The middle phase of a doctorate is potentially the most challenging, as the initial novelty has given way to some of the harsher realities, whilst the endpoint can seem a long way off. Hence, the aim of this session is to put key scaffolding in place to aid successful navigation of this crucial part of the doctoral process. The focus will be on clarifying progress, developing key working practices, managing the process of becoming independent, and clarifying: What are you arguing? What will your thesis look like? How will this be evaluated? And, What is the examination process?
By the end of this session you should have:
- A realistic appraisal of progress so far and to come
- Concrete ideas for improving working practices and managing independence
- Developed a clear thesis of your Thesis for discussion with your supervisor
- Begun to sketch out your thesis structure
- Gained a good understanding of the doctoral assessment criteria and how you can meet them, as well as how they will be examined
Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager: https://phdmanager.ulster.ac.uk.
Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.
PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.
Dave graduated in 2000 with a PhD in Public International Law, looking at the concept of statehood, particularly state failure.
He first became interested in the role of doctoral training as a new post-doctorate, and to date has spent many years running training programmes aimed at enabling academic researchers to develop, across Central and Eastern Europe.
His company, Education-Training Ltd has provided a small number of valued courses at Ulster for a number of years now.
Dave continues to work closely with universities across Europe.
This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of: