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Are you at that stage in your dissertation or research project where you are considering using mixed-methods? Here are ten hints on how to conduct mixed methods research.
Professors Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O’Gorman develop on ten valuable hints for ECRs starting on a new job.
As a junior academic researcher, the issue of ‘innovativeness’ in academic research has been a continual cause of anxiety and doubt: is it wise for a Junior Scholar to be innovative?
Are you struggling to put together your conceptual framework? Dr Babak Taheri gives you 10 tips on developing a conceptual framework in quantitative studies.
Whenever I have any kind of essay or assessment that needs doing, I always find that the best place to start is to break down everything that you need to do in easy to manage sections. No doubt that by this stage in your education this will have been very much drilled into your mind by now but always plan! It is so important, planning helps you organise your thoughts and manage what seems like a huge undertaking into no more than a sequence of very different/smaller sections which come together to make up a larger whole.
Being offered the chance to go and live abroad for a year is something that the majority of students would jump at. The offer of new experiences and opportunities is something that you would be silly to turn down. However, what should you consider before moving abroad?
Are you about to enter university? Here are our top ten tips to get you into university.
During my undergraduate degree, in International Business, I was obsessed with airlines and my dream job was to work as an operational manager at British Airways. I did not have even the slightest interest in Higher Education until I became a Class Rep during my final year. At Class Rep training I was elected as Faculty Rep and from there I began to attend committee meetings and university workshops. This was a whole new world for me, and I left the majority of meetings enthused to learn more about the intricacies of universities, as well as work to enhance the experiences of my fellow students. Five years later, I am now at the early stages of my PhD researching the experiences of transnational students and working with Academic Registry to put in place initiatives to help support the sense of community and belonging within this Global University.
If you’re wondering whether it’s a good idea to get your dissertation published, the answer is a no brainer: Yes, definitely. Although I will say this, you should be prepared to invest a lot of time and be dedicated enough to do it.
Dr Babak Taheri is an Associate Professor in Marketing and Programmes Director in MSc International Marketing Management pathways at Heriot-Watt University. He has extensive experience in quantitative studies including: scale development and scale validation,...
By about the mid-point of your PhD journey, it becomes apparent that getting a successful completion signals not the end per se, but the end of the beginning. For some, the PhD is the summation of their academic endeavours, allowing you to retire undefeated from the world of education bearing its highest accolade. For others, especially those aspiring to an academic career, PhDs are the entry ticket to a world where reputation is all. So how do you build your academic reputation?
Jessica Doyle is a Postgraduate student at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, studying for an MSc in International Marketing Management with Digital Marketing. Along with her studies, she is working part time as a marketing intern for Genoa Black, creative and...
Professors Robert Macintosh and Kevin O’Gorman give their Top 10 hints of your Methodology section.
Some other elements to consider before embarking in the PhD journey.
The PhD process gives you the opportunity to get to grips with a vast amount of literature, positioning PhD students strongly when it comes to publishing journal articles and opportunities to contribute to their respective field. It might seem like yet another task for already time-constrained PhD students, but publishing during the PhD can offer several benefits.
I gave a speech about “Getting through the PhD” about a month ago at the University of Glasgow. It was intense to stand there, talking to PhD students in their first year and give them advice….more like slices of life and experience.
One of the questions I’m frequently asked by students undertaking a dissertation is about context, and in turn, data. Students will often have a notion of what they want to look at and why it might be important, but are less sure when it comes to where they are going to look for it.
Dr Babak Taheri gives 9 + 1 hints for publishing a quantitative journal paper.
Now, before we go any further, clearly articulating you theory, context, data collection, and data analysis is not enough to get published, however, not doing is enough to get your paper desk rejected.
Clear articulation of all three things is subject to a sensible selection process; a general review might not require the application of any particular theory, whilst a conceptual paper may not involve the collection and analysis of original data, but once you know what type of paper you are writing, you should be able to break it down. Being able to explain your paper in relation to each of these sections is of great help when considering both the ways in which to frame the paper, and the gaps that your research addresses.
Writing a research proposal can be a difficult and daunting process at the best of times. Never mind having to write one on exchange at a new University, in a new country. Here are our Top Ten Tips for writing a research proposal whilst abroad.