This is a book I couldn't recommend more! It is one of the only books written about the PhD experience which I have read and I felt was 100% true to my experience. I lent it to Aoife and we have both had the same opinion. There are a number of different valuable sections but … Continue reading A book Aoife and I would highly recommend for PhD students: Turbocharge Your Writing: How to become a prolific academic writer by Gardiner and Kearns
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After a busy few months Aoife and I are finally writing on this again! We had a hectic few months with CIG and Aoife’s amazing news that she’s going to Boston for 6 months after being awarded a Fulbright scholarship. So congratulations to her and I’m so proud! I’ve been trying to think through a … Continue reading 5 de-stressing things to do
This is just a short blog, but after reading Pat Thompson’s blog about what is a good day, I began to think about the differences in what a good day might be for a PhD student, as opposed to the author’s perspective as a professor of education. While obviously not wishing to speak for all … Continue reading What’s a good academic day for you?
Following Aoife's last post, this is a reprint of the blog published on Eye on the world: Mc Ardle, R. (2016) ‘SQUAT CITY’ EVICTED AGAIN IN AUGUST 2016: THE BATTLE OVER THE GRANGEGORMAN SQUAT IN DUBLIN, Eye on the World Maynooth Geography, [online] October 14th 2016. Available at: https://maynoothgeography.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/squat-city-evicted-again-in-august-2016-the-battle-over-the-grangegorman-squat-in-dublin/ (accessed 31st January 2017). "From 2013 … Continue reading ‘SQUAT CITY’ EVICTED AGAIN IN AUGUST 2016: THE BATTLE OVER THE GRANGEGORMAN SQUAT IN DUBLIN
After reading the blog post by The Thesis Whisperer titled "Another way to write 1000 words a day" I was inspired to try the Pomodoro technique. It was developed in the 1980s, and it is a way to reduce distractions and concentrate the brain on a set task for a short time period. You work … Continue reading How to get stuff down
This is a piece I have wanted to write for a while, due to an incredible article in the Dublin Enquirer written by Elske Rahill about her children's addiction to Peppa Pig. As an Auntie who has had to hear and watch a lot of Peppa Pig, I was instantly curious. The piece outlines something … Continue reading Gender in children’s television shows and film
Most researchers and academics have a list of favourites: favourite researchers, writers, and teachers. Overtime, I hope to discuss a few of these people and the contributions they have made to various fields of research. I want to begin by discussing a scholar whose work has been influential to many people including myself - David … Continue reading David Harvey’s contribution to geography
So what exactly is a PhD? I remember asking myself that question, and this is my attempt at an answer a year and a half into completing the degree. A PhD is a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree, which can vary across different countries but the main similarity is the awarding of Doctor as a title … Continue reading What is a PhD?
Everyone’s road to becoming a PhD candidate and eventually graduating as a Doctor of Philosophy is different and unique to them. There will of course be similarities between people’s paths but the road I am on has its own map as does Rachel’s but at times our roads intersect. In this post, I am going … Continue reading A Road to a PhD