Tweet Chats

Alongside the blog and forthcoming book, Jon Rainford (@jonrainford) and Kay Guccione (@kayguccione) are joined by colleague Sharon Inglis (@SharonInglis) for a monthly Part Time Doctorate Tweetchat #ThrivingPTchat on lots of topics, listed below!

Sharon Inglis is a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University and course leader for Staffordshire MA Education. As a Part-Time student herself on both the MA Education and EdD programme at Staffordshire. Her own doctoral thesis was on educational practitioners’ transitions to a part-time taught master’s in education and discussed the expectations and experiences of students and the staff who teach them. Sharon is well-acquainted with the challenges and opportunities presented by part-time study and so is ideally placed to support our Tweetchats.

DateTime#ThrivingPTchat Topic
16/6/219-10am BSTWhy choose a part-time doctorate?
This chat will explore the reasons for doing a part-time doctorate and the different routes people follow.
Check out the archive of the chat
21/7/216-7pm  
BST
Managing your time
Discuss how to make the most of your time and ways in which you can juggle the many competing demands of the part time journey.
Check out the archive of the chat
18/8/219-10am
BST
Building networks
We know that having a support network can be important but how can you build one and where do you find other part-timers?
Check out the archive of the chat
15/9/216-7pm  
BST
Juggling identities
Part-time research means also having other activities and commitments to juggle. Find out about how others manage this, and share your tips.
Check out the archive of the chat
20/10/219-10am BSTTransitions to independent research
Within taught doctorates, there is a stop change from structured to independent study. How can you effectively make that transition?
17/11/216-7pm 
GMT
The supervisor relationship
Working with supervisors is a process of negotiation on both sides. Find out how to make the most of this important relationship.
15/12/219-10am
GMT
Keeping well / finding balance
It is easy for the doctorate to become all consuming. This chat covers boundaries, breaks, and how to find support that works for you.
Topics for Spring 2022 Making the most of conferences, Dealing with feedback, Taught doctorates and more!

We will also be joined by some guest hosts to explore some of the issues that come up on this blog in more depth. These chats will give you the chance to connect with other part-time doctoral researchers and build your own support networks as well as gaining top tips from those who have been through this journey.

How to take part

A Tweetchat is a scheduled, structured, open interaction on Twitter. To take part just join us n Twitter at the scheduled time. Chats are an hour in length and each one focuses on one theme related to our forthcoming book Thriving in Part-Time Doctoral Study. The overall aim of this series is to connect part-time doctoral researchers and to enable them to ask questions and share experiences.

Through our Tweetchats we aim to support a wide range of experiences to be shared, and to celebrate diversity in the part time doctorate. We don’t aim to conclude a ‘right answer’, or to debate individual experiences. We do take the broadest approach to inclusivity and to peer-support. With this aim we have purposefully designed the chats to be collaborative, inclusive and to focus on sharing and learning. 

Some guidance for taking part:

  • Use the numbering system and hashtag #ThrivingPTchat, to keep your answers structured, it helps all participants to navigate the discussion.
  • Share your personal experience and tag other experts and colleagues you know to do the same.
  • Retweet and respond to others’ replies to keep the conversation rolling
  • Add an attributed open access resource (article, link, blog etc) if you feel someone else has said it better.
  • Make sure your Tweets are accessible. Always use ALT Text when you share an image or GIF, make sure any videos are captioned.
  • Ask a further question if you would like to expand the discussion, but bear in mind this is not a way to get a personalised answer to an individual concern.
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