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 …

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, …

Uncovering the hidden ethics in doctoral supervision

This is a guest post by Erika Löfström,Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Helsinki. In this blog entry I suggest four cornerstones for handling the ethics in doctoral supervision. These have been brought to light through research that my colleagues, especially Kirsi Pyhältö and I have conducted on supervision ethics over the years. …

Doctoral writing: Preparing for upgrade

This is a guest post by Kelsey Inouye (@KelseyInouye), Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, Department of Education.  "Writing Tools" by peteoshea  Whatever your institution might call it—the proposal defense, transfer of status, upgrade, or confirmation—an oral examination of the research proposal is a central milestone in PhD programs in the UK, US., Canada, and Australia. The purpose …

Feeling part of a research team: learning from the hidden curriculum takes place even before the PhD begins

This is a guest post from PhD Researcher Lee Roberts. Lee is studying in the Business School at Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London. In 2018/19, my Honours supervisor at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Dr Abeer Hassan secured some funding to develop a training process through which her PhD researchers gained …

5 Gold Rings!

A happy and warm festive season to you, from your blog editors Kay Guccione, Dely Elliot, Søren Bengtsen and Sofie Kobayashi. Here below are our 5 gold rings, our hand-picked favourite guest posts from 2020. The Hidden Curriculum: Post-PhD reflections by  Dr Eleni Routoula, @eleniroutoula "All in all, my PhD made me weaker before I realised that …