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Daily Archives: September 5, 2014

Welcome to the Blog!

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Welcome to the Graduate Research School’s Blog-With-No-Name.  This blog is an opportunity for the University of Otago graduate research community and the people supporting that community to share insights and information about the thesis journey.

I am the Manager of the Graduate Research School and the School’s Chief Bloggerating Officer.  I am ably supported by my Blog-of-Directors, Sarah McGregor from the Doctoral Office and Mel Adams from the Scholarships Office.  Our mission is to share the ups and downs and the ins and outs of writing a thesis.

There is loads of support available across the University for thesis candidates but it isn’t always easy to find it at the exact moment you need it.  This blog is a place where we can share resources and initiate new responses to the challenges thrown up by writing a thesis in our current environment.  Check out our weekly post to see if there is something going on in your community that would help support you.  If you have an idea for an amazing graduate research initiative, give us the word; you may be just one blog post away from glory.

Graduate Research should involve more than just slaving over books and Bunsen burners.  We want to hear from thesis candidates not simply about their research, but also about their passions, and projects.  If you are managing some amazing work-life balance, let us know and share how you managed it in our Life Beyond posts.

If you are barely managing a work-work balance, then look out for our posts on managing your greedy thesis.  We will grab experts and pin them down about how to have the best possible thesis experience.  Amongst other things, tips for dealing with writing woes, managing your supervisor, finding work in the current economic climate, and overcoming our own psychological foibles will be shared and discussed in our Conquer Your Thesis posts.

In our Behind Departmental Doors posts we will explore how various areas of the University support and develop graduate research.  Ever wondered what a Postgraduate Coordinator does?  Interested in what resources a thesis candidate can reasonably expect during candidature?  We are here to blow those mysteries wide open.  Want to know why there are goat noises coming from the department down the hall?  Keen to know where to buy those instant-intellectual-look leather (or pleather) arm patches for your jerseys?  Wonder no more!  We are here to ask our departments the hard questions, the good questions, and the very-silly-indeed questions.

If you would like to write a post for the Blog-With-No-Name, then contact Claire Gallop.  We have a few guidelines to prevent Blogageddon; we prefer not to slander people, be disrespectful, become the next WikiLeaks, or get embroiled in intellectual property disputes.  We like our contributors to focus on positive solutions to issues rather than simply having a bleat and in the age of the sound-bite, short is good too, so aim for no more than 500 words.  But beyond these rules, we want this to be your voice as well as ours.

Finally, do you know how many blogs there are that are called a Blog-With-No-Name?  If you can come up with a great name for our blog there is a $50 supermarket voucher and a chocolate fish with your name on it; so get your thinking caps on and either email me or leave us a comment.

Claire Gallop, Manager, Graduate Research School