Surveys take longer than you think! Or: taking your time has benefits for data collection

This post is from Sophie Payne-Gifford. Sophie is a social scientist at the University of Hertfordshire. She completed her PhD part-time from 2010-2016, mostly because she only won part-funding and had to keep her day job at NERC UKRI, a great job which had its definite advantages. She tweets at @GiffordPayne on food, environment, agricultureContinue reading “Surveys take longer than you think! Or: taking your time has benefits for data collection”

Lessons for life

This post is from Jon Rainford (@jonrainford), one of the editors of the blog. Jon completed his PhD part-time with Staffordshire University in 2019. He has studied part time in various forms for over 12 years. Having interests in the Sociology of Higher Education and having worked in varied roles in education, his doctoral researchContinue reading “Lessons for life”

Finding enjoyment in a PhD with time and space: switching from full-time to part-time

This post is from Laura Wilde. Laura is a part-time PhD student at Coventry University in the Centre for Intelligent Healthcare. Her thesis is exploring experiences of using apps and wearables for monitoring physical activity among people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She is in her 4th year having completed 2 years full-time, aContinue reading “Finding enjoyment in a PhD with time and space: switching from full-time to part-time”

PhD by publication: because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts

This post from Karen Campbell (@KarencampbellWP) follows on from her previous post ‘What is a PhD by Publication?‘ In this post, Karen addresses the benefits and challenges of pursuing this route. Karen is an education researcher based at Glasgow Caledonian University. She completed her PhD by publication in May 2020. Why do a PhD byContinue reading “PhD by publication: because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”

What is a PhD by publication?

This post is from Dr Karen Campbell (@karencampbellWP) . Karen is an education researcher based at Glasgow Caledonian University. She completed her PhD by publication in May 2020. She  blogs about her research on GCU’s Academic Development and Student Learning blog site. Karen has published widely in journals such as Higher Education Research & Development,Continue reading “What is a PhD by publication?”

Own Institution Doctoral Research: Evaluating total Immersion

This week’s post is from Sharon Inglis (@sharoninglis) a Senior Lecturer in Education, and course leader for FT and PT MA Education.  Her thesis investigated the expectations and experiences of part-time students in transition into taught postgraduate students, and the staff who taught them.  Her viva was in January 2020.  The student participants were herContinue reading “Own Institution Doctoral Research: Evaluating total Immersion”

Part-time PhD: portfolio approach to an academic career

This weeks post is re-published with permission from the Think Ahead team, and the author Melanie Lovatt (@melanie_lovatt). Originally posted on the Think Ahead blog. Back in 2010 I excitedly told friends and family that I had decided to do a part-time PhD. “Part-time?” repeated a relative sceptically. “Well, how long’s that going to takeContinue reading “Part-time PhD: portfolio approach to an academic career”

Part-time PhD at career end. Why did I do it to myself?

This weeks post is from Katherine Christian (@KatherineChri15) from Federation University Australia. Her research interests focus on Early Career Researchers in the Sciences and you can find out more on her website I did my PhD part time, and as a remote student with supervisors at the end of email and on regular video calls.Continue reading “Part-time PhD at career end. Why did I do it to myself?”

We want your stories too!

This blog is a collection of blog posts by a range of authors. They come from those who have completed or are undertaking part-time doctorates. Its content is therefore only as rich as the range of contributions. If you do not see yourself or people like you represented, we’d love to include a piece byContinue reading “We want your stories too!”

The part-time doctorate: when time flies and stands still

This post is from Nicole Brown. Nicole is a Lecturer in Education, who embarked on a part-time doctoral journey as a (very) mature student. In her contribution she writes about the flexibility of time, as she has experienced it in her studies. She tweets as @ncjbrown Doing a doctorate is difficult, engaging in that researchContinue reading “The part-time doctorate: when time flies and stands still”

There’s only 24 hours in a day!

This weeks contribution is from Meredith Rose (@20Biscuitcrumbs). Meredith is an Early Years Course Leader and Senior Lecturer who is also doing a part time PhD. Her research is focused around curriculum design and dilemmas, including meeting the differing needs of students. Many of us will recognise that time disappears like snow in summer, when you are doing a PhD. YouContinue reading “There’s only 24 hours in a day!”

Studying part-time across borders

Maryam Sani is the founder of ABS Educational Services http://www.abseducation.co.uk.  In 1993, she ventured overseas for a two-year stint teaching chemistry in Saudi Arabia. Her plan was to return to the UK and pursue a PhD in Chemistry. Instead, she lived and worked as a teacher, trainer, academic director, and educational consultant in Saudi ArabiaContinue reading “Studying part-time across borders”