Author Archives: Helen Colley

Co-authoring with research students

For a long time I refused to consider publishing with my research students.  I worried that it was unethical.  That was for two main reasons.  First, I had seen some very bad practice indeed – such as supervisors insisting that … Continue reading

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When life intervenes… the value of suspending studies

So… despite my good intentions to keep up a steady stream of weekly posts for this blog, life has intervened.  A close family member has been seriously ill, and suddenly I was pitched back into the intensively stressful and time-consuming … Continue reading

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Keeping track of developing doctoral writing

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of research students, and all of them are part-time.  They have big day-jobs as teachers and lecturers, and so I only get to see them once every couple of months.  … Continue reading

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Effective questions in supervision

I tweeted a while ago to ask supervisors and students what they had found were the most useful questions to ask/be asked in supervision. So here are some suggestions from them and from me.  Please do add comments with any … Continue reading

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The challenge of the research proposal: (2) Rationale

Well, the REF submission is in, and I can pick up my blogging again – apologies for the interruption…  In my last post, I wrote about the first section of the research proposal, the background context.  Here I’m moving onto … Continue reading

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The challenge of the research proposal: (1) Context

You’ve only just met.  You hardly know each other.  And your new doctoral student has to produce a really challenging piece of work – their research proposal – which will be the springboard for their entire project.  They may well … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on supervisor angst

My very first post from this blog seems to have sparked quite a response, and I am excited about the potential of SupervisorStuff to get supervisor stuff that bit more out in the open.  Before some further posts on strategies … Continue reading

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