Category Archives: PhD

July 14

Maria with the Red Hair

After I left sixth form, my dad died. After my undergraduate, my husband was in a coma in intensive care. And after getting my Ph.D we have had lots of family health problems and other traumas to contend with. Academia has been the last thing on my mind, and I certainly have a lot of […]

September 10

Revelations and the Researcher

¬†(Picture of performer¬†Delilah Jones). I first went to university in 2002 to study Philosophy at a Redbrick. I hated it. I danced at the same time and dropped out 18 months in. There is no way in hell I could have completed that degree. My father died a week before I started uni, and everything […]

April 08

The Trauma of Research

Research can be traumatic. It can reach inside of us and expose our own fears, insecurities, experiences and weaknesses. It can bruise and scratch and leak down to our deepest layers. It can expose what we are frightened of, the real life monster under the bed, and it can expose ourselves. We face an authentic […]

July 04

When is it right to write?

When is it right to write? This is a common source of anxiety amongst PhD researchers, not helped by the competitive nature of many writing challenges set on twitter. Whilst they can help some, they cause angst to many others. So should you write from the start of a PhD? I am now 8 months […]