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Getting a PhD while working full time – Top 10 questions to ask yourself before starting a PhD

I’ve jotted down a list of ten questions that I wish I had thought about more fully, or even considered at all before starting a PhD. Now, please remember (as mentioned before), I was full-time PhD (with teaching and marking commitments in my PhD Contract), and part-time at work. However, my employment contract was 27 hours per week (plus travel time), which is only a few hours short of what most people would consider a full-time contract (35 hour per week).

[Infographic] From leisure to tourism

Understanding the conditions and motivators of shifts in cultural trends is crucial for those managing and promoting the consumption of tourist activities. This research paper explores the recent popular surge of interest in BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism) and develops a model that explains how ‘deviant’ activities move from the margins to the mainstream. 

The ideal dissertation structure and word counts

The following table offers a suggested structure and approximate word count for a dissertation. This is designed to be altered according to the needs of the researcher, and the stipulations of their supervisor and institution. It is important to understand that the table is offered here only as a set of non-specific suggestions for your (hopefully!) very specific project. All dissertations are different, and your supervisor is the best person to talk to about your specific institutional, school, or college requirements, which may vary quite significantly.

10 things PhD students wish they had known before they started!

We spoke to over 30 current and recently graduated PhD students and asked them what two things they wished they had known before they started their PhD that they know now. Unsurprisingly there was a great deal of overlap, so we anonymised and offer a summary of what they told us.

Sitting down and working out quickly what I would do, and how I could possibly afford to do it (time and finances)

If you recall my last post, I had just bumped into someone that I knew from years ago. He was completing his PhD and I was on a Masters course back in the UK at the time. Before I went home from another busy shift at work, I sat down to catch up on the past 8 years! His question was “So, when are you going to do a PhD?”, to which I replied “I’ve actually been thinking about that for the past six weeks, but how on earth do I manage it?”.

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[Infographic] From leisure to tourism

Understanding the conditions and motivators of shifts in cultural trends is crucial for those managing and promoting the consumption of tourist activities. This research paper explores the recent popular surge of interest in BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism) and develops a model that explains how ‘deviant’ activities move from the margins to the mainstream. 

[INFOGRAPHIC] Translating for tourism: accuracy or effectiveness?

This paper argues that for translation to enhance the tourist experience literal accuracy is not enough and translations should be culturally sensitive to their target readers. Using the example of museum websites as a form of purposive tourism information designed to both inform and attract potential visitors, this paper analyses websites of museums in the UK and China.

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