Myths and Realities of Higher Education System

The ‘ivory tower’ One of the commonest misconceptions about research is that it is an ‘ivory tower’ activity, far removed from reality and from social contact with others. If you say you are doing research, people will often talk to you as though you had decided to spend a number of years in solitary confinement from which, in due course,…
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When to Write Your PhD Thesis

The patron saint of PhD writing is the Victorian novelist, Anthony Trollope. He wrote many novels, including some of the famous Barchester and Palliser series, while working at a full-time management job in the Post Office. How did he…

Writing Your PhD: What & When?

In this Article we shall examine the task of writing your PhD. First, note that we do not say ‘writing up your PhD’: that formulation wrongly gives the impression that writing is what you do at the end of the process. You certainly do have…

PhD Thesis Writing as a Process

If writing leads to discovery and not, as is generally supposed, discoveries merely need to be put into writing, then it is easy to understand why writing the thesis is experienced as the most difficult part of the work.

The Nature of the PhD Qualification

In this article we shall discuss the nature of a PhD. We shall consider the objectives of the process, the part that it plays in the academic system.  The meaning of a doctorate We are going to start with some historical…