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 …

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 …

Call for contributions to the blog: developing research independence through the Hidden Curriculum

The Hidden Curriculum team are now preparing to collaborate on Book 2!  Photo by Damian Zaleski on Unsplash Our second volume will be a collaborative edited book that brings together stories of how doctoral researchers develop a sense of agency and independence through their learning from the Hidden Curriculum. Our book will bring together examples and analyses of …

Am I professional?

This is a guest post from Dr Elizabeth Adams (@ResearchDreams), Researcher Development Manager at the University of Glasgow. Clearing out my wardrobe during the lockdown, I realised I had several suit jackets. Mostly unworn, I’d acquired each of them at a time in my life where I’d been ‘trying to look a bit more professional’. …

Hidden rooms in PhD education’s liminal phases

This is a guest post by Dagrun Astrid Aarø Engen, Assistant Professor in Higher Education Pedagogy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Photo by 褚 天成 on Unsplash Right before Christmas I submitted my PhD thesis. I am now waiting for the evaluation committee to assess my work. I have completed the work on the thesis, but I …

Showcasing the Hidden Curriculum via PhD-led research sharing activities

This post is by Dr Dely Elliot (Senior Lecturer and member of the Hidden Curriculum in Doctoral Education blog team), Rui He and Dangeni (doctoral researchers), all from the School of Education, University of Glasgow. First, let me tell you a little bit about the PGR Community Building Team (comprising myself – Dely Elliot, Prof …

Securing a lectureship using learning from the Hidden Curriculum

This is a guest post by Mahalaxmi Adhikari Parajuli Assistant Lecturer in Accounting at Coventry University, and Abeer Hassan Reader in Accounting and PGR Co-ordinator in the School of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland The supervision skills development programme: In 2018/19, I (Dr Abeer Hassan) secured funding to develop a training process …

Finding ways to maintain our learning communities

This is a guest post by Prof. Gina Wisker, University of Bath. I want to look here at doctoral communities and collegiality over the past, and very strange, year. In attempts to maintain communities and collegiality in relation to research learning, supervision and interacting with doctoral students, it has been particularly strange.  A year ago, …