study What does the literature say
about common experiences of
part-time doctoral study?
• Participation in social practices
is a necessary condition for
learning. (Lave & Wenger, 1991)
• Part-time PGR students at risk
of remaining on periphery of
The doctoral shadow.
Pay attention to it.
What does yours look like?
Shaping your doctoral shadow:
Let’s turn our thoughts to the
development of research
Turning your doctoral experience
(thus far) into a haiku. Yes… a
A haiku is a 3 line poem.
5 – 7 – 5
Syllables per line.
By monitor glow
A conference paper due
The grad student naps
Jorge Cham ‘A PhD Haiku’
Superhero Researcher Quiz
1. What is your main purpose? What are you
trying to achieve?
2. What are your superpowers/abilities?
3. Are you using any specialist
4. Where did your superpowers stem from?
5. Do you have a secret identity or alter ego?
6. Do you work alone?
KV’s Superhero Responses
1. What is my main purpose? What am I
trying to achieve?
2. What superpowers/abilities have I
3. Any specialist gadgets/technology?
4. Do I still have an alter ego?
5. Do I work alone?
How do you create scholarly
A sort of
“Community development processes set out to create the context
within which meaningful relationships can be formed and through
which people have the space to grow and change and fulfill their
(Flecknoe & McLellan, 1994: 7)
“The creation of networks is
significant for knowledge
transfer and professional
(Pataraia et al., 2015)
‘Connexity’ in learning is where a culture of community is promoted through
activities which enable individuals and groups to join together in social
networks. These create occasions and spaces for informal learning.
Networks are the webs of informal relationships in & around formal structures.
“I lack the confidence to write
my own tweets.”
“I’m concerned how others
“I don’t want to appear foolish
or stupid. What if I’m
Turning the subject matter of your
doctoral thesis into a single tweet.
A tweet is a sentence of up
to 140 characters (includes
spaces & punctuation)
Check out the
Want to know more? This just out.
Research paper published June 2016
Using Twitter to Tackle Peripherality? Scan QR code to access paper
Learn more about using Twitter in university
research, teaching & impact activities
User-friendly guide published by
Mollet, Moran and Dunleavy
Scan QR code to access paper
Things to reflect on…
Diverse methods for
research(creative is good)
Networks & scholarly
Achieving your doctorate is not
only about completing your
Think about the ‘research
superpowers’ that you have
developed (or will develop).
Don’t be afraid to show your
examiners your researcher alter-
(Cape and mask optional)
Ten research blogs I STRONGLY recommend subscribing to:
• Dr Naomi Barnes https://courtingtheacademy.wordpress.com/
• Prof Pat Thomson (Patter) https://patthomson.net/
• Dr Inger Mewburn https://thesiswhisperer.com/
• The Research Whisperer https://theresearchwhisperer.wordpress.com/
• Dr Helen Kara (independent researcher) https://helenkara.com/blog/
• BERA Blog https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog
• Dr Rachael Cayley https://explorationsofstyle.com/
• Dr Nathan Ryder http://viva-survivors.com/
• Dr Nick Hopwood https://nickhop.wordpress.com/
• Doctoral Writing https://doctoralwriting.wordpress.com/
part of your