The Thesis Whisperer

Here at the Whisperer we try to make your life easier by reading books and doing reviews. We try to review books which would appeal to most researchers, but some of the books we get sent have more specific audiences in mind. “Ethics and Values in Social research” by Paul Ransome is clearly designed for those in the humanities and social sciences doing field based research. I decided it had just wide enough appeal for us to review, but if you are in the sciences you might want to stop reading now (I wont be offended).

I was lucky enough to find two students engaged exactly this kind of research to review the book for us. Sandra Lauer is a volunteer member of the NSW Rural Fire Service, and is studying rural fire brigades and the concept of “shared responsibility” for her PhD at ANU. Jennifer Upchurch is a member…

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What I Wish We Taught First Years

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Thesis Whisperer

This month, all around Australia, there will be a whole crop of PhD students starting their degree. It’s an exciting time, but a nerve-wracking one as well. Last time we heard from Jonathan Downie he was parenting a toddler. This time Jonathan has some good words of advice for those of you just starting on your PhD journey. You can read more about Jonathan and his work on his blog Rock Your Talk.

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 4.42.54 pmBy the time this goes live, most of us will be well into the academic year and getting used to cycles of supervision meetings, reading, classes, seminars and conferences. For those of you who have just started your PhD, this is about the time when you realise that if you weren’t a nerd before, you will be one soon.

By the time I got about six months into my PhD, I was heading for THAT…

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So, you’re starting a PhD?

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


The Thesis Whisperer

This month, all around Australia, there will be a whole crop of PhD students starting their degree. It’s an exciting time, but a nerve-wracking one as well. Here’s another post to help you start your journey!

This post is by Erika Harris, PhD Candidate. Erika has a Master’s degree in Education, General Education and has worked in instructional design and development in both corporate and higher education settings in the U.S & Australia. Currently Erika is an educational developer, elearning, for RMIT designing online and hybrid courses working with academics in the higher education and vocational education sectors. In this post Erika reflects on the advice given about why NOT to do a PhD and why you would still give it a go anyway.

I am a new PhD student, and have been reading and conversing with current and past PhD students and have come to the sad conclusion…

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Just say Nay!

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


Braveheart; movie that stole my heart, watched it over 20 times and can watch it even now.”Braveheart” is a flamboyance, red-blooded battle epic about William Wallace, the legendary Scots warrior who led his nation into battle against the English in the years around 1300. Scotland’s greatest hero William Wallace, a rebel who raised a homegrown army to challenge the tyrannical British crown, and who sacrificed everything he loved in the name of ”freedom”. How can anybody not feel the crippling sadness this movie induces, specially the last few minutes where Wallace’s dying cry, as his body was stretched on the rack, was “freedom!.  It surely and with good reason succeeded in arousing the reality of Scottish patriotism and spirit of revolution.  Let me explicate the aforementioned movie review, certainly not what i’m going to be discussing here.  In less than 3 months a referendum whether Scotland should be an independent state…

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