The PhD Experience

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So your partner is doing a PhD…

By Richard Parfitt and Claire Skilton |   Rather than just writing my own blog for this week’s post, I thought I would bring in somebody else’s knowledge and experience of my PhD experience, i.e. that of my fiancé, Claire,… Continue Reading →

Singing through the Pensions Strike

By Richard Parfitt |   Sitting in my office in Oxford’s Clarendon Building during last month’s UCU strike was an experience in how sound can shape and project industrial action.   I passed the picket line each morning. As a member… Continue Reading →

Stop Making Fun of Your Students

By Richard Parfitt |   Something that’s bugged me ever since I started my PhD has been the number of my fellow academics that I see criticising their undergraduate students on social media, particularly on Twitter. Of course, you can see… Continue Reading →

The Three-Year PhD is Possible

By Richard Parfitt |   I’ve just finished my PhD (hurrah go me well done). I submitted just inside three years, which according to many of those with whom I’ve discussed my efforts makes me a super human warrior master of… Continue Reading →

Which Strictly celebrity is your PhD?

By Richard Parfitt |     Continuing our long-running series of articles on ‘Which of these non-academic things is a metaphor for your PhD?’, and helping me to come up with a blog amidst my Saturday-night writer’s block, I’m going to… Continue Reading →

The Loves that Dare to Speak Their Name

By Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston |   The University of Oxford has a long and storied history when it comes to sexuality. Whether it be the epicureanism of Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde’s ‘love that dare not speak its name’, or Charles Ryder’s… Continue Reading →

Which PhD football team are you?

By Richard Parfitt |   With the start of the new Premier League season approaching, and my next Pubs and Publications post due, it’s that time when we ask the really important questions. The questions that change the way we think… Continue Reading →

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