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A collaborative guide to take you through all the steps of university life.

Experience of Turning My Dissertation Into A Conference Paper

In April 2015, after months of hard work and sleepless nights, my Marketing dissertation on “Investigating consumer attitudes for young adults towards in-app advertising in the UAE” was finally complete. Before I walked down to hand in the very final copy of my dissertation I took one last look at it. I remembered how much I could not wait for this moment, to finally finish my dissertation and never look at it again. However, something had changed. I was suddenly very proud of what I had produced. I had put my heart into this thesis. I wanted to take this journey of extensive research and thorough analysis further.

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Top 10 hints for things to consider before going on exchange

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?

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10 tips for doing an internship while pursuing an MSc

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...
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Top 10 hints for formulating your research proposal while on exchange

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.

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What do Post-Docs do?

The specific activities and responsibilities of a Post-Doctoral role will vary between disciplines, departments, and institutions, but the overall expectations are likely to be similar: an individual emphasis on either teaching or research, with minimal supervision and plenty of opportunities to collaborate with senior academics. This is another step towards the end goal of Professor Emeritus! My current (primarily research) role sees me working simultaneously on multiple projects with multiple authors, and one of the principal challenges is time management.

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How to start a PhD proposal

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.

Top 10 Reasons to Consider Doing a PhD in Higher Education

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.

Top Ten Hints on Building Your Academic Reputation

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?

Three things for a successful Publication, Thesis or Dissertation: Theory, Context and Data

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.