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Fulfilling the Potential of Your Doctoral Experience

by Pam Denicolo, Julie Reeves and Dawn Duke SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
11/2017
ISBN:
9781473974791
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Pbk 240 pages
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Do you want to thrive in your doctoral research? Do you want to do more than just survive? If so this is the book for you.


 


Focused on empowering the doctoral researcher, it is packed with advice on how to make the best of opportunities and enjoy your research experience while dealing with challenges. Whether you need to find sources of constructive feedback, are facing an unexpected disturbance to your project, or have ambitions beyond your academic goals, this book provides practical, flexible tips for conducting effective research and engaging with the complex world of academia, including how to:


 



  • Maintain momentum through each stage of the research process

  • Make the most of available resources, training, and support

  • Explore new technologies, networks, and dissemination strategies

  • Maximize the value of assessment

  • Use this project as a springboard into further research and career opportunities



  


Acknowledging that every doctoral experience is unique, this book goes beyond a script for success and instead offers a full studio of flexible, creative tools and adaptable action points that equip you to compose your own distinctive story of research success.


 

Prologue: Who will benefit from the book and why
Part I: Engaging with the process
Chapter 1: What is the point of a doctorate in the 21st century?
Chapter 2: How can you make a good start?
Chapter 3: How can you develop your role as an evolving researcher?
Part II: Success is in the detail
Chapter 4: What makes a good research story?
Chapter 5: What are the potential resources and opportunities and how can they best be utilised?
Chapter 6: How can relationships be developed to gain constructive feedback and support?
Chapter 7: How can you prepare for successful formal reviews during the doctorate?
Chapter 8: What are the criteria and how can you prepare to do well in the final assessment?
Part III: Progressing with confidence
Chapter 9: What is impact and how can it enhance future opportunities?
Chapter 10: How can you make the most of your experience at a personal level?
Chapter 11: How can you make the most of your experience for your professional career?
Chapter 12: What are the key features for transitioning into a new role?
Appendix I: Non-verbal communication: a quick guide to some important signals
Appendix II: A sample Gantt chart
Appendix III: Summary diagram of the Researcher Development Framework
Appendix IV: Advice on final assessment A & B
Appendix V: Policy Information about Impact
Appendix VI: Authors' Doctoral Experiences
Glossary

This book is essential reading for anyone undertaking a doctorate. It navigates all stages of doctoral study, suggesting strategies and negotiating stances while emphasizing personal development and future career paths.  The authors’ extensive experience of supporting doctoral students shines through every page.
Professor (Emeritus) Pam Denicolo, a chartered psychologist, has just retired from her fulltime role at the University of Reading where she developed the Graduate School system and the post-registration professional practice and research element of the School of Pharmacy.
Her passion for supporting and developing graduate students is demonstrated through her contributions as Vice Chair to the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee, as chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education  Postgraduate Network and Executive Editor of the Guides for Supervisors Series.  She was a key contributor to Vitae’s development of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the QAA’s Doctoral Characteristics Advisory Group, and is currently contributing to the revision of the Code of Practice. She is currently advocate for Graduate Studies at the University of Surrey.
Dr Julie Reeves, has been involved with delivering skills training to researchers since 2005.  Currently she is based at the University of Southampton where she designs, delivers and coordinates transferable skills training for early career researchers and research staff. Prior to this she was the Skills Training Manager, at the University of Manchester, for social science, arts and humanities postgraduate researchers, their supervisors and research staff. Her academic background is in politics and international relations, with degrees from the Universities of Kent and Southampton.
Julie is one of the key contributors to the RDF.  She has contributed to Hinchcliffe, Bromley and Hutchinson eds. (2007), is a member of the CIPD and the SRHE, and is a co-convenor of the Postgraduate Issues Network (PIN) within the SRHE