Many a postgraduate student, particularly those who decide to do doctoral research, have had to endure the witty comments of friends and family members about being a perpetual student, desperately clinging on to the comfy surrounds of university life.
But academia is tough. Current PhD students are expected to complete an 80,000â€“100,000 word thesis, attend and organise conferences, gain a teaching qualification, and ideally publish – all within three years and with no guarantee of employment or financial reward at the end.
In this high pressure environment of targets and deadlines, there is a fear that the heart of a postgraduate degree â€“ the research â€“ is getting sidelined, with students losing key skills in using archives and special collections. Continue reading »