Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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The research higher degree and beyond


27 August 2015

Most advice about doing a PhD focuses on how to undertake a project (research methods) and how to write a thesis. But doing a PhD is also a process of development of your identity as a researcher. Doing research, by definition, means investigating something that isn’t known about, and research often follows a meandering path that defies attempts to rationalise its progress. One of the facets of doing a PhD that isn't often discussed is the confusion that many students feel during their candidature over what they are supposed to be doing and how they are supposed to do it. In this session we will look at some of the reasons that doing a PhD might be confusing, and some of the ways students can manage their candidature to feel more in control of the process.

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Suin Jung
    Research Student Liaison Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 6268 | E:

  • More info:

  • Speaker: Dr Mary-Helen Ward completed her PhD in 2013 on the experience of doing a PhD at a research-intensive university in Australia. It was one of the first Australian PhDs to focus on the experience of students undertaking the degree. Her study was ethnographically based, and her thesis is entitled Living in Liminal Space: The PhD as Accidental Pedagogy. It has been viewed on the University of Sydney website more than 1800 times, and downloaded more than 970 times. Her most recent publication is a chapter in a new book: Walking on the Grass: Women Supervising and Writing Doctoral Theses. She is active on twitter as @drwitty_knitter and often tweets links to interesting information about the less-acknowledged aspects of doctoral study, higher education and life. Dr Ward has worked in higher education since 1996 as an editor and educational designer. She now works as a Education Design Manager in the central Learning Support unit at the University of Sydney, supporting staff with eLearning, curriculum development and their use of technology in both physical and virtual spaces.

The research higher degree and beyond: where am I? What am I? And how do I get out of here?

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
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27 August 2015

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