Until next post, enjoy your PhD Life! 🙂
Hello there, I have just visited this blog today, honestly, I found it very interestiing, as Im now in a process of writting my Masters thesis and starting my scholarship applications for the PhD for 2016.
My name is Catherine, Im a Masters student in International Area Studies studying at Tsukuba University, Graduate school of Humanities and Social Sciences. My interests are in Gender Issues, Management, International Relations and Sociology. My thesis is about Role of the Support Systems in Adressing Domestic Violence Among Immigrants Women in Japan. Currently, Im finalizing my draft to be authorized by the panel so that I can go to the field work. My planned methodology includes Interview and some sort of Case studies. However I experience some difficults in my literature reviews as Im not conversant in Japanese and Domestic Violence is not a discussed topic in Japan.
About PhD, well I have thinking of researching about women and social media in my country(Tanzania), the whole concepts of internet use, porn revenge and cyber law/security.
Any advice please concerning my challenge in literature review and my PhD idea.
Thanks in Advance.
The University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
Thanks for your comment, it’s great to hear from you. 🙂
Your masters research topic sounds really interesting and I’m sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re facing. The fact that there is little literature on it isn’t necessarily negative – it indicates your research is original and, IMHO, very needed.
Have you approached your thesis supervisor, personal tutor or any of the faculty staff about this? They’ll probably be able to offer you more guidance on using your library facilities and overcoming the language barrier. Also, try finding scholars that do similar research on academic network like Academia, Piirus, ResearchGate. You can search these by topic and get in touch people who might help. I’ve personally found that many academic are more than happy to share their papers, discuss research or offer advice.
And regarding the PhD topic, it is good to discuss this with a potential supervisor or faculty – they often provide very useful feedback which will help you narrow down and focus your ideas.
Hope this helps and thanks for visiting our blog! 🙂
All the best,
Thank you very much for your advice, its very helpful. I have also asked some help from my friends from other universities to help me accessing the journals.
Thank you once again for the posts in the blog, they are really helpful.
All the best,