Who writes this blog?

A team of higher education academics, academic developers, psychologists and philosophers with years of experience in designing and delivering doctoral education and researcher development activities. We, and our guests write about the ‘hidden curriculum’ of doctoral education and our blog aims to support anyone who wants to enable researchers to access and utilise the learning …

From startled fresher to independent researcher: the pathway of advice

This is a guest post by Dr Eleni Routoula. Eleni is a chemical engineer who decided to do a career pivot after her PhD and focus on skills development through extracurricular activities, researchers’ development, and employability. She is currently transitioning into a role as a Teaching Associate for Employability, helping undergraduate and postgraduate students identify …

Researcher independence: growing confidence inside a writing group

This is a guest post by Dr Cally Guerin. Cally has been teaching, researching and publishing in doctoral education since 2008. She currently works in the Researcher Development team at the Australian National University, delivering workshops for PhD candidates and their supervisors. Much of her time is spent translating the mysteries of academic research cultures …

Dissertation Working Group – a group of wanderers in search of their destinies

This is a guest post by Zeenar Salim, Doctoral Researcher in the School of Education at Syracuse University. Zeenar leads the Dissertation Working Group, a community of doctoral researchers that provides a safe and conducive space for them to present their unfinished work and give peer feedback. Photo by Luke Porter on Unsplash “What are you up-to on …

Cultivating Academic Interdependence through Peer Learning

This is a guest post by Shannon Perry and Ahreum Lim, PhD students at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA. Seeking a peer learning community during doctoral studies can feel like being the only goose who looks up. Photo credit: Ahreum Lim We came together, two first-year PhD students pursuing Learning, Leadership, and Organization …

Peer-mentoring: becoming independent from teaching collaboratively

This is a guest post by three doctoral researchers from the University of Glasgow. Dangeni (@DagnyUoG) is a current doctoral researcher in the School of Education. Dr Rui He (@Elin_RuiHE) completed her PhD in the School of Education in 2021, and Natthaphon Tripornchaisak (@NTripornchaisak) is a postgraduate researcher in the School of Education and School of Modern Languages and Cultures investigating the notion of Intercultural …

The ‘loop-building’ initiative

Dr Rui He (@Elin_RuiHE) is a newly completed PhD in Education from the University of Glasgow. Rui was also the former External Secretary at British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS) and Co-convenor at Scottish Centre for China Research Postgraduate Network (SCCR PGN). Photo by Önder Örtel on Unsplash After having fully completed my doctoral education journey in …

Developing wellbeing, confidence and my academic career

This is a guest post by Nawreen Sobhan PhD Researcher and Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and Abeer Hassan Reader in Accounting and PGR Co-ordinator in the School of Business and Creative Industries, also at the University of the West of Scotland. This blog presents the perspectives of Nawreen a PhD researcher and Associate Lecturer, who …

The Hidden Curriculum of Researcher Development

Dr Stephanie Zihms (@StephZihms) is a Lecturer in Researcher Development at the University of the West of Scotland. She leads writing courses and offers on demand resources via her academic side hustle, Transfer Researcher Development Services. Stephanie's notebook In this post I want to reflect on my experience and explore if a Hidden Curriculum also exists …

Taking your researcher identity outside the university’s walls

This is a guest post by Dr Isabelle Skakni, Head of the Doctoral Training Support and Coordination Office at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland, and the ERASMUS+ Researcher Identity project. Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash A few years ago, when I was a PhD student myself, I bumped into Evelina, a former doctoral mate who had chosen …

Persisting and succeeding, with the help of the Hidden Curriculum

This is a guest post by Subodha Handhi, Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and Abeer Hassan Reader in Accounting and PGR Co-ordinator in the School of Business and Creative Industries, also at the University of the West of Scotland Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash This blog presents the perspectives of Subodha a current PhD researcher and …