Friday, 12 July 2013

Fieldwork in a developing country - by Solomon Gbanie

Solomon Peter Gbanie is PhD candidate at the UNSW Canberra.  Originally from Sierra Leone, Solomon’s PhD project is examining land use and land cover change in a post conflict situation.  Not all research can be done from the comfort of the office chair, so, Solomon recently travelled to his home country to do some fieldwork.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Big Science Summit 2013 - Selfies gone wild

I recently attended the Big Science Summit at the UNSW in Kensington, and, what a great time it was!  It was two days with some of Australia’s best science communicators and science communication researchers discussing the future of science and its communication in Australia. 

During the two days 6 “crowd sourced” talks took place... AND I WAS ONE.  Before the summit, people with a story got to throw their hat in the ring to talk about their science communication experience or research.  I pitched an idea about the use of camera traps in citizen science.  As such, below is a version of what I said, I say “a version” because it was a little on the fly.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Couple of tips for research students

I am now a year and (nearly) a half through my PhD, still got about two years to go.  Looking back at first year though, there are certainly things I may have done different if I had my time over again, but there are a number of things that I am really happy I did early on.

So here are the two most valuable tips I found. 

Monday, 20 May 2013

A recap of 2013...

This year has really travelled along rather quickly. So quickly in fact, keeping up the writing has gotten away from me. And, I find that this is not good.
To recap and explain…

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Are PhD Graduates expecting too much? - Republished from The Conversation

Are PhD graduates expecting too much?

By John Crossley, Monash University

When it comes to PhD graduates, it’s clear that supply now far outstrips demand. It used to be that doing a PhD almost guaranteed you an academic position but now, any guarantees are long gone.

My own experience suggests that only around half of PhD graduates are employed in some kind of academic work, even if it is part-time or casual.

But should this mean it’s time for prospective PhD students to make their expectations more reasonable? And if so, who decides what’s reasonable?