Thursday, 4 May 2017

Making the Most of Your PHD - Tip 2

Prepare to lead and lead to prepare 


  • prepare to lead your own research-enterprise from the start - take control
  • don’t depend too much on your supervisors
  • and work towards cutting loose as an independent researcher
  • early simple ways include:
    1. preparing for supervisor meetings with progress outlines, plans, checklists of items for review, sign off, approval AND outstanding questions or advice required
    2. talking to presenters after seminars
    3. and reaching out to academic authors online 
  • look for leadership opportunities during PHD to demonstrate independence and in later stages cut loose from supervisor 
    1. propose, contribute, convene, host, run events and student led initiatives 
    2. pitch a new mini project idea to win funding via UNICAS Sandpits 
    3. bridging postdoc awards – eg EPSRC Doctoral Prize 
    4. spin out your research idea or extend research reach and impact -your research may ultimately have greater impact outside your field

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